Explore Wattamolla Picnic Area

Wattamolla Picnic Area

1 hour from Sydney CBDWhale watching. Hiking and swimming. Beach, lagoon, and waterfall.

When you’re looking for a quick and rewarding day trip that's not too far away, head to Wattamolla picnic area in Royal National Park. With loads of options to keep everyone happy, this is a popular place to base yourself while you’re exploring the park.

Relax in the calm waters of the lagoon, unpack a picnic under the shade of the cabbage tree palms, and do some serious unwinding.

Starting in Sydney, drive south on the A1 until you get to Farnell Ave (approx 45 mins) where you take a left, following signs to Bundeena & Royal National Park. You will soon come to an entry station where you need to pay $11 for park entry.

After the pay station, continue on this road (approx 15 mins) as it winds through the national park and crosses over the Hacking River until you reach Wattamolla Rd, where you take a left. Continue on this road until you reach the car park, where you can park for free.

Royal National Park opens at 7am and gates are locked and the park is closed after 8.30pm. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

Pack List

  • Beach gear
  • Drinking/cooking water
  • Camera
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Beautiful spot, but not as chill as most might hope

Great on a quiet weekday when you have the place to yourself. But it does get super packed on summer weekends, public holidays and almost any day the temperature passes 27. Beautiful spot, but not as chill as most might hope.

Great place to hang out for the day

I loved this area - it's quite spacious and lush. The swimming area is huge and the beach is beautiful. Definitely enjoyed stopping here for lunch!

Awesome Cliff Jump, Pretty Good Beach

The cliff jump is a ton of fun! The beach is pretty decent too although it gets really really busy. If your in the national park though it's a must do, so much fun!


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