(0km) Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Bundeena Drive → Wattamolla Dam
1 hr 28 mins
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads south-east along the trail, around the spur (which is on the left of the trail). The track then rises onto the spur and continues south-east through the thick wall of scrub on either side. The track continues for approximately 400m to an intersection, where there is a ‘Coast Track’ sign.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west along the bush track, heading down the long hill through the high scrub and down through some rocks, as it approaches the small swimming hole made by the dam in Wattamolla Creek.
(5.13km) Wattamolla Dam → Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground
Wattamolla Picnic Area
(5.78km) Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground → Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
(5.96km) Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block → Providential Point
(5.96km) Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block → Curracurrang Cove
Turn left: From the car park, the walk follows the management trail climbing up the long hill. The walk passes two large water towers as it continues along for a while, before coming to a great lookout over the ocean, marked by a sign saying ‘Curracurrang’. From the lookout, the walk continues along the cliff edge, keeping the ocean to the left as it follows the bush track. The track winds along the coast to Curracurrang Cove, where there is an intersection with another bush track that heads up and away from the ocean.
(7.53km) Curracurrang Cove → Eagles Rock Lookout
Eagle Rock Lookout
(9.47km) Eagles Rock Lookout → Int. Coastal Walk and Curra Moors Brook Trail
(9.61km) Int. Coastal Walk and Curra Moors Brook Trail → Int of North Rill and Coastal Track
(11.71km) Int of North Rill and Coastal Track → Garie Beach Car Park
Continue straight: From Garie Beach Lookout, this walk follows the bush track heading down towards Garie Beach, winding down the long hill, descending the steep rock and wooden steps to the bottom of the hill where the walk continues through the grassy clearing to the end of the beach.
Continue straight: From the end of Garie Beach, the walk follows the coast across the beach, keeping the ocean to the left until coming to the base of some timber steps, which lead up the hill on the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean on your left, for approximately 200m to Garie Beach car park on the right.
Maps for the Mowlee Ridge to Garie Beach walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Otford||1:25 000 Map Series||91294S OTFORD||NSW-91294S|
|Port Hacking||1:25 000 Map Series||91294N PORT HACKING||NSW-91294N|
|Port Hacking||1:100 000 Map Series||9129 PORT HACKING||9129|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 5km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 510m is very steep and the remaining 380m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (340m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 6km is clearly signposted.
Around 11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.6km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 10km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3.8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
**On 02/12/2010 this YHA was completely destroyed by fire and plans for the future are not yet decided** This track is the only access to Garie Beach YHA. If you leave your car in the Garie Beach car park it is easy to head up to the hostel, before spending the rest of your time down at the beach. The hostel is basic, but luxurious for a week of surfing or exploring the coast. The YHA is not staffed and is locked, so you need to pay and pick up a key from Sydney if you wish to stay.
Total climbing: 68m
1.3 km Return
Providential Point is a quick and easy walk to see some beautiful coastline. The walk passes through the Providential Point campsite and continues out to the fenced cliff edge. These views are complemented by the large cliffs on either side of the lookout on this great short walk.
Total climbing: 49m
1.6 km Return
1.7 km Return
This return walk starts from the southern car park at the Wattamolla picnic area and winds south, further into the Royal National Park. The walk follows the service trail that provides views across the coast and then follows a bush track down into Curracurrang Cove. The cove is a nice narrow nook in the coast line where a number of archaeological findings have been made in the past.
Total climbing: 91m
3.1 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This walk is another Royal National Park classic. The walk comes off a ridge to join with the Coastal Track’s tour of the beaches. The walk starts at the small Curra Moors car park and heads through the heath and bush to the rock shelf at the coast. The track ends at Garie Beach. The beach has a kiosk and is an excellent spot for a swim (when patrolled) and a picnic. This walk is good for those who can get dropped off at the top and meet their driver at the bottom, or you may choose to do a car shuffle, or retrace your steps back to Curra Moors car park.
Total climbing: 65m
4.4 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
The walk from Wattamolla picnic area to Eagle Rock is an excellent way to see the the Royal coastline and the Eagle Rock formation. This walk heads south from Wattamolla, following the Coast Track, leaving the sea cliffs for a while to pass through some beautiful heath, then back to the coast, to the Eagle Rock Lookout. The walk returns to Wattamolla the same way, for a bite to eat and a swim.
Total climbing: 292m
7.4 km Return
The Wattamolla to Garie Beach walk is a scenic coastal stroll which takes you along the top of the coastal cliffs, before dropping down to the fantastic Garie Beach. The coastal cliffs give views out to sea, with many ledges also giving views down onto the waves crashing into the rock. The descent onto Garie Beach has some of the best views of coastline in the Royal National Park.
Total climbing: 317m
7.6 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk, from Garie Beach to Eagle Rock, is another great way to explore the Royal National Park coastline. Eagle Rock is an iconic rock formation in the park, and this lookout provides a great view of it. The walk then returns to the expansive Garie Beach, offering more great views as you head down the hill. Enjoy the beach before jumping back in the car.
