Tour ID: 10044471
Join this guided walk on the spectacular Coast Track, also known as the Coastal Track, or Coastal Walk, the jewel in the crown of the Royal National Park in Sydney. The track runs along sheer sandstone cliffs with panoramic views stretching miles in all directions. Experience picturesque freshwater lagoons, the unusual milky white cliff faces sculpted by the sea, ancient Aboriginal carvings, the distinctive Eagle Rock, unspoilt beaches, wild moors, the tranquil Palm Jungle rainforest plus much more. There is unlimited opportunities for photographing the scenic coastline, observing birds and wildflowers in spring, or migrating whales in this magnificent National Park. This is a 26km walk over 2 days graded as a medium level walk. Sydney hotel pickups available. Life's an Adventure is the only Tour Operator offering multiple levels of packages.
We'll carry your bags
You'll love our 2 day walk - no need to carry your gear - we'll transport your overnight bags to our exclusive campsite with magnificent coastal views.
Exclusive Campsite for our Group
This campsite is set aside exclusively for our group with no other campers permitted to camp at Wattamolla on the night. You'll find your tent set up and ready for your arrival and your bags already in your tent. A hot shower is there for those who wish to refresh or take a short walk to the lagoon or beach for a swim. In the evening put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine or beer as a delicious dinner of gourmet delights including fresh snapper, Rogan Josh or Thai chicken, fresh gourmet salads, berry crepes or butterscotch nut tart is prepared for your enjoyment.
We have three package types available. For those after a true glamping package we will transport your bags to the campsite and have your tent set up and ready for your arrival or for those training carry your own bag and provide your own tent and equipment/
An all-inclusive package
Your overnight bag transported to our waterfront campsite
Transfers from Otford to Bundeena, allowing those driving to the Royal National Park the ability to drive home immediately after the walk is completed. For those taking public transport we will meet you at the start of the walk at Bundeena and drop you off at a convenient train or bus station where there are regular services. Or for tourists we offer a hotel pickup and drop off from the Sydney CBD.
Professionally guided - Our guides are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
1 x Breakfast including fresh fruit platter, yogurts, cereals, freshly brewed coffee, tea and juices
2 x lunches
Pre-dinner cheeses, dips and nibbles
1 x delicious dinner. Our menu changes for each trip, delicious dishes such as Thai snapper, mediterrean vegetables, morrocan lamb, french berry crepes, butterscotch nut tart with fresh cream will all tempt your tastebuds
Wine, beer and refreshments to enjoy with your evening meal.
Please note we advise drinking in moderation as this is a strenous walk. If you would like to enjoy any alcohol after dinner you will need to provide this yourself.
Spacious 3 man tent (maximum 2 people per tent)
set up and ready for your arrival
Deluxe Sleeping Air Mattresses
Cooking, dining and camping equipment.
National Park fees and entry fees
UPGRADE TO SUPER DELUXE:
Your package will include all of the above plus
Super Deluxe Touring Tents
Off the ground beds with deluxe mattresses,
Meals as outlined above
All alcohol including quality white & red wine and beer
All Cooking and dining equipment
National Park fees and entry fees
Carry your own bags
Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, hiking pack, plate, bowl, utensils and cup
8:30 AM Sat
4.00pm day 2
9.00am start from Otford Pie Shop, Lady Wakehurst Drive Otford.
You are allowed one average size overnight pack or bag (no suitcases) – no loose items allowed all items must be enclosed within your overnight bag or in the case of a sleeping bag tied to your main bag.
Your Overnight Pack should include:
Full weather gear needed as climate is variable
We suggest wearing layers when you are walking that you can remove or add as you warm up or cool down.
Walking clothes suitable to weather: Long sleeves, trousers, shorts, t'shirts, or shirts
Closed toe, sturdy footwear; worn at all times. We suggest good walking boots/shoes - that have been walked in at least 4 weeks prior to the walk
Depending on the season and weather conditions you may like to bring thermal underwear, jumper and warm gear for night, scarf, beanie, gloves etc )
2 - 3 pairs of good thick walking socks
a pair of shoes to change into at night
sleeping sheet / pillow optional
personal toiletries – deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush or comb
Strong garbage bags or dry bags to waterproof essential equipment
Standard Package People: carrying their own gear will need to bring a lightweight tent & mattress
PLEASE NOTE: Sleeping bags are NOT provided for the trip. If you require hire of sleeping bags, this will be at a cost of $28
Your Day Pack should include:
Bring a small backpack to carry these personal items you will require whilst walking:
Plastic Mug or cup for morning & afternoon tea breaks (please help us eliminate use of plastic and paper coffee cups by bringing your own)
Personal emergency medication e.g. Ventolin
Rain jacket suitable to the conditions; preferably made of a waterproof and breathable fabric. and if your desire waterproof pants
A lightweight torch (or headtorch) with spare batteries and globe
Water bladder or container with at least two litres of water. Please note on the morning of day 1 prior to walking - guides will hand out 600ml bottled water if they feel you have not brought enough water with you. This is not provided for the remainder of the trip, however you will be able to refill your water containers each day with town water that we bring in with us in 20 litre jerry cans.
