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Bundeena to Wedding Cake Rock, Royal National Park

Sport and fitness, Walks Bundeena Free
People walking along Coast Track Royal National Park
Photograph: David Finnegan

Time Out says

This is just a slice of the spectacular Coast Track – a 26 kilometre, two-day hike hugging the sandstone cliffs of the Royal National Park. It’s beautiful from every direction, but if you’d like to park the car and return by lunch it’s best approached from Bundeena.

Starting at Beachcomber Avenue in Bundeena, the well signposted walk is made up of rugged clifftop flats and steep, rocky stairs. It’s a popular walk year round, and the fragile, white rock formation known as Wedding Cake Rock is now fenced off to stop people risking their lives for an Instagram shot – look, don’t touch. If you’re here to spot whales, aim for late June/early July for the best chance of seeing breaching humpbacks.

Should I pack snacks? Once you enter the park there’s limited phone reception or toilet facilities, so pack what you’ll need for the hike: water, snacks and sun protection are entry-level sensible.

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