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Sydney Royal National Park

brief history ...

Sydney Royal National Park, was founded by Sir John Robertson, acting Premier of New South Wales, and formally proclaimed on 26 April 1879. After Yellowstone, The Royal National Park is the world's second oldest national park.
View from Bundeena
©2006 Gabriel Ditu

Initially called The National Park was renamed in 1955 after Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia passed through it on the way to Wollongong during her 1954 tour. The Royal National Park was added to the list of the National Heritage in December, 2006.

attractions ...

  • Audley picnic and BBQ area, which was developed in the late 19th century. At Audley, there is also an information center that will provide you with free maps and information about the park.
  • Stingray - Aboriginal rock carving
    ©2006 Gabriel Ditu
  • Jibbon Hill where aboriginal rock art sites are visible.
  • Eagle Rock and several waterfalls near Curracarong.
  • Garie Beach - popular coastal surf beach.
  • Wattamolla beach with a large lagoon behind the beach. Parking and BBQ area is available.
  • Figure 8 pool south of Burning Palms.
  • Werrong beach is one of the legal naturist (nudist) beaches in the park. Campsite near by.
  • Lady Carrington Drive - It is closed to traffic and is a walking/cycling track.
  • North and South Era beaches. Era Surf Life Saving Club.

tourist information ...

The Royal National Park is located 29 km south of Sydney CBD. See map.

How to get there
Take the train to Engadine, Heathcote, Loftus, Otford or Waterfall Station (45 min. from Sydney CBD). From there you can walk, but keep in mind that there are tracks that take more than two days. A rented car or bicycle might be a better choice.

Alternatively you can take the train to Cronulla and from there there is a ferry service that is taking you to Bundeena. Phone 02 9523 2990 for more information.

Contact details:
Web site: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Hours of Operation:
Some of the car roads are closed during the night. Please check with the rangers.
22 August
1770 - Captain James Cook claims the east coast of New Holland in the name of King George III, naming the site Possession Island.

1872 - The 3200 km Australian Overland Telegraph Line is completed.

1930 - The two spans of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are joined.
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