Explore Wattamolla Picnic Area

Wollongong, New South Wales

4.4/5
based on 5 reviews

Description

Added by Brian Mann

1 hour from Sydney CBDWhale watching. Hiking and swimming. Beach, lagoon, and waterfall.

When you’re looking for a quick and rewarding day trip that's not too far away, head to Wattamolla picnic area in Royal National Park. With loads of options to keep everyone happy, this is a popular place to base yourself while you’re exploring the park.

Relax in the calm waters of the lagoon, unpack a picnic under the shade of the cabbage tree palms, and do some serious unwinding.

Starting in Sydney, drive south on the A1 until you get to Farnell Ave (approx 45 mins) where you take a left, following signs to Bundeena & Royal National Park. You will soon come to an entry station where you need to pay $11 for park entry.

After the pay station, continue on this road (approx 15 mins) as it winds through the national park and crosses over the Hacking River until you reach Wattamolla Rd, where you take a left. Continue on this road until you reach the car park, where you can park for free.

Royal National Park opens at 7am and gates are locked and the park is closed after 8.30pm. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

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Features

Chillin
Photography
Swimming
Bathrooms
Beach
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

Reviews

About an hour drive from Sydney. 25-30 foot cliff jump into a warm lagoon. Nice beach too but it was windy.

Great on a quiet weekday when you have the place to yourself. But it does get super packed on summer weekends, public holidays and almost any day the temperature passes 27. Beautiful spot, but not as chill as most might hope.

I loved this area - it's quite spacious and lush. The swimming area is huge and the beach is beautiful. Definitely enjoyed stopping here for lunch!

The cliff jump is a ton of fun! The beach is pretty decent too although it gets really really busy. If your in the national park though it's a must do, so much fun!

A bit crowded during peak holiday season and weekends. If you go in Autumn, the water is still warm and the crowds thin out a bit. If jumping off of rocks into water is your thing, then this is the place for you. If you are less adventurous, the place is beautiful and the wild swimming is great too. Lots of exploring to be done around the area and some easy deep water solo climbing along the waters edge.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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