One of the most beautiful rocks I have ever seen in my life is the Wedding cake rock. The hike to the Wedding Cake rock is a very picturesque and has breath taking views of the never ending ocean. It is one of the hikes in the Royal National Park.
There are plenty of other hikes and coastal walks in Royal National Park, refer the section hikes in Royal national park for more details.
About the Wedding Cake rock
The Wedding cake rock, also known as White rock is a sandstone formation located in the Royal National Park in New South Wales (NSW) state of Australia. It is one of the many rock formations in the area and is around 25 metres above the sea level.
Why is it called the Wedding cake rock? Well the answer is simple, the rock formations look like the wedding cake layered up.
I had been planning a hike to this walk for close to 2 years. And then it happened, one fine day. Back then when I hiked, the hike to the Wedding cake rock could not have been complete with an iconic picture of sitting at the edge. Unfortunately now the hikers are not allowed to go near the Wedding Cake rock as it has now become unstable and dangerous. Now there is a fence to restrict hikers/ tourists to walk on the rock as it has proved to be fatal.
How to get to the starting point of the hike?
The Beachcomber Avenue or the stop 3 at Bundeena is the starting point of the hike to the Wedding cake rock. The Beachcomber Avenue is around 55 kilometres from Sydney and it takes about 1 hour to get there.
- There are many free car parking spaces available at the gate in from of the information board.
Public transport and access to the starting point
- There are frequent trains between Central or Town Hall and Cronulla train stations. More up to date information on the trains can be found on the NSW Transport website.
- There are frequent ferries between Cronulla and Bundeena ferry wharfs. NOTE: The ticket is around AUD 4/5 per adult and the tickets can be purchased on the ferry, by only cash.
- The starting point of the hike from the Stop 3 and the distance from Bundeena ferry wharf is about 3 kilometres.
Logistics of the hike
The hike to the Wedding cake rock is very easy and can be done at a relaxed and slow pace admiring the views along the way.
Be careful of the edges and do not go close to the edge.
- Starting and finishing points: Stop 3 on Royal National Park Coastal Walk map.
- Distance: 6.8 kilometers return.
- Time taken: 2 hours with lots of stops.
- Grade: Easy.
Do not climb over the fence when you reach the Wedding cake rock and go to the edge. It is very dangerous.
The hike to the Wedding cake rock must truly be on the bucket list for every hiker hiking in NSW. The cliffs and the ocean views are stunning and is surely a very beautiful walk.
Have you hiked to the Wedding cake rock? Let me know in the comments below.
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