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Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.9 km SSW of Bundeena
Length: 10.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 10.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Royal National Park
Climb: 343 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 343 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach

Map of Walk

Location

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Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground
Wattamolla Dam
Int. Coastal Trk NE of Wattamolla Ck
Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Coastal Trk South
Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk
Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk
North end of Chimney Trk
Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk
West Marley Beach
East Marely Beach
West Marley Beach
Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk
Little Marley Beach
Int. Coastal Trk NE of Wattamolla Ck
Wattamolla Dam
Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground
Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
Starting point for this hiking track: Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

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Photo Gallery

 
Wattamolla, path north of carpark
 
Wattamolla, path north of carpark +
 
Coast Track
 
Coast Track +
 
Sandy service trail, Mowlee Ridge
 
Sandy service trail, Mowlee Ridge +

 
Rocky outcrop to side of track
 
Rocky outcrop to side of track +
 
Views of coast from track
 
Views of coast from track +
 
Little Marley from the ridge
 
Little Marley from the ridge +

 
Warning at Big Marley
 
Warning at Big Marley +
 
The surf at Marley Beach
 
The surf at Marley Beach +
 
Coast Track
 
Coast Track +

 
Coast Track
 
Coast Track +
 
Ferns near Headland
 
Ferns near Headland +
 
Coast Track view fo Wattamolla
 
Coast Track view fo Wattamolla +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 10km
Time 4 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
4.8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (1.7km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (370m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.7km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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(0 km) Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block to Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 184 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -8 m
From the toilet block, this walk follows the path down the hill and through the car park to the northern end of the picnic area, near the creek crossing.

Wattamolla Picnic Area Alt = 9 m
Wattamolla Picnic Area is found at the end of Wattamolla Road, about halfway along the coastline of Royal National Park. The area is blessed with a great beach, a lagoon and some wonderful creeks and rocks to explore. The small beach faces west and is tucked away in a deep bay. The lagoon sits behind the beach and is lined with sand on one side, and cliffs and rocks on the other shore. The picnic area has large open grassy areas, with some shade provided by trees and some picnic shelters. There is a small kiosk (often open weekends), toilets, electric BBQs and two car parks. There is water here, but needs to be treated before drinking. There is a gate on the road that is locked at night, the gate is open from 7am to 8:30pm.

Wattamolla Kiosk Alt = 10 m
The Wattamolla Kiosk in the Wattamolla Picnic Area provides basic supplies for day visitors. The kiosk does not keep strict hours and opens depending on weather and demand. It usually opens on weekends at around 10:30am and closes between 4 and 6pm. You can buy ice-creams, drinks and some hot food. For more information, call Audley Kiosk on (02) 9521 2240.

(0.18 km) Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground to Wattamolla Dam
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 653 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -17 m
Continue straight: From the northern end of Wattamolla Picnic Ground, this track crosses the wide, shallow creek (keeping the ocean to the right). The walk then follows the track marker along the bush track, winding up the other and gradually climbing up a long hill through high scrub to Wattamolla Creek, where there is a small dam creating a swimming hole in the creek. This creek may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain.

Wattamolla Dam Alt = 21 m
Wattamolla pool (or dam), Royal National Park, is a small water hole on Wattamolla Creek, above the lagoon. The pool is on the Coast Track near Wattamolla picnic area and offers a quiet spot for a dip and a rest. The pool is formed by a small, constructed sandstone dam and fed by a small waterfall above.

(0.84 km) Wattamolla Dam to Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail
Length = 3.11 km Time = 54 mins
Climb = 73 m Descent = -47 m
Continue straight: From the swimming hole, this walk follows the bush track (with the swimming hole to the right) up the hill (east) and through the high scrub, as it winds up through some rocks, and up a long hill, to the intersection of the Marley service trail and the Coast Track.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west down the spur, with the spur on the right of the track. The track then descends onto the saddle and continues north-west through the thick wall of scrub on either side, to the 'T' intersection approximately 400m down the hill.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail heading east, meandering through the thick green scrub over a number of small bumps (used for water diversion) as the track winds towards the coast. After a while, the management trail comes to the signposted intersection of the 'Deer Pool' bush track.

