Welcome to Royal National Park

This wonderful coastal park, protecting 15,091 hectares and stretching inland from 32km of beautiful coast, is the world's third-oldest national park (1879).

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Royal National Park activities

$191.88 Outdoor Activities

Wollongong Tandem Skydiving from Sydney

Make your way to the drop zone in Stuart Park, located just one hour south of Sydney CBD. Alternatively, get picked up at North Wollongong railway station or from selected locations around Sydney including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Kings Cross or the Wake Up! Sydney Hostel.Start with professional training from a qualified tandem master and learn what to expect on your skydive. After you suit up — the gear includes a harness and skydiving goggles — settle into the plane for a quick flight. Spectators can hang out in the viewing area to watch the skydivers, or even fly up with you for an additional fee (advise upon booking). When you reach maximum altitude, psych yourself up for a jump that has you free-falling for 60 seconds at insane speeds. When your tandem master pulls the parachute cord, you'll float under a colorful canopy for an additional 5- to 7-minute parachute ride to the ground. It's a good time to catch your breath and soak up the coastal views of Wollongong, the Southern Sydney beaches, Royal National Park and Illawarra. You’ll land next to one of the best surfing beaches in New South Wales. You'll be close to cafes, restaurants, cycling and walking paths, swimming pools, picnic and BBQ facilities, Wollongong Harbour and more if you want to hang out. Alternatively, take provided transportation back to the North Wollongong railway station or Sydney.Each sky diver receives a commemorative skydive certificate. You can also buy video and photo packages.

$100.30 Day Trips & Excursions

Figure 8 Pools and Royal National Park from Sydney

Visit the Royal National Park or as the locals like to call it, the ‘Nasho’, on an eco-adventure tour from Sydney and eplore this spectacular area found just 37 Km (23 miles) and less than an hour drive south of Sydney. See one of Illawarra’s best lookout spots, also known internationally as a major hang gliding point at Bald Hill Lookout for spectacular coastal views and drive along the famous Sea Cliff Bridge on the Grand Pacific Drive for breathtaking views of the south coast. Enjoy a guided hike in the Royal National Park through coastal heathland and rainforest along the Coast Track and take in the beautiful scenery and coastal views along the 6km return (3.8mi) hike. With jaw dropping mountain views, rolling hills, aqua colour water, unique rustic coastal shacks, native animals and the chance to spot whales (May through November) you will be overwhelmed with an abundant supply of epic photos! (This coastal hike includes slippery and uneven terrain, steep sections, an uphill hike, rock hopping and requires a medium-high level of fitness.) Walk through Burning Palms Beach and see the heritage listed Coastal Shacks and hear the fascinating facts about the local area and how the ‘shacks’ came to be. Rock hop around the headlands to reach the Figure 8 Pools and spend some time to explore this spectacular area, swim in naturally formed rock pools of all sizes and shapes including the famous Figure 8! Grab your insta-famous #figure8pools photo while here! As a proud Eco-Certified Tour Operator, the adventure guides clean up rubbish on the hike back and encourage guests to help in their effort to keep the National Park clean. After the hike up the mountains, head off to visit a little slice of paradise down the south coast at Wattamolla where the waterfall, lagoon and beach are at your fingertips. Take a walk up to Providential Point Lookout if you like, enjoy panoramic views and see the impressive sandstone cliffs and headlands surrounding the local area. After a full days adventure, sit back and relax for the drive out of the Royal National Park back to Sydney.

$143.18 Day Trips & Excursions

South Coast, Minnamurra Rainforest, Beaches and Royal National Park

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Sublime Point Lookout, Bulli Tops, New South WalesPanoramic views of the South Coast and Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a morning tea break here too.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Minnamurra Falls, Jamberoo, Kiama Municipality, New South WalesA rainforest walk to spot birds, lizards and more. Also a banquet lunch is prepared for you hereDuration: 1 hour 40 minutesStop At: Kiama Blowhole, Kiama, Kiama Municipality, New South WalesThe Pacific Ocean and a volcanic rock headlandDuration: 20 minutesPass By: Sea Cliff Bridge, Coalcliff, New South WalesMagnificent views past coastal beaches along this dramatic Bridge Stop At: Bald Hill Lookout & Hang Gliding Spot, Stanwell Tops, New South WalesPanoramic Coastal views along the Illawarra coastDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Wattamolla Beach, Wollongong, New South WalesA short bush walk to a remote coastal beach and lagoonDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Bundeena beachFeed the native birds and cockatoos. Walk a remote bush track and discover aboriginal engravings. Enjoy a sunset on a remote beachDuration: 1 hour 40 minutes

