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Bundeena and Royal National Park: Coastal Walk

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by Lucy Y.Y. L (subscribe)
Somewhat skilled photographer. Full time tea drinker, reader and part-time napper. Follow adventures at instagram.com/discoverutopia/
Published December 5th 2015
The Balconies, Bundeena
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The fresh breeze of sea salt, sun rays baking the skin, cool splashes of water and the everlasting memories of summer will have an imprint on us all. No doubt that the town of Bundeena supplied the summer essentials that was needed after the months of Spring.

Off at the wharf of Bundeena, a kind local directed us to the
site where 'Bundeena Outdoor Adventures' held its kayaking sessions and other recreations. The owner greeted us with a smile for our booked session, kindly offering us his van to store our backpacks. Kayaking was such a thrilling yet calm experience, my arms have certainly been slightly toned and watching the kayak pull through the water was almost therapeutic. Be wary of your strength of each row, water seeped into the kayak!

Bundeena Outdoor Adventures, Bonnie Vale Picnic Grounds
My photo


Filling our stomachs with a reasonably priced lunch of chicken and salad at 'Flavours by Bundeena' and replenishing our bodies with water, we walked over heightened streets to '71 Beachcomber Ave' as the starting point of the hike to The Balconies and Wedding Cake Rock.

Map to Wedding Cake Rock
Sydney Coastal Walks' recommendation starting point


I must recommend the hike from the starting point to Wedding Cake is a decision to take with thought and safety. Even on a slightly sunny day, the trek is full of lengthy distances, trip-prone spots and steep slopes. Nonetheless, the trek was absolutely worthwhile as my companions and I huffed our way to The Balconies then to Wedding Cake.

Walk from The Balconies to Wedding Cake
My photo of the path from The Balconies to Wedding Cake


The scenery was spectacular! The Balconies was decorated with naturally patterned stones from erosion, the water gently swayed in unison with the wind and a serene atmosphere had pervaded the view. There were a few passersby who asked us to take a photograph for them but other than that, the place was almost deserted.

The Balconies, Bundeena
My photo of my companion at The Balconies


Unfortunately, according to the NPWS, the Wedding Cake Rock is 'precariously balancing on the edge of the cliff' and for that reason, the area has been closed off to prevent any accidents. However, Wedding Cake Rock can still be observed at a higher level; just continue walking. Overall, a well day spent at Bundeena and the Royal National Park; an enriching day trip for citysiders! Visit the Sydney Coastal Walks for more info!

ALTERNATIVE: Paddle board at Bundeena Outdoor Adventures, take the Bundeena Maianbar Heritage Walk for a historical experience

TIPS: Bring sunscreen, WATER BOTTLES, Comfortable shoes and sunglasses! (Whole day resulted in 24k steps)
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