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Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.9 km SSW of Bundeena
Length: 7.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 7.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 292 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 292 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: Moderate

The walk from Wattamolla picnic area to Eagle Rock is an excellent way to see the the Royal coastline and the Eagle Rock formation. This walk heads south from Wattamolla, following the Coast Track, leaving the sea cliffs for a while to pass through some beautiful heath, then back to the coast, to the Eagle Rock Lookout. The walk returns to Wattamolla the same way, for a bite to eat and a swim. (open in app)


There are closures in Royal National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
Sponsor of Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout bushwalking tracknotes

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout
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Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground
Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
Overflow Carpark
Curracurrang Cove
Starting point for this hiking track: Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground

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
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Photo Gallery

 
Wattamolla Picnic area
 
Wattamolla Picnic area +
 
Coast Track sign at Wattamolla
 
Coast Track sign at Wattamolla +
 
Coast Track walkers at Wattamolla
 
Coast Track walkers at Wattamolla +

 
Wattamolla toilets
 
Wattamolla toilets +
 
Sign along Coast Track
 
Sign along Coast Track +
 
Coast Track south of Wattamolla
 
Coast Track south of Wattamolla +

 
Coast Track
 
Coast Track +
 
Headlands viewed from the Coast Track
 
Headlands viewed from the Coast Track +
 
Ocean from the Coast Track
 
Ocean from the Coast Track +

 
Curracarrang Cove from lookout
 
Curracarrang Cove from lookout +
 
Walking into Curracarrang Cove
 
Walking into Curracarrang Cove +
 
Coast Track
 
Coast Track +

 
Prickly Epacris Longiflora
 
Prickly Epacris Longiflora +
 
Metal board walk
 
Metal board walk +
 
Bridge along Coast Track
 
Bridge along Coast Track +

 
White flowers in the heath
 
White flowers in the heath +
 
The track goes through the scrub following the coast
 
The track goes through the scrub following the coast +
 
Coast Track
 
Coast Track +

 
Coast Track viewing south
 
Coast Track viewing south +
 
Stairs on the Coast Track
 
Stairs on the Coast Track +
 
Coast Track over a creek
 
Coast Track over a creek +

 
Coast Track creek crossing
 
Coast Track creek crossing +
 
Creek running off sea cliffs
 
Creek running off sea cliffs +
 
Creek at Curracarrang Cove
 
Creek at Curracarrang Cove +

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

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 Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout 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 7km
Time 3 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 3.4km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 340m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 3.4km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 340m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 1.9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.8km 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 Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground
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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Wattamolla Picnic Area Alt = 9 m
Wattamolla Picnic Area is found at the end of Wattamolla Road, about halfway along the coastline of Royal National Park. The area is blessed with a great beach, a lagoon and some wonderful creeks and rocks to explore. The small beach faces west and is tucked away in a deep bay. The lagoon sits behind the beach and is lined with sand on one side, and cliffs and rocks on the other shore. The picnic area has large open grassy areas, with some shade provided by trees and some picnic shelters. There is a small kiosk (often open weekends), toilets, electric BBQs and two car parks. There is water here, but needs to be treated before drinking. There is a gate on the road that is locked at night, the gate is open from 7am to 8:30pm.

Wattamolla Kiosk Alt = 10 m
The Wattamolla Kiosk in the Wattamolla Picnic Area provides basic supplies for day visitors. The kiosk does not keep strict hours and opens depending on weather and demand. It usually opens on weekends at around 10:30am and closes between 4 and 6pm. You can buy ice-creams, drinks and some hot food. For more information, call Audley Kiosk on (02) 9521 2240.

(0 km) Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground to Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 184 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -3 m
From the northern end of the picnic ground, this walk heads through the car park and across the grass to the toilet block.

(0.18 km) Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block to Providential Point
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 596 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -20 m
Continue straight: From the men's toilet block, this walk heads to an sports-oval sized clearing. The walk heads to the eastern end of the oval. The track continues along the service trail from the oval, following the Providential Point signs. The track leads through the tree to another grass area, Providential Point Campsite. The walk continues past the campsite sign, heading east to the far side of the grass clearing to a ferny area. The track continues along the most worn and unobstructed single track for approximately 200m to the railed lookout on the headland.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp left to continue along this walk.)

Providential Point Alt = 13 m
Providential Point Lookout in Royal National Park, has views out to sea and back towards Wattamolla Beach, as well as views of the the cliffs on the north side of Wattamolla Bay to Boy Martin Point. The small lookout is fenced and perched on the rocks. Providential Point is the southern headland forming the bay that is home to Wattamolla Beach and Lagoon, at the end of Wattamolla Rd.

(0.18 km) Wattamolla Picnic Ground Toilet Block to Overflow Carpark
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 153 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the toilet block, this walk follows the signs to the Overflow Car Park. (This is the upper car park.) At the back of the car park, this walk comes to an intersection with a large management trail, with a gate and signpost saying 'Garrie 5.8km'.

(0.34 km) Overflow Carpark to Curracurrang Cove
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.41 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -49 m
Turn left: From the car park, the walk follows the management trail climbing up the long hill. The walk passes two large water towers as it continues along for a while, before coming to a great lookout over the ocean, marked by a sign saying 'Curracurrang'. From the lookout, the walk continues along the cliff edge, keeping the ocean to the left as it follows the bush track. The track winds along the coast to Curracurrang Cove, where there is an intersection with another bush track that heads up and away from the ocean.

Curracurrang Cove Alt = 6 m
Curracurrang Cove is a small cove about 1km SW of Wattamolla, on the coast of the Royal National Park. The cove faces east and is where Curracurrang Creek meets the ocean. The creek, the cove and the surrounding rocks provide great scenery, making this a relaxing place to stop and enjoy. There is evidence that Aboriginal people lived in this cove. There are a few middens in the area, some rock shelters and Curracurrang creek provides a near-permanent water supply. The cove was first occupied 7500 years ago and was used as a regular campsite by the Dharawal people. More info

(1.75 km) Curracurrang Cove to Eagles Rock Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.95 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 108 m Descent = -82 m
Turn left : Keeping the ocean to the left, the track climbs up out of Curracurang Cove and continues all the way up to the top of the large hill, winding through the thick heath across the top and down the other side to Curracurang Creek at the bottom. After crossing the creek, the track follows the bushtrack heading up short hill and along the bushtrack winding through the scrub for a short while before coming to the Eagle Rock lookout at the information signpost.

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 Northern End Wattamolla Picnic Ground
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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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)
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 12.1 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 11.6 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 17.8 km
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 12.3 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 19 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 19 km (to the N)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 28 km (to the WSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 43 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
45 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 58 km (to the N)

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
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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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Max Von - What a great walk! IP:152.91.9.xxx | 2014-04-27 08:43:50
Did this walk on the 20th April 2014. Beautiful day! Signage is very good. Whether you like the coastal breeze, nice native shrubs, or the sound of waterfalls; then this walk will satify you. Came across a large red belly black basking in a crevice and a few skinks and dragons along the way. It's not a difficult walk when you are meandering. The metal walking paths can get a bit slippery when wet. So take your time especially going up. Making it to the rock is very satisfying. Even had a shower under the creek waterfall. Don't get too close to the edge of the main waterfall tho...its a big drop! Thanks Wildwalks. You are my main go to source for my info. Cheers. Shayne - Social Bushwalking Club.
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