Oatley Park is a suburban bushland haven situated on the Georges River, about 20km south of the Sydney CBD. An hour long circuit takes in wetlands, mangroves, and views of the saltwater Georges River and a couple of its side arms. There are plenty of shorter options however, and you can just wander through the park if you like; it’s not big enough to get seriously lost in.
There’s also a netted swimming area and BBQ facilities you can enjoy. (Best not to swim here after heavy rain due to runoff pollution). We drive there, but Oatley train station is only about 1.5 km away, and it’s quite a nice suburb to walk through. Track notes at the end.
Oatley Park Circuit: The Scenery
There’s actually a network of tracks and roads offering some variety, but we tend to do a circuit anti-clockwise from the main entrance that keeps to the outside of the park and adjacent Lime Kiln Bay Reserve. To do this, start at the end of Oatley Park Ave, and walk down the hill on Dame Mary Gillmore Rd to the 90 degree corner, (where the road becomes Bay Rd), then drop down into Lime Kiln Bay Reserve. Take a right at the bottom and walk through the constructed wetlands, curving around left to stay within the reserve, through bushland, and eventually passing by Hurstville Golf Course. Continue on along a boardwalk through mangroves, and take a left when you emerge on the edge of a suburb, passing over a footbridge to a turning circle at the end of a road (now in Oatley Park). Walk up the road about 400m and keep an eye out for a track on the right (down a handful of steps). Take this track (maybe the nicest bit?) which runs around Lime Kiln Head to Jewfish Bay Baths. Keep roughly to the foreshore past the swimming area until the track heads away from the water to meet Douglas Haig St. I like to walk up the road about 200m to a small car park for views of the Georges River. There’s a network of tracks through the bush opposite which take you to another road within the park (keeping to the right will minimise time spent on the road). Take a right along the road to arrive back at the main entrance.
If you live in the southern suburbs of Sydney then the Royal National Park is a great place to walk. You can browse through a list of the walks I’ve done in the Royal National Park below, or read about my pick of the best in this blog post.
(I’ve actually done a few more than in this list but didn’t take enough photos for a blog post).
Walks in the Royal National Park
The Jibbon Head Circuit is the shorter section of a longer walk we’ve done from Bundeena to Marley Head in the Royal National Park. It’s a mostly flat walk at the northern most end of the park, and offers very attractive coastal scenery for relatively little effort, including secluded looking beaches and rocky sections. When combined with the section of the classic Coast Track between Bundeena and Marley Head it makes for an excellent coastal walk of moderate difficulty, and all within easy reach of Sydney. (more…)
The Royal National Park is the world’s second oldest, established in 1879. It sits on the south-eastern border of Sydney, encompassing about 30km of picturesque and often dramatic coastline. The coastal sections are dominated by unique heathland, cliffs, rock formations, headlands, lagoons and sandy beaches. Further inland there are eucalypt forests and patches of rainforest.(more…)
The Royal National Park Coast Track is a classic 26-29km walk along the full length of the park’s coastline, just south of Sydney. There are unspoilt sandy beaches galore, shear cliffs, prominent headlands, interesting rocks, heathland, lagoons, pockets of forest, and even a palm jungle. There are a bunch of shorter day walks that take in sections of this walk, but only the full walk allows you to properly overdose on quintessential NSW coastal scenery. (more…)
This walk in the Royal National Park combines two tracks, the Wallumarra Track and Forest Path, and takes in a variety of vegetation including heath, woodland, and finally subtropical rainforest. There are no sweeping vistas on offer but a satisfying enough walk nevertheless; the tall palms and rainforest scenery of the Forest Path are particularly attractive. This section can be done as a shortish circuit walk from the stone gates where Lady Carrington Drive meets Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. (more…)