As one of the oldest national parks across the globe, the Royal National Park is an attraction in Sydney that you shouldn’t miss. Filled with bushwalking trails, lush rainforests, wildlife, beaches and ancient Aboriginal heritage, a trip to the Royal National Park is both a cultural and environmental experience that locals and tourists will enjoy.

Here are some of the most exciting things to do at Sydney’s Royal National Park:

Whale Watching

When you hike along the Bundeena and Otford coastal track between May and November, there’s a chance you’ll catch sights of migrating whales. The Royal National Park is situated beside Australia’s Humpback Highway where whales swim between their breeding and feeding grounds. Be sure to pack a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at the whales slapping their fins and leaping from the water.

Paddling and Rowing

The Audley Boat is a historic structure that has been in the park since 1893. You can hire a kayak, canoe or a rowboat for the day to explore the upper reaches of the Kangaroo Creek and the Hacking River. The boatshed also carries a collection of mountain bikes and child-friendly aquabikes that you can use during your stay in the Royal National Park.

Mountain Biking

Get your heart pumping by speeding down the exhilarating 10-kilometre (6-mile) cycling trails of the Royal National Park. You can either bring your own bike or rent one from the Audley Boatshed for smooth rides along Lady Carrington Drive and the Loftus Loop Trail. The trails take cyclist through several patches of lush rainforest, fifteen creeks and gorgeous views of the Hacking River.

Going for a Swim

Eleven sandy beaches surround the Royal National Park. One of them is Garie Beach, a surfing hotspot patrolled by surf lifesavers in the summer. The park is also home to Wattamolla Beach where many tourists go to play beach volleyball. Families will love the calmer conditions of the Jibbon Beach as well as the freshwater of the Deer Pool and the Karloo Pool.

Learning the History

Since 1879, the Royal National Park of Sydney has immersed locals and foreign travellers in the stunning landscape and rich heritage of the land. The park is the second oldest national park next to the Yellowstone National Park. In 1955, the park gained its royal moniker following the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia the previous year. With its serene swimming spots, biking tracks and beautiful coastal beaches, the Royal National Park should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Sydney.

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