The Coastal Track – Bundeena to Otford

Walk Highlights

The Coastal Track – Bundeena to Otford
  • Distance: 27 km
  • Time: 2 days
  • Location: Royal National Park, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Facilities: Toilets and kiosk at Wattamolla, camping at North Era Beach
  • Getting There: To Bundeena: catch a train from Central Station to Cronulla Station, then walk a few hundred metres to Cronulla Ferries and catch the Bundeena ferry (http://www.cronullaferries.com.au)
  • Highlights: Eagle Rock Lookout, Wattamolla Beach, Osprey soar along the clifftops, whale watching (seasonall - October)

Walking Track Description

At 27 km long Sydney‘s Coastal Track in the Royal National Park is the perfect length for a two-day hike. The much-loved walk borders the eastern coast of the park, hugging the coast all the way.

Typically walkers commence at Bundeena and walk to Otford, or vice versa. There is a basic camp ground on the coastal track, at North Era Beach, and most walkers stop here overnight.

It was once possible to camp at Wattamolla Beach, coveniently situated halfway between Bundeena and Otford. However this camp ground is currently closed.

[ Tip: It’s worth calling the NPWS  as they do trial new camp grounds occasionally – phone 02 9542 068 ]

Over the two days, walkers encounter the best beaches the Royal National Park has to offer, most of which are inaccessible by car, such as Marley Beach and Curracurrang Cove. Wildlife is abundant, in particular huge sea birds such as osprey and eagles. There are lookouts everywhere, one of which (Eagle Lookout) has the profile of a proud eagle. The terrain is varied, from open beaches and sandhills to grassland, gravel tracks, fire trails and lush ferns.

Overall the Coastal Track is challenging, but not back-breaking. The Bundeena to Wattamolla walk is roughly 18 km long and Wattamolla to Otford is about 9 km. There are some decent hills to climb along the way but none would be considered very hard. Shade is sparse so where a good hat, and take all the normal first aid precautions.

You must carry your own water on the Coastal Track, particularly during dry periods. There are creeks and a dam at which one can collect water however this must be treated or boiled before drinking.

When we first walked the coastal track we stayed at Wattamolla, so our walk notes are divided into two parts: the Bundeena to Wattamolla walk and the Wattamolla to Otford walk.

Walking Trail Map

(Start at red marker)

Weather Forecast (Cronulla)

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  • 4 Responses to “The Coastal Track – Bundeena to Otford”

    1. Jane | 24/08/11

      Lou What about this walk? We could do it together and it would be in our budget.

    2. RailCorp News and Information Portal » Blog Archive » Coast to Coast – Great Walking Trails along Sydney’s Finest Beaches | 22/03/13

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    3. lou | 30/07/13

      Hi Jane, unfortunately, the budget you referred to, is not OURS, its MINE, and no you cannot waste it on a walk.

    4. Jamie Taylor | 2/12/15

      it good

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