“A fantastic trail with a good mix of terrain and spectacular views and dramatic sea cliffs.
— Mike Hindley
Birding · Swimming · Views
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.
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for any restrictions.
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.
After rain, the trail pools a lot of water.
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.