$348.87 Tours & Sightseeing

Sydney South Coast Photography Tour including the Royal National Park

New South Wales' Royal National Park offers tremendous opportunities for landscape and seascape photography, with its cliffs and sea views. The ancient coastline that was created by a string of volcanoes 240 million years ago provides a variety of shapes, colors, and textures amid its many panoramas. Your tour starts with pickup from the Sutherland Railway Station for the drive to Royal National Park, stopping for photo ops at Audley on the Hacking River. Keep your camera handy, as your photographer-guide picks out some of the best locations throughout the journey.Continue to the village of Bundeena on Port Hacking, a pristine area worth a few photographs, and then enter the park using the Coastal Track and walk half a mile (800 meters) to the sandstone cliffs for sunrise or early-morning-light photography. Move on to Wattamolla with its inlet and lagoon, and discover a waterfall, beaches, and lookouts. Then continue through the park and its rainforests to Otford and the start of the Coastal Track. View the park coastline—to the south you can see Kiama and the city of Wollongong with its picturesque harbor, beaches, and small fishing fleet. From Otford, you'll stop at Stanwell Park in the Northern Illawarra for refreshments (own expense). Stanwell Park is a surfing beach with a small kiosk surrounded by a picturesque village, where you can rest, stretch, and take a few shots.Next up is the unique Seacliff Bridge, which follows the cliff face over rock platforms often frequented by fisherman. Then visit Wombarra with its surfing beaches, rock platforms, and a cemetery on the coast, perfect for coastal photography. Your last destination for the day is Wollongong for photography, sightseeing, and refreshments at a cafe on the harbor (own expense). Your tour ends with return to the pickup point at Sutherland, or catch the train through the national park direct to Sydney, a lovely journey in itself.Wildlife note: At the right time of the year, you might see whales migrating north to mate off the Queensland coast. Pods of southern right and humpback whales can be seen frolicking close to shore during the months of May, June, and July, when they swim just off the beaches and cliffs of Royal National Park. With luck, you may also see the resident pair of white-bellied sea eagles hunting and diving to catch food.

$79.22 Private & Custom Tours

Grand Pacific Drive, Southern Highlands Private Tour

You will get an early start at 7:30 am and drive down past the Royal National Park, the oldest national park in Australia. You'll stop at Stanwell Tops for stunning views over the spectacular rugged Southern Coastline.  You will continue along the scenic coastal road, known as the Grand Pacific Drive, and visit the Sea Cliff Bridge. Jutting out from the cliff face and majestically sweeping over the waters of the Pacific, this is one of the South Coast’s most photogenic experiences. You will take the short 15 minute walk, look down into the crystal clear aqua waters and you might see one of the massive manta rays which are prevalent in the area.  Then, you'll visit two very different but delightful seaside towns of the region. You'll enjoy a morning tea stop (at own expense) at the boutique township of Thirroul. This charming area is popular for its beautiful beaches, magnificent views, buzzing café culture and thriving artistic community. Thirroul is where English writer D.H. Lawrence wrote much of his novel “Kangaroo” in 1922.Next, you'll stop in Kiama and take a trip to its famous blowhole. The natural rock formation routinely spouts sea water 20 meters into the air. This beautiful town is rich with seaside history and sports an impressive lighthouse dating from the 1880’s.Leaving the coast behind you, you'll head inland and begin your climb to Mt Cambewarra Lookout. You'll have the option of savoring a café lunch (at own expense) while looking out over the panoramic views across nearby farmlands, the Shoalhaven River and out over the South Coast beaches, right up and down the east coast. The lookout provides 145km of incredible views and is 678 meters (2,225ft) above sea level.Then you'll take a scenic drive on the South Coast as you travel from the top of Cambewarra Mountain to the delightful Kangaroo Valley, claimed by many to be the most beautiful valley in Australia. You'll continue through this lush countryside to the breath-taking Fitzroy Falls. You'll take an easy walk along the rain forest track to very top of these falls. This is a spectacular national park experience. In addition to the sight of the magnificent waterfall, you may be able to hear lyrebirds singing on the track. This native bird is noted for its unusual ability to mimic both natural and artificial sounds from its environment. Continuing your journey through some of the most delightful scenery in New South Wales, you'll head deep into the Southern Highlands.  You'll visit the charming Georgian village of Berrima, and take time to explore the many local craft and produce stores. You might get the chance to have a cold drink (at own expense) at the oldest licensed hotel in the country.After a big day out from the coast to country, you'll sit back and relax on the leisurely drive back to the big smoke.

$199.88 Day Trips & Excursions

Wildlife Waterfalls and Wine Departing Sydney

The experience begins when a friendly guide picks you up from your hotel between 7:00-7:30am. You'll be part of a small group of no more than 10 travellers aboard a comfortable minibus that takes you south out of the city along the beaches of Botany Bay and through the Royal National Park. There'll be time for a cuppa at Bald Hill Lookout, a popular launch site for hang gliders and para gliders, which affords sweeping views of the Illawarra coastline and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. After the break it's just a few minutes drive to the family-run Symbio Wildlife Park which is active in koala conservation. Here you'll find out everything you ever wanted to know about these fascinating marsupials during a private koala experience with a keeper. Snap the ultimate selfie - just you and a koala. You’ll also be able to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies and get up close to other native Australian wildlife. Next you'll meander along the Grand Pacific Drive traversing the Sea Cliff Bridge as it sweeps out over the ocean, well clear of the crumbling cliffs to which the old highway clung. You’ll continue to follow the scenic coastline to Bulli Beach where you’ll enjoy lunch in a café popular with locals that overlooks the beach and an ocean pool. Bring your swimmers for a pre-lunch dip if the sun is out! In the afternoon you’ll head up through temperate rainforest into the Southern Highlands. An easy hike leads to viewpoints that take in the spectacular sandstone gorges and towering waterfalls of the Morton National Park. Finally, you’ll drive along country roads to a boutique winery near Berrima, one of Australia’s oldest towns, to taste locally-produced, cool climate wine before returning to Sydney. Drop off at your hotel will be between 6:00 and 6:30pm.

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