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Coast Track

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fantastic trail with a good mix of terrain and spectacular views and dramatic sea cliffs.


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Map Key

17.8

Miles

28.6

KM

91%

Runnable

840' 256 m

High

13' 4 m

Low

2,285' 697 m

Up

2,744' 836 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Swimming · Views

Check the park's website for any restrictions.

Overview

This beachside route is perfect for visitors and locals alike, and offers an experience unlike any other. Enjoy the best that both the oceanic and terrestrial environments have to offer along this rolling trail.

Need to Know

Main surf beaches can have very strong currents and are unpatrolled most of the year. Use caution if you're planning to veer into the water. During warmer months, always carry a snake bandage. Mobile reception is not available for the entire trail.

Runner Notes

After rain, the trail pools a lot of water.

Description

Starting from Otford Train Station, the trail heads north until reaching Garie Beach and further on Wattamolla Beach. On this scenic beachside trail, visitors will travel south to north along the length of the Royal National Park. Although this track hosts an annual race in September, I think it's best enjoyed at quieter times and winter when the annual whale migration is on. During this time, whales and pods of dolphins can be spotted.

Also spend some time at Jibbon Beach where ancient Aboriginal rock art can be found dating back thousands of years. In addition to the aboriginal art, take advantage of the great swimming spots that the beaches of Bundeena and the very nice Jibbon Beach provide.

Flora & Fauna

Iconic Australian Waratah which is NSW emblem Cabbage tree palms with large fan leaves

History & Background

The Oldest National Park in the world.

Contacts

Land Manager: Royal National Park

Shared By:

Mike Hindley

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  4.7 from 9 votes

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Photos

The waterfall at Curra Brook
Dec 11, 2018 near Grays P…, AU
Looking south back towards Garie Beach.
Mar 1, 2016 near Helensb…, AU
The trail by Eagle Rock.
Apr 15, 2016 near Grays P…, AU
A colorful visitor along the trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Bundeena, AU
Coast Track scenery.
Apr 15, 2016 near Dolans Bay, AU
A rocky section of the Coast Track.
Apr 15, 2016 near Dolans Bay, AU

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Dec 12, 2018
Josh Pewter
Amazing trail. Did it on a pretty hot day. Taps at the toilet stops are capped off. Please do make sure you bring more water than you think you need. 16.6mi — 3h 28m
Sep 29, 2018
Alex H
Moving time from Trailhead to Trailhead. 25.6mi