At Royal NP you can enjoy picnics along the Sydney coast. There are four particular places for picnics in this Sydney national park, the Governor Game Lookout, the Wattle Forest, Bola Creek, and Garie Beach. Each of these areas has picnicking facilities. Also, if you want to grill, go to Reids Flat or Ironbark Flat. There you will find barbecue grills.
Walking trails are another popular thing to do in this Sydney national park. You can take an easy thirty-minute walk on the Bungoona Path. This path takes you to the Bungoona Lookout to see stunning panoramas of the park and Hacking River. A longer, but still easy walk is the one-and-a-half hour walk on the Forest Past. This trip takes you through the Royal rainforests. You will also explore some of the great eucalyptus forests of Sydney. For a more difficult walk, take the one hour long Werrong Beach Track. This takes you to a secluded beach and by a sandstone cliff and a rainforest.
If walking is too difficult, you can still experience this great Sydney national park in he car. There are well-maintained roads throughout the park, and you can reach many lookouts in the car. Not only that, but you can also reach a large portion of Royal NP beaches and walking trails. This allows you to have an experience of the park without needing to hike.
There are many places in Royal national park where you can swim. If you would like to swim in the ocean, make sure you head for some of the sheltered swimming holes. These are located at Wattamolla, Little Marley, Bonnie Vale, and Jibbon. These beaches are monitored, so make sure you do not pollute the beaches. Just outside the sheltered swimming areas you can find some great Australian surfing. Find great surfing beaches at South Era, Burning Palms, North Era, and Garie, all on the parks southern coast. If you would prefer to swim in freshwater, head to Karloo Pool, Deer Pool, or Curracurrang to find some great swimming holes.
Other interesting things to do on the water at Royal National Park are to hire a rowboat, canoe, or paddleboat. You can rent all three at the Audley boat shed. The Hacking River is a great place for boating. This is a very relaxing activity to pursue in Royal NP.
If you want to camp, there are several great locations in Royal National Park. You can camp at the Bonnie Vale camping ground, which has hot showers and flush toilets. The North Era camping ground is more rustic, with simply rustic toilets. Uloola Falls camping ground cannot be accessed via car, but only on foot. Also, Uloola Falls does not have modern facilities. This is the best location for those who really want to “bush it.” You can only camp at the designated locations in the park, so do not attempt to backpack to other areas. Wood fires are not permitted.