Another interesting area that is quite easily accessible from Sydney are the stations just south of the Royal National Park. Unfortunately, the trip here also takes about 2 hours, but the trip to the Blue Mountains takes much longer. I’ve driven through the area a few times by car, but never hiked through. So I decided for an easy and quite short hike, early 2023 around the small village of Stanwell Park.
I’ve been to a few places to hike around Sydney now. On this trip on a weekend day, this time I took the train north to Hawkesbury River station. At this station there is an access to the Great North Walk, which goes from Sydney to Newcastle or even further. I decided to walk the piece from Haweksbury River to one of the more southern stations. This walk took place in December 2022.
I had a somewhat long layover in Singapore on my flight back to Germany from Sydney. For this reason, I had booked a hotel for one night and had to go on the very next day. In the end, I only had about three hours in the late evening to walk around a bit. It was December 2022 and as always tropically warm in Singapore. So I walked a little along the beach and then back to my hotel.
The hike from La Perouse to Cape Banks is always worth repeating. There are always quite a lot of people on the beach in summer and with the moderate hiking trail spectacular and worldwide unique views are guaranteed. Here I was again after a few years at the end of 2022.
Another hike on a weekend in early summer 2022 in November took me to Waterfall Station. From there I did a hike through the Royal National Park to Heathcote Station.
After a long time I was once again in Sydney. I wanted to do a hike near the city and through the suburbs of Sydney for a long time. For this purpose, the Cooks river walking track is wonderful, because it goes over 15 km far north always along the river and later a small rivulet through park-like landscapes. This walk took place in October 2022.
Another weekend walk took me from Sydney to the Blue Mountains this time. This time I didn’t want to do a hike in Katoomba by default, but drove a bit further to Blackheath. In Blackheath I made in the end effect two trails one after the other, which were nevertheless quite short. However, that was not so much the problem, because the journey by public transport from Sydney always takes a long time. The one route was Cliff Top Track and the subsequent route went down into a valley and was the extremely worth seeing Grand Canyon Walking Track.
Since a long time I was once again in Sydney and on the weekend a trip to the surrounding area offers itself. Incredibly interesting hiking trails are waiting for you where you can always discover new things. This time I decided to drive to Bundeena and then continue a hike from the north along the coast through the Royal National Park. Actually, I wanted to go only a small piece and then back again, but the day was still quite early and I thought that this multi-day tour would have to be done in one day. So I went from Bundeena to Otford in one day through the whole Royal National Park from north to south.
The Royal National Park is a stunning natural gem located just south of Sydney, Australia. It is the oldest national park in Australia, and is well known for its breathtaking coastline, pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and abundant wildlife. Visitors to the park can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, picnicking, and swimming.
The Royal National Park was established in 1879, making it the second oldest national park in the world (after Yellowstone National Park in the United States). The park was created to protect the unique landscape and biodiversity of the area, and to provide a space for people to enjoy nature.
The park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including over 200 species of birds, reptiles, and mammals. The park’s coastal cliffs and beaches are particularly impressive, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can enjoy swimming, surfing, and fishing at beaches like Garie Beach, Wattamolla Beach, and Burning Palms Beach. The park also features several waterfalls, including the popular Wedding Cake Rock and the stunning Figure Eight Pools.
The Royal National Park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with over 100km of walking tracks and trails. Visitors can explore the park on foot, bike, or horseback, and can take guided tours to learn about the park’s history and natural features. The park’s popular walks include the Coast Track, which runs for 30km along the park’s stunning coastline, and the Palm Jungle Loop, which takes visitors through the park’s lush rainforest.
The Royal National Park offers several camping options for visitors who want to spend more time in the park. The park has six campgrounds, including the popular Bonnie Vale campground, which is located near the park’s beaches and offers amenities like BBQs, showers, and toilets. Visitors can also camp at the park’s remote backcountry campsites, which require a permit and offer a more rugged camping experience.
The Royal National Park is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Sydney. The park’s stunning natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and range of outdoor activities make it a great place to escape the city and enjoy nature. Whether you’re interested in hiking, camping, or simply relaxing on the beach, the Royal National Park has something for everyone.