The crisp white sandstone bench has a prominent 90 degree angle cut which extends off the cliff face some 25 metres above the deep blue ocean below. It very much resembles a squared silky layered white wedding cake, making it a fabulous backdrop for a photo opportunity, though not for the faint hearted.
The Royal Coastal Walk Track (the coast track) is a 26km long track along the cliffs of the Royal National Park from Jibbon Point (Bundeena) in the north to Otford (Stanwell Park) to the south. The landscape consist of steep valleys, ridges and rocky outcrops split by the Hacking River System with its network of streams interspersed with waterfalls and pools making it one of best tracks in the world, to be walked at least once in your life time.
The track is also great for spotting humpback whales during whale watching season between June to September, with the best months being June and July.
Also keep your eyes out for sea eagles or osprey as they glide across the sky over the ocean. On the ground however, be mindful of wildlife as you are in their natural habitats, snakes has been spotted crossing the tracks or mining their own business off the walking tracks.
The coast track can be walked in sections depending on your point of interest, the Wedding Cake Rock can be accessed from Bundeena and is approximately 2 hours return. It is a difficult grade track consisting of different terrains including steep gorge descends and ascends, with some parts passing through thick shrubs and stream crossings.
How to get there
Park your car at the end of Beachcomber Avenue, note that is a very popular track so be prepared to park your car a bit further down the street. Check the information board near the car park for any additional information or new notices then continue along the sealed road.
You will pass on the left a timber sign post to Jibbon Point (Aboriginal rock engravings) before turning left at the next sign post with handwriting "Coast Track - Wedding Cake Rock" – follow the sandy track until you reach the clearing which opens up to breathtaking ocean views over the 'Balconies'. You are now on the coast track and continue heading south.
The most difficult part of the track is the descend into the 'Water-run' a natural stream outflow into the ocean. It is worthwhile to spend a few minutes there, walking out along the rocky base close (not too close) to the water's edge to watch the wild waves crashing against the cliff face and to view the waterfall display.
Hiking back up the ravine, through some shrubs you are almost at destination and your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the silky white Wedding Cake Rock against backdrop of the deep blue ocean; it is truly magical!
Bundeena is a very popular beachside town, during the summer months on the weekends the cars fill up both sides of the residential streets.
The Bundeena Creek outflow runs along the eastern section of the beach creating a lagoon like area for the kids to play, there is also a children's playground and plenty of green grassy picnic spots under the shades of the eucalyptus trees.
Across the road are some lovely little cafes, speciality shops and the local IGA for your everyday needs. You can pass by to stock up on some water, snack and lollies before your hike.
Toilet amenities are available near the wharf.
You can drive Bundeena or catch a short 30 minute ride on the little green ferry from Cronulla at Gunnamatta Bay near Cronulla Station. For more information visit www.cronullaferries.com.au
Have a great day in Bundeena and enjoy the Royal Coastal Walk Track.
National Parks and Wildlife Service – Current Alerts
Applies from Friday 29 May 2015 to Fri 31 July 2015. Last Reviewed Tue 2 Jun 2015.
Closed areas: Wedding Cake Rock
Access to Wedding Cake Rock is closed. Due to its growing popularity, National Parks and Wildlife Service is currently undertaking a geotechnical assessment to make sure the cliff shelf can support the numbers of people visiting each week. While these tests are being undertaken we are taking every caution to protect the public, which is why the safety fencing has been erected. This is a really beautiful location and we encourage people to come and look at the spectacular rock formation but they key is doing it from a safe distance from the edge.