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Wollongong is perfectly positioned between the escarpment and the sea, making it home to endless bush walking trails that are perfect for beginners all the way through to avid hikers.

Royal National Park

Located on the southern fringe of metropolitan Sydney, Royal National Park is the second oldest national park in the world, offering spectacular scenery from sub-tropical rainforests and sandstone heathlands, to dramatic coastal cliffs and unspoilt ocean beaches.

Royal is home to many great bush walks that hug the park’s coastline, taking you along the cliffs, beaches and escarpments ranging from 1km (suggested time 30 minutes) to 26km (suggested time 2 days).

There are several Tour Operators who offer guided day and overnight bush walks of Royal National Park. Visit the website for more information.

Royal National Park

Illawarra Escarpment & surrounds

The Illawarra Escarpment is a dramatic 30 million-years-old formation, offering scenic lookouts, hiking, walking, birding, and picnic spots. It’s home to dramatic sandstone cliffs and a medley of different forest types from sub-tropical rainforests to olive-green eucalypts and towering cedars.

With two accessible mountains, a vast array of beautiful birdlife and strong Aboriginal heritage, this is a must-explore on any Wollongong visit.

For interactive maps and more information visit the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service website or National Parks Association of NSW website.

Sublime Point Lookout – Image credit: Cass Pearce

Wollongong’s Blue Mile

Wollongong’s Blue Mile stretches from Stuart Park in North Wollongong to Wollongong Golf Club in the south, offering the best vantage points to take in the beauty of the South Pacific Ocean to the east and the magnificent Illawarra Escarpment in the west.

This section of coastline is much-loved, consisting of shared pathways and parks and a bunch of places to stop in for a coffee or a delicious meal – or both!

Blue Mile – Image Credit: Kramer Photography

Heading to a NSW national park? Be prepared with the NSW National Parks app.

* Check NSW National Parks and Wildlife website for up-to-date warnings prior to travel. Please note: All National Parks will be closed to the public during total fire bans – check the NSW Rural Fire Service website for more information.

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