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Royal National Park Walk

Royal National Park Walk

A guided 2 day walk

You would never guess such a magnificent hiking experience would exist in Sydney. This award-winning 2 day guided Royal National Park Walk on the spectacular Coast Track is the jewel in the crown of the Royal National Park in Sydney. The Coast Track runs along sheer sandstone cliffs with panoramic views stretching miles in all directions. Experience picturesque freshwater lagoons, the unusual milky white cliff faces sculpted by the sea, ancient Aboriginal carvings and the tranquil Palm Jungle rainforest plus much more. This is a 26km walk over 2 days with unlimited opportunities for photographing the scenic coastline, and observing birds and wildflowers in this magnificent National Park.

A walking tour with all the creature comforts

A Pack Free Experience
This walk has been designed for those looking for a guided multi day walking experience with everything done for you, so you can focus on enjoying the walk. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour, these will be transported for you each day. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying a heavy rucksack on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure you will carry as little as your water bottle,  camera and lunch each day!

Heritage accommodation
Spend one night at a Heritage Cottage in the National Park with modern decor. A fantastic place to enjoy a good night’s sleep and a hot shower after a day’s walk.

Complimentary Pre-Tour accommodation
If you have your own transport, we are happy to offer complimentary one night pre-tour accommodation before your tour. (You will need to be available to pick up keys between 2pm and 4pm the day prior to take up this option). Please request this when booking.

Personalised Tours
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 8 people.

Our Guides
We call our guides CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your walking tour lives up to to your expectations. Our guides are known for their passion and their ability to not only make the landscape come to life with their stories but bring the group together to create a warm friendly atmosphere. Our guests have said… “Daniel and Nigel were extremely professional and helpful. I have not met any outdoor adventure guides that can match up to their standards, please help me thank them on my behalf. I enjoyed my walk thoroughly and would be glad to sign up for another tour by Life’s an Adventure!”

Fabulous meals featuring local produce
Where possible we source the majority of our foods from this region including fabulous wine and local produce.

Our Awards
We are proud to have won a multitude of Tourism Awards including the Qantas Best Australian Adventure Tourism Business of the Year. In total we have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including 6 NSW Tourism Awards of Excellence and 4 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards of Excellence.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE US?

Walk with just a day pack

We will transport your Overnight Bags

21 Awards of Excellence

Regional, State & National Level

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Hot Showers & comfy beds

Stay in heritage cottage

ECO Friendly

Eco Tourism Approved

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Royal Coast Track Walk All Inclusive Package

  • Fully supported walk
  • Your overnight bag transported to our accommodation
  • Accommodation in a heritage cottage set in the National Park with comfy beds and hot showers
  • Professionally guided – Our guides are so passionate, knowledgable and enthusiastic, they will be having just as much fun as you.
  • 1 x Hot and Cold Breakfast
  • 2 x lunches
  • Pre-dinner cheeses, dips, antipasto and water crackers
  • 1 x delicious dinner
  • Australian Red and White Wine, beer and refreshments to enjoy with your evening meal.Please note we advise drinking in moderation as this is a strenuous walk. If you would like to enjoy any alcohol after dinner you will need to provide this yourself.
  • For those driving: Meet at Otford and we will transfer you at no extra charge to the start of the walk. On day 2 when you arrive at Otford you can simply jump in your car and go.
  • For those taking public transport: Meet us at the start of the walk at Bundeena and on day 2 we will drop you at a train station with regular services such as Sutherland at no extra cost for the journey home. (Though the Otford railway station is 2kms from the finish of the walk, trains only arrive every hour – so we don’t want you to have to wait around).
  • Or for those visiting Sydney: We offer a hotel pick-up and drop off from the Sydney CBD for an additional $40 extra per person.
  • National Park fees and entry fees

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Tour Itinerary

Day One
Royal National Park Walk

Bundeena to Wattamolla

Choose how to get there

  1. PICKUPS: We can pick you up from the Sydney Central Station for just $40 extra per person. (Depart approx 7.10am)
  2. PUBLIC TRANSPORT: For those catching public transport and then a short ferry ride to Bundeena Wharf. Once at the wharf its a 3 minute walk to Cafe Manna 2/22 Brighton St Bundeena, where your guide will collect you.Ferry departs Cronulla at 8.30am and arrives at Bundeena at 9am.
  3. DRIVING: For those driving meet us at Otford Lookout at 8.30am and we will transfer you to the start of the walk at Bundeena.

From Bundeena wharf we walk along the track through coastal heathland to Jibbons Head where you get your first look at the spectacular coastal views which make this walk so special. On a large flat expanse of sandstone the Aboriginal inhabitants of this area the Dharawal people engraved a number of subjects into the rock. Some are distinct, but you should be able to make out three large whales or sharks, a stingray, a jellyfish, a male figure with six fingers assumed to be a law- maker, a wallaby, a shield and a tortoise. (The sandstone is very sensitive to visitor’s walking boots. Please ensure to walk with great care while accessing this site).

