Royal National Park is located 32km south of Sydney and is the oldest national park in the country and the second oldest in the world. The drive through the park along the Grand Pacific Drive is only 30km long and the scenery, wildflowers and coastal views are all stunning.
From the Pacific Hwy, Grand Pacific Drive begins at Loftus, just south of Sutherland. A beautiful drive through bush land crosses the Hacking River which is a delightful spot for picknicking on the riverbank and hiring a canoe or boat and cruising down the tranquil waterway.
This park boasts an array of magnificent and brightly coloured wildflowers in bloom during the months of spring. The roadside is a flash of colours before your eyes and driving along without pulling over to examine and photograph these beautiful flowers is not an option, well for the flora lovers anyway.
There are several coastal access points along the drive. Garie Beach is the shortest distance just 3km in and is just gorgeous. Stunning prominent headlands flank either side of the beach and green vegetation frames the golden sands which meet the sparkling blue ocean. The combination of blue, green and gold is as pretty as a picture. This beach has excellent surf conditions and an amenities block with showers.
Governor Game Lookout on Garie Rd offers sensational views of the magnificent headlands, brilliant blue ocean and beaches below. What a fabulous lookout with picnic tables overlooking the ocean, a great spot to stop and take it all in.
This national park is an absolute scenic delight comprising bushland, wildflowers, headlands and beaches all crammed into a short drive. 30km might not be long in distance but you might find yourselves taking up some time appreciating the stunning scenery this national park has to offer.