Have you got the 'iso-itch' to get outdoors and explore? Well then it's time to take your new favourite hobby (walking, that is) on a real adventure in the Royal National Park!
Explore your own backyard in the company of an expert guide who will be sure to teach you new and wonderful facts about Sydney's diverse ecology
Spot rare wildlife like echidnas, sea eagles and whales
Meet other like-minded people and make new and true social connections
Be spoilt with a hot cup of coffee or tea, and a tasty treat amongst the trees
9:00 am - We'll all meet at Oftord in the Royal National Park.
11:00 am - Our morning hike will bring us to Burning Palms beach for a scrumptious morning tea and a swim. We'll provide a hot drink and delicious snacks for everyone to enjoy.
12:00 pm - After morning tea, we'll continue hiking north towards North Era Beach for lunch. We'll have time to slow down and relax here, enjoying the azure blue waters and the beauty of nature. You're welcome to swim again at North Era Beach, and there is a toilet here for those in need.
1:30 pm - After dusting off your sandy feet, we'll depart North Era and begin the return hike back to Otford. Taking it nice and slow, we'll climb through the giant palm jungle and up the escarpment, towards the incredibly vast sea views from Otford lookout.
4:00 pm (approx.) - We'll arrive back at our vehicles, saying farewell to our new local friends and returning to our homes, riding that natural bush-high that comes from spending a day in nature!
A full-day guided hike with Sara, the founder of Freeland Hiking Co.
Hot tea and fresh coffee for morning tea, plus yummy morning tea treats
All national park fees and track fees
Emergency communications and first aid kits
Small-group experience with a maximum of 9 guests
What do I need?
We ask everyone to please provide the following items:
Transport to Otford Lookout by 9am. (see Extra's below if you'd like us to transport you). The track starts right near Otford Train Station, so you can also join us using the public transport network.
Day pack to carry personal belongings
Water bottle - preferably 2L as there are no refill opportunities along the track
Lunch (see Extra's below if you'd like us to cater for you)
Comfortable walking shoes
Hat and sunscreen
Swimmers and towel (optional, but highly recommended)
A warm layer and raincoat (see Extras below to borrow a raincoat)
Camera or phone for some beautiful photos
We're trying to keep costs low for this experience, by stripping out the non-essential things for locals. But we're also all about making adventure easy, so we are happy to arrange the following extras for you if you'd prefer:
Return transport from a central Sydney CBD location ($40/pp)
A delicious lunch prepared on the track; gourmet salad rolls with cold meats or falafel, plus fresh fruit and an extra yummy treat! ($15/pp)
This track does include a relatively steep decline and incline. If you're concerned about your knees, you might consider hiring some walking poles for the day ($5/pair)
A sturdy 3/4 length hiking raincoat to keep you snuggly and dry on the track ($15)
If you would like to include any of these extras, please do so at the time of booking.
15km I 5 hours walking
Maximum Group Size 10
Where do I meet the tour?
Otford Lookout - 9:am
If you're providing your own transport, then meet us at Otford Lookout at 9 am. Don't worry, we'll include some further details with your booking confirmation.
What fitness level do I need?
Easy - Moderate
The Coastal Track in the Royal National Park is a lovely easy-moderate level walk. The gradient is mostly flat and gentle, but there are some steeper incline and declines over headlands and down to beaches. A reasonable level of fitness is required to complete the track, but we will take regular breaks to ensure this walk is enjoyable for all. You can expect to be walking for approximately 5 hours, broken up with regular breaks.
"Oh MY GOODNESS! Sara was AMAZING 😉 Her hospitality, attention to detail, knowledge, expertise and passion for her Country, the outdoors, land, history and people simply breathtaking. I learned more than I ever thought possible and thoroughly enjoyed the experience as well as our time together. If you love adventure, appreciate details and love to learn in a personal setting from a local you can’t go wrong - Freeland Hiking will go beyond your expectations!!" - Amy Dudley (Jan, 20)