I was jumping with joy and excitement when I visited Eagle Rock. Imagine seeing a waterfall along the cliff with a rainbow? It is this place. The place is definitely surreal and breathtakingly beautiful. This is something one shouldn’t miss when in Royal National Park. I totally recommend this walk.
Where is Eagle Rock?
The Eagle Rock or the Curracurrang Falls is in the Royal National Park. Royal National Park is the protected national park located south of Sydney. It is situated on the Dharawal/ Tharawal country. The Dharawal country is owned by the Dharawal people, who are the Indigenous Australians known for their strong ties of kinship. Founded by Sir John Robertson, the Royal National Park is the second oldest park in the World.
Look out for possoms and reptiles while walking in the Royal National Park.
The Eagle Head Rock is one of the prominent and unique rock formations in the Royal National park and the Curracurrang falls is just next to the eagle rock. The falls provide an illusion that it is flowing upwards from the ocean.
The reason it is called an Eagle Rock is because the rock that protrudes out of the cliff resembles the face of an Eagle. And the Curracurrang Falls is one of the very few waterfalls in the World that directly flows into the ocean.
How to get to Wattamolla Car Park?
- Public Transport: Unfortunately, there are no public transportation to the starting point of the walk Wattamolla car park.
- The nearest train stations are Otford, Waterfall, Heathcote, Engadine and Loftus. Up-to-date information on the public transport can be found on the Transport for New South Wales (NSW) website.
- Driving: The nearest car park is at Wattamolla car park. The car park is around 50 kilometres (1 hour drive) from Sydney Central Business District (CBD).
- Note: There is an entry fee of AUD 12 per vehicle at the car park.
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Walk to the Eagle Rock from Wattamolla Car Park
The Eagle Rock track is one of the easiest tracks in the Royal National Park. I walked to the Eagle Head Rock from the Wattamolla Car Park. But one can also walk from the Curra Moors trail or the Garie beach. Note: The walk from the Garie beach has one steep climb.
The track itself is very picturesque and has stunning views of the never ending ocean.
- Starting and finishing point of the track: Wattamolla Car Park.
- Total distance: 9 kilometers.
- Type of walk: Return.
- Grade: Easy (flat walk on the cliffs).
- Be careful while walking on the edge of the cliffs.
- Pack some snacks and lunch for the walk.
- Carry sufficient water.
- There are no toilets or water filling points on the track. The toilets are only at the Wattamolla Picnic area.
- Dogs are not allowed inside the Royal National Park.
Safety for solo female travelers
Royal National Park is absolutely safe and this track is definitely safer than the other tracks. But I always recommend going on a hike or a walk especially in the national parks along with a walking/ trekking buddy. This is to ensure that you are prepared for any unforeseen situations that can occur.
I absolutely loved the Eagle Rock. It is so beautiful and totally worth walking up to the rock. I have already visited it twice and I still long to visit more times. I totally recommend visiting the Eagle Rock if you are visiting the Royal National Park.