The relict cliff-top dunes we will explore between Jibbon and Marley Beach Formed during the sea level rise roughly 10,000 years ago and are the most extensive and best preserved examples in New South Wales. The rock platform drops down from Marley Head to the wild but beautiful Marley Beach. There is few untouched and totally natural beaches left in Sydney, but Marley Beach is one of them. A large freshwater lagoon behind the dunes teems with bird life and is a favourite haunt of deer. The track continues along the shoreline to just above the rocks to the pleasant cove of Little Marley. Little Marley is an arc of yellow sand backed by grassy flats dominated by she-oaks. From here the track runs close to the cliff edge where great blocks of sandstone have fallen from the cliff face and constant weathering has opened up long, deep cracks in the flat rock. The beauitful colours and patterns in the bare sandstone are caused by iron and other minerals seeping into the white quartz sand. The views from here are stunning.

We arrive at beautiful Wattamolla, one of the most popular beaches in the park. Sand across the picturesque inlet at Wattamolla forms a small beach trapping the waters of Wattamolla Creek to form a large lagoon. Known after its aboriginal title, Watta-Mowlee meaning “place near running water”, referring to the waterfall that runs into the lagoon, the name was first recorded by the explorer Mathew Flinders who stopped here on the evening of 29 March 1796 looking for shelter. Time available for a swim before the short transfer to our acommodation. This heritage cottage is set amongst the bushland in the National Park with indoor and outdoor dining, comfy beds and hot showers. Tonight sit back and relax as our guides prepare a wonderful dinner served with wine.

Day Two
Royal National Park Walk

Watamolla to Otford

After breakfast we transfer the short distance back to the track. We then walk to Curracurrang, there is a rock shelter where evidence has been found of Aboriginal occupation dating back 7500 years. We cross the Curra moors which are beautiful in springtime with wildflowers and honeyeaters. The Royal’s heathlands contain over 500 species of flowering plants. From July to November, many of these wildflowers are in full bloom, and you can walk amidst a riot of colour of hakea and kunzea. We continue to Curracurrong where two creeks drop as waterfalls directly into the ocean and spectacular Eagle Rock juts from the cliffs a massive block of sandstone with a tip shaped like the beak of an eagle. We continue through the Curra Moors until reaching the Garie North Head where the views are one of the finest in the park with vistas south to Port Kembla. Large aboriginal midden can be seen from this site near the beach where harvested shells, bones, and tools have been discarded. We pass the historic shacks of South Era, classified by the National Trust as a historic community. The cabins were built and used during the early 1920s through to the depression years of the 1930s. Out of work men supported their families catching fish, rabbits and growing vegetables. Along the way enjoy a delicious lunch. We head down to Burning Palms, the lovely beach is backed by Cabbage Tree Palms, lilly pillys and other rainforest plants. We cross open grassland before entering the rainforest. Enroute to Palm Jungle we travel through an exposed hillside of lomandra. Both the fleshy white base and the flowers of lomandra were food sources for the local Dharawal people. The Palm Jungle is a rare patch of coastal rainforest dominated by Cabbage Tree Palms. The canopy is closed and the track is cool and shaded. Moss and ferns cover the ground and rocks. Bangalay eucalypts emerge from the canopy and large figs are scattered along the steep slopes.

We continue to Otford where your journey ends. For those who didn’t drive and are catching public transport we are happy to drop you at Otford Railway Station or a Station enroute back to Sydney. Or if you have chosen Sydney transfers we will take you back to the Sydney CBD.

.. and the resultCustomer Testimonials
Meals & Guides Excellent. Daniel's knowledge of native flora and fauna was fantastic. I loved that we were able to taste indigenous foods along the way, that he pointed out objects, and told interesting stories that were attributed to the aboriginals that lived in the area. Camping - Excellent. Overall impression of the tour. Beyond Expectations. I had a great time. Good food, good company with fantastic scenery and landscapes. Overall an awesome walk that I'd do again if the opportunity arose.
Belinda V. March

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Meals - Excellent. All the food was fresh and tasty! Guides - Excellent. Amy, Adam & Daniel were professional and knowledgable. They worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone had a great time. Camping - Excellent. Comfy mattresses! Overall impression of the tour - Beyond Expectations. Thanks for providing the whale acrobatic show.
Diana Milnes

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Tour Accommodation

Royal National Park Walk
Royal National Park Walk
Royal National Park Walk

Heritage Cottage Stay

1 night stay

After a great day hiking, it’s nice to have a fantastic place to come back to. We spend 1 night in a heritage cottage set amongst the bushland in the National Park with a short stroll to the picturesque river with its stunning turquoise water. With indoor and outdoor dining area, a large lounge area to relax as well as a bath, hot shower and comfy beds, this is the perfect place to kick back and relax as our guides prepare a delicious meal for your enjoyment served with Australian wine.

