Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit
Dharawal Country

5 h 30 min to 7 h

13.9 km
circuit

↑ 673 m
↓ -674 m

Hard track
Using a variety of tracks, this walk follows the coast as well as going inland to Garrawarra Farm. With great coastal views and a magnificent palm jungle, this walk demonstrates perfectly, the diversity of the Royal National Park. Of historical significance are the houses scattered along the coast that were built during the depression. Take some time along the way to have a cool down at one of the many fantastic beaches. 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. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Fishermen at Little Garie. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The church and community hall at Little Garie. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Looking down on North Era Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The surf at North Era Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
South Era Beach (notice the depression house). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
South Era Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The Depression Houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The environment beside the Burgh Track. | 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.
The track through the Palm Jungle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The grasslands on the top of many of the hills. | 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 (-34.1699459,151.0665583)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom
  • Turn on to Princes Highway then drive for 550 m
  • Keep left onto Southern Freeway and drive for another 8.8 km
  • Keep left onto Bundarra Street and drive for another 140 m
  • Turn right onto Warabin Street and drive for another 125 m
  • Turn right onto Kooraban Street and drive for another 4.9 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 4 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Garie Beach car park, the walk follows the sign to 'North Era', keeping the sea to the left. This track follows the base of the large grassy hill between the rocks and the ocean, to the Little Garie cabins and up past the Little Garie Community Hall.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the seat at the start. , has no backrest.
Find the picnic table at the start. , has no backrest.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 35 m pass the "Garie Surf Living Saving Club" (8 m on your right).
Then find the "Garie Beach Kiosk" (45 m on your right).
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.

Then pass the toilet (60 m on your right).
Turn left.
After another 35 m pass a seat (9 m on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 530 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 6 m continue straight.
After another 130 m veer right.
After another 8 m find the "Little Garie" (10 m on your right).
Little Garie
Little Garie

Little Garie beach and cabin community is in the Royal National park about 800m south west of Garie Beach. The beach is a yellow sand looking east. The beach is edge lined along the edge with smooth rock with a rock shelf on both ends of the beach. There are no facilities or life saving services at the beach. The cabins built just above the beach are dotted through the valley and includes a green community hall and church up the hill on the south side.
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Little Garie beach and cabin community is in the Royal National park about 800m south west of Garie Beach. The beach is a yellow sand looking east. The beach is edge lined along the edge with smooth rock with a rock shelf on both ends of the beach. There are no facilities or life saving services at the beach. The cabins built just above the beach are dotted through the valley and includes a green community hall and church up the hill on the south side.

After another 275 m pass a seat (on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 145 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 150 m pass a seat (on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 45 m head down the earthen steps (about 150 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 15 m come to the "North Era Beach Campground" (70 m on your right).
Campsite managed byNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. There is a fee to use this campsite.
After another 75 m veer left.
After another 140 m veer left.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 660 m continue straight.
After another 245 m veer right, to head along Coast Walk.
After another 225 m come to the viewpoint.
At the intersection of Burgh Ridge Track & Coast Walk continue straight, to head along Burgh Ridge Track.
After another 6 m pass the "Figure 8 Pools" (on your left).
After another 200 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 610 m continue straight, to head along Burgh Ridge Track.
After another 310 m find the "Garawarra Farm" (100 m on your right).
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.

At the intersection of Garawarra Ridge Management Trail & Burgh Ridge Track veer left, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail.
After another 1.2 km continue straight, to head along Garawarra Ridge Management Trail.
After another 470 m pass the "Bulgo Hill" (45 m on your left).
After another 910 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 10 m pass the "Garrawarra Ridge" (8 m on your right).
After another 430 m continue straight.
After another 10 m come to the "Werrong Lookout" (25 m on your right).
After another 55 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 1.7 km pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 640 m cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 165 m pass the toilet (35 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 65 m veer left.
After another 325 m turn right.
After another 115 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 45 m pass the "Burgh Ridge" (on your right).
Veer left, to head along Burgh Ridge Track.
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Coast Walk & Burgh Ridge Track) turn right, to head along Coast Walk.
After another 210 m veer left.
After another 245 m continue straight.
After another 660 m continue straight.
After another 20 m veer right.
After another 140 m veer right.
After another 60 m head up the earthen steps (about 150 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 590 m veer left.
After another 150 m veer left.
After another 130 m continue straight.
After another 6 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 530 m continue straight.
After another 30 m turn right.
After another 30 m pass the car park (30 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 20 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 13.9 km
Time 5 h 30 min to 7 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
Camp site: There is one 1.5 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.6 km apart with the largest gap of 9.9 km.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 2.8 km apart with the largest gap of 12.6 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
65 m[toilet]
Camp site
1.5 kmNorth Era Beach Campground
Toilet
10 km[toilet]
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