Garie Beach to North Era Beach
Dharawal Country

1 h 30 min to 2 h

3.5 km
return

↑ 210 m
↓ -210 m

Moderate track
This walk is the shortest walk to North Era Beach and starts from the Garie car park. Both beaches are popular surfing beaches, and have either camping or basic hostel accommodation. This makes the walk between the beaches an excellent way to transport boards and supplies for your surf retreat, weekend getaway or just a nice stroll during the day. 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 car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Garie Beach SLSC. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track from Little Garie to Garie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The track between Garie and Little Garie. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Little Garie. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
View south of Little Garie. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
North Era Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The surf at North Era Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
North Era camping ground. | 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 (-34.1698837,151.0656689)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to then drive for 200 m
  • Turn left onto Kooraban Street and drive for another 4.7 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 95 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 car park at the start.
Find the seat at the start. , has no backrest.
Find the picnic table at the start. , has no backrest.
After 45 m pass the toilet (on your right).
After another 15 m find the "Garie Beach Kiosk" (15 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.

After another 20 m pass the "Garie Surf Living Saving Club" (on your right).
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 50 m pass a seat (9 m on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 8 m find the "Garie Beach" (45 m on your left).
Garie Beach
Garie Beach

Garie Beach, Royal National Park, is a large, south-east facing, yellow sand beach. The beach is backed by steep headlands and gullies. There is a large car park at the end of Garie Rd for access to the beach. Garie Beach is popular for surfing, patrolled 9am-5pm from December to January. Facilities include toilets, kiosk, picnic tables, cold showers and Surf Life Saving Club. The water from the shower should be treated before drinking, this water comes from a tank and may be unavailable during dry periods.
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Garie Beach, Royal National Park, is a large, south-east facing, yellow sand beach. The beach is backed by steep headlands and gullies. There is a large car park at the end of Garie Rd for access to the beach. Garie Beach is popular for surfing, patrolled 9am-5pm from December to January. Facilities include toilets, kiosk, picnic tables, cold showers and Surf Life Saving Club. The water from the shower should be treated before drinking, this water comes from a tank and may be unavailable during dry periods.

After another 500 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 6 m turn left.
After another 135 m find the "Little Garie" (65 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 70 m turn left.
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 6 m continue straight.
After another 135 m pass a seat (on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 165 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 140 m pass a seat (on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 30 m head down the earthen steps (about 150 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 205 m come to the "North Era Beach Campground" (45 m on your right).
Campsite managed byNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. There is a fee to use this campsite.
Continue another 20 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.8 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Garie Beach to North Era Beach


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.5 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 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 No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 1.7 km from the start.

Toilet: There is one 55 m from the start.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 700 m apart with the largest gap of 2.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
55 m[toilet]
Camp site
1.7 kmNorth Era Beach Campground
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