(3.94 km) Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk to Deer Pools Clearing
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 562 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -41 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west along the flat trail which runs through the scrub. The track continues for approximately 100m, then begins to descend after passing a rockshelf on the right. The track continues for approximately 300m, following the sprayed white dashes through the dense scrub and coming to a clearing.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Deer Pool Alt = 12 m
Deer Pool, Royal National Park, is a small and picturesque set of falls that run into a pool with a sandy bank. The waterfall is fed by Marley Creek which continues its journey into Marley Lagoon, behind Big Marley Beach. Royal National Park was once home to many deer, who used to frequent these pools. This is a relaxing spot on a warm day, with the opportunity for a dip or a gentle massage in the cascade. Although a sign suggests camping is permitted by permit, permits are not issued for camping here.

(3.94 km) Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk to Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.15 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -47 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, heading down the long gentle hill as it steadily winds down to the coast. There are views across Marley Lagoon on the left as the walk heads down to the end of the service trail, where it comes to a grassy clearing with a bush track on the other side.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Marley' arrow up the short hill and over the rock platform, continuing along the defined bush track, winding down to the coast where it comes to the 'T' intersection with the Coast Walk bush track.

(5.09 km) Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk to East Marely Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,beach
Length = 638 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -13 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track along the coast, keeping the ocean to the right for a short while before the track descends steeply off the rock-shelf and down a rough bush track to the end of Marley Beach.
Veer right: From the end of Marley Beach, this walk follows the coast across the beach until coming to a large green information sign on Aboriginal culture in the area. This is the start of a bush track that heads up the hill to continue along the coast.

Big Marley Beach Alt = 1 m
Big Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand, crescent-shaped beach, approximately 400m in length. The beach has a large dune area, behind which Marley Lagoon is found. The lagoon is fed by Marley Creek and the surrounding catchment. The beach is not patrolled and there are no other facilities. The south-facing beach has a rockshelf at either end. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link. More info

(5.73 km) East Marely Beach to West Marley Beach
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 396 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -8 m
Turn around: From the end of Marley Beach, this walk follows the coast along the beach until coming to the rock-shelf at the end. Marley Beach is very beautiful and, on a warm day, it would be a great spot to swim. On the rockshelf at the end of the beach, there are some shady spots to break from the walk. (At this, point there is also an intersection with a small bush track that heads up the hill and away from the beach.)

(6.12 km) West Marley Beach to Little Marley Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 678 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -15 m
Veer left: From the end of the beach, this walk heads up and along the rock-shelf to following the coast as the bush track weaves in and out of the short heath for a short while. The track then comes to an intersection with an unmarked bush track going off to the right and away from the cliffs.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track winding along the coast, keeping the ocean and the cliffs to the left. The track winds down the hill for a while before coming to the end of Little Marley Beach.

Little Marley Beach Alt = 3 m
Little Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand beach, approximately 140m long. The narrow beach faces north-east and has a rock platform at either end. The beach is not patrolled and has no other services. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link below. More info

(6.8 km) Little Marley Beach to Wattamolla Dam
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.81 km Time = 1 hr 8 mins
Climb = 174 m Descent = -155 m
Continue straight: From Little Marley Beach, this walk follows the coast across the beach, keeping the ocean to the left as it climbs up the signposted bush track at the end to the clifftop. From here, the track follows the coast line for a short period before passing over numerous sections of metal footbridge. This continues through the scrub vegetation, with short periods where the track comes back onto the rockshelf above the cliff, until the track changes to purely being a well-managed bush track through the high scrub, as it winds along to the signposted intersection of the Coast Track.
Veer left: 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.

