Explore the most popular birding trails in Royal National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great track, very casual and easy with all the new boardwalk installed. Added on an extension around Jibbon Head to the north on the first day heading North to South. Was able to filter water from some of the larger creeks with a purifying system with no issues.

Fabulous & scenic trail. Eagle Rock is stunning

Great walk, from Otford Station to bundeena... Caught ferry to Cronulla. All up took around 8hrs... Amazing scenery

Great track

Great track but scary when alone

Great views. The campsite at North Era isnt the best due to the lack of water.

Hiked this with five mates in 6hrs with small stops along the way with a 0630 start at Otford. Varying elevations between Otford and Watamolla.A nice walk but if you are going to do it in one day then take your time and don’t rush,it is a demanding walk.We had one member of the team have to be picked up urgently from Bundeena due to fatigue and low sugar.

Great variety of scenery. If it’s a hot day have a swim at the beach after

Amazing place to visit

1 month ago

Very short loop. Can explore surrounding beach area along the way. Couldn't see an of the aboriginal art.

Walked from Bundeena to Otford with a group for a 2 day hike. Followed the boardwalk the whole way except some is still under construction. Lots of hills not much flat walking. Camped at South era camping ground. Awesome hike

Amazing Track.
I walked it from otford to Bundeena in 10hours.
I took a break at Marley Lagoon and took a lot of time taking pictures of different animals and the landscape.
The way to figure 8 pool is closed, but u can make it there from burning Palms Beach in the rocks (take care of Waves and Wind). I missed the figure 8 pool

Beautiful walk, with well maintained tracks and amazing views of the water. The only thing that I didn’t like is that there are no free water on the trail, you can buy some water at the little shop at Garie beach but bring cash. Otherwise, make sure to bring plenty of water especially on a hot summer day as there are not enough shade. The camp at North Era is such a great spot for camping, close to beach. But I did this walk in 9 hrs with lots of break and an hour swim at the beach. I reckon this track can be done in 7 hrs with just short breaks.

Well maintained and diverse track. I especially like the track between Garie beach to Otford, lush terrain and beautiful beaches.

Pretty good walk some good look out points, and little stream areas, would recommend

Beautiful walk, started in Bundeena and made our way to Otford so there was no pressure to catch the last ferry back.

The best section is at the beginning of the coast walk near Bundeena Wharf.

Beautiful track! Not too difficult and I recommend going off the path here and there; once to go towards the cliff edge where you’ll see nothing but ocean ahead of you, and another to get on top of Eaglehead Rock itself. Be careful as it gets a little windy!

Honestly one of the prettiest hikes. I completed with a 4 hour hike in day one and a 5 hour hike day 2 (with the excursion to the figure 8 pools, which is totally awesome!!). Would definitely recommend it although there is a lot of elevation change.

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6 months ago

Amazing views. Hardest part of the walk is the first 20 minutes across the beach and up the first cliff. After that, its fairly flat.

A nice walk. Went from Otford to Bundeena over two days. I clocked this walk closer to 34k so make allowances. As you travel through the boards indicating distance constantly change.

from North Era you can walk around the rocks you don't have to go over the ridge if tides permit. That would have saved plenty of effort.

amazing! highly recommend it
take plenty of water!

First off this is definitely doable in one day despite so many things I read that made it seem extremely difficult. Much of the trail is level and even on man made walkways in many spots. One if the most difficult portions was the detour to the Figure 8 pools, which for my money can be skipped.

What I will say is that if you start in Bundeena like I did because I was worried about catching the last ferry, be aware that the final 3-4 miles are all uphill. It's not terribly steep and there are steps for most of the way but after 13 miles it's tough enough. Also it's good to know that there's no ticket machine at the Otford station so make sure you have a full card or a ticket in advance.

Otherwise this is an incredible experience with some of the most beautiful coastlines and beaches you can ever hope to see. And it's not crowded in the slightest so at times you'll feel that you have it all to yourself.

This is a great trail for everyone it’s got everything to challenge lush forests to start with and coastal beaches. This is a great trail that I take friends from out of town on because it gives stunning views. Time your finish with a ferry ride back to Cronulla and a deserved beer and a feed.

Incredible, but demanding walk. Check an elevation profile before taking this on. I walked this from Bundeena to Otford, and would recommend doing this. The shorter second day leaves for some flexibility. A number of wallabies were sighted along the trail, and a handful of creeks are along the trail for those with water filters. Rewarding hike, although it's entirety is not for the unmotivated.

original figure 8 pools track closed. looks like permanently. this means walking to burning palms and tracking back adding another 4km to trail from Otford. steep climb coming back out

Highly recommend, I would personally start from Orford early morning and walk north, and aim for an afternoon ferry, the reason being ferry does not start till a fair while into the day, some of the best coast near sydney

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