Royal National Park Cabins Open Day

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Royal National Park cabins? On the annual open day, hear directly from members of the shack communities for the National Trust Festival. You’ll hear how the cabins have been built and maintained by generations of local families away from the mod cons of 21st century life. […]

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Short-beaked echidna. Photo by Adrian van der Stel.

Australian birds and animals in Royal National Park

We are still blown away by how beautiful guest Adrian van der Stel’s photos are of the Australian birds and animals he spotted while out on a full-day Sydney coastal walk with us in Royal National Park a few years ago. This wasn’t a birdwatching tour, nor a specific wildlife walk, but rather Adrian’s photos are of […]

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Aboriginal Canoe Tree

Not too far along the track to Figure 8 Pools is one of the best examples of an Aboriginal canoe tree we’ve seen. It’s literally right next to the track but still easy to miss because you have to know what to look for. Aboriginal Canoes To know what you’re looking for, first you need […]

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Best Walks Royal National Park

Best Royal National Park Walks

With all these bushwalking options, it’s no wonder Royal National Park is a favourite escape for Sydney-siders. It’s a pleasure to share some of the best Royal National Park walks with you, after all, this park is where it all started for us. The only problem now is choosing which walk you’ll tackle this weekend!

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Eagle Rock Royal National Park

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Jibbon Aboriginal Midden

Walk down onto the sand at the western end of Jibbon Beach, Bundeena, there’s a sign saying “Royal National Park, A Dharawal Place”. But what is a Dharawal place? Dharawal were the Aboriginal people that lived in southern Sydney. What makes here any more Dharawal than the developed suburb of Cronulla across the water? The […]

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Sydney wildflowers

A Rainbow of Sydney Wildflowers

What are Wildflowers? Exactly as it sounds, wildflowers are Australian native flowers that grow wild in nature. They are not planted or tended to by people. What is so special about Wildflowers? The colours. During late winter and early spring the bushland in and around Sydney comes alive in vivid rainbow colours. The natural landscape […]

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6 Best Whale Watching Places in Sydney

Whale watching season in Sydney is a great reason to get on the winter woollies and head to the coast. There are numerous vantage points all along the coastline but we’ve chosen the six best, most easily accessible and dramatic places to watch whales in Sydney. If you’ve never seen a whale before, it’s something […]

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Era cabins in Royal National Park

Royal National Park cabins: Era

There are about 200 coastal cabins still standing, with Era being the largest community of the Royal National Park cabins. Most were built in the first half of the 1900s, many during the Depression era. Unless you catch the once-a-year Royal National Park Cabins Open Day, the photos below are your only chance to see […]

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Little Garie Shack Community

Just around the headland from Garie Beach in Royal National Park, is the quirky cabin community of Little Garie. It’s one of four shack communities in the park. Built by families mainly in the first half of the 20th Century – before this area officially became part of the park – they’re a fascinating piece […]

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