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#5 of 89 state parks in New South Wales

Best trails in Royal National Park

1,335 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Royal National Park, New South Wales? AllTrails has 51 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 30 moderate trails in Royal National Park ranging from 3.1 to 27.9 miles and from 22 to 1,309 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Royal National Park is located in Sutherland Shire of New South Wales. It is the second oldest national park in the world (after Yellowstone in the USA), and is, as such, part of the Australian National Heritage List. Its landscape consists of beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise waters that are surrounded by coastal bush forests. It is a great place to hike, swim, fish and watch wildlife, including whales on their migrating journey.

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Map of trails in Royal National Park
Park information
Acreage:
37,291 acres
Contact
1300 072 757
Top trails (51)
#1 - Royal National Park: The Coast Track
Royal National Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(118)
Length: 16 mi • Est. 8 h 35 m
The Royal National Park is rich in cultural heritage, as the second oldest National Park in the world for its biodiversity and beauty. However, prior to the arrival of Europeans, for thousands of yearShow more
#2 - Coast Track: Garie to Eagle Rock
Royal National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(48)
Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
A picturesque trail traversing through varied terrain with lots of wild flowers, rock formations, coastal heathland and sweeping coastal views with waterfalls. There is a challenging section with a stShow more
#3 - Figure 8 Pools
Royal National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(75)
Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
A relatively short walk to a very popular natural rock formation in the Royal National Park. This is the shortest route to the pool, starting at Garawarra Farm car park. The Burgh Ridge track descendsShow more
#4 - Karloo Pools Track: Heathcote to Waterfall
Royal National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(117)
Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
Great hike. Easy start along Bottle Brush Trail then rocky steep decent down to Olympic Pool. Hard trek back up. Easy to get to by public transportShow more
#5 - Wedding Cake Rock and Big Marley Circuit
Royal National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(77)
Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Great trail along the coast to the Wedding Cake Rock. You'll catch lots of wildlife and birds if you look closely. It’s a fairly easy walk with a lot of boardwalk along the way. Recommended if you donShow more
#6 - Royal National Park: Coast Track (South to North)
Royal National Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(62)
Length: 16.9 mi • Est. 8 h 49 m
This is an incredible trek within an hour drive from Sydney. Most hikers choose to go north to south, but some hikers may be interested in this alternate south to north trek. This route is either a loShow more
#7 - Wattamolla to Eagle Rock
Royal National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(50)
Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
Wattamolla to Eagle Rock is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located in the state of New South Wales, Australia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate aShow more
#8 - Garawarra Ridge to Burning Palms Beach
Royal National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(53)
Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
Breathtaking view. Out of the forest the sun can be full on so protection to make it more comfortable. If tide and waves right can also walk on rock shelf to figure 8 pools. The inland half of this loShow more
#9 - The Forest Path
Royal National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(63)
Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
This forest path meanders through the lower gullies of Forest Island, which is a hill that has been isolated and carved out by Hacking River and Bola Creek over time. The area features rich and biodivShow more
#10 - Bundeena To Big Marley
Royal National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(45)
Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
A short and interesting cliff-top walk. Park in Bundeena. Take the southerly coastal path. Follow marker posts. There are vast views and stunning scenery. A little nimble-footedness is required occasiShow more
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