Royal National Park Coastal Trail: Otford to Shelly Beach is a 26.9 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Otford, New South Wales, Australia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
26.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
900 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.

hiking
4 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

backpacking
3 months ago

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

backpacking
4 months ago

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.

6 months ago

amazing! highly recommend it
take plenty of water!

9 months 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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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

16 days ago

7 months ago