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Published September 6th 2016
Picnic, Paddle or Peddle in Pristine Park
Wattle Flats picnic area is just across the Hacking River weir behind the Audley kiosk and hire shed for boats, canoes and mountain bikes. It's the ideal family picnic and barbecue area with all facilities provided – large covered sheds with tables and barbecues, toilet block, parking, easy bush walks or stroll back to the kiosk for those extra treats.
The Royal National Park is thousands of hectares of natural bush, scenic beaches and drives protected by the National Parks about 30 kilometres south of Sydney in the Sutherland Shire. It is the oldest gazetted national park and declared a national heritage site in 2006. Highlights include a ferry ride to Bundeena, a swim at any of the beaches and short to week-long hikes through pristine native bush – look out for the kangaroos, koalas, wombats and echidnas. Bird life abounds and the park includes many types of vegetation and geography natural to Australia.
One story was that it was declared a national park to break the monopoly of the original squatters. But a more interesting one is that it is the world's richest coal seam – two wealthy men were bickering over the property with the intention to mine the coal. One purchased the property and the other had it declared a national park to block the other's business venture. Decide for yourself or do the research.
Whichever version is true the general public have gained this beautiful national park making it the perfect escape from the city for all the family – the active and those who just wish to enjoy the view from the car or ferry. For all who love nature this picnic area and park provide all possibilities for the short visit or the more adventurous.