Adventure Article: Bundeena to Garie Coastal Track

The coastal track from Bundeena to Garie takes your through the rugged yet beautiful sandstone heath lands of the Royal National Park. This track is approximately 17 km long and will take a full day of walking, with Wattamolla being your halfway point. It is a long walk with tough terrain to navigate, but despite this, it is very worthwhile as there is a multitude of amazing and interesting things to see from the unique geology to spectacularly colored wildflowers. In this article I will show you a brief snapshot of some of the natural curiosities I came across during a hike along this bush track.

The first piece of scenery to great me on this bush walk  was at the very entrance, where there were at least a dozen yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus). These can be readily distinguished before you even see them with their prehistoric sounding call. They are much rarer to see than their common cousin, the sulfur crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), but are still relatively common in the Royal National Park.

Copyright Lucy Kidson (2014)

Copyright Lucy Kidson (2014)

 

After descending through the thick, but low lying scrub lands, it didn’t take long to notice the abundance of wildflowers in bloom. This time of year is perfect timing to catch flowering heath plants. I observed that the most common dominant plants in these sandstone coastal heath lands consists of Allocasuarina distyla, Hakea teretifolia, Banksia sp., Boronia sp. and Epacris sp. Here are some of the flowers and plants we saw throughout the journey:

Banksia marginata copyright Chad Beranek (2014

Banksia marginata copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Boronia ledifolia copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Boronia ledifolia copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Correa reflexa copyright Lucy Kidson (2014)

Correa reflexa copyright Lucy Kidson (2014)

Darwinia fascicularis copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Darwinia fascicularis copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Epacris obtusifolia copyright Lucy Kidson (2014)

Epacris obtusifolia copyright Lucy Kidson (2014)

Grevillea oleoides copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Grevillea oleoides copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Leptospermum laevigatum copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Leptospermum laevigatum copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Kunzea capitata copyright Lucy Kidson (2014)

Kunzea capitata copyright Lucy Kidson (2014)

Isopogon anethifolius copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

Isopogon anethifolius copyright Chad Beranek (2014)

 

Overall this is a excellent walk as not only do you get admire the terrestrial flora and fauna, you also get a chance to admire migrating whales if your lucky. This walk takes about 5-7 hours, and requires a relatively good degree of fitness. There’s many opportunites to have morning tea and lunch at little Marley and Wattamolla. I conclude the best time to do this walk is in the month of August, so that it’s not too hot, a myriad of wildflowers are already blossoming, and whales are still migrating at this time of year.

 

Please comment below if I have mistaken any of the plants ID’s and  I also encourage you to please share your experiences on this walk. Thank you for reading :)

For more information on the route of the track visit: http://www.stepwhere.com/maps/route/Coast-Track-Bundeena-to-Garie