Royal National's Outback Aesthetic

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, then behind the train station you can catch 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 parts of the track for a day walk—such as from Bundeena to Marley Beach and back.


This photograph was captured near the infamous (and highly Instagrammable destination of choice) Wedding Cake rock.

The ocean is just beyond the rocks, but without that context, the photo looks as if it might be a spot hundreds of kilometres inland.

There's plenty to see in Royal National—rock pools, coastal cliffs, birds, wildflowers—but this picture of the coast looking like the outback is my pick for photo of the day this time around.