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Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit
Time: 7 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
10.7 km SSE of Heathcote
Length: 13.5 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 13.5 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Royal National Park
Climb: 754 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 754 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

Using a variety of tracks, this walk follows the coast as well as going inland to Garrawarra Farm. With great coastal views and a magnificent palm jungle, this walk demonstrates perfectly, the diversity of the Royal National Park. Of historical significance are the houses scattered along the coast that were built during the depression. Take some time along the way to have a cool down at one of the many fantastic beaches. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Royal National Park
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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit
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Garie Beach Car Park
Little Garie
North Era Bush Campground
Int. Stockyard Spur Trk and Coastal Walk
Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (East)
Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (West)
The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track
The Squeeze Way and Lilyvale Bushtrack
The Squeeze Way and Burning Palms Tracks
Int. Fig 8 Pool Trk and Coastal Trk
Burning Palms Beach (southern end)
Int of Coast Track and Burgh Ridge Track (Sth)
Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (East)
Int. Stockyard Spur Trk and Coastal Walk
North Era Bush Campground
Little Garie
Starting point for this hiking track: Garie Beach Car Park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Otford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294S 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

 
Garie Beach
 
Garie Beach +
 
Fishermen at Little Garie
 
Fishermen at Little Garie +
 
The church and community hall at Little Garie
 
The church and community hall at Little Garie +

 
Looking down on North Era Beach
 
Looking down on North Era Beach +
 
The surf at North Era Beach
 
The surf at North Era Beach +
 
South Era Beach (notice the depression house)
 
South Era Beach (notice the depression house) +

 
South Era Beach
 
South Era Beach +
 
The Depression Houses
 
The Depression Houses +
 
The environment beside the Burgh Track
 
The environment beside the Burgh Track +

 
A view of the coast at sundown from the grasslands surrounding Burning Palms
 
A view of the coast at sundown from the grasslands surrounding Burning Palms +
 
The track through the Palm Jungle
 
The track through the Palm Jungle +
 
The grasslands on the top of many of the hills
 
The grasslands on the top of many of the hills +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 13km
Time 7 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3km is flat with no steps. The remaining (3km) is very steep.

Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 4.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (360m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.5km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 4.2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Garie Beach Car Park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Garie Beach Alt = 4 m
Garie Beach, Royal National Park, is a large, south-east facing, yellow sand beach. The beach is backed by steep headlands and gullies. There is a large car park at the end of Garie Rd for access to the beach. Garie Beach is popular for surfing, patrolled 9am-5pm from December to January. Facilities include toilets, kiosk, picnic tables, cold showers and Surf Life Saving Club. The water from the shower should be treated before drinking, this water comes from a tank and may be unavailable during dry periods. More info

(0 km) Garie Beach Car Park to Little Garie
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 754 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 59 m Descent = -47 m
From the Garie Beach car park, the walk follows the sign to 'North Era', keeping the sea to the left. This track follows the base of the large grassy hill between the rocks and the ocean, to the Little Garie cabins and up past the Little Garie Community Hall.

(0.75 km) Little Garie to North Era Bush Campground
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 845 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 62 m Descent = -74 m
Continue straight: From the community hall in Little Garie, the walk heads steeply up the hill, following the track to the south-west. To prevent erosion of the hill, wooden steps have been installed. From the top of the ridge, the track continues down the other side, keeping the ocean on the left while winding down into North Era Bush Campground.

(1.6 km) North Era Bush Campground to Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (East)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 914 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 59 m Descent = -20 m
Continue straight: From the North Era Bush Campground, the walk heads up the grassy hill, keeping the ocean to the left. Just before the buildings, the walk comes to an intersection with a track on the right (which heads into the trees).
Continue straight: From the top of the ridge, the walk heads down the hill, keeping the ocean to the left as it winds down between the cabins to the beach at the bottom. From here, the walk continues around the back of the beach following the coast, and up between the houses to the large clearing before the top of the hill. Here, the walk comes to an intersection with two rough bush tracks towards the top of the hill.

(2.51 km) Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (East) to The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.28 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 181 m Descent = -13 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill and away from the ocean, winding through the tall grass to the top of the hill, where it comes to a 'T' intersection with the track at the top.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading up the hill and away from the ocean, towards the thick forest at the top of the ridge. The track winds up the long hill to the treeline, where it continues up through the forest, climbing to the top of the long hill where it gradually flattens out and comes to the intersection of the 'Squeeze Way' service trail at the end of the Garrawarra Farm car park.

(3.8 km) The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track to The Squeeze Way and Burning Palms Tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 3.03 km Time = 57 mins
Climb = 90 m Descent = -71 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'The Coast Track - Lilyvale' sign[1] to head south along the wide management trail. Approximately 150m along, the track passes a small sign saying 'Cliff Track' and 'Burg Track'[2]. The management trail continues to undulate to an intersection with a bush track heading off to the left (approximately halfway down). This is a small side trip which has fantastic views of the ocean and the cliffs. Back on the main service trail, the track continues along the flat until coming to an intersection with a track signposted as the 'Lilyvale Track'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Burning Palms' arrow along the sandy service trail, winding through the bush for a short while before coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Coast Track'.

