Royal National Park

March 5, 2010 · 5 comments

Under an hour drive south of Sydney, you’ll find the Royal National Park. Although it was originally called ‘National Park’ and the 2nd national park in the world behind Yellowstone in the USA, it still remains Sydneys little secret, with most tourists limiting their nature sight seeing to the Blue Mountains.

To get the best out of my trip to the Royal National Park, I went with Understand Down Under (UDU) a small tour company which offsets your carbon footprint for the trip and educates about the Australian environment during the trip.

Hacking River

Hacking River

Parrot on sign

Parrot greeting visitors

We was greeted by the wildlife, the usual white Australian parrot (these are everywhere) and the blue chested bird which are… interesting looking.

A bit of fruit and local info later, we headed up to the parks waterfall area.

Waterfall

Waterfall in Royal National Park

Palm tree photo

Paradise?

Typical tropical paradise location: sandy beaches, smooth running water and palm trees. I’m sure a lot of people would be happy to spend some time here. On route to the beach-side Andy pointed out an ancient Aboriginal abode, a cave complete with drawings and charcoaled black walls from years of fires.

Based on sandstone (as is Sydney and all surrounding areas). The broken pieces of rock make for nice sights themselves and the high altitude views meant the curvature of the earth can be seen looking out at the sea. With this view we also stopped for lunch, and got a lesson in how to make a proper sized sandwich…

Royal National Park Sandstone cliffs

Sandstone cliffs make up the Sydney surrounding area

Massive sandwich

Impressive Sandwich

Next on the agenda was another beach stop, a bit of French cricket and sunbathing for a stop before viewing a hang-gliding and para-gliding spot.

Afternoon tea (which was very nice) was our warm up before spear and boomerang throwing. The famous Australian game hunting tool that no-one usually seems to get working outside the country. As it turns out its not that hard, just need a good boomarang and the right angle, it’s good fun! A boomerang throwing competition would be worth viewing if you’re nearby I suspect.

To finish the day before heading back to Sydney, Andy took us to the only road in Australia built over the sea. Due to a previous road along the cliff face collapsing in, this new one was built and features the awesome sea view.

Sea road, Australia

You can see the road built over the sea here

Road over Sea in Australia

On the road over the sea

So if you have a spare day in Sydney, and want to learn about Australia’s history, book yourself in with UDU.

Jump in Royal National Park

Jump for the camera!

Disclaimer: I went on this tour in exchange for my photography of the day courtesy of Andy from UDU

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Denise March 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

wow the pics are fantastic!

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Candice March 6, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Wowwww, what a view. The cliffs are amazing.
.-= CandiceĀ“s last blog – A Toast to Some Travellers: Round 2 =-.

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Nancie (Ladyexpat) March 6, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Great photography. I particularly like the sandstone cliffs.

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AdventureRob March 8, 2010 at 3:51 AM

Thanks very much everyone :-)

I’m pleased with how my photos came out for the day.

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