This walk is another Royal National Park classic. The walk comes off a ridge to join with the Coastal Track's tour of the beaches. The walk starts at the small Curra Moors car park and heads through the heath and bush to the rock shelf at the coast. The track ends at Garie Beach. The beach has a kiosk and is an excellent spot for a swim (when patrolled) and a picnic. This walk is good for those who can get dropped off at the top and meet their driver at the bottom, or you may choose to do a car shuffle, or retrace your steps back to Curra Moors car park.
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Cross sectional view of the Curra Moors car park to Garie Beach bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Curra Moors car park to Garie Beach bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
1 hr 45 mins
Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing
Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk. Gradient
2.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 930m has short steep hills. Whilst another 510m is very steep and the remaining 380m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
2.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.3km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (930m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
Around 3.3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.1km is clearly signposted.
Around 3.9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 510m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 3.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 690m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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Curra Moors Car Park
Int. Coastal Walk and North Rill Trk Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail
Length = 2.81 km
Time = 52 mins
Climb = 21 m
Descent = -114 m
From the far corner of the car park, with the road to the left, this walk heads away from the road and into the thick heath. The track is enclosed in sections by dense foliage as it slowly descends the hill. The track in some places is deeply cut by watercourses as it makes its way to the cul-de-sac with the open service trail. Continue straight: From intersection, this walk heads along the management trail away from the cul-de-sac. The track continues for approximately 500m through a dense wall of heath vegetation to the intersection with another management trail on the right. Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the grassy management trail towards the ocean. The vegetation either side of the track lowers in height as the track comes closer to the cliff edge. The track continues for approximately 1km before the management trail narrows into a bush track, approximately 30m before coming to the intersection.
Int of North Rill and Coastal Track
Garie Beach Lookout Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 436 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 22 m
Descent = -11 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track around the left-hand side of the 'Curra Moors car park' sign, following the cliffs and keeping the ocean on the left of the track. After several hundred metres of high scrub, the track emerges out into the opening which has fantastic views of Garie Beach and the hills to the south.
Garie Beach Lookout
North-East End of Garie Beach Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 508 m
Time = 13 mins
Climb = 6 m
Descent = -105 m
Continue straight: From Garie Beach Lookout, this walk follows the bush track heading down towards Garie Beach, winding down the long hill, descending the steep rock and wooden steps to the bottom of the hill where the walk continues through the grassy clearing to the end of the beach.
Alt = 4 m
Garie Beach, Royal National Park, is a large, south-east facing, yellow sand beach. The beach is backed by steep headlands and gullies. There is a large car park at the end of Garie Rd for access to the beach. Garie Beach is popular for surfing, patrolled 9am-5pm from December to January. Facilities include toilets, kiosk, picnic tables, cold showers and Surf Life Saving Club. The water from the shower should be treated before drinking, this water comes from a tank and may be unavailable during dry periods. More info
North-East End of Garie Beach
Garie Beach Car Park Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 687 m
Time = 13 mins
Climb = 16 m
Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the end of Garie Beach, the walk follows the coast across the beach, keeping the ocean to the left until coming to the base of some timber steps, which lead up the hill on the right. Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean on your left, for approximately 200m to Garie Beach car park on the right.
Fire Danger This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place. (Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 4 years ago) Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds Park feesCampingFacilities Current Park Closure information for Royal National Park Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM Closed areas: The Coast track upgrade The Coast track will be undergoing construction works between Beachcomber Ave and Marley Beach over a 9 month period. Works include resurfacing, installation of raised board walk and stairs and will be undertaken between October 2015 and May 2016. During the works it will be necessary, at times, to close the Coast Track for visitor safety. Please be aware that during closures the full coast track walk will not be possible and you may need to plan your route to start and finish at a different location. The Royal National Park alerts page will be updated regularly so please check it before you leave home. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Closed areas: Wedding Cake Rock Access to Wedding Cake Rock is prohibited. National Parks and Wildlife Service has undertaken a geotechnical assessment of the rock, which found that there is high chance that it could collapse at any time. Safety fencing has been erected to protect the public while a more permanent solution is developed. This is a really beautiful location and a spectacular rock formation to look at, but the key is doing it at a safe distance from the edge.
Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.