Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park, Sydney

This walk is an alternative way to take in part of the Royal National Park Coast Track south of Marley Beach, starting inland and passing by Deer Pool on the way. Expect eucalypt forest, heath, beaches, bays, rocks and cliffs.

Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park

This walk is an alternative way to experience one of the more impressive stretches of the Royal National Park Coast Track. (The Wattamolla to Marley Beach Circuit is the other that I’ve done; lots more photos in that post). The walk starts inland in eucalypt forest, and then moves into heathland until it drops to the coast, where there are windswept bays and beaches, various interesting rock formations, and rugged coastal cliffs.

Track notes at the end.

The Scenery

Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
Looking out over the heathland that dominates this walk.
Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
Approaching the coast.
Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
Looking north towards Marley Head.
Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
Marley Beach and Marley Head.

Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park

Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
Fantastic colours.

Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park

Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
Lots of interesting textures.
Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
More rocks.
Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
Having a friend for tea afterwards at Audley Cafe.
Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park
It was patient.


Track Notes

There are track notes for the first section on the NPWS site, and also at Wildwalks. The walk starts on Bundeena Drive, and at first passes by Deer Pool (and there are lots of deer in the Royal National Park), then drops down towards the coast on a fire trail. When you reach the coast Marley Beach is just a short walk north. After visiting Marley Beach double back south along the Coast Track past Little Marley Beach, then various cliffs and rocks until you reach an obvious intersection with the Little Marley Fire Trail. Turn right onto this, then right at the next intersection, and you will eventually see the junction for the track back to the start.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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