Garie Beach to Eagle Rock
Dharawal Country

3 h to 6 h

8 km
return

↑ 283 m
↓ -283 m

Hard track
This walk, from Garie Beach to Eagle Rock, is another great way to explore the Royal National Park coastline. Eagle Rock is an iconic rock formation in the park, and this lookout provides a great view of it. The walk then returns to the expansive Garie Beach, offering more great views as you head down the hill. Enjoy the beach before jumping back in the car. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharawal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Garie Beach SLSC. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Garie Beach picnic setting. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Garie Beach car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Shower at Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Garie Beach looking south. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track north of Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clearing east of Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track through clearing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track down steps to Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Garie Beach from the Coast Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking at Garie Beach and the coast from the north. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Viewing Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Int. of North Rill and Coastal Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track through the heath north of Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Headlands from Coast Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track over rock surface. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking over sea cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Coast Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Interpretation sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Eagle Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Eagle Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-34.1699459,151.0665583)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Heathcote Road
  • Turn on to Railway Parade, A1 then drive for 7.1 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 200 m
  • Turn left onto Kooraban Street and drive for another 4.7 km
  • Turn left onto Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and drive for another 4.4 km
  • Turn right onto Garie Road and drive for another 2.7 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 3 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, the walk heads approximately 200m along the beach, keeping the ocean to your right, to the intersection below the stairs (leading up the hill on the left).
Keeping the ocean to the right, this walk follows the beach to the northern end, to the base of a bush track which heads up the hill.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 9 m turn left.
There is a toilet (about 75 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 7 m back from the start).
Find the Garie Beach Kiosk at the start.
Garie Beach Kiosk
Garie Beach Kiosk

Garie Beach Kiosk is at the side of the carpark at the end of Garie Rd, in the Royal National Park. The kiosk is only open on weekends and most days during the summer holidays. The opening hours are based on demand and is generally open from 10:30am to 3pm (later in summer). The kiosk sells, cold drinks, ice creams, pies, salad rolls etc. Contact for Audley kiosk (same managers) 9521 2240.
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Garie Beach Kiosk is at the side of the carpark at the end of Garie Rd, in the Royal National Park. The kiosk is only open on weekends and most days during the summer holidays. The opening hours are based on demand and is generally open from 10:30am to 3pm (later in summer). The kiosk sells, cold drinks, ice creams, pies, salad rolls etc. Contact for Audley kiosk (same managers) 9521 2240.

Find the seat at the start. , has no backrest.
Find the picnic table at the start. , has no backrest.
After another 40 m pass a seat (20 m on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 235 m continue straight.
After another 600 m cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
Then head up the steps (about 325 m long)
After another 30 m find the "Garie Beach Lookout" (5 m on your left).
Garie Beach Lookout
Garie Beach Lookout

Garie Beach Lookout is an unofficial lookout on the hill at the eastern end of Garie Beach. The lookout has no facilities and is simply a spot on the Coast track. The lookout provides great views looking southwest along the coast along Garie Beach, Royal National Park and down to Wollongong.
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Garie Beach Lookout is an unofficial lookout on the hill at the eastern end of Garie Beach. The lookout has no facilities and is simply a spot on the Coast track. The lookout provides great views looking southwest along the coast along Garie Beach, Royal National Park and down to Wollongong.

After another 200 m continue straight.
After another 50 m come to the viewpoint (30 m on your right).
After another 145 m (Curra Moors Track (south)) continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the "Curra Moors Track (south)".
After another 45 m pass the sign.
After another 990 m pass the sign.
After another 540 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m pass the sign.
After another 20 m pass the sign.
After another 30 m pass the sign.
After another 350 m pass the sign.
Then cross the ford.
After another 8 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the sign.
After another 50 m pass the "Curra Moors Track (north)".
After another 2 m turn right.
After another 150 m come to "Eagle Rock Lookout".
Eagle Rock Lookout
Eagle Rock Lookout

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.
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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.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 4 km to get back to the start.
About 65 m past the end is a waterfall.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Garie Beach to Eagle Rock


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 8 km
Time 3 h to 6 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -68 m back from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.7 km apart with the largest gap of 7.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-68 m[toilet]
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