Sydney Royal National Park

Sydney’s Royal National Park is a sprawling green area home to hidden beaches, winding coastal road and verdant green bushland. The park, which opened in 1879, was the second National Park to open in the world, following closely after America’s Yellowstone National Park. Getting here is a little tricky as the park sits just under an hours drive of the city and isn’t linked to a public bus system, that said it’s well worth renting a car just for a day to visit this place of outstanding natural beauty.

What to Expect

If you’re simply itching to be at one with nature and immerse yourself in flora and fauna, but don’t have the time to visit the Blue Mountains National Park, then the Royal National Park offers a great compromise. If you’re in no rush to leave, there’s a handful of camps, cottages and hotels in the area to help extend your stay.

What to Do

Walking, biking and swimming are the three most popular activities in the park thanks to the 60 miles of hiking trails, 11 beaches and an array of saltwater swimming holes. Jibbon Beach is one of the most popular swimming spots for families as the water here is both calm and shallow. Other activities include whale watching along the coast, hiring a paddle boat from Audley Boatshed and enjoying a picnic in the town of Wattamolla.