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Marley and Little Marley Beaches

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by Margarita Steinhardt (subscribe)
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Published October 28th 2016
Take a walk on the wild side
For a summer time adventure, escape the busy streets and exhaust fumes of the city and head to the secluded wild beaches of Royal National Park. Marley and Little Marley beaches are two little gems at the end of a beautiful 4.5 kilometre walk from Bundeena. The track that travels over largely flat ground is so easy, that it is literally a walk in the park with spectacular coastal views.

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On approach to Marley beach
You catch the first glimpse of Marley beach as soon as you reach Marley Head. From the headland, the water looks incredibly inviting, glistening in multiple shades of blue, green and turquoise. The dramatic cliffs and rolling sand dunes lend the beach a refreshingly wild feel.

Little Marley beach
Little Marley beach

If you feel like exploring further, head over to Little Marley beach. It lies on the other side of a small headland and the 20-minute walk can be easily done barefoot. Alternatively, you could walk along the large rock shelf that extends all the way from big Marley to Little Marley. The shelf is peppered with rock pools that are so full of life that they look like mini fish tanks.

Rock shelf, Little Marley beach, Royal National Park
Rock shelf between Marley and Little Marley beaches

Whichever beach you choose, you will not hear the noise of traffic, nor will you have to compete with hundreds of other beach goers looking for a vacant spot on the already overcrowded beach. Instead you will be surrounded by rugged cliffs, behemoth sand dunes, wild flowers and the endless expanse of the ocean.

Wild bloom
Wild bloom

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Boulders on Little Marley beach

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Why? Walk and swim in the great outdoors
When: Any time
Phone: (02) 9542 0648
Where: Royal National Park
Cost: Free
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