The Nitty Gritty

Location: Royal National Park
Distance: 3.9 km (one way)
Trail style: Return
Grade: Easy

Park at Wattamolla car park, but arrive early as car parks are full by mid-morning.

Highlights of this walk:

  • Wattamolla beach/cliff
  • Wattamolla dam
  • Little Marley beach

This is a spectacular coastal walk, best done on a warm summer’s day, or during winter during whale watching season. Take a dip at Little Marley (unpatrolled beach with strong currents, so only for those comfortable in the water or with ocean swimming experience). I recommend saving Wattamolla Dam for the return journey – because you’ll be sweaty and there’ll be nothing more refreshing then washing the salt water from Little Marley off into the dam. Then there’s only an 800 m walk back to Wattamolla Beach.


Cliffs at Wattamolla Lookout, perfect for whale watching Cliffs at Wattamolla Lookout, perfect for whale watching Coastal walk towards Little Marley Coastal walk towards Little Marley Cuttlefish bone on Little Marley Little Marley beach Little Marley beach

Disclaimer: Be smart and prepare for the conditions of the day. This site accepts no responsibility for any misfortunes. 


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