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Garawarra Farm to Garie Beach
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.3 km SE of Waterfall
Length: 3.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Royal National Park
Climb: 156 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 156 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk starts at the large Garawarra Farm car park taking the ridge straight down to the coast. Look for the change in vegetation as you descend along the spur to the Coastal Track, before beach hopping your way to Garie Beach. The track is a great way to see some of Sydney's best coast, with plenty of opportunities to cool down, and maybe do a spot of fishing along the way. About half the track is through open grass land, giving panoramic ocean views, with opportunities to wander among some buildings from the depression era. (open in app)


There are closures in Royal National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Garawarra Farm to Garie Beach

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Garawarra Farm to Garie Beach
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Garawarra Farm Carpark
The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track
Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (West)
Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (East)
Int. Stockyard Spur Trk and Coastal Walk
North Era Bush Campground
Little Garie
Starting point for this hiking track: The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

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Photo Gallery

 
Garrawarra Farm
 
Garrawarra Farm +
 
Track intersection near Garawarra car park
 
Track intersection near Garawarra car park +
 
Near the top of Era spur
 
Near the top of Era spur +

 
Lizard on rock
 
Lizard on rock +
 
Track down the spur to Era
 
Track down the spur to Era +
 
South Era Beach
 
South Era Beach +

 
North Era Beach
 
North Era Beach +
 
Garie Beach from southern headland
 
Garie Beach from southern headland +
 
Garie Beach Depression Houses
 
Garie Beach Depression Houses +

 
Fishermen at Little Garie
 
Fishermen at Little Garie +
 
Track from Little Garie to Garie Beach
 
Track from Little Garie to Garie Beach +
 
Garie Beach SLSC
 
Garie Beach SLSC +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Garawarra Farm to Garie Beach bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Garawarra Farm to Garie Beach bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Garawarra Farm to Garie Beach bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Garawarra Farm 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.
Length 3.9km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure 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
Around 3.8km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 85m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 3km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 930m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 840m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.3km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 840m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Garawarra Farm Carpark
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) Garawarra Farm Carpark to Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (West)
Track: Moderate - road,bushtrack
Length = 1.06 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -144 m
From the Garawarra Farm car park, this walk heads east out of the car park to turn right onto the main dirt road (that leads into the car park). A short distance down the road this walk comes to an intersection just beyond the locked gate marked with a 'Coast Walk' and a 'Garawarra Ridge Management Trail'[1] signpost.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the Burning Palms, Era and Garie arrows on the Coast Walk signpost, winding along the bush track and down the long hill. The track gradually steepens and becomes a little rougher, winding down onto the ridge line and all the way along, until it breaks out of the trees and continues down through the short scrub and blade grass to the intersection of the bush track on the left.

(1.06 km) Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (West) to Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (East)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 308 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -37 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, heading down the hill towards South Era beach. The track winds through the long grass to the intersection of the bush track at the large grassy clearing above the cabins.

(1.37 km) Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (East) to North Era Bush Campground
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 914 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -59 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads down the hill past the cabins to the bottom where it comes to South Era beach. From here, the walk continues around the back of the beach, keeping the ocean to the right as it continues up the other side to the top of the ridgeline where it comes to the intersection with a faint bush track (heading off to the left).
Continue straight: From the top of the ridge, the walk crosses the headland and open grassy area, down towards the beach (keeping the ocean to the right), coming to a 'North Era Bush Campground' sign just before the beach.

North Era camping ground Alt = m
North Era camping ground, Royal National Park, is a large dune area situated directly behind North Era Beach. This camping spot is popular with surfers, and it also has a toilet and a cleared area to pitch your tent. A maximum of 36 people (12 sites) can camp here[2], so there is plenty of room for everyone. Open fires are not permitted, you can carry a fuel stove for cooking. A camping permit is required from NPWS before arriving (Phone:(02) 9542 068). Water is often available from the creek (treat before drinking), If dry you can walk to Garie Beach for water, although the water here may also be dried up, during a dry period it is best to carry all your water with you.

(2.28 km) North Era Bush Campground to Little Garie
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 845 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 74 m Descent = -62 m
Continue straight: Keeping the ocean and the coast to the right, the walk heads north across the North Era Bush Campground to the base of the large grassy hill, which it climbs steeply to the top. Upon reaching the top, the walk continues down the other side of the hill, winding down the bush track and wooden steps, until reaching the Little Garie Community Hall at the base of the hill.

(3.13 km) Little Garie to Garie Beach Car Park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 754 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -59 m
Continue straight: From the Little Garie Community Hall, the walk heads down the hill, keeping the sea to the right of the track as it leads into the gully. The walk passes several old cabins as it approaches the bottom, where the track passes a 'Coast Walk' sign, providing information on erosion issues in this area. From here, the walk heads between the ocean on the right and the base of the large grassy hill on the left as the track narrows. This continues until arriving in the Garie Beach car park.

Garie 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

Drive from Garie Beach Car Park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bonnie Vale camping ground
North Era camping ground
Uloola Falls camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 13 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 17.3 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 18.5 km
Onrope 11 Nelson Ave, Padstow (02) 9709 6299 27.2 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 24.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Garawarra Farm to Garie Beach.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Garawarra Farm to Garie Beach
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3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 20 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 24 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 46 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
50 km (to the N)
8 ROB08 Communications Site MT MURRAY 56 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

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 3 years ago)
This walk passes Illawarra/Shoalhaven 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 3 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.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Royal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
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.


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