Royal National Park Walk
Royal National Park Walk

Bed configurations in this heritage cottage are:

Bedroom 1: Queen bed
Bedroom 2: Queen bed
Bedroom 3: Twin Beds
Bedroom 4: Twin beds

Note: for larger private groups we offer alternative accommodation.
Please note accommodation may vary subject to availability but will be replaced by a property of equal standard,

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Tour Availability

We run regular scheduled tours from September to April each year. To check real time availability on all our NSW walking tours please see information below. If you after a special group departure date please contact us at enquiries@lifesanadventure.com.au

 

Tour Prices

Super Earlybird Special Save $600 per couple or $300 per person.

Super Earlybird Special save $300 per person by 30 June 2017
Save $300 per person or $600 per couple when you book and pay in full at time of booking by 30 June 2017. Available for next season departures Sept to Dec 2017 or February - April 2018. See special cancellation policy for earlybirds below.

PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 8 or more can save an additional $100 per person (on above savings) when they book a departure. Choose a date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.


Super Earlybird Price
$ 649 /p

per person

Overnight bags transported
1 x delicious dinner
1 x breakfast
2 x lunches
Accommodation in Heritage Cottage
Fine Australian Wine
National Park Pass
No Credit Card Fees

Super Earlybird Early Bird Discount Available $649
Save $300 per person

Book & Pay in full at time of booking. Book by 30 June 2017.

Normal PriceEarly Bird Discount Available $799
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior
to departure.

Private GroupEarly Bird Discount Available $599
Save $350 per person
Departure of your choice. Available for groups of 8 – 11 people. Book & Pay in full at time of booking. Book by 30 June 2017.

Normal Private Group Price $749
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior
to departure.

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Exclusive Group Departures

Exclusive departure dates can be organised for groups of 8 or more. Please enquire for dates and pricing.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A $250 deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place with final payments due 8 weeks prior to departure. (unless purchasing red hot specials or earlybird specials – in which case full payment is due to time of booking). Note: If you are booking within 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement at Jenolan Caves House, however this is on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made on-line via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card Fees Apply.
  • Early bird or Red Hot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at time of initial booking.
  • Earlybird Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Red Hot Specials, however transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to injury, minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How fit do I need to be to do this walk?

This walk is suitable for those who are looking for a walking / hiking holiday experience. The walk is rated as a medium grade requiring a good level of fitness to complete this walk. This is a 2 day walk which is 26.5kms in total i.e 11kms day 1 (7 miles) and 15.5kms (9.6 miles). There are many ascents and descents over the 2 days including a couple of steep hills. We’ll take the pace at a level that suits everyone, with plenty of rest stops and opportunities to take photos during each day. Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.

Do I need to pay extra for a portered walk?

No. All our guests will have their overnight bags transported to the accommodation leaving you free to walk with a small day pack.

So what will I need to carry?

All our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day.

Do you cater for different dietary requirements?

Yes we can provide for any special dietary requirements. When booking please specify your special dietary requirements with as much details as possible. If you require specific meals such as gluten free, vegetarians that don’t eat fish or vegan, other than our standard menu you can either bring your own supplements or a $50 surcharge will apply.

When is the best time of the year to do this walk?

We run this tour from September to April each year. In summer (from December to February) you can take advantage of clear days, swimming in the numerous waterholes and the fantastic lagoon and beach at Wattamolla, March to April is autumn and has perfect weather for hiking but still warm enough to swim. Spring from September to November perfect conditions for walking with amazing wildflower displays.

How do I check availability?

Click on the Availibility tab above. Our booking shows real time availability. Click on your preferred scheduled date to check availability and dates. To request a new date please email: enquiries@lifesanadventure.com.au

How do I book?

A $250 deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place with final payments due 8 weeks prior to departure. Bookings can be made online by simply clicking on the Book Now button or by calling us. Note if you are taking advantage of Earlybird or Red Hot Savings savings you will need to book and pay in full at the initial booking stage.

Am I able to organise an exclusive group departure?

Exclusive departures may be able to be organised on other dates for groups of 6 to 12 people. Please email us with your requirements.

If I am travelling on my own do I need to pay extra?

We have many guests travelling on their own. When they are a number of solo travellers in the same group you will be required to share a room with someone of the same gender. Unfortunately due to limited rooms we can not offer single supplements on this tour.

How many people are in each walking group?

We run our tours with a maximum of 8 walkers. (Special groups of up to 12 people can be organised)

Do I need travel insurance?

We often get people who injure themselves before their tour or something unexpected happens and they are unable to make it to Tasmania. Travel insurance will cover all your tour, flights and pre-accommodation costs and is therefore extremely valuable, if the unforeseen happens. We strongly advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click on the link of QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited: www.qbe.com

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  • Address: 12/6 Tilley Lane,
    Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: enquiries@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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