Royal National Park

Royal National Park is the world's second oldest national park. Located along a stretch of coastline about an hour south of Sydney CBD — it's accessible via public transport from the city (take the train to Cronulla, behind the train station is the wharf where you take the ferry across to Bundeena — from Bundeena wharf 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 generally takes two days, but you can also tackle sections of the track as day walks — Bundeena to Marley Beach and back is a popular day walk.

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There's plenty to see in Royal National — rock pools, coastal cliffs, birds, wildflowers... the coast looking like the outback. The picture above was taken at a spot near Wedding Cake rock.

The ocean is just beyond the rocks, but there's a certain outback aesthetic to the colours and textures, and that's what I love about the Coast Track — there's lots of different types of beauty. The sweeping ocean views are magnificent, for sure, but the way the rocks and scrubby coastal plants transform in the changing light of the day is just as special.

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