swimmers / bathers
Children must be 8 years or over and accompanied by an adult
DAY ONE: Bundeena to Wattamolla
For those driving meet us at Otford Pie Shop at 9am and we will transfer you to the start of the walk at Bundeena. For those catching public transport meet us at 9.45am at Bundeena Wharf (a short ferry ride from Cronulla). From Bundeena wharf we walk along the track through coastal heathland to Jibbons Head where you get your first look at the spectacular coastal views which make this walk so special. On a large flat expanse of sandstone the Aboriginal inhabitants of this area the Dharawal people engraved a number of subjects into the rock. Some are distinct, but you should be able to make out three large whales or sharks, a stingray, a jellyfish, a male figure with six fingers assumed to be a law- maker, a wallaby, a shield and a tortoise. (The sandstone is very sensitive to visitor's walking boots. Please ensure to walk with great care while accessing this site).
The relict cliff-top dunes we will explore between Jibbon and Marley Beach Formed during the sea level rise roughly 10,000 years ago and are the most extensive and best preserved examples in New South Wales. The rock platform drops down from Marley Head to the wild but beautiful Marley Beach. There is few untouched and totally natural beaches left in Sydney, but Marley Beach is one of them. A large freshwater lagoon behind the dunes teems with bird life and is a favourite haunt of deer. The track continues along the shoreline to just above the rocks to the pleasant cove of Little Marley. Little Marley is an arc of yellow sand backed by grassy flats dominated by she-oaks.
From here the track runs close to the cliff edge where great blocks of sandstone have fallen from the cliff face and constant weathering has opened up long, deep cracks in the flat rock. The beauitful colours and patterns in the bare sandstone are caused by iron and other minerals seeping into the white quartz sand. The views from here are stunning.
We meander through a heath-covered plateau, in spring this area is ablaze with wildflowers including wattles, grevilleas, banksias and hakeas. The track crosses Wattamolla Creek above a large swimming pool formed by a dam blocking the creek. Along the creek there are a number of natural pools and cascades.
We arrive at beautiful Wattamolla, one of the most popular beaches in the park. Sand across the picturesque inlet at Wattamolla forms a small beach trapping the waters of Wattamolla Creek to form a large lagoon. Known after its aboriginal title, Watta-Mowlee meaning "place near running water", referring to the waterfall that runs into the lagoon, the name was first recorded by the explorer Mathew Flinders who stopped here on the evening of 29 March 1796 looking for shelter.
Our exclusive campsite at Wattamolla is situated on the cliffs above the lagoon and beach with magnificent coastal views. This campsite is exclusive to our group only on the night - with no other walkers permitted to camp here. We arrive at our campsite with your bags waiting for you in your tent and a glass of wine chilled and ready for your arrival. Enjoy a wonderful dinner of gourmet delights which include fresh snapper, Rogan Josh or Thai chicken, cheese and fruit platter, gourmet salads, berry crepes or butterscotch nut tart and much more.
Trip Notes: 12kms
DAY TWO: Watamolla to Otford
After breakfast we head to Curracurrang, there is a rock shelter where evidence has been found of Aboriginal occupation dating back 7500 years. We cross the Curra moors which are beautiful in springtime with wildflowers and honeyeaters. The Royal's heathlands contain over 500 species of flowering plants. From July to November, many of these wildflowers are in full bloom, and you can walk amidst a riot of colour of hakea and kunzea.
We continue to Curracurrong where two creeks drop as waterfalls directly into the ocean and spectacular Eagle Rock juts from the cliffs a massive block of sandstone with a tip shaped like the beak of an eagle. We continue through the Curra Moors until reaching the Garie North Head where the views are one of the finest in the park with vistas south to Port Kembla. Large aboriginal midden can be seen from this site near the beach where harvested shells, bones, and tools have been discarded.
We pass the historic shacks of South Era, classified by the National Trust as a historic community. The cabins were built and used during the early 1920s through to the depression years of the 1930s. Out of work men supported their families catching fish, rabbits and growing vegetables. Along the way enjoy a delicious lunch.
We head down to Burning Palms, the lovely beach is backed by Cabbage Tree Palms, lilly pillys and other rainforest plants. We cross open grassland before entering the rainforest. Enroute to Palm Jungle we travel through an exposed hillside of lomandra. Both the fleshy white base and the flowers of lomandra were food sources for the local Dharawal people.
The Palm Jungle is a rare patch of coastal rainforest dominated by Cabbage Tree Palms. The canopy is closed and the track is cool and shaded. Moss and ferns cover the ground and rocks. Bangalay eucalypts emerge from the canopy and large figs are scattered along the steep slopes.
We continue to Otford where your journey ends. Transfers available to Otford Railway station for those who didn't drive and are catching public transport. Or if you have chosen transfers we will take you back to the Sydney CBD.
Trip notes: 16kms
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