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Kayaks & Paddle Boards

Royal National Park Walking Tracks

Distance

Time

Grade

Easy Grade




Bungoona Path
For a taste of a typical ridgetop landscape, follow this path from the national park Regional Office to Bungoona Lookout. The lookout gives you panoramic views of the national park and the Hacking River. This path has been specially designed for wheelchair access. Plant communities: heathlands

1km

30 mins

Easy

Jibbon Loop (Aboriginal rock carvings)

Begin by walking to the end of Jibbon Beach then follow the bush track through to secluded and beautiful Shelley Beach passing the Aboriginal rock carvings. Loop back to the end of Jibbon Beach. Lovely coastal and river views along the way.


1.5 hours


Easy

Footbridge Walk  30 mins to bridge return or 1 hour to Maianbar Cafe return

This is a great short walk starting from Bonnie Vale camping ground (to the left of the toilet blocks). The walk takes you through some lush palms and bush, mangroves and to the foot bridge linking Bundeena and Maianbar. This is the entrance to Cabbage Tree Basin and Creek a tranquil and beautiful area, best explored from aboard a kayak. From here you can continue up the fairly steep bush track to Maianbar and find MGS Cafe a short walk along the road


30 mins return or 1 hour return if going to cafe

Easy to bridge and moderate to cafe

Forest path
The Forest path offers an easy hike through Royal National Park’s rainforests. This almost-circular loop is suitable for walkers of all fitness levels and is a great one for the kids. One of the park’s oldest tracks, it begins south of Bola Creek, near the southern end of Lady Carrington Drive.

Following the Forest path, you’ll cross the lower slopes of Forest Island, a hill isolated by the valleys of the Hacking River and Bola Creek which almost surround it.

This beautiful walk leads you past a variety of native plants and flowers, including eucalypts, casuarinas, cabbage tree palms and Gymea lilies that are home to a range of birdlife. You’ll also pass Bola Creek.

Plant communities: rainforests, dry eucalypt forests

4.5km

1 hour 30 mins

Easy

Lady Carrington Drive
Lady Carrington Drive is one of the park's early carriageways, now closed to motor vehicles. Look out for historical features such as drinking basins, or try to spot some of the ornamental trees that were planted in 1887.

This beautiful and historically significant route is popular with walkers and bird watchers. If you can, arrange to have a vehicle at one end of the track and start walking from the other. Alternatively, you could walk a section of the track and retrace your steps, coming back another day to tackle the rest. There are two picnic areas, Calala (5.6 km from northern end) and Bola Creek (800m from southern end) where you can enjoy the peace and tranquility.

Plant communities: rainforests, dry eucalypt forests

Cultural heritage: Lady Carrington Road was completed in 1886 (renamed Lady Carrington Drive in 1916). Less than 1/2 km from the northern end of the Drive is a large overhang called 'Gibralter' where the road surface has been cobbled. Two stone troughs, Jersey Springs, were built in 1892 to capture water from a natural spring. These can be seen 2.6 km from the northern end of the Drive. Evidence of the park's history can also be seen adjacent to the southern end of the Drive in the form of a shale quarry. You can also see evidence of the park's logging history with large Turpentine stumps and remnant Turpentine trees in the Rainforest adjacent to the Drive.


10 km each way

3 hours each way

Easy

Medium Grade




Karloo Track
Along this track you'll pass the beautiful Karloo Pool, a popular swimming and picknicking area. The track, which leads from Heathcote Station to Uloola Falls, also includes the 'whaleback' rock outcroppings, named after their resemblance to whales surfacing for air. The rock outcrops of Uloola Turrets are also worth exploring.

From Heathcote Station head south-east along Wilson Parade following the railway tracks. Shortly after passing the emergency services centre, you'll come to an intersection where the track is signposted.

Plant communities: heathlands

5km

2 hours

Medium

Bundeena Road to Marley
Cross the road from the Marley car park (4 kilometres south-west of Bundeena), to follow the track through heathland to Deer Pool. It then ascends out of a small valley to meet the Little Marley Trail, which gives you easy access to the Marley Beach area.

Alternate Marley Beach
Take the trail from end of Beachcomber Avenue and follow the Coast Track to Marley Beach. Take in some spectacular cliff top views. Great place to check out the whales

Plant communities: heathlands

6.5km

3 hours

Medium

Curra Moors Loop Track
This is an excellent spring-time walk, when the heathland flowers are out. Starting at Curra Moors Picnic Area, the track passes first through woodland and then into coastal scrub and heathland country (note that this can become swampy after rain). At the junction, take the left track through 2 kilometres of heath to the waterfalls at Curracurrong, where you can enjoy spectacular views southwards to Wollongong. At the junction with the coast track, head south towards Garie North Head, before linking back to the Curra Moors Track. You can then retrace your steps to the car park.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, heathlands


10km

3 hours

Medium

Uloola Track
This path travels from Waterfall Station to Audley, through heathlands and woodlands and past Uloola Falls. If you're looking for a pleasant detour, watch for a short side track leading to Peach Trees Trig Station, which offers views out over the Hacking River valley.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, heathlands


11km

3 hours

Medium

The Coast track
The renowned Coast track simply must be walked at least once in a lifetime. You’ll walk along cliffs, beaches and escarpments, taking in magnificent ocean views and the rugged beauty of Royal National Park’s coastline as you go.

The 26km track runs from Bundeena to Otford. You can tackle it in sections or, if you’re super-fit, in a single day. A great way to complete the Coast track walk, though, is to make it a two-day backpack trip with an overnight stop at North Era campground.

Plan your walk during whale watching season to spot migrating humpback whales. Although if you go in summer you can cool off with a swim at Little Marley, Wattamolla, Garie, North Era or Burning Palms Beach.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands, heathlands


26km

2 days

or a 9 hour walk at steady pace

Medium

Difficult Grade




Palm Jungle Loop Track
Starting from Garawarra Farm (around 1 kilometre south-west of Governor Game Lookout), take the track to Burning Palms. When the track divides along the first leg, take the right fork towards Burning Palms Beach. From here, climb gradually south (taking a detour along the way to see Figure Eight Pool, if you wish), up to the rocky outcrop of Werrong Lookout. At the lookout you can enjoy panoramic views of the south coast. Continuing along, you'll meet up with the Cliff Track. You can turn right and travel north through closed woodland to return to Garawarra Farm, or left to Otford Lookout and railway station.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, heathlands


10km

5 hours

Hard

Werrong Beach Track
If you would like to visit a natural, secluded beach (also the only authorised nude bathing area in the national park), take the track to Werrong at the southernmost tip of the park. The short, steep walk starts from the lookout at Otford and passes a sandstone cliff before dropping into coastal rainforest on its way to the beach.

Plant communities: rainforests, heathlands


2km

1 hr

Hard