(9.61 km) Wattamolla Dam to Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road
Length = 837 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -34 m
Continue straight: From the creek, (which may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain) this walk heads west (keeping the swimming hole on the left) along the bush track. The walk winds through the tall scrub and down the long hill until crossing the wide, shallow creek to the Wattamolla Picnic Ground on the other side.
Continue straight: From the northern end of the picnic ground, this walk heads through the car park and across the grass to the toilet block.

(10.45 km) Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block to Providential Point
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 596 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -20 m
Continue straight: From the men's toilet block, this walk heads to an sports-oval sized clearing. The walk heads to the eastern end of the oval. The track continues along the service trail from the oval, following the Providential Point signs. The track leads through the tree to another grass area, Providential Point Campsite. The walk continues past the campsite sign, heading east to the far side of the grass clearing to a ferny area. The track continues along the most worn and unobstructed single track for approximately 200m to the railed lookout on the headland.

Providential Point Alt = 13 m
Providential Point Lookout in Royal National Park, has views out to sea and back towards Wattamolla Beach, as well as views of the the cliffs on the north side of Wattamolla Bay to Boy Martin Point. The small lookout is fenced and perched on the rocks. Providential Point is the southern headland forming the bay that is home to Wattamolla Beach and Lagoon, at the end of Wattamolla Rd.

Drive from Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
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Getting there

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bonnie Vale camping ground
North Era camping ground
Uloola Falls camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 12.2 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 11.7 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 17.9 km
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 12.4 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 19.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 19 km (to the N)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 28 km (to the WSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 44 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
45 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 58 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Mostly sunny.
Mostly sunny.
9.9°C (feels like 4.9°)
20 km/h from the WNW (gusting 26)
69% humidity     (as at 29/05:45am)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Royal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Royal National Park
Closure information last downloaded Tuesday 29th of July 2014 06:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Jibbon Engraving Site closed for protection works (Ends Thursday 31 July)

Jibbon Aboriginal Rock Engraving site is temporarily closed for site protection works. The engravings site will reopen 31 July 2014. The surrounding walking tracks remain open.
Pool Flat is closed due to construction activities - Pool Flat picnic area
The Pool Flat area at Audley will be partially closed to visitors from Wednesday 26th March until Friday 30th May due to the construction and installation of a pontoon and jetty. Land and water access will be restricted around the works site, pedestrian access will still be available in some areas including to the provided picnic tables and toilets. For more information please contact the local NPWS office on (02) 9542 0632.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Nicole IP:124.108.98.xxx | 2010-01-31 22:17:27
I recommend this walk: It is picturesque and tranquil, and takes in the best of both worlds: coast and bush.

It took us between 3.5 and 4 hours to complete so the guide time is accurate.

I recommend you set out early in the morning to get a parking spot and for a quiet walk. We started walking at 9.30am and didn't see anyone until about 11.00am. When we returned to the Wattamolla carpark at around 12.00 midday there were cars waiting for parking spots and lots of people having picnic lunches (bearing in mind that it was a hot, summer day so everywhere by the coast was busy!)

Our photos from the walk:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33985562@N00/sets/72157623193944679/
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2010-01-31 23:10:14
Nicole wrote:
Our photos from the walk:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33985562@N00/sets/72157623193944679/

Hi Nicole
Thanks for the feedback, sounds like you had a great day out. Thanks for the link to the photos, great to see.
Matt :)
Malcolm - Great Walk IP:121.44.232.xxx | 2010-08-22 06:20:37
What a great walk taking in some great spots. We loved Wattamolla creek swimming hole . The clifftop walk back from Little Marley is very special too.

Many thanks for all the work you put into this website.
Stefanie - Hoping to do this walk tomorro IP:122.106.160.xxx | 2010-10-29 11:06:04
Have been looking at this walk for a couple of weeks now but have been too busy to get round to doing it.
Hoping to set out tomorrow morning to do it. Can't wait, it looks fantastic.
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