Any tip and suggestion on Coastal Walk of the Royal National Park? Is it doable in a day?
no, it's a two day walk.
but u can do 'bits'.
i always enjoyed the part from wattamolla car park south.
It is possible to do it in one day during the summer months, but you need to be very fit and keen.
The wild walks website is probably your best resource. If you want to join a bushwalking group have a look at the national parks association
There are also tour operators who lead walks there. Can be found readily by googling
It is doable in a day. It will take between 8 and 10 hours at a good speed. Take plenty of water because there is nowhere to refill (creeks are dry and no drinkable taps along route) and take a map. The track isn't well signed and is overgrown in parts so your 8 - 10 hours can blow out if you take a wrong turn. Choose your day wisely, it gets very hot out there.
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well i still say it's a two day walk.
who wants it to be a one day endurance trial?
We entirely agree. Two days is much more enjoyable and a far better experience. We look at a one day Coast Track mission is a training exercise, not a fun one.
Some years ago (when I was younger and fitter) I did the coastal walk as a one day exercise - and it was a mission.
No stop longer than 10 minutes with rests just long enough to catch our breath, no time to take in the beauty of the area of stop to listen to the birds.
At the end of the day we were all pretty exhausted.
Recommended for a day only if you are doing a 'Boot Camp' activity.
+1 vote for the wildwalks website. We find their timings pretty spot on and their walk descriptions pretty accurate.
We just did Bundeena to Little Marley Beach a few weeks ago that that's a stunning walk.
We took the ferry across from Cronulla, coffee at Bundeena before the walk, a swim at Little Marley Beach and then another swim back at Bundeena before getting the ferry back - fabulous day!
Hi Ian! What logistics do you suggest to do this walk in a day? Start in Bundeen and finish in Otford , and then catch train back is our plan! It will be an early start with short days at this time of the year! Is there any bus that you can take in Sutherland on a Saturday to get to Bundeena so you do not have to change trains when you come back and are tired?
There is no bus from Sutherland to Bundeena that will be useful to you. The first ferry on a weekend will get you to Bundeena at 9am, so you may want to consider doing the walk the other way around. You can get a train down to Otford and head off at first light around 6:30am.
This should give you all available hours of daylight to do the walk.
Most of the walk is well signposted and marked, but there are several areas particularly on the rocky parts approaching Wattamolla and again approaching Bundeena where it is easy to lose the track. A GPS is a really good idea, as if you spend 2-3 hours wandering off the track you'll lose some vital time.
Yes, doing the walk in a day is a bit of an endurance test, but you can sample all the best the coast walk has to offer, and have the freedom of not having to carry an overnight pack.
I'd suggest parking at Sutherland, and then getting the train to Otford, and then ferry and train back to Sutherland from Bundeena.
Would you suggest I do this during winter? Particularly between June 7-14?