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Popular walks

Bordered by 200 kilometres of waterways, 11 kilometres of beaches and 160 kilometres of bush, why not take in the beauty of the Shire by foot?

Here are a few of our popular walks:

Bushwalking the Royal National Park

Details are subject to change without notice.  

Always check current conditions and maps prior to walking in any national park with NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service


Cronulla Esplanade

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Location: Cronulla coastline
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Distance: 8.5 km return
Approximate time: 1.5 - 2 hours

The Esplanade walk circles Cronulla and is a perfect spot to ride a scooter, push a pram or just stretch the legs. With multiple entry and exit points, along the beachfront, the footpath takes you around the peninsula with magnificent views of the beaches and coastline.  Start the walk at Don Lucas Reserve near Wanda Surf Club or any of the surf clubs along with way.  Along the walk there are many parks and cafes oozing style and charm. Or it's just a short stroll to Cronulla Plaza which offers a diverse mix of dining, shopping and entertainment.  The walk continues past beaches, rockpools and parks to Bass & Flinders Point with views across to the Royal National Park.  Complete your walk back along the Esplanade or head back through the streets of Cronulla.

"Rivals the Maroubra to Coogee Walk.  A great walking track with plenty of space, very well frequented and amazing views. Suitable for anyone from an easy stroller to a fitness fanatic (use the stairs for an extra challenge)."  Trip Advisor Review March 2016.  View more reviews here.

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Cook's Landing to Cape Solander 

Location: Kamay Botany Bay National Park (Kurnell)
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 2.5km return
Approximate time: 1hr (via Muru or Yena Trail)

Starting at the National Park Visitor Centre, follow the signs via the Muru or Yena Trail. Continue further and you will see the majestic sandstone cliff tops of Cape Solander. From May to August this is a premier whale watching destination with a purpose built whale viewing platform. More information.

Take a sneak peak of Cape Solander with Google Street View Trekker here.



Burrawang Walk 

Location: Kamay Botany Bay National Park (Kurnell)
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.2km loop
Approximate time: 15-45 minutes.

Retrace the footsteps of Captain Cook when he first encountered indigenous Australians in 1770. A monument in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park marks the site of his historic landing and other historic sites along the way.  The starting point is the National Park Visitor Centre. More information.

Preview the walk with Google Street View Trekker here.


Cape Baily Coast Walk

Location: Kamay Botany Bay National Park (Kurnell)
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 4km each way
Suggested time: 2.5 Hours

This spectacular coastal walk starts at the end of Cape Solander Drive and takes you around sand dunes, heathlands and hanging swamps. Another 2 km each way can be added by setting out from the Kurnell Visitor Centre and walking along the Yena Track. Along the way you’ll see great clifftop views, spring wildflowers and Cape Baily Lighthouse. The area has a diverse wildlife including terns, kestrels and sea eagles and you might even catch a glimpse of a whale. The exposed coastline around Cape Baily offers no facilities or shelter from the elements, and is frequently windy.

Check on the weather before you head out and make sure you carry enough water and protective clothing. Once you reach the beach, you'll need to retrace your steps or walk another 5km along the beach to Cronulla Train Station. More information.


Woronora Bridge WalkWoronora Bridge

Location: Woronora River
Degree of difficulty: Easy 
Distance: 4km return
Approximate time: 60-90 minutes

Take a walk over the Woronora River via the Woronora Bridge, which has an impressive suspended shared walking/cycling path under the northern side. There is a large viewing area where you can get a 'birds eye' view of passing boats below. Being underneath the roadway, the walkway is sheltered from the sun and rain.

Start your walk in Sutherland at the train station or for a shorter walk, on Linden Street/River Road. Take the pedestrian walkway down the hill and across the underside of the bridge. Once across the river turn around and retrace your steps.




Jibbon Beach Loop

Location: Royal National Park/Bundeena
Degree of difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Suggested time: 2 hours 
Distrance: 5km

The starting point for this walk is the corner of Neil and Loftus Streets, Bundeena.  Begin by walking to the end of Jibbon Beach. Keep following the track along the coast to Jibbon Head and around to Shelley Beach stopping along the way to check out the Aboriginal rock carvings. Follow the track around and loop back to Jibbon Beach.  More information


Bundeena to Marley Beach

Location: Royal National Park/Bundeena
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Suggested time: 3.5 hours
Distance: 11 km

Part of the Coast Track, this walk will give you spectacular cliff tops views.  Take the trail from the end of Beachcomber Avenue (near the corner of Eric Street) in Bundeena (about 1.4km from the ferry wharf) and follow the Coast Track south to Marley Beach.  There are great places along the way to do a spot of whale watching in the colder months, particularly 'the balconies'. More information.


The Royal Coast Track

Location: Royal National Park
Degree of difficulty: Challenging 
Distance: 28km one way
Suggested time: 2 days

This popular coastline walk has it all - stunning sandstone cliffs, isolated surf beaches and magnificent ocean views. Best done as a two day hiking trip with an overnight camp at North Era Camping Ground. Camping permits are required and can be obtained here. 
There are two different routes you can choose to take, see below for our two alternate recommended itineraries:

    • Otford to Bundeena (south to north)
      Day 1:
      Catch the train to Otford train station and start your journey on the Royal Coast Track. 
      Complete 25% of walk.
      Camp overnight at North Era Campground (Permits here)

      Day 2:
      Continue your journey along the Royal Coast Track, completing 75% of the journey. 
      Finish in Bundeena and catch the Ferry back to Cronulla, or stay the night at one of the many popular bed & breakfasts in Bundeena.

