Royal National Park Private Trekking Tour
“Easy bushwalking tour with Aboriginal rock carvings – Royal National Park”
Visit an Australian beachside suburb, experience a pristine bush landscape and witness the ancient Aboriginal engraved rock art at Jibbon Head in the Royal National Park.
Proclaimed in 1879, the Royal National Park was the second national park to be listed in the world (after Yellowstone in the USA). While Australia now has more than 500 national parks, “the Royal” (or “Nasho” as it is known by locals) is still considered by many to be the highlight.
The Royal has magnificent rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, pale sandy beaches, inviting lagoons and light dappled creeks. It has eucalyptus forests, coastal heathlands and deep green rainforests, kangaroos, cockatoos and kookaburras. And feral deer.
There are many sign-posted walking trails through the park, including the spectacular 30 kilometre (19 mile) Coastal Walk from Bundeena to Otford. This tour introduces you to the northern tip of the famous Coastal Walk.
The Tagary clan of the Dharawal Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of the land and their original carved rock engravings may be found at various locations within the park. One of the most accessible rock art sites is on the Jibbon headland near Bundeena, where the ancient engravings are surrounded by boardwalks. The interpretative signs here have been developed in association with local Aboriginal elders.
Meet under the “information “ sign at Bundeena Ferry Wharf and walk through the suburban streets of Bundeena to Jibbon Beach, which is located within the Royal National Park. Hear about the local Bundeena community full of artists, poets and musicians who love living adjacent to the bush.
Walk along the beach to Jibbon Head and onto the marked walking trail that leads to the Jibbon rock carvings.
Continue walking around Jibbon Head, admiring the views from the cliffs overlooking the ocean and showing the next headland to the north, where Captain Cook first landed on Australian soil in 1770.
Descend to Shelley Beach where there are delightful rock pools and an Aboriginal midden.
Walk back through the bush to Jibbon Beach where there may be time for a swim in the bay (weather permitting).
Return to Bundeena Wharf to catch the 3 pm ferry back to Cronulla.
During whale watching season (May to August) we may take a longer break to watch whales from Jibbon Head. Depending on participants’ wishes and capacities, the walk can be extended by approximately 5 kilometers along the cliff tops to the “Balconies” and “Wedding Cake Rock.”
Cronulla to Bundeena ferry ride.
Jibbon Rock carvings
Jibbon loop trail to Shelley Beach and lunch
Jibbon Beach for a swim
Coffee near Bundeena Wharf if time permits
Price: 1-2 people $200
1-4 people $360
1-6 people $480
For an additional $120, a guide can meet you in the city at 9 am and accompany yourself or your group by public transport to Bundeena.
- Location: Meet at Bundeena Wharf under the “information” sign. To get here either drive from Sydney or take public transport: an “Illawarra line” train from Martin Place, Town Hall or Central station to Cronulla Railway Station in the far south of Sydney (about an hour’s trip). Then a ferry across Port Hacking – walk through the rail underpass at the north of Cronulla Railway Station to Tonkin Street and turn down the second road on the right to the ferry wharf.
- *The ferries leave for Bundeena on the half hour and take about half an hour to get there.
Ferries return to Cronulla on the hour (except 12:00 weekdays).
- Departure time: 11 am from Bundeena Wharf
- Duration: 4 hours
- Walking pace: Easy‐Moderate; some walking over beach sand and some steps
- Walking distance covered: 4 km minimum.
What is included:
- Local English-speaking expert to answer all your questions
- Four-hour walking tour through Bundeena and the Royal National Park at Jibbon
- Opportunity to swim at Jibbon Beach if weather permits
- Modest picnic lunch in the park (cheese, bread, and fruit)
- Enjoy the Informative commentary of your tour guide
- You may get a vocabulary lesson on Aussie slang throughout the tour
- Appreciate a coffee/tea stop at the conclusion of the tour
What isn’t included:
- Transportation to and from the meet-up point
- Additional food and drink, items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide
- Return ferry rides from Cronulla to Bundeena (approx.. $6.60 each way)
Notes & Clarifications
Keep in mind that this is a private tour and possible to customize to meet your desires. Should you want to change the itinerary please do not hesitate to contact us by sending us a request through the inquiry form.
Weather: In the event of potential inclement weather, the threat of weather or natural disasters, on the day of a scheduled tour, the tour will be canceled or postponed and you will be fully refunded.
Dress Code: Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera! Bring a large bottle of water, swimming costume, and towel
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many world destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
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