Royal National Park is the world's second oldest national park, and it's located along a stretch of coastline about an hour south of Sydney CBD. It's accessible via public transport from the city — first take the train to Cronulla, then behind the train station you can catch the ferry across to Bundeena. From Bundeena it's a short walk through the village to the national park.
A great way to explore Royal National is via The Coast track. The Coast track stretches the length of Royal National from Bundeena to Otford. To walk the entire 26km coastal track takes two days, but you can also tackle parts of the track for a day walk. On this trip, one warm winter's day, I walked from Bundeena to Marley Beach and back — and with my plentiful photo stops, it took an afternoon.
This photograph was captured near the infamous Wedding Cake rock. The ocean is just beyond these rocks but without that context, the photo looks as if it could've been of a spot hundreds of kilometres inland.
There's plenty to see in Royal National — rock pools, coastal cliffs, birds, wildflowers — for this walk, this picture of the coast looking like the outback was my pick for photo of the day.