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Garie Beach to Eagle Rock
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
12.4 km SW of Bundeena
Length: 7.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 7.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 344 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 344 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: Return
Track: Hard

This walk, from Garie Beach to Eagle Rock, is another great way to explore the Royal National Park coastline. Eagle Rock is an iconic rock formation in the park, and this lookout provides a great view of it. The walk then returns to the expansive Garie Beach, offering more great views as you head down the hill. Enjoy the beach before jumping back in the car. (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 Garie Beach to Eagle Rock

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Garie Beach to Eagle Rock
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Garie Beach Car Park
Int. Garie Beach YHA Trk
North-East End of Garie Beach
Garie Beach Lookout
Int of North Rill and Coastal Track
Int. Coastal Walk and Curra Moors Brook Trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Garie Beach Car Park

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

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Otford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294S 
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Photo Gallery

 
Garie Beach SLSC
 
Garie Beach SLSC +
 
Garie Beach picnic setting
 
Garie Beach picnic setting +
 
Garie Beach car park
 
Garie Beach car park +

 
Garie Beach
 
Garie Beach +
 
Shower at Garie Beach
 
Shower at Garie Beach +
 
Garie Beach
 
Garie Beach +

 
Garie Beach
 
Garie Beach +
 
Garie Beach looking south
 
Garie Beach looking south +
 
Track north of Garie Beach
 
Track north of Garie Beach +

 
Clearing east of Garie Beach
 
Clearing east of Garie Beach +
 
Track through clearing
 
Track through clearing +
 
Track down steps to Garie Beach
 
Track down steps to Garie Beach +

 
Garie Beach from the Coast Track
 
Garie Beach from the Coast Track +
 
Looking at Garie Beach and the coast from the north
 
Looking at Garie Beach and the coast from the north +
 
Viewing Garie Beach
 
Viewing Garie Beach +

 
Int. of North Rill and Coastal Track
 
Int. of North Rill and Coastal Track +
 
Track through the heath north of Garie Beach
 
Track through the heath north of Garie Beach +
 
Headlands from Coast Track
 
Headlands from Coast Track +

 
Track over rock surface
 
Track over rock surface +
 
Looking over sea cliffs
 
Looking over sea cliffs +
 
Coast Track
 
Coast Track +

 
Interpretation sign
 
Interpretation sign +
 
Eagle Rock
 
Eagle Rock +
 
Eagle Rock
 
Eagle Rock +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Garie Beach to Eagle Rock bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Garie Beach to Eagle Rock bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Garie Beach to Eagle Rock bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Garie Beach to Eagle Rock bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 8km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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
2.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 750m has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 510m is very steep and the remaining 380m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 1.4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 3.2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 650m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 3.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 650m 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 3.2km 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).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Garie Beach Car Park
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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Garie Beach Kiosk Alt = 11 m
Garie Beach Kiosk is at the side of the carpark at the end of Garie Rd, in the Royal National Park. The kiosk is only open on weekends and most days during the summer holidays. The opening hours are based on demand and is generally open from 10:30am to 3pm (later in summer). The kiosk sells, cold drinks, ice creams, pies, salad rolls etc. Contact for Audley kiosk (same managers) 9521 2240.

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

(0 km) Garie Beach Car Park to North-East End of Garie Beach
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 687 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -16 m
From the car park, the walk heads approximately 200m along the beach, keeping the ocean to your right, to the intersection below the stairs (leading up the hill on the left).
Veer right: Keeping the ocean to the right, this walk follows the beach to the northern end, to the base of a bush track which heads up the hill.

(0.69 km) North-East End of Garie Beach to Garie Beach Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 508 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 105 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the end of Garie Beach, this walk heads up the short hill and through the grassy clearing to the base of the large hill. The walk continues up the steep bush track, winding up the steep rock and wooden steps as it climbs to the top of the hill.

Garie Beach Lookout Alt = 102 m
Garie Beach Lookout is an unofficial lookout on the hill at the eastern end of Garie Beach. The lookout has no facilities and is simply a spot on the Coast track. The lookout provides great views looking southwest along the coast along Garie Beach, Royal National Park and down to Wollongong.

(1.2 km) Garie Beach Lookout to Eagles Rock Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.67 km Time = 57 mins
Climb = 68 m Descent = -138 m
Continue straight: From the clearing at the top of the large hill, this walk follows the bush track heading away from Garie Beach and through the high scrub, continuing along for a while before coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Curra Moors car park' track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the narrow trail through the scrub, keeping the ocean on the right of the track. In various sections, metal walkways have been built to stabilise the environment in the area. The walk continues like this, occasionally breaking out onto the rockshelf of the cliffs, until reaching a signposted intersection, marked 'Wattamolla 2.9km'.
Continue straight: Keeping the ocean to the right the track follows the bushtrack through the scrub and along the coast for a short while before coming to the information signpost with views of Eagle Rock.

Eagle Rock Lookout Alt = 33 m
Eagle Rock lookout is an informal lookout marked by an information sign on the Coast track in the Royal National Park. The lookout is about halfway between Garie Beach and Wattamolla. Eagle rock is a piece of the cliff line that looks amazingly like the head of an eagle, with the eye and all. The lookout is about 150m west of the Eagle Rock on the other side of Carracurrong Creek. Eagle Rock is often used as an icon for the Royal National Park. Carracurrong Creek also forms a waterfall into the ocean nearby.

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

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
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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 12.7 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 15.6 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 16.6 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 22.9 km
Ute Van & 4WD Accessory World Cnr King Georges & Moorefields Rds, Beverly Hills (02) 9758 2500 25.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Garie Beach to Eagle Rock.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Garie Beach to Eagle Rock
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 23 km (to the N)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 23 km (to the WSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 45 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
48 km (to the N)
8 ROB08 Communications Site MT MURRAY 59 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 2 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
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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rachelle m - garie beach to eagle rock IP:203.18.241.xxx | 2010-02-22 03:57:55
Not sure i'd do this again -- there's just not enough variety in the terrain (when you compare it to the previous sections of the track --- ie, otford to north era). Once you get up the first hill and the track flattens off, the terrain/vegetation doesnt change at all until you get to the cascades (which is a lovely spot for brunch before turning back). In my opinion, this walk would be great if you were doing it as part of a longer walk, but as a stand-alone trip, well, it's not all that engaging. Be aware that there isnt any shade on the top of the hill, so try to do your walk at a cooler time of day. A swim at garie beach afterwards is mandatory (and very, very delightful!) It's a nice walk, overall, but probably more fun if you continue right the way thru to watamolla.
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