(6.82 km) The Squeeze Way and Burning Palms Tracks to Int. Fig 8 Pool Trk and Coastal Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.12 km Time = 1 Hr
Climb = 66 m Descent = -252 m
Turn left : From the intersection, the walk follows the 'North Era' arrow along the bush track, winding through the thick bushland and down a long hill for several hundred metres, gradually steepening before sharply turning left. After the change in direction, the track heads through the 'Palm Jungle' along the narrow bush track. At this point, the track is largely clear but in some places there are obstacles like fallen trees and branches. The track continues in this manner for some time before emerging into grasslands.

(8.94 km) Int. Fig 8 Pool Trk and Coastal Trk to Burning Palms Beach (southern end)
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 879 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -55 m
Continue straight: From the end of the palm jungle and the start of the grasslands, the walk heads through the grasslands and along the coast for a while before winding down to the signposted intersection with the Burning Palms track, near the rangers' hut.

(9.82 km) Burning Palms Beach (southern end) to Int of Coast Track and Burgh Ridge Track (Sth)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 939 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 79 m Descent = -4 m
Veer left: From the intersection near the rangers' hut, this walk follows the Burning Palms arrow along the bush track winding around the back of the beach (which is to the right), until it joins onto a metal walkway. This continues until the trail passes several small cabins and begins to head steeply up the long hill, until the track reaches an signposted intersection at the top of the hill.

(10.76 km) Int of Coast Track and Burgh Ridge Track (Sth) to North Era Bush Campground
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.12 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -96 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'North Era' arrow along the bush track heading down the hill, keeping the ocean to the right as it winds down to the intersection with the faint bush track in the large grassy clearing on the side of the hill, above some of the cabins at Era.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads down the hill past the cabins to the bottom where it comes to South Era beach. From here, the walk continues around the back of the beach, keeping the ocean to the right as it continues up the other side to the top of the ridgeline where it comes to the intersection with a faint bush track (heading off to the left).
Continue straight: From the top of the ridge, the walk crosses the headland and open grassy area, down towards the beach (keeping the ocean to the right), coming to a 'North Era Bush Campground' sign just before the beach.

(11.88 km) North Era Bush Campground to Garie Beach Car Park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.6 km Time = 43 mins
Climb = 121 m Descent = -121 m
Continue straight: Keeping the ocean and the coast to the right, the walk heads north across the North Era Bush Campground to the base of the large grassy hill, which it climbs steeply to the top. Upon reaching the top, the walk continues down the other side of the hill, winding down the bush track and wooden steps, until reaching the Little Garie Community Hall at the base of the hill.
Continue straight: From the Little Garie Community Hall, the walk heads down the hill, keeping the sea to the right of the track as it leads into the gully. The walk passes several old cabins as it approaches the bottom, where the track passes a 'Coast Walk' sign, providing information on erosion issues in this area. From here, the walk heads between the ocean on the right and the base of the large grassy hill on the left as the track narrows. This continues until arriving in the Garie Beach car park.

Drive from Garie Beach Car Park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bonnie Vale camping ground
North Era camping ground
Uloola Falls camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 12.7 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 15.6 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 16.6 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 22.9 km
Ute Van & 4WD Accessory World Cnr King Georges & Moorefields Rds, Beverly Hills (02) 9758 2500 25.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Garie Beach to Garawarra to Burning Palms Circuit
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 23 km (to the N)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 23 km (to the WSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 45 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
48 km (to the N)
8 ROB08 Communications Site MT MURRAY 59 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Late shower or two.
Late shower or two.
7.7°C (feels like 4.4°)
13 km/h from the NNW (gusting 19)
91% humidity     (as at 25/06:45am)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Royal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Royal National Park
Closure information last downloaded Friday 25th of July 2014 07:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Jibbon Engraving Site closed for protection works (Ends Thursday 31 July)

Jibbon Aboriginal Rock Engraving site is temporarily closed for site protection works. The engravings site will reopen 31 July 2014. The surrounding walking tracks remain open.
Pool Flat is closed due to construction activities - Pool Flat picnic area
The Pool Flat area at Audley will be partially closed to visitors from Wednesday 26th March until Friday 30th May due to the construction and installation of a pontoon and jetty. Land and water access will be restricted around the works site, pedestrian access will still be available in some areas including to the provided picnic tables and toilets. For more information please contact the local NPWS office on (02) 9542 0632.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Helen Voysey IP:124.184.103.xxx | 2010-06-19 23:15:10
Your pic "looking down on Burning Palms beach"is in fact North Era beach

Regards Helen
Lance Carden - Great walk IP:58.171.232.xxx | 2010-06-27 10:11:51
Hi Matt
this is a fantastic walk. I did it yesterday taking around 4.5 hours to complete with a few small stops.
The scenery is spectacular and ever changing, and the history of the cabin villages really interesting.

The signage is a very poor,especially at the beginning, but with the help of the trek notes and some help from the locals we found our way.
Be aware that at the start of the walk, just a bit further on from Garie beach, there are a number of signs saying "Track Closed". advice - ignore these.
many people walking this track and there was no problem with the track at all. have no idea why the signs are there.

cheers
Lance
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