Explore Wattamolla Picnic Area
Australia › Wattamolla Picnic Area
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- 1 hour from Sydney CBD
- Whale 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.
- Beach gear
- Drinking/cooking water
Chillin, Photography, Swimming
Spring, Summer, Autumn
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Great family adventure.
A bit crowded during peak holiday season and weekends. If you go in Autumn, the water is still warm and the crowds thin out a bit. If jumping off of rocks into water is your thing, then this is the place for you. If you are less adventurous, the place is beautiful and the wild swimming is great too. Lots of exploring to be done around the area and some easy deep water solo climbing along the waters edge.
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