Planning a day trip to Royal National Park Sydney? (read these tips!)


Planning a day trip to the Royal National park from Sydney will be challenging for a first-time traveler. There may be a lot of questions pops into your mind such as what are the best things to do, how to get there, ae there any guided tours available from Sydney to Royal National Park, and the list will be endless. Hence, we as Sydney Top Tours thought of share some of the tips from our experience of traveling to this world-famous National Park as a tour provider in Sydney.

Why it is important to visit the Royal National Park?

It is a protected national park and the second oldest national park after the Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, US. The park covers a variety of features which include stunning beaches, bush walks, and hidden swimming holes. Figure 8 is one of the popular swimming holes and will talk about it later in this article. Do you know that Royal National park is one of the spots in Sydney to sight Humpback whales? Stay tunes and will give more info on this. For me, a weekend at Royal National Park is a replacement for a fitness pass. If you love epic bush walks, this park offers plenty.

How to get to Royal National Park Sydney?

Here we discussed getting to the park by self-drive, public transport and available tours.

Sydney to Royal National Park train

There are two ways you can get to the park with the use of public transport. The first option is, catching the Illawarra Line from Central and get off from Cronulla. From Cronulla take a ferry to Bundeena and follow the foot trail. The second option to getting to the Royal National Park from the train is to reach to Loftus, Engadine, Heathcote, Waterfall, or Otford, and then through the walking path and into the park.

Sydney to Royal National Park self-drive

If you are driving, you can enter the park via Farnell Avenue or Lady Wakehurst Drive or McKell Avenue. If you are outbound from Sydney, take off at Farnell Avenue. Take the Otford entry point if you are driving from Wollongong. Park can be accessed by a 2wd vehicle, however, there is a park entry fee of 12$ per car. You can purchase a ticket from available ticket booths from Wattamolla or Garie Beach.

Royal National Park Sydney day trips and tours

Sydney has been a popular tourist destination in Australia, there are many tours goes to major tourist attractions such as the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley for wine tasting. However, there is only a few tour operators conduct guided tours to Royal National Park Sydney. Moreover, mostly you have to book a private tour operator if you are seeking an authentic and flexible itinerary.

Things to do in Royal National Park Sydney

Figure 8 pools

Figure 8 pools

As the name stands for, a rock pool shaped of figure 8 located in Royal National Park. Firstly, we should warn you that this is not for everyone. A visit to Figure eight pool is a life risk. It is a long 6 km hike passing steep and slippery tracks. Moreover, the risk of getting the trap to high tide and there won’t be any escape for hours and hours. Despite all the warnings, yet if you want to challenge yourself, we advise checking the Risk Alerts from “National Parks NSW” website. The hike starts at Garrawarra Farm carpark and will take over 2 hours each way.

Ogle Wedding Cake Rock 

Royal National Park, Sydney

Just north of Marley Beach in the Royal National Park, you can see this sandstone structure. The wedding cake rock is very fragile and advise visitors not to step into this unstable creation of nature. From the distance, the rock resemblance a slice of cake with a white icing layer. Many visitors raising the question of why the Ogle Wedding cake rock stands with bleached white color and most other sandstones found in Sydney having copper mixed color. The answer is the percentage of iron particles in each sandstone structures and rust formation causes the color of the rock.

Whale watching Sydney

As we said in the introduction, a visit to Royal National Park from May to November offers you chances to sight Humpback whales. Take a coastal walk to the park and Bundeena is the best spot to sight fin slapping of Humpback whales.

Whale Watching Sydney

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