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Fresh sea air, quiet beaches, roaring blues, greens and whites of the Pacific Ocean, peaceful rockpools, bright, blooming wildflowers, ancient and towering trees, cheerful birdsong and prehistoric lizards. Just a few of the reasons we keep returning to Sydney's Royal National Park and it's 100km of walking trails.
On your journey, you'll experience rainforest, cliffsides and creeks, dip into dense bushland and rise to the peaks of southern Sydney with views to blow away Mondayitis.
The Nasho hosts over a dozen major walking tracks. These can be tackled in sections, with some looping in a round-trip. Whether you're a regular or a first-timer, you'll love walking a mile or two on these top tracks.
Wedding Cake Rock - not safe to walk on (or eat) (by NPWS)
Whichever walk you choose, you'll love it but safety is a top priority.
Be prepped with supplies – water, snacks, appropriate clothing (hat, long-sleeve shirt, jumper, rainjacket, sunglasses, sturdy walking shoes, long pants (cargo pants are perfect to protect against scratches and carry items in the endless number of pockets)), mobile phone, camera, backpack.
Each walk has unique highlights, changing as the seasons change, so return visits are well worth it.
Bundeena Drive to Marley walk - 3.25km one-way.
A swimmer's delight – freshwater pools, creeks and beaches are the best parts of this easy, scenic 90-minute walk. Click here for more info.
Bungoona lookout and path – 1.8km return.
This grade 1 walk is a quick, 30-minute intro to the park (or take your time on a relaxed stroll). The track surface is excellent, ideal for wheelchairs. Click here for more info.
Couranga walking track – 5.1km one-way.
You'll test your calves on this grade 3 walk, finished at 90 minutes (or longer if you stop to smell the wildflowers). Avoid chatter at the rest stops to boost your birdwatching chances. Click here for more info.
Curra Moors loop track – 10km loop.
A grade 4 challenge bested in at least 4 hours. It's worth the sweat for the waterfalls, coastal views, birdwatching, heathland and sandstone cliffs. Click here for more info.
Forest path – 4.4km circuit.
Love Australia's flora and fauna? Step onto the Forest Path, an easy explore of our native wonders with spots for a dip in cool waters. Click here for more info.
Flex your hiking muscles for at least 3 hours on this grade 3 track with a few obstacles and steep hills. The magical rock formations and picnic and swimming spots will ease any soreness. Click here for more info.
Lady Carrington Drive – 10km one-way.
Share this 3-hour walk with cyclists as you journey back through the Aboriginal history of the Audley region. Click here for more info.
Palm Jungle loop track – 10km loop.
A grade 4 circuit with 4 hours walking time and a lifetime of postcard memories. Rainforests, cliff tops and beaches await you. Click here for more info.
The Coast track – 26km one-way.
Take this 1 or 2-day grade 5 walk one step at a time to experience the Park's best features. Click here for more info.
Uloola walking track – 11km one-way.
Set a quick pace to complete the Uloola in 4 hours or take your time to hear to waterfalls, trace the fragrant wildflowers and marvel at the sandstone formations. Click here for more info.
Werrong Beach track – 4km return.
You'll need at least 90 minutes to complete this grade 5 walk but the challenge will be worth it when you're lying back on the secluded beach with coastal views. Click here for more info.
If your walk has ocean views, lookout for whales during the winter migration season:
Which of these Royal tracks is your favourite? We'd love to hear your comments.