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Hike the Coast Track

Bundeena, New South Wales

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17 miles

Elevation Gain

4081.4 ft

Route Type



Added by Queenie K

Beautiful 27km walk along the coast of the second-oldest national park in the world. Do it in one (long) day or break it up over two days by camping at North Era beach.

This hike can be done in one day or two, depending on fitness and walking speed. You can also start at either end (Otford or Bundeena)
- This trip is best done using public transport, as parking is limited and insecure
- Start at Bundeena by taking the ferry from Cronulla ($6.40, ferries from Cronulla on the half hour - times at http://www.cronullaferries.com.au/ferries-to-bundeena/)
- Walk from the ferry terminal to the trailhead via Loftus Street - Bournemouth Street - Scarborough Street to Beachcomber Avenue.
- Follow signs to the "Coast Track", continuing up a dirt road until the track starts on the left-hand side. Pass the aptly known, and slightly dangerous, "Wedding Cage Rock" (also know as "White Rock" or "Iceberg Rock")
- Continue along the plateau on the clifftops until the descent to Marley Beach, where (depending on tides) shoes may have to be removed to cross the creek going into the ocean from Marley Lagoon.
- Pass Little Marley Beach and then head inland, eventually crossing Wattamolla Creek. From there, it's only a 10 min walk until Wattamolla Beach and lagoon is reached, with toilets and a carpark - the perfect place for a swim to cool off
- Continue along the clifftops until Garie Beach is reached, where there is a Surf Life Saving Club in summer, with toilets and water (that must be treated). From there it's a short walk over the hill and past Little Garie Beach (or if the tide is low, around the rock platform) to some lovely camping spots at North Era Campground.
- If you're staying for the night, set up and watch the sun set on the beach - if you're continuing, keep going! You'll soon reach Burning Palms beach, and if you wish, take a 15min detour (the tides must be low) to see the ever-famous Figure 8 Pools. Be warned - in summer on a weekend, it can get very crowded!
- After Burning Palms, walk the steep ascent until you reach the plateau, then it's relatively flat for the last section to the final destination - Otford Lookout. From there it's a short walk down to Otford train station, where (on weekends) trains leave for Sydney every 2 hours.

Detailed track notes available at http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/royal-national-park/coast-track-otford-to-bundeena.html

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Picnic Area
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

Hike the Coast Track Reviews

Arguably the premier day walk in Sydney. Completing the full trip from Otford to Bundeena is an annual ritual for me and highly recommended. Read more here: https://everydayadventures365.com/2013/10/22/otford-to-bundeena-the-coast-walk/

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