Royal National Park Coastal Trail: Otford to Shelly Beach

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Royal National Park Coastal Trail: Otford to Shelly Beach is a 27.5 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Otford, New South Wales, Australia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
27.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
802 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

A bushcamping permit is required. Original figure 8 pools track is closed which means walking to burning palms and tracking back adding another 4km to trail from Otford. There are steep climb coming back out but the views are unbeatable! This is an incredible, but demanding walk. Check an elevation profile before taking this on. A number of wallabies can be 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.

22 days ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, January 20, 2017

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