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The Coast track is a 26km, grade 5 one way hike, located in the Royal National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.
The Coast track can be tackled in sections or, if you’re super-fit, in a day. It’s best experienced as a 2-day backpack trip with an overnight stop at North Era campground (advance bookings required).
The northern section of the walk covers around 18km from Bundeena to North Era. Allow at least 7hrs to enjoy the rugged beauty of Royal National Park’s sandstone escarpments, sandy beaches, coastal heath and forest, as you walk. There are several scenic stops along the way, including Little Marley Beach, Wattamolla, Curracurrang Cove near Eagle Rock lookout, and Garie Beach. Stop for a rest, have a picnic, or cool off with a swim, before continuing to North Era campground for the night.
The southern section of the walk, between North Era and Otford lookout, covers 8km and takes around 3hrs. You’ll pass several heritage shacks at South Era, and travel through coastal rainforest of burning palms and palm jungle. Why not stop at Burning Palms Beach, before climbing back atop the headlands. Take in the views from Werrong lookout then push on the last couple of kilometres to Otford lookout.
Plan your walk during whale watching season, May to October, for a chance to spot migrating humpback whales. Take a virtual tour of The Coast track captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the region
Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
8.30am-4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
To Bundeena. The Coast track starts at Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena in the Bundeena precinct of Royal National Park. To drive there:From Sydney to Bundeena:Take the Princes Highway south towards WollongongAt Loftus, turn left at the signs for Royal National Park onto Farnell Avenue, which continues onto Audley RoadDrive across Audley Weir and continue along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive for approximately 10kmTurn left onto Bundeena Drive and continue to Bundeena townshipTurn right onto Brighton Street then left onto Scarborough StreetTurn right at Beachcomber Avenue and follow to the endAlternatively, if starting from Otford lookout:At Waterfall, turn off the Princes Highway onto McKell Avenue, and follow to the endTurn right onto Lady Wakehurst DriveOtford lookout is on the left as you reach the coastline Park entry points Show more Bundeena See on map Bundeena Drive carpark See on map Garie Beach carpark See on map Lady Wakehurst Drive, Otford See on map Wattamolla carpark See on map Parking Parking is available in Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena and at Otford lookout. By public transport Take the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra train line to Cronulla, then the ferry to Bundeena. It’s a 1.5km walk to the start of The Coast track. Otford train station is on Georges Road, an extra 2km walk from Otford lookout, at the southern end of The Coast track. Take the South Coast train line to Sydney Central Station, or change at Sutherland for trains to Cronulla, then take the ferry across to Bundeena, if you’ve parked your car here.
If you plan to walk The Coast track get the interactive Royal National Park map app from Avenza.
You’ll need to book North Era campground online if you plan to camp overnight here. It’s a popular place so book well in advance, especially from October to March.
You’ll need to be well-prepared and bring enough water and food for the journey.
If driving to Bundeena it’s a good idea to stop by the Royal National Park Visitor Centre for park information and maps.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.