Looking for outdoor activities that the whole family will enjoy? Well the Royal National Park can provide a day of adventure and fun for both kids and adults. When you enter the park, Audley is definitely the place to go. Located 29km south of the Sydney CBD, Audley offers a wide range of activities suitable for all ages.
Audley Park with the Visitor centre and Weir Cafe in the background
Located at Audley is the Visitors Centre where you can go to get a map of the park, or for information about surrounding bike trails and bush tracks. The Weir cafe is also located here, and it is the perfect place to relax with a coffee or some lunch; both reasonably priced with drinks starting from around $3.50.
Kayak and canoe hire available at Audley's historic Boat shed
Audley's historic boat shed offers a wide range of water activities such as canoeing, together with aqua bikes for hire, although the prices can be a little pricey with canoe and kayak hires starting from $20 for one hour. Other essential picnic facilities such as barbecues are available to the public as well; although you may want to get in quick in the summer months and during the school holidays.
Entrance to the Audley Boat shed
For those who are a little bit more adventurous, the Honeymoon track is just for you. This bush trail is suitable for children, although don't be fooled by its name; it definitely lives up to its 'Grade hard' classification, and is quite steep the whole way up. However, I took my 10 year old brother along with me, and he was very much capable of keeping up. He also loved the hidden caves and bridges we found along the way.
Beginning of the Honeymoon Track
At the top of the trail lies the real reason you must come to the Royal National Park - the Bungoona lookout. Only a short walk from the end of the Honeymoon track, the Bungoona lookout is truly spectacular. The breathtaking views of the parks bush lands, and the Hacking river is a highlight and a must see. This lookout is also accessible via car for those who are not capable of making it up the trail.
The spectacular view of the Royal National Park from the Bungoona lookout
Where: Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park NSW 2232, 29 km south of Sydney CBD.
Why: Great for family outings and for those seeking a little adventure outdoors.
Cost: $11 Park entry fee. Prices of kayak's and other aquatic hire vary.
When: Open year round.
Good for kids: Yes, there are many activities available to keep the kids entertained.