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

You’ll find an abundance of wildflowers from mid-late winter in Sydney wherever you find native bushland. This means National Parks are ideal – try Royal, Lane Cove and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Parks. There’s a particularly amazing patch of flannel flowers on the Spit to Manly walk in Sydney Harbour National Park. A note on locations: Heathland is […]

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6 Best Whale Watching Places in Sydney

Whale watching season in Sydney is a great reason for you to get on the winter woollies, get out of the house and head to the coast. There are numerous vantage points all along Sydney’s coastline but we’ve chosen the six best, most easily accessible and dramatic places to watch whales in Sydney. If you’ve […]

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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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Australian birds and animals in Royal National Park

We are blown away by how beautiful guest Adrian’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. (Scroll through his images above by clicking the white arrows on either side of the photo.) Adrian’s images include a very cute Echidna and […]

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Era cabins in Royal National Park

Royal National Park cabins: Era

Getting There The most direct way to get to the Royal National Park cabin community of Era, is to drive to Garawarra Farm car park then walk via a steep 2.5km descent on a bush track. If you think that’s tough, just think of the shackies who have to carry food, supplies and building materials […]

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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 of local […]

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