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The Best Royal National Park Coastal Walk

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 to add to your Sydney itinerary.

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.

The Best Royal National Park Coastal Walk

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 Coastal Walk

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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Royal National Park Coastal Walk

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.

No matter which trail you choose, make sure to pack plenty of water, and some snacks, and don’t forget the sunscreen. Trust me, you’ll want to soak in every moment!

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

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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.

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What to eat on the Royal National Park Coastal Walk

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!

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

The Insurance companies I recommend are Hey Mondo and Safety Wing

Hey Mondo is great if you are looking for a great value flexible policy. They offer single-trip cover, annual multi-trip cover, and long-term travel cover. Safety Wing is great value, with monthly coverage starting at $45.08. It’s super easy to use, and it just renews each month. I currently use them as they offer me free cover for my son as part of my policy.

Read my full travel insurance post here, where I go into detail about all companies. 

What to pack for the Coastal Walk Royal National Park

Royal National Park Coastal Walk

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.

Your basic first-aid kit should include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medications you might need. Throw in some insect repellent and sunscreen, and you’re golden!

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.

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Tips for doing the Royal National Park walks

Royal National Park Coastal Walk

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.

Are you planning to backpack Australia? Then you need to take a read of this great post from Claire’s Footsteps for everything you need to know! And make sure you check out this great 3-day Sidney itinerary so you make the most of your time in the area.

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🚗 Where can I book bus or private transportation ?

I strongly recommend using Bookaway. You can book a lot of different transportation available on the Australia & Oceana region.

🎫 Where can I buy tickets for museums, attractions, and tours?

I recommend either Viator or GetYour Guide. They have a lot of options available!

👩‍⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?

I recommend using Heymondo for a great value policy. The app also offers you 24/7 Dr Chat. For Digital Nomads check out SafetyWing digital nomad insurance.

I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here

✈️ Any flight recommendations?

WayAWay offers you cheap flights with cashback. You can use this code CLAIRE22 to get 10% off. Otherwise Skyscanner or Expedia are my go-to flight searching platforms.

📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?

I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.

With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using eitherAirhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.

🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?

The 3 best platforms that I normally use are,, and Expedia They offer great deals and multiple options. I always check all three to be sure of the best deals.

🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?

I do have a complete list of the best packing and luggage products that I recommend, you can check the list here. I’m currently traveling with this suitcase and this backpack. 

Have a great trip!

This is a guest post written by Priya from Glorious Sunrise

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