Great Southern Walk in NSW nearing completion

Sep 08, 2023

The first of three missing links in the Great Southern Walk in NSW has been completed, with a new 1km track featuring more than 400 sandstone steps linking the bush to the beach.

The new section from Bald Hill to Stanwell Park connects the Royal National Park to the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area.


The Great Southern Walk will eventually be a 67km coastal track from Kurnell in Sydney’s south to the Southern Gateway Centre at Bulli Tops.

Construction of the new section, a steep descent off the escarpment, required more than 150 tonnes of sandstone steps and other materials flown onto the site by helicopter.


About 64km of the $17 million Great Southern Walk has now been completed.

You can experience a lovely slice of the Great Southern Walk on our 2-day Royal National Park Coast Track pack-free guided walk!

You would never guess such a magnificent hiking experience would exist in Sydney.

This award-winning 2-day guided tour 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 walk with unlimited opportunities for photographing the scenic coastline and observing birds and wildflowers in this magnificent national park.