Things to do in Royal National Park

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Things to Do in Royal National Park

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  • Cruiser613242
    Australia85 contributions
    I think some poor reviews are not quite warranted.

    If you check the national parks website they clearly state there is currently footpath construction monday to thursday, and that the track down the figure 8 pools is only open friday to sunday.

    furthermore with regards to safety it's not just the tide that matters - the swell does as well. please check the published 'risk forecast' to give you a better idea of when it is safe or unsafe to go.

    whilst it's very pretty (go before the sun starts to set otherwise it will be in the shade from the cliff on the west side) not sure i'd bother again given all the boulders to clamber over
    Written 2 May 2021
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  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia839 contributions
    Bored during the school holidays we decided to take our teenage boys on a kayak trip in the Royal National Park. You hire from the Audley Boat shed who supply life jackets as well. We all chose a single kayak each which I would suggest over the double canoes (unless you have young children). We took a picnic with us which we had at the end of the river. The water isn’t overly deep and very clean and clear. It is best to take out for 2 hours that way you don’t have to rush. The landscape is just beautiful and was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
    Written 1 October 2020
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  • Paddy Denvir
    Sydney, Australia10 contributions
    The best things in life are often free. 7am train to Otford and the trail then winds through rainforest, steep escarpments, beaches, clifftops, amazing ocean views, and much more before ending at Bundeena in mid afternoon.
    Around 30km all up, take plenty of food and water as there is none along the way unless you are camping overnight and can boil your own! And check that the ferry is actually running!
    Easily one of the great walks around Sydney along with the Blue Mts and Great North Track.
    Written 4 January 2022
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  • Greg F
    Auckland Central, New Zealand990 contributions
    This is a beautiful coastal walk on it's own. Stunning seascapes and good views along the way even at the 'Balconies'. The destination of our hike though, the Wedding cake rock was underwhelming. It's just one piece of rock jutting out. While it makes for a good picture, the entire area is fenced off (with quite a high fence which makes it possible to get only one perspective of the photo. (I'm aware it's closed for good reason because of a few people who've ruined it for everyone).

    We parked in Bundeena at the end of Beachcomber avenue. From here it's a 1.5 - 2 hour return walk to the Wedding cake rock. Would still recommend the walk to the Balconies (15-20 min from the parking) and even to the Water-run (30-40 min from the parking). Both these are along the way to the Wedding cake rock.
    Written 29 June 2021
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  • Bob S
    7 contributions
    Werrong is a great destination for the adventurous. The walk down through the rainforest is about 25 to 30 minutes and is on a well-formed path, though a bit of a climb in parts, but not a problem if you have reasonable fitness. As other reviewers have indicated, being a one-way in and out track to a nude beach provides an ideal opportunity to walk naked in nature, a real delight. I've done this many times and the people that I come across smile and say hello. Down on the beach there are lots of grassy areas and shade up the hill. You'll find males, females and couples of all ages enjoying the great outdoors. The beach itself can be a bit rough if there is a swell running, but there are rock pools on the ends of the beach which offer some protection. Make sure to bring water and sunscreen, because you'll end up staying longer than planned.
    Written 8 November 2021
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  • Shinester888
    Sydney, Australia621 contributions
    A nice drive south and into the Royal National Park. $12 for a car day pass. Rest rooms at the site, also out door shower for after the beach. Nice little cafe with some good basics.
    Written 2 April 2021
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  • Teresa C
    Metro Manila, Philippines1,243 contributions
    Good instructions and directions to follow. Great slightly elevated (and protective) wattled pathways lead you around the bush to the sites.
    Written 3 June 2020
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  • Tiffany L
    Sydney, Australia99 contributions
    Got my weekend dose of exercise! This 10km circuit walk that offers a mix of bush land through woodlands of scribbly gums and angophoras and panoramic coastal views.

    A pretty challenging walk to work the body, if you are looking the burn some cals 😛

    🥾Grade 4; moderately tricky (mainly through the bush and after-rain made it harder)
    🏔 Overall, a pretty good exercise; a fair bit of good view by the eagle rock side.
    ⏰ 3 hours 36mins (I have short legs)
    🚶‍♀️10KM
    Written 22 March 2022
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  • Paul W
    Sydney, Australia354 contributions
    This lovely little spot in the Royal National Park is quite beautiful. The walk there is a little rocky and steep so you will need to be fairly fit for the walk back up the hill. For those really keen o walking and not daunted by the extra exercise you can take the long route back via the Bottle forest fire trail
    Written 25 September 2020
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  • Lindajwil
    Heathcote, Australia186 contributions
    I always enjoy the walk along Lady Carrington Drive from Audley end. We usually do the walk to Jersey Springs which is 2.5km each way although the whole length of Lady Carrington Drive is 10km each way. The picturesque scenery along a nice wide fairly flat path makes for the perfect walk with family or friends of all ages. Parking is easy and there are even quite reasonable toilets before the start of the walk. At Audley there are lots of lovely picnicking areas as well as a wonderful eat in or takeaway cafe.
    Really has it all for a healthy and fun day out.
    Written 25 May 2021
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  • mrdom
    5,197 contributions
    Decent lookout high in the national park, mainly looking up river towards Audley but that's around a corner. It's a short walk from the end of the tram museum's track and the car park and an easy side trip before going down the steps to Audley.
    Written 5 August 2020
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