Visiting through the seasons
Royal National Park covers a wide range of landscapes, from open grassland to ocean-fronting clifftops. It’s a good idea to pack clothing suitable for all weather conditions – along with water, sunscreen and a map – on your visit.
Royal National Park shines in all seasons, though summer and winter each offer a few special attractions:
Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)
- Visit the majestic Garie Beach to surf or just relax. The beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers in summer. Plus, the panorama from Garie North Head is just amazing, so be sure to take your camera.
- The beach at Bundeena’s Bonnie Vale is a great swimming spot, as are Jibbon, Wattamolla and Little Marley beaches. If a freshwater swim is more your thing, try Karloo Pool, Deer Pool or Curracurrang.
- The summer holiday information has important tips to help you plan your day to Royal National Park during the busy holiday period.
Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)
- Winter is a great time to tackle the popular Coast track from Bundeena to Otford. Not only will you be greeted by spectacular coastal scenery, you can also see whales from the cliffs (June to August). Complete the walk in small sections or undertake the entire 26km over two days.
- Plan a visit during spring to admire the stunning heathland wildflowers on display. Head along the Coast track or the Curra Moors Loop track or walk to Wises track to see them in bloom.
- The average temperature ranges between 16°C and 27°C
- The area’s highest recorded temperature is 42°C (1977)
- The average temperature ranges between 6°C and 17°C
- The area’s lowest recorded temperature is -0.6°C (1968)
- The wettest month on average is March
- The area's highest recorded rainfall is 254.5mm in one day
Climate averages recorded at nearby weather stations
Average temperature ranges
The area's highest recorded temperature is 42° C. Its lowest recorded temperature is -0.6° C. Information recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather station at Lucas Heights Ansto.
Average rainfall ranges
The area's highest recorded rainfall is 254.5mm in one day. Information recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather station at Lucas Heights Ansto.