Australia’s Royal National Park is one of the oldest in the world, second only to Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Established in 1879, it is heritage-listed and contains landscape ranging from rainforest to beach and is home to many unique species of plants, animals, and wildlife. Bats, birds, possums, sugar gliders and wallabies all call the park home. There are also various historic Aboriginal sites scattered throughout.
Known to locals as just “the Royal” or “the Nasho,” the park has a wide variety of terrain types. Sandstone cliffs cascade to blue waters, with rivers flowing and Eucalyptus forests, rainforests, grasslands, and wetlands providing varied greenery. Hiking, surfing, cycling, boating, and picnicking are just a few of the ways to enjoy the park. The most popular walk is the Coast Track, on the eastern side. Whales visit the waters off the coast from June to November.
The park is located at Audley and is within an hour’s drive from both the Sydney CBD and from Wollongong. Park hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. A fee of $11 applies when taking a car into the park area.