Wattamolla is a popular weekend retreat, thanks to its bushwalking, picnic tables, swimming hole, taps, toilets and large carpark.
Situated in the Royal National Park, Wattamolla is one of the landmarks along the 26 kilometre Coast Walk. That means that scenic walks can be taken to the north (Marley is 4.5 kilometres away, Bundeena 10.5) and south (Garie is 6.5 kilometres away, Otford 15.5). For those with the energy, the scenery around Bundeena is spectacular, as is the lookout over Garie Beach.
Should you feel like staying closer to home, there is a placid beach to lie on and a delightful lagoon to swim in. There are also some large rocks where rock fishing occurs.
Lunch can be enjoyed on one of the picnic tables, although they are often keenly fought over during weekends and public holidays. The same goes for parking spots, which can fill up during the busiest days. There is a canteen from which the usual sort of junk can be purchased, but this should not be relied on as its hours are unpredictable. Itís also best to bring your own water, as the supply coming from the taps may not be potable. Thankfully, though, there are proper toilet facilities.
Vehicular entry fees are $11. The gates to the carpark close at 8.30pm.
To get there, take the Princes Highway south out of Sydney. At Loftus, turn left on to Farnell Avenue, which will quickly become Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. After about a quarter of an hour, turn left on to Wattamolla Rd and follow it all the way to the end.