Total climbing: 344m
7.7 km Return
9.2 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk is an excellent loop which takes in both the coast and the heathy inland of Royal National Park. Nearly the whole walk has views of the sea. Big Marley and Little Marley are great places to wet the feet. The dunes behind Big Marley are also worth exploring, as is Deer Pools if time allows.
Total climbing: 343m
10.4 km Circuit
This walk takes you down from the ridge to the quiet Deer Pool on Marley Creek. You pass the Big and Little Marley beaches, with an optional side trip to Wattamola Dam. This side trip is well worth it on a hot day to take a dip. The walk then leads away from the coast to loop back to the starting point on Bundeena Drive.
Total climbing: 353m
11 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
Following the coast through the Royal National Park with its magnificent coastal views, this walk is truly amazing. Although walked traditionally from Bundeena, this direction makes for a shorter first day. There are coastal and cliff views along much of this walk. There are also a small house communities early in the walk. Stay overnight at North Era Campsite. Water is very limited it is best to carry all the water you need.
Total climbing: 1244m
27.4 km One way
Heading south, this walk covers the coastline of the Royal National Park and can truly only be described as amazing. With breathtaking coastal views from Bundeena to Otford this walk follows the cliffs along a well managed and signposted track. You will enjoy the truly fantastic views out to sea and along the cliffs. Make an early start for day two, it is bigger that it appears.
Total climbing: 1351m
27.4 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This walk follows Mount Bass Fire Trail, then a bush track, to Winifred Falls. Be prepared to get your feet wet crossing upper Winifred Falls. The Winifred Falls are really nice, and can be complemented by the brilliant side trip down to to South West Arm pools. These pools are a great place for a swim and a bite to eat before returning to the road.
Total climbing: 213m
6.7 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This short walk explores a piece of the Royal National Park, with lovely wildflowers in spring, and some great sandstone rock formations. The main highlight is the creek. Flat Rock Creek, as the name suggests, has a solid and flat bed. The rock is red in colour and the water flows across the width of the creek. This spot is great on a sunny day to contrast the blue sky with the red rock.
Total climbing: 21m
294 m Return
This walk is the most direct route down to Big and Little Marley. The beaches are fantastic, secluded areas with Big Marley hosting a large sand dune and lagoon. The beaches are not patrolled and can have dangerous surf conditions, so take care. Deer Pool, and it’s waterfall, is also a highlight on the walk in.
Total climbing: 245m
9.7 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
3.8 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Winifred Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Royal National Park. This walk not only goes to the magnificent falls but has the optional side trip down to the beautiful South West Arm Pools. Anice Falls are not as great as Winifred but worth the visit. The walk then continues through the heath to Maianbar Rd.
Total climbing: 179m
4.4 km One way
This isn’t a particularly special walk, but is a nice way to see different heath environments. The walk follows an old road which has now been turned into a service trail. There are many wildflowers and banksia along this walk, providing great flower displays in the warmer months of the year.
Total climbing: 50m
4.1 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
This short walk starts near the Willow Tree Picnic Area (near Audley). The walk follows a short section of the historic Lady Carrington Drive to a large sandstone overhang called Gibraltar Rock. At the base of the overhang is a rare sandstone cobble section of road. At Gibraltar Rock, there are also good view along the Hacking River. This a nice way to stretch your legs whilst picnicking in the area
Total climbing: 17m
858 m Return
Starting near the Willow Tree Picnic Area (near Audley), this walk follows the northern section of the historic Lady Carrington Drive to Jersey Spring. Past the sandstone overhang of Gibraltar Rock, this walk follows the old road and the Hacking River, enjoying the palms and tall gums along the way. There is an information sign at the spring explaining some of the history, and a short distance further will bring you to a clearing, with no facilities but a nice place to eat lunch.
Total climbing: 118m
5 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
This walk follows the historic Lady Carrington Drive along the Hacking River. The road has been closed to traffic for some time now and provides a great way for walkers (and mountain bikers) to explore the rich area of Royal National Park. The side of the management trail is dotted with fantastic natural sandstone formations, historic features, picnic areas and grand native and introduced trees.
Total climbing: 315m
9.7 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
On this walk you follow the historic Lady Carrington Drive from Willow tree picnic area to Calala before returning the same way. The walk passes two icons on the old road, Gibraltar Rock and Jersey Spring whilst crossing several small brooks. At Calala you will find a large clearing and natural shade from some large trees, there is also access down to a small beach on the side of the shallow Hacking River.
Total climbing: 282m
10.4 km Return
From the Royal National Park Centre, this walk crosses the Hacking River before rising steeply up onto the ridge to fantastic views of the Hacking River. If you look into the distance you can see Cronulla on the horizon at the highest points. Towards the end of the circuit, with good views of the surrounding bushland, the track descends to the river and back to the visitor centre.
Total climbing: 146m
2.3 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This walk starts at the historical and beautiful Audley picnic area and dance hall. Have a picnic or enjoy coffee from the cafe, before wandering along the quiet public road alongside Hacking River. After heading around the locked gate, you walk along the old Lady Carrington Drive trail for about 450 to the Gibraltar Rock and lovely views over the Hacking River. Retrace your steps to enjoy another coffee and back to the car.
Total climbing: 55m
2.2 km Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.