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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Jibbon beach near Bundeena

A Surprise for Locals

For years, we guided bush walks in Sydney’s national parks before sharing how you can do the same walks self-guided. It was a pleasure to take a group of locals on one of the best Sutherland Shire walks, and – like me when I first did it – surprise them with what they didn’t know […]

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Google trekker Sydney walks

Google Trekker Sydney

It’s one thing reading about a walking track or seeing a few fancy photos, and another thing actually being there yourself. Until such time as three heel clicks of ruby red hiking boots will magically transport you, we’ve found the next best thing. It’s Google Street View Trekker, and it’s the online giant’s attempt to immerse you […]

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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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Wedding Cake Rock

Wedding Cake Rock Closed

The fence is staying. There will be no more access to ‪Wedding Cake Rock‬. Ever again. The drone footage shows why. It’s been a favourite of ours for years, but since becoming a hashtag phenomenon on social media, the number of people visiting the site has exploded – bringing its safety into question with NSW […]

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No Smoking in NSW National Parks

We’ve all seen it – a cigarette butt flicked carelessly away by an inconsiderate smoker. In a city, it’s ‘simply’ littering, but in a national park the effect can be devastating. A new NSW smoking ban aims to protect the environment from bushfire risk and rubbish by extending no smoking laws to cover national parks. […]

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Royal Coast Track, Royal National Park

A weekend away on Royal Coast Track

By guest Craig Doyle, Sydney. WOW!!! My wife and I just finished the Royal Coast Track, Bundeena to Otford, with Sydney Coast Walks. Two days of views, delights and challenges. This is the way to bushwalk. The first day is 15.5 km of picture postcard Royal National Park… the dramatic sea cliffs, the rich millennia […]

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Phil Ashley and Emma Topham with the message in a bottle at Bundeena

Message in a Bottle

It took nine months and 50km of rough ocean travelling before guests Phil and Emma found the message in a bottle. It was washed up on Bundeena’s Shelley Beach in Royal National Park during their Jibbon Aboriginal Carvings tour last week. The letter, dated June 2012, reads; Hello, My name is Lakelan and my brother’s […]

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Bundeena to Otford walk, Royal Coast Track

Hiking from Bundeena to Otford

By guest Cecilia Temperli, Sydney I recently did the Wattamolla Hiking Tour (two days – Bundeena to Otford) with Sydney Coast Walks and it was my third walk with this tour operator. I was so impressed that I booked my fourth walk, a day-hike, a few days later. The coast track runs just about the […]

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Sydney Weekender film crew set up

Sydney Weekender visits Royal National Park

TV show Sydney Weekender loves sharing the best things to do in NSW and, last week, revealed the secrets of Royal National Park. Sydney Coast Walks has been guiding walks along Royal’s stunning coastline for nearly four years so we were delighted to share our favourite places during a full day walk along the Coastal […]

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