Royal National Park Coastal Walk Itenerary

Day 1

WATAMULLA TO OTTFORD

Walk 15.5 kms. 6.5 Hours walking with breaks. Walk Medium grade.

For those wanting a slightly shorter walk 10kms our guide can meet you on the track near Era beach and take you to our support vehicle where you can head back to the accommodation for a relaxing afternoon

From Wattamolla we walk to Curracurrang, where there is a rock shelter showing evidence of Aboriginal occupation dating back 7500 years. We then cross the Curra moors which in springtime are covered with wildflowers and honeyeaters.

The area contains over 500 species of flowering plants. From July to November, many of these wildflowers are in full bloom, and you can walk amidst a riot of colour of hakea and kunzea. We continue 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. We continue through the Curra Moors to 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. Along the way enjoy a delicious lunch. 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.. The Palm Jungle is 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. We continue to Otford where our vehicle meets us for the short transfer to our accommodation Headlands hotel at Austinmer Beach. Relax and enjoy a swim at the beach or just simply soak up the stunning views. Dinner will be in the hotel’s restaurant where you will enjoy an a la carte dinner accompanied with Australian wines.

Day 2

WATAMOLLA TO BUNDEENA

WALK Approximately 12kms. 5 – 5.5 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade
Beginning at Wattamolla we walk across the sand to the picturesque inlet a small beach trapping the waters of Wattamolla Creek to form a large lagoon.. We make our way along the coast and along the shoreline to just above the rocks to the pleasant cove of Little Marley. Little Marley is an arc of yellow sand backed by grassy flats dominated by she-oaks. We then walk to beautiful Marley Beach. There are few untouched and totally natural beaches left in Sydney, but Marley Beach is one of them. A large freshwater lagoon behind the dunes teems with bird life and is a favourite haunt of deer. From here the track runs close to the cliff edge where great blocks of sandstone have fallen from the cliff face and constant weathering has opened up long, deep cracks in the flat rock. The beautiful colours and patterns in the bare sandstone are caused by iron and other minerals seeping into the white quartz sand. The views from here are stunning. We then head on to Jibbons Head, the relict cliff-top dunes we will explore between Marley Beach and Jibbon were formed during the sea-level rise roughly 10,000 years ago. Once we reach Jibbon Head, we discover 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 are distinct, but you should be able to make out three large whales or sharks, a stingray, a jellyfish, a male figure with six fingers assumed to be a lawmaker, a wallaby, a shield and a tortoise. Please ensure to walk with great care while accessing this site). From Jibbons Head we follow the track through coastal heathland to Bundeena where our walking journey ends. Complimentary transfers are available back to the Sydney CBD, or at the Sir Stamford Hotel are available.

FINISH TIME: We finish at approximately 5.00pm depending on the pace of the group. For those transferring back into the Sydney CBD we arrive at the Sir Stamford at around 6.00pm.

Included With This Trip

Your 3-day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free Walk
  • Your overnight bag transported to our accommodation
  • 1 night’s accommodation at the superb Headlands Hotel
  • Professionally guided – Our guides are so passionate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, they will be having just as much fun as you.
  • 1 x Hot and Cold Breakfast
  • 2 x lunches
  • 1 x a la carte dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • Australian wine to enjoy with your evening meal.
    Please note we advise drinking in moderation as this is a strenuous walk. If you would like to enjoy any alcohol after dinner you will need to provide this yourself.
  • Complimentary pickups from the Sir Stamford Hotel, Sydney CBD if required
Accommodations
  • Headlands Hotel – Austinmer Beach
Not Included In This Trip
  • Insurance
  • Pre / post tour accommodation
  • Public transport to start of walk
  • Any optional activities during free time
  • Tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature
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