Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach
Dharawal Country

3 h 30 min to 4 h

9.2 km
circuit

↑ 248 m
↓ -250 m

Moderate track
This walk is an excellent loop which takes in both the coast and the heathy inland of Royal National Park. Nearly the whole walk has views of the sea. Big Marley and Little Marley are great places to wet the feet. The dunes behind Big Marley are also worth exploring, as is Deer Pools if time allows. 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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Wattamolla path north of carpark. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Coast Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Sandy service trail Mowlee Ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Rocky outcrop to side of track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Views of coast from track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Little Marley from the ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Warning at Big Marley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The surf at Marley Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Coast Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Coast Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Ferns near Headland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Coast Track view fo Wattamolla. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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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 (-34.1385137,151.1149304)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
  • Turn on to Wattamolla Road then drive for 3.3 km
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 50 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 120 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the toilet block, this walk follows the path down the hill and through the car park to the northern end of the picnic area, near the creek crossing.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Providential Point. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 40 m pass the toilet (7 m on your right)., female.
After another 60 m find the "Wattamolla Kiosk" (30 m on your right).
Wattamolla Kiosk
Wattamolla Kiosk

The Wattamolla Kiosk in the Wattamolla Picnic Area provides basic supplies for day visitors. The kiosk does not keep strict hours and opens depending on weather and demand. It usually opens on weekends at around 10:30am and closes between 4 and 6pm. You can buy ice-creams, drinks and some hot food. For more information, call Audley Kiosk on (02) 9521 2240.
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The Wattamolla Kiosk in the Wattamolla Picnic Area provides basic supplies for day visitors. The kiosk does not keep strict hours and opens depending on weather and demand. It usually opens on weekends at around 10:30am and closes between 4 and 6pm. You can buy ice-creams, drinks and some hot food. For more information, call Audley Kiosk on (02) 9521 2240.

Then pass the car park (on your left).
After another 4 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 55 m veer right.
After another 30 m pass the sign (15 m on your left).
After another 15 m find the "Wattamolla Picnic Area" (35 m on your left).
Wattamolla Picnic Area
Wattamolla Picnic Area

Wattamolla Picnic Area is found at the end of Wattamolla Road, about halfway along the coastline of Royal National Park. The area is blessed with a great beach, a lagoon and some wonderful creeks and rocks to explore. The small beach faces west and is tucked away in a deep bay. The lagoon sits behind the beach and is lined with sand on one side, and cliffs and rocks on the other shore. The picnic area has large open grassy areas, with some shade provided by trees and some picnic shelters. There is a small kiosk (often open weekends), toilets, electric BBQs and two car parks. There is water here, but needs to be treated before drinking. There is a gate on the road that is locked at night, the gate is open from 7am to 8:30pm.
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Wattamolla Picnic Area is found at the end of Wattamolla Road, about halfway along the coastline of Royal National Park. The area is blessed with a great beach, a lagoon and some wonderful creeks and rocks to explore. The small beach faces west and is tucked away in a deep bay. The lagoon sits behind the beach and is lined with sand on one side, and cliffs and rocks on the other shore. The picnic area has large open grassy areas, with some shade provided by trees and some picnic shelters. There is a small kiosk (often open weekends), toilets, electric BBQs and two car parks. There is water here, but needs to be treated before drinking. There is a gate on the road that is locked at night, the gate is open from 7am to 8:30pm.

After another 80 m pass the waterfall (55 m on your right).
After another 480 m continue straight.
After another 65 m find the "Wattamolla Dam" (30 m on your right).
Wattamolla Dam
Wattamolla Dam

Wattamolla pool (or dam), Royal National Park, is a small water hole on Wattamolla Creek, above the lagoon. The pool is on the Coast Track near Wattamolla picnic area and offers a quiet spot for a dip and a rest. The pool is formed by a small, constructed sandstone dam and fed by a small waterfall above.
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Wattamolla pool (or dam), Royal National Park, is a small water hole on Wattamolla Creek, above the lagoon. The pool is on the Coast Track near Wattamolla picnic area and offers a quiet spot for a dip and a rest. The pool is formed by a small, constructed sandstone dam and fed by a small waterfall above.

After another 195 m head down the steps (about 30 m long)
After another 480 m turn left, to head along Little Marley Fire Trail.
After another 15 m pass the sign.
After another 1 km turn right, to head along Little Marley Fire Trail.
After another 1.4 km (at the intersection of Little Marley Fire Trail & Marley Trail) continue straight, to head along Little Marley Fire Trail.
After another 1.2 km turn right.
After another 490 m find the "Little Marley Beach" (30 m on your right).
Little Marley Beach
Little Marley Beach

Little Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand beach, approximately 140m long. The narrow beach faces north-east and has a rock platform at either end. The beach is not patrolled and has no other services. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link below.
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Little Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand beach, approximately 140m long. The narrow beach faces north-east and has a rock platform at either end. The beach is not patrolled and has no other services. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link below.

After another 1.3 km come to the viewpoint.
After another 750 m continue straight.
After another 770 m continue straight.
After another 600 m veer left.
After another 25 m pass the car park (25 m on your right).
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 60 m pass the car park (20 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the toilet (7 m on your left)., female.
After another 40 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Deer Pools Clearing.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Little Marley Fire Trail & Marley Trail Start heading along Marley Trail (a walking track).
After another 110 m veer right, to head along Marley Trail.
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Marley Trail.
After another 275 m veer right.
After another 105 m turn right.
After another 30 m find the "Deer Pool" (35 m on your right).
Deer Pool
Deer Pool

Deer Pool, Royal National Park, is a small and picturesque set of falls that run into a pool with a sandy bank. The waterfall is fed by Marley Creek which continues its journey into Marley Lagoon, behind Big Marley Beach. Royal National Park was once home to many deer, who used to frequent these pools. This is a relaxing spot on a warm day, with the opportunity for a dip or a gentle massage in the cascade. Although a sign suggests camping is permitted by permit, permits are not issued for camping here.
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Deer Pool, Royal National Park, is a small and picturesque set of falls that run into a pool with a sandy bank. The waterfall is fed by Marley Creek which continues its journey into Marley Lagoon, behind Big Marley Beach. Royal National Park was once home to many deer, who used to frequent these pools. This is a relaxing spot on a warm day, with the opportunity for a dip or a gentle massage in the cascade. Although a sign suggests camping is permitted by permit, permits are not issued for camping here.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 670 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Providential Point.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 155 m pass the BBQ (on your left).
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 300 m continue straight.
After another 25 m come to the end.
"Providential Point".
Providential Point
Providential Point

Providential Point Lookout in Royal National Park, has views out to sea and back towards Wattamolla Beach, as well as views of the the cliffs on the north side of Wattamolla Bay to Boy Martin Point. The small lookout is fenced and perched on the rocks. Providential Point is the southern headland forming the bay that is home to Wattamolla Beach and Lagoon, at the end of Wattamolla Rd.
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Providential Point Lookout in Royal National Park, has views out to sea and back towards Wattamolla Beach, as well as views of the the cliffs on the north side of Wattamolla Bay to Boy Martin Point. The small lookout is fenced and perched on the rocks. Providential Point is the southern headland forming the bay that is home to Wattamolla Beach and Lagoon, at the end of Wattamolla Rd.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 560 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Wattamolla to Big Marley Beach


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 9.2 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 4 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 55 m from the start.


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