What To Expect
You would never guess such a magnificent bushwalk / hiking experience would exist in Sydney! This award-winning 2-day guided walk on the spectacular Royal Coast Track is the jewel in the crown of the Royal National Park in Sydney, the second oldest National Park in the world.
The track runs along sheer sandstone cliffs with panoramic views stretching miles in all directions. Experience picturesque freshwater lagoons, the unusual milky white cliff faces sculpted by the sea, ancient Aboriginal carvings, the distinctive Eagle Rock, unspoilt beaches, wild moors, the tranquil Palm Jungle rainforest plus much more. There is unlimited opportunities for photographing the scenic coastline, observing birds and wildflowers in spring, or migrating whales in this magnificent National Park.
What's more to love on this walk? No need to carry your gear - we'll transport your overnight bags to our exclusive campsite with magnificent coastal views.
Day 1: Bundeena to Wattamolla
We begin the walk at Bundeena Wharf. We walk along the track through coastal heathland to Jibbons Head where you get your first look at the spectacular coastal views which make this walk so special. On a large, flat expanse of sandstone the Aboriginal inhabitants of this area the Dharawal people engraved a number of subjects into the rock (some distinct, others not so, but you should be able to make out three large whales or sharks, stingrays, a jellyfish and a male figure with six fingers). The sandstone is very sensitive to visitors' walking boots, so make sure you walk with great care while on this site.
Next we will explore the cliff-top dunes between Jibbon and Marley Beach. These were formed during the sea-level rise roughly 10, 000 years ago and are the most extensive and best-preserved ancient dunes in New South Wales. The rock platform drops down from Marley Head to the wild but beautiful Marley Beach, one of the few untouched and totally natural beaches left in Sydney. Enjoy stunning views as we meander through a heath-covered plateau.
Then, we arrive at beautiful Wattamolla at around 16:30, one of the most popular beaches inside Royal National Park. Sand across the picturesque inlet at Wattamolla forms a small beach trapping the waters of Wattamolla Creek, which in turn forms a large lagoon.
Enjoy magnificent coastal views from our exclusive campsite, situated on the cliffs above the lagoon and beach. This campsite is exclusive to our group only at the night - no other public walkers are permitted to camp here. We arrive at our campsite with your bags waiting for you in your tent and a glass of wine chilled and ready for your arrival. Enjoy free time before dinner to have a swim in Wattamolla's beautiful freshwater lagoon or beach. Hot showers are also available for those that wish to clean up before dinner. Sit back under a sky of twinkling stars and enjoy a cheese and antipasto platter followed by a wonderful dinner including fresh snapper, Rogan Josh with Jasmine Rice, gourmet salads, Mediterranean vegetables, and a dessert of French berry crepes with cream.
Day 2: Wattamolla to Otford
After breakfast, we head to Curracurrang. We cross the Curra moors which are beautiful in springtime with wildflowers and honeyeaters. The Royal's heathlands contain over 500 species of flowering plants. From July to November, many of these wildflowers are in full bloom, and you can walk amid a riot of color of hakea and kunzea.
We continue on to Curracurrong where two creeks drop as waterfalls directly into the ocean and spectacular Eagle Rock juts from the cliffs a massive block of sandstone with a tip shaped like the beak of an eagle. Then, we reach the Garie North Head where the views are one of the finest in the park with vistas south to Port Kembla. Large aboriginal midden can be seen from this site near the beach where harvested shells, bones, and tools have been discarded.
We pass the historic shacks of South Era, classified by the National Trust as a historic community. Then we head down to Burning Palms, the lovely beach is backed by Cabbage Tree Palms, lilly pillys and other rainforest plants. We cross open grassland before entering the rainforest. Enroute to Palm Jungle, we travel through an exposed hillside of lomandra, which are traditional food sources for the local Dharawal people.
At the Palm Jungle you will see a rare patch of coastal rainforest dominated by Cabbage Tree Palms. The canopy is closed and the track is cool and shaded. Moss and ferns cover the ground and rocks. Bangalay eucalypts emerge from the canopy and large figs are scattered along the steep slopes. Afterwards, we head back to Otford where our journey ends at approximately 16:00. We will have a celebratory toast to the completion of a fantastic journey.
Travel dates are subject to change.
Pick-up from and drop-off at Sydney CBD hotels
1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner including pre-dinner snacks, wine, beer and refreshments
Fresh fruit and trail mix during the walk
Cooking, dining and camping equipment
Optional activity costs
Tips and gratuities
The walk covers 26 kilometers over two days. Average fitness is required.
Please bring one average-sized overnight pack or bag (no suitcases). All personal items must be enclosed within your overnight bag or in the case of a sleeping bag tied to your main bag.
Please bring full weather gear as climate is variable.
Wear comfortable walking clothes (long sleeves, trousers, shorts, shirts) and closed-toe, sturdy footwear to be worn at all times. Good walking boots/shoes that have been walked in at least 4 weeks prior to the tour are recommended. Layered clothing is also recommended.
Please bring thermal underwear, jumper and warm gear to change into at night. Scarves, beanies, gloves and 2 to 3 pairs of good thick walking socks are also recommended.
Please bring insect repellent, your own sleeping bag and sheets, personal toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, etc.), towel and strong garbage or dry bags to waterproof essential equipment.
Bring a small backpack to carry your personal items during the walk. Your day pack should include your own mugs or cups for morning and afternoon tea breaks, band-aids, camera, hat, personal emergency medication, lightweight torch, swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen and water container with at least 2 liters of water on day 1 to keep you hydrated.
This tour has a 6 passenger minimum and a 10 passenger requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
**Please indicate any special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or gluten free diets, food allergies, etc) upon booking.
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