Sydney’s heritage-listed Royal National Park is affectionately known to locals as the ‘Nasho’ or just ‘the Royal’. Established in 1879, it’s the world's second-oldest national park. It features unique heritage attractions, along with fascinating plants, birds and animals. Perfect for bushwalking, cycling, surfing, or picnicking, this diverse park offers everything from beaches to rainforest.
Located near Cronulla within an hour’s drive from both the Sydney CBD and Wollongong, the 16,000ha Royal National Park is like a big beautiful backyard. Whether you come for a morning jog or a week-long camping holiday, you'll discover something new each time.
Experience the annual whale migration between June and November. Find the perfect whale watching vantage point and plan your next coastal adventure at the Wild About Whales website.
In July 2006, this park was added to the National Heritage List.
Find out about an interactive park map app for Royal National Park.
Visit the NSW National Parks visitor website for more inspiration and information on Royal National Park.
Summer holiday information
Are you planning a visit to Royal National Park during the summer holidays? Please read some important tips on planning your day.