    • Bundeena to Otford (north to south)
      Day 1: 
      Catch the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena and start your journey on the Royal Coast Track. 
      Complete 75% of the walk
      Camp overnight at North Era Campground (Permits here)

      Day 2: 
      Continue your journey along the Royal Coast Track completing the final 25% of the journey. 
      Finish at Otford train station. 
    Check track status and other important information before you begin your walk here.


    Curra Moors Loop

    Location: Royal National Park
    Degree of difficulty: Moderate
    Distance: 10 km
    Suggested time: 4 - 5 hours

    The loop starts with the Curra Moors Track which passes through woodland forest into coastal shrub and heath and is an excellent springtime walk when the heath flowers are out. The grassland here can become a swamp after rain. From the waterfalls at Curracurrong, the view extends south to Wollongong. From the junction with the Coast Track, the walk heads south towards Garie North Head before linking back to the Curra Moors Trail and retracing your steps back to the car park.  

    Check track status and other important information before you begin your walk here.



    Palm Jungle Loop

    Location: Royal National Park
    Degree of difficulty: Challenging
    Distance: 10 km
    Suggested time: 4 - 6 Hours

    This loop starts down the steep Burgh Ridge looking north over the Era beaches and south to Burning Palms. A track veers to South Era Beach but take the right hand track to Burning Palms Beach. Further down the coast the Figure 8 Pool can be seen at low tide by taking a side trip along the rock platform south from Burning Palms Beach. South of Burning Palms the track enters Palm Jungle then climbs gradually to Werrong Lookout, a rocky outcrop with panoramic views of the South Coast. Follow the track to the fire trail junction. Turn right and follow Garawarra Ridge Trail north to Garawarra Farm through closed woodland or left to Otford Lookout and railway station.

    Check track status and other important information before you begin your walk here.


    Bungoona Lookout (Wheelchair Accessible)

    Location: Royal National Park/Loftus
    Degree of difficulty: easy
    Distance: 1.8km return
    Suggested time: 30-60 minutes

    Bungoona path meanders to the ridge top and a scenic lookout with a lovely panorama of the river and surrounding park. It’s a view worth sharing with young and old, and the concrete path is specifically designed for prams and wheelchairs.  More information.



    Lady Carrington Drive

    Location: Royal National Park/Audley
    Degree of difficulty: easy
    Distance: 10km each way (or take a shorter walk as long as you like!)
    Suggested time: 6 hours return (walking)

    This wide, easy walking or bike trail follows the Hacking River upstream from Audley. Crossing over 15 creeks, each identified by its Aboriginal name, you’ll also pass blue gums, turpentines and patches of rainforest. Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching. Keep your ear out for the mimicking call of the lyrebird and your eyes peeled for lace monitors and echidnas.  With three picnic areas along the track, you’ll have plenty of chances to stop and soak up the atmosphere. At Palona Brook, there’s a short detour to explore the sandstone cave. Organise a car pick up at the other end, take a walk around the Forest path (an extra 4.4km loop), or turn round and do it all again. More information.


    Karloo Pool Walking Track

    Location: Royal National Park/Heathcote
    Degree of difficulty: Moderate
    Distance: 5.6km return
    Suggested time: 3 hours

    A popular trail for those wanting a well-signposted bush track and a great place to swim. The Karloo Track follows the bush track from Heathcote Railway Station east, into the Royal National Park, to a great set of waterholes on Kangaroo Creek. This walk offers more than just a set of waterholes at the end, there are also fantastic views from the ridge of the surrounding bushland.  Extend your walk to Uloola Falls (an extra 5km return) for a delightful picnic spot. More information. 


    Bullawarring Track

    Location: Heathcote National Park/Waterfall
    Degree of difficulty: Challenging/Recommended for experienced bushwalkers 
    Distance: 5.5km one way
    Suggested time: 3-4 hours

    Sydney’s Heathcote National Park is known for its excellent bushwalking and Bullawarring walking track is undoubtedly one of the jewels of the Sutherland Shire. Ideal for experienced bushwalkers, this rough track with short steep sections, takes in beautiful bushland, glistening freshwater swimming holes, and craggy ridges.

    Join the track at the end of Warabin Street. Stop for a break or swim at tranquil Kingfisher Pool picnic area. Choose to return via the Mooray walking track for a loop walk or continue along Pipeline trail at Battery Causeway, until you reach the natural pools. Alternatively, you can keep walking north along Pipeline trail to Goburra track to join Oliver Street, and head back via Heathcote train station. 

    This park is in a remote location with limited phone reception and no fresh water, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans. More information.


    Lake Toolooma Trail

    Location: Heathcote National Park/Waterfall
    Degree of difficulty: Hard/Recommended for experienced bushwalkers
    Distance: 5km return
    Suggested time: 2-3 hours

    This lovely Sutherland Shire bushwalk may only take a couple of hours to complete, but the wonderful sense of solitude it promotes gives you a real feeling of escape. The Lake Toolooma trail leads you through uninterrupted bushland to a scenic secluded dam that offers great birdwatching. Though it can be quite steep at times, the trail, like most of the walks in Heathcote National Park, is easily accessed from Waterfall train station.  Begin the walk via Warabin Street or the Camp Couts Trail.

    This park is in a remote location with limited phone reception and no fresh water, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans. More information


    Clovelly to Cronulla

    Degree of difficulty: moderate
    Distance: 30km
    Suggested time: 2 days

    A major walk that takes in most of the beaches on the south side of the Harbour. Can be walked in sections, with the option of eight loop walks. Highlights: Clovelly Beach; Bronte Park; Waverley Cemetery; Randwick; La Perouse; Botany Bay; Lt. James Cook's Landing Place (1770), Kurnell. More information.

    View a map here.

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