Come to Royal NP for the walking, stay for the platypus!

Jul 05, 2024

A six-month-old baby platypus named Gilli is the first-known animal of its kind to be born in the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney, in more than 50 years.

Michael Jerrard/Unsplash
Michael Jerrard/Unsplash


The 850gm female puggle, as baby platypuses are known, was discovered in the Hacking River in the park.

She is believed to be the child of two of 10 platypuses — six females and four males — that were re-homed in the park last May.

The researchers behind the program, from UNSW, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the World Wildlife Fund, conducted a weekend of night-time surveys to recapture the egg-laying mammals.

Project lead Gilad Bino said he was overjoyed to find the puggle after it swam into the team’s nets.

“We were over the moon,” Dr Bino said. “It was just amazing … so rewarding and very humbling to be part of this mammoth effort.”


And if you fancy experiencing Australia’s oldest national park, come on our 3-day Royal National Park Coast Track pack-free guided walk.

This award-winning walk on the spectacular Coast Track is the jewel in the crown of the Royal National Park.

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.


And you never know, you might even spot a platypus!