(0km) Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block → Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground
Wattamolla Picnic Area
(0.18km) Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground → Wattamolla Dam
(0.84km) Wattamolla Dam → Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west down the spur, with the spur on the right of the track. The track then descends onto the saddle and continues north-west through the thick wall of scrub on either side, to the ‘T’ intersection approximately 400m down the hill.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail heading east, meandering through the thick green scrub over a number of small bumps (used for water diversion) as the track winds towards the coast. After a while, the management trail comes to the signposted intersection of the ‘Deer Pool’ bush track.
(3.94km) Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk → Deer Pools Clearing
(3.94km) Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk → Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Marley’ arrow up the short hill and over the rock platform, continuing along the defined bush track, winding down to the coast where it comes to the ‘T’ intersection with the Coast Walk bush track.
(5.09km) Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk → East Marely Beach
Veer right: From the end of Marley Beach, this walk follows the coast across the beach until coming to a large green information sign on Aboriginal culture in the area. This is the start of a bush track that heads up the hill to continue along the coast.
Big Marley Beach
(5.73km) East Marely Beach → West Marley Beach
(6.12km) West Marley Beach → Little Marley Beach
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track winding along the coast, keeping the ocean and the cliffs to the left. The track winds down the hill for a while before coming to the end of Little Marley Beach.
Little Marley Beach
(6.8km) Little Marley Beach → Wattamolla Dam
1 hr 8 mins
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west along the bush track, heading down the long hill through the high scrub and down through some rocks, as it approaches the small swimming hole made by the dam in Wattamolla Creek.
(9.61km) Wattamolla Dam → Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
Continue straight: From the northern end of the picnic ground, this walk heads through the car park and across the grass to the toilet block.
(10.45km) Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block → Providential Point
Maps for the Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Otford||1:25 000 Map Series||91294S OTFORD||NSW-91294S|
|Port Hacking||1:25 000 Map Series||91294N PORT HACKING||NSW-91294N|
|Port Hacking||1:100 000 Map Series||9129 PORT HACKING||9129|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
4.8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (1.7km) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (370m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 5km is clearly signposted.
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.7km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
Providential Point is a quick and easy walk to see some beautiful coastline. The walk passes through the Providential Point campsite and continues out to the fenced cliff edge. These views are complemented by the large cliffs on either side of the lookout on this great short walk.
Total climbing: 49m
1.6 km Return
1.7 km Return
The walk from Wattamolla picnic area to Eagle Rock is an excellent way to see the the Royal coastline and the Eagle Rock formation. This walk heads south from Wattamolla, following the Coast Track, leaving the sea cliffs for a while to pass through some beautiful heath, then back to the coast, to the Eagle Rock Lookout. The walk returns to Wattamolla the same way, for a bite to eat and a swim.
Total climbing: 292m
7.4 km Return
The Wattamolla to Garie Beach walk is a scenic coastal stroll which takes you along the top of the coastal cliffs, before dropping down to the fantastic Garie Beach. The coastal cliffs give views out to sea, with many ledges also giving views down onto the waves crashing into the rock. The descent onto Garie Beach has some of the best views of coastline in the Royal National Park.
Total climbing: 317m
7.6 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk is the most direct route down to Big and Little Marley. The beaches are fantastic, secluded areas with Big Marley hosting a large sand dune and lagoon. The beaches are not patrolled and can have dangerous surf conditions, so take care. Deer Pool, and it’s waterfall, is also a highlight on the walk in.
Total climbing: 245m
9.7 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk takes you down from the ridge to the quiet Deer Pool on Marley Creek. You pass the Big and Little Marley beaches, with an optional side trip to Wattamola Dam. This side trip is well worth it on a hot day to take a dip. The walk then leads away from the coast to loop back to the starting point on Bundeena Drive.
Total climbing: 353m
11 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
Going from the small town of Bundeena, to one of the largest beaches in the Royal National Park, this walk has great views of the Coast as it heads south through the heath and along the rockshelf. The walk then descends to Marley Beach, which offers the opportunity to swim and explore the lagoon, before heading back to Bundeena. On a sunny day this track is a pure delight.
Total climbing: 417m
12.7 km Return
4 hrs 30 mins
This is a long and scenic walk down to Garie Beach. The walk travels along the ridge and then the heath covered cliff edge, with views over the coast and far out to see, as it meanders along to the beautiful Garie Beach. The descent from the headland onto Garie Beach also gives magnificent views of the coast to the south.
Total climbing: 357m
13.3 km One way
Exploring the coastline of the Royal National Park, this walk has fantastic views and a great place to wet the toes at Little Marley Beach. Bundeena is a great place to start the walk, with places to grab a bite to eat. You can also catch the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, an excellent way to start a day of walking. With this walk, prepare to be astounded by great views of the ocean and cliffs.
