The area of Caringbah, just a stone’s throw from the Royal National Park, is where Vivo Living calls home, in the heart of the Sutherland Shire where sweeping bushland meets the everlasting ocean. Being a part of the Vivo Living community places you in the position of endless opportunity to connect with nature’s purities and surrounding areas. If you are looking for Short term accommodation near Royal Park or Sutherland Shire rentals then Vivo Living is the best option.
Across the Port Hacking River just south of Sydney you can find one of NSW’s most valuable gems, The Royal National Park. The eucalyptus-rich bushland offers an array of either afternoon unwinding or weekender activities. Whether it be the coastal cliffs, isolated beaches, bush trails, or wild swimming, you are bound to come across a new adventure.
For the more audacious types (if relaxing on a secluded beach reading your favourite novel isn’t your cup of tea) maybe something more physically challenging would be better suited. The 26km Coastal Track is a multi-day hike that spans between Bundeena and Otford. Along the way, you’ll pass through spots such as Marley Head, Wattamolla, Curracurong Falls, Garie Beach, North Era, and plenty of wildness to immerse yourself in, as well as family-friendly spaces.
A popular family-friendly spot for a picnic, Wattamolla is the perfect place to take the family for a barbeque under the sun. From the trickling waters of Wattamolla Creek, the spot opens up to the tumbling waterfall and sandy island beach before looking out to the open ocean. Only a short 10-minute walk from the car park you can also find the Providential Lookout Trail which offers an extensive view of the cliff’s edge.
Roughly 8 km from Wattamolla the next stop of the Coastal Track is the 1.3 km long beach known as Garie a well-known surfing break and also home to the Garie Boardriders a club that has been running since 1978. This beach is patrolled for swimming however it is hazardous, and you should only swim when the flags are up and the beach is being patrolled. You can find more information about beach safety here:
After passing through both Wattamolla and Garie you may need some time to unwind, relax, and enjoy an overnight stop at North Era beach under the stars. You will need to come prepared as the campsite only harbours for completely self-sufficient campers meaning you will need food, drinking water, cooking equipment, and supplies.
Completely immersed within nature, North Era is surrounded by natural sea pools, eucalyptus filled escarpment, and seasonal flora to help you unwind from hiking and focus on being present with nature. The ideal spot to help you get ready to take on the next leg of your journey through the Palm Jungle toward the end of the Coastal Trail.
The Coastal Track concludes with the last section of the hike through the rich Palm Jungle, offering a variety of open panoramic boardwalk, escarpment views and plenty of opportunities to spot an array of different wildlife, from native birds to pods of passing dolphins. The Palm Jungle track brings you to the end at Otford where you can enjoy a snack or meal from The Otford Pantry and reminisce on the 26 km journey through The Royal National Park.
For more information, planning and safety tips visit https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/royal-national-park