Burning Palms Loop from Garawarra
Dharawal Country

3 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min

8.3 km
circuit

↑ 351 m
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Hard track
This walk explores a variety of environments through the Royal National Park. From the old Garawarra farm, the walk heads along the Squeeze Way then down a ridge to Burning Palms. There is an optional side trip out to Figure Eight pools. Burning Palms offers a nice beach and a great place to rest. From the beach the walk heads back up to Garawarra via an open grassy ridge, then through a nice shady forest track. 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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Garrawarra Farm. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
the squeezeway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
the squeezway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The occassional view from the Garawarra Management Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The squeezway near Lilyvale track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track betwen the Squeeze way and Burning palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
A view of the coast at sundown from the grasslands surrounding Burning Palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Sunset south of Burning palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The track through the grasslands. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Burning Palms Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
looking through to Burning Palms beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
light shining through fern. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Burning Palms SLC. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Burning Palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
walkway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Plenty of signs in Burning palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
looking down on Burning Palms beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Looking down ridge burning palms on right. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
open forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Small waterfall near Garawarra. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Near the top of Era spur. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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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 (-34.1800162,151.0399557)
Mode Car (Parking fees apply in the area.)
DirectionsFrom Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
  • Turn on to Garie Road then drive for 65 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Garrawarra Farm Road and drive for another 1.5 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Garawarra Farm car park, this walk heads east out of the car park to turn right onto the main dirt road (that leads into the car park). A short distance down the road this walk comes to an intersection just beyond the locked gate marked with a 'Coast Walk' and a 'Garawarra Ridge Management Trail' signpost.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Garrawarra Farm Carpark at the start.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Garawarra Ridge Management Trail & Garrawarra Farm Road) turn right, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail (a vehicle track).
Garawarra Farm (about 70 m back from the start).
Garawarra Farm
Garawarra Farm

Garawarra Farm is a clearing in the southern section of Royal National Park near the intersection of the Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track. This area was initially protected in 1934, when it and the surrounding area was turned into the Garawarra Park. This protection occurred after much lobbing from Myles Dunphy and the Mountain trails club, following their concerns of the impact been caused from logging and grazing in the area. This area and much more was re-named to Royal National Park in 1954 following the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II. The old farmhouse is now used by NPWS and is not open to the public. There is a large public carpark that are popular for people walking in the area.
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Garawarra Farm is a clearing in the southern section of Royal National Park near the intersection of the Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track. This area was initially protected in 1934, when it and the surrounding area was turned into the Garawarra Park. This protection occurred after much lobbing from Myles Dunphy and the Mountain trails club, following their concerns of the impact been caused from logging and grazing in the area. This area and much more was re-named to Royal National Park in 1954 following the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II. The old farmhouse is now used by NPWS and is not open to the public. There is a large public carpark that are popular for people walking in the area.

After 85 m head through/around the gate.
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Garawarra Ridge Management Trail & Burgh Ridge Track) continue straight, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail.
After another 105 m continue straight, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail.
After another 1.1 km continue straight, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail.
After another 125 m come to the viewpoint (95 m on your left).
After another 380 m pass the "Bulgo Hill" (45 m on your left).
After another 870 m (at the intersection of Garawarra Ridge Management Trail & Lilyvale Track) continue straight, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail.
After another 370 m turn left.
After another 40 m pass the "Garrawarra Ridge" (8 m on your right).
After another 430 m come to the "Werrong Lookout" (25 m on your right).
After another 50 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
After another 1.7 km pass the "Track closed for regeneration" (8 m on your right).
After another 610 m cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
After another 80 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Figure 8 Pools. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 160 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the toilet (35 m on your left).
After another 370 m continue straight.
After another 95 m find the "Burning Palms" (85 m on your right).
Burning Palms
Burning Palms

The Burning Palms beach and community is in the Royal National park about 4.5km northeast of Otford. The yellow sand 450m long beach has two rock shelves at each end. The beach is patrol ed on Sundays and public holidays October to April and some Saturdays. There are no other facilities at the beach. There are a number of cottages dotted over the hills behind the beach. The rock self on the southern end of the beach has some interesting sinkholes through out with a few joining up to form the well known Figure eight pools.
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The Burning Palms beach and community is in the Royal National park about 4.5km northeast of Otford. The yellow sand 450m long beach has two rock shelves at each end. The beach is patrol ed on Sundays and public holidays October to April and some Saturdays. There are no other facilities at the beach. There are a number of cottages dotted over the hills behind the beach. The rock self on the southern end of the beach has some interesting sinkholes through out with a few joining up to form the well known Figure eight pools.

After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 75 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 75 m head up the earthen steps (about 140 m long)
After another 25 m veer left, to head along Burgh Ridge Track.
After another 30 m pass the "Burgh Ridge" (on your right).
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Coast Walk & Burgh Ridge Track) turn left, to head along Burgh Ridge Track.
After another 7 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 8 m pass the "Figure 8 Pools" (on your left).
After another 265 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 530 m continue straight, to head along Burgh Ridge Track.
After another 295 m pass the "Garrawarra Farm Carpark" (35 m on your right).
At the intersection of Garawarra Ridge Management Trail & Burgh Ridge Track turn sharp right, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Garrawarra Farm Road & Garawarra Ridge Management Trail) turn left (a service road).
After another 25 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Figure 8 Pools.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 65 m continue straight.
Continue another 950 m to find Figure of Eight Pools at the end.
About 30 m past the end is "Figure Eight Pools".
Figure Eight Pools
Figure Eight Pools

The Figure Eight Pools are on the rock shelf, south of Figure Eight Pools gully, near Burning Palms. There are a number of circular sinkholes in the rock, and a few of them have joined over time to form a figure '8' shape. Two sink holes in particular have joined to form a very spectacular figure '8' shape in the rock. The safest time to visit the pools is at low tide when there is only a very low swell in the ocean.
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The Figure Eight Pools are on the rock shelf, south of Figure Eight Pools gully, near Burning Palms. There are a number of circular sinkholes in the rock, and a few of them have joined over time to form a figure '8' shape. Two sink holes in particular have joined to form a very spectacular figure '8' shape in the rock. The safest time to visit the pools is at low tide when there is only a very low swell in the ocean.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1 km to the main route.
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Terrain
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Burning Palms Loop from Garawarra


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 8.3 km
Time 3 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min
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 6.1 km from the start.


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