Total climbing: 441m
14 km Return
Following the coast through the Royal National Park with its magnificent coastal views, this walk is truly amazing. Although walked traditionally from Bundeena, this direction makes for a shorter first day. There are coastal and cliff views along much of this walk. There are also a small house communities early in the walk. Stay overnight at North Era Campsite. Water is very limited it is best to carry all the water you need.
Total climbing: 1244m
27.4 km One way
Heading south, this walk covers the coastline of the Royal National Park and can truly only be described as amazing. With breathtaking coastal views from Bundeena to Otford this walk follows the cliffs along a well managed and signposted track. You will enjoy the truly fantastic views out to sea and along the cliffs. Make an early start for day two, it is bigger that it appears.
Total climbing: 1351m
27.4 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This return walk starts from the southern car park at the Wattamolla picnic area and winds south, further into the Royal National Park. The walk follows the service trail that provides views across the coast and then follows a bush track down into Curracurrang Cove. The cove is a nice narrow nook in the coast line where a number of archaeological findings have been made in the past.
Total climbing: 91m
3.1 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This isn’t a particularly special walk, but is a nice way to see different heath environments. The walk follows an old road which has now been turned into a service trail. There are many wildflowers and banksia along this walk, providing great flower displays in the warmer months of the year.
Total climbing: 50m
4.1 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
3.8 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk becomes more interesting once you reach the end of the service trail section and start on the bush track. There are great views going down the hill, and once at Bola Creek the track meanders alongside the creek, through a dark forest, until meeting up with Lady Carrington Dr.
Total climbing: 74m
4.7 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
Winding next to Bola Creek, the Wallumarra bush track is very pretty, as is the track to Palona. Great rest areas at Bola Picnic Area, and next to the waterfall at Palona Cave, cap off a great walk. While the Wallumarra service trail and the side trip to the Beehives are not the most interesting tracks in Royal National Park, the Wallumarra bush track and the trail to Palona Cave make up for this.
Total climbing: 446m
11.8 km Return
4 hrs 30 mins
Initially following a section of service trail, this walk heads along the ridge before descending to Bola Creek. The walk becomes more enjoyable after the service trail section, especially down on the creek as the walk winds its way through the forest. After a short break at the Bola Picnic Area, the walk circles around, following the Forest Path. This track was one of the first in Royal National Park (established in 1886) and still remains very pretty.
Total climbing: 470m
12.5 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows Mount Bass Fire Trail, then a bush track, to Winifred Falls. Be prepared to get your feet wet crossing upper Winifred Falls. The Winifred Falls are really nice, and can be complemented by the brilliant side trip down to to South West Arm pools. These pools are a great place for a swim and a bite to eat before returning to the road.
Total climbing: 213m
6.7 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This short walk explores a piece of the Royal National Park, with lovely wildflowers in spring, and some great sandstone rock formations. The main highlight is the creek. Flat Rock Creek, as the name suggests, has a solid and flat bed. The rock is red in colour and the water flows across the width of the creek. This spot is great on a sunny day to contrast the blue sky with the red rock.
Total climbing: 21m
294 m Return
Following the historic Lady Carrington Drive, this walk takes your to Calala, a quiet clearing on the Hacking River. Travelling along the old road, this walk passes a few shaded brooks as it winds alongside the Hacking River. There is the chance for a side trip to Palona Cave and waterfall. Calala is a clearing with some large trees providing shade, a picnic table and access to a beach on the bank of the shallow Hacking River.
Total climbing: 302m
8.9 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
Following the historic Lady Carrington Drive much of the way, this walk heads north until turning off the wide trail. Here the heads along a narrow track to a beautiful limestone cave. In typical sandstone country, Palona Cave’s different geology makes it well worth the visit. There is a beautiful cascading waterfall just near the cave to add even more variety. Just a bit north of the turnoff this walk describes a side trip to an old picnic area, a nice cool and shaded spot to rest.
Total climbing: 178m
5.1 km Return
Opened in 1886, the Forest Path was once part of a controversial logging site, the first time that logging was stopped in Australia by protest. Now it is a short trail looping around the hill, following the Hacking River. Through a shaded environment of ferns and eucalypts, this walk passes through a very pretty environment that was definitely worth preserving.
Total climbing: 179m
4.4 km Circuit
1 hr 45 mins
This walk is another Royal National Park classic. The walk comes off a ridge to join with the Coastal Track’s tour of the beaches. The walk starts at the small Curra Moors car park and heads through the heath and bush to the rock shelf at the coast. The track ends at Garie Beach. The beach has a kiosk and is an excellent spot for a swim (when patrolled) and a picnic. This walk is good for those who can get dropped off at the top and meet their driver at the bottom, or you may choose to do a car shuffle, or retrace your steps back to Curra Moors car park.
Total climbing: 65m
4.4 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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