If you ever get a chance to visit Sydney and love hiking like me, you simply cannot miss the coastal walk in the Royal National Park. The coastal trails in this beautiful area make the Royal National Park one of Australia’s most scenic hiking experiences—the Coastal Walk in Sydney’s Royal National Park.
In this article, you will find essential information from trail options to packing lists. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a first-timer looking for a fulfilling outdoor experience, this guide aims to equip you with the knowledge you need for a successful adventure.
This trip would leave you mesmerized by the beauty of this continent and would get you to plan and get back soon to this magical place. I was totally in love with nature here. The blue skies, deep blue waters, majestic cliffs along the way, and animal life that wanders onto the trail at times… all these factors made my trip an unforgettable one.
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How to get to The Royal National Park near Sydney
If you are wondering how to get to the Royal National Park coast track it’s pretty simple.
If you’re driving, it’s only about an hour south of Sydney CBD. Just hop onto the Princes Highway and follow the signs; you really can’t miss it.
Public transport is also an option. You can catch a train from Sydney to Cronulla, and from there take a ferry to Bundeena, which is a lovely gateway to the park. J
Just make sure to check the timetables in advance.
Which trail to take at Royal National Park
Royal National Park is a hiker’s paradise. There is a huge range of Royal National Park hikes that will make your adventurous heart sing. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be the Royal National Park coastal walk.
This trail is about 26km long and typically takes two days to complete if you’re going for the full experience. But don’t worry, there are shorter sections you can tackle in a day. The views of the cliffs, beaches, and ocean are simply breathtaking!
If you’re up for something a bit less challenging but equally rewarding, the Wattamolla to Garie Beach walk is around 11km and offers some stunning coastal scenery. Plus, you can take a dip in the lagoons to cool off!
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For families, especially if you’re bringing along the kiddos, the Forest Path is a great choice. It’s a 4.4km loop, easy to manage and you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery. It’s a fantastic way to introduce little ones to the joys of hiking.
I chose the Royal National Park coast track that was closest to the Bundeena entrance and took me right to the Tasmanian Sea along the way.
What to wear during your hike in Royal National Park
Royal National Park Coastal Walk Map
Coastal Walk Royal National Park map for you to get an idea of the different trails you can hike.
What to eat on the Royal National Park Coastal Walk
There are a few cafes and eateries in the area. But I would recommend that you pack your own picnic lunch and enjoy it on the walk itself. That way you can stop at any of the numerous gorgeous spots along the coastal trails and recharge yourself.
Firstly, you’ll want to keep things light but energy-boosting. Think trail mix, energy bars, and fresh fruit like bananas and apples. They’re easy to carry and give you that quick burst of energy when you need it.
For lunch, I’d recommend pre-made sandwiches or wraps, something that won’t get soggy and can be easily eaten on the go. Turkey and avocado wraps or veggie and hummus sandwiches are my go-to. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself when you’re enjoying a yummy, fuss-free lunch with an ocean view!
Hydration is key, so bring along plenty of water. I also like to throw in a couple of electrolyte tabs or sachets to add to my water; they really help on those hot days or challenging stretches of the trail.
And because you’re on an adventure while doing the Royal National Park coastal walk, why not include a little treat? We always pack a small bar of dark chocolate or some cookies as a reward when we reach a particularly stunning viewpoint. Just a little something to celebrate the small victories along the way!
What to pack for the Coastal Walk Royal National Park
First and foremost, a comfortable backpack is a must. You’ll want something that distributes weight evenly and has multiple compartments for easy access to your essentials.
Always check the weather, but it’s a good idea to layer. I usually wear moisture-wicking base layers and carry a lightweight, water-resistant jacket. A hat and sunglasses are non-negotiables for me, and don’t even think about hitting the trail without sturdy, well-fitting hiking boots!
In terms of food and water, as I mentioned earlier, pack lightweight, energy-boosting snacks and a packed lunch. Make sure you bring enough water—I usually go for at least 2 liters—and maybe a water purifier if you’re planning to be out for an extended period. The Royal National Park walks aren’t too strenuous but it’s always better to be prepared.
For navigation along the Coastal Walk Royal National Park, your phone is probably sufficient. While the trail is fairly well-marked, a map and compass or a GPS app on your phone can be really handy. And speaking of phones, pack a portable charger just in case.
Last but not least, a small, lightweight towel can be a lifesaver, whether you fancy a swim or just need to wipe away some sweat.
I’d say that covers the basics, but tweak it based on your own needs and preferences.
Tips for doing the Royal National Park walks
Check out the local weather before you plan for any of the Royal National Park walks. Check the official website of Royal National Park for safety alerts and plan accordingly. Grab a free tourist map available in many local cafes and spots along the way at Bundeena and stick to a route.
The Royal National Park is huge and there is a lot of chance to get lost in the open. Don’t be shy to ask for directions. Take your adventurous spirit along with you and plan the day to utilize maximum daylight. Remember that the days are very short in winter.
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This is a guest post written by Priya from Glorious Sunrise