Royal Coast Walks
Join an award-winning guided walk through Sydney's national parks to discover wilderness and bushland right on the city's doorstep.
Learn how Aboriginal people lived with the land for 30,000 years before Europeans arrived in Sydney. Soak up the waterfront views from a Depression-era hermit cave and be the first to leave footprints on a secluded, sandy beach. Hike through coastal bushland and watch waterfalls plunge dramatically into the ocean. Wake to the chorus of birdsong, spot native swamp wallabies and see humpback whales gliding past the ancient, jagged coastline between June and November.
We keep our Sydney walking tour groups small, so you can enjoy personalised attention, a relaxed walking pace and easy camaraderie. We're also eco-accredited operators and offer the genuine hospitality that comes from being a family-owned business. Book one of our hiking tours and discover Sydney's pristine, accessible coastal paradise.
Our Team Profiles
Founder, the Boss and Chief GuideProfile
Ian was born and raised in the Sutherland Shire bordering Royal National Park. He developed a love of the outdoors whilst walking and camping in the park from a young age. He has bushwalked extensively in New South Wales and Tasmania and has trekked independently through the Pyrenees, Alps, Himalaya and Andes as well as many lesser mountain ranges throughout Europe and the UK. After nearly a decade exploring the globe, Ian returned home to Australia to found Royal Coast Walks. He takes great delight in sharing his ‘backyard’ with you.
Tara was also born and raised in the Sutherland Shire bordering Royal National Park. Growing up, her family adventures were spent bush walking in national parks across NSW until, as a teenager, her parents bought a tent and the adventures expanded to more remote NSW areas and tramping in New Zealand. Tara brings years of journalism, marketing, bubbly customer service and a strange love of administration to Royal Coast Walks.
Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by Royal Coast Walks.
Our group's expectations were surpassed on every level. The friendliness and enthusiasm from our guide spread across the entire group. The scenery is breath taking and it was hard for us to believe, having lived in Sydney for over 20 years, that this magnificent park was right on our door step.
Truly amazing! It was the best part of our trip to Australia.
My husband and I as well as our friends thought that our hike with Ian was the highlight of our entire trip including the cruise that followed. My husband and I are going to somehow try to make it back to Sydney so that we can do a two day hike with Ian. One day was just not enough – we need to see more. And he is a wonderful guide – we highly recommend this tour and Ian. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
You will need to have an average level of fitness. You will need to be able to walk the following distances in the given time. Please remember this is trail walking not road walking.
There are detailed descriptions of each tour’s terrain on our website. In summary;
Jibbon Aboriginal Tour is a 5km / 3 mile walk over level ground. We allow 3 hours for this tour, including rests.
Marley Walking Tour covers 15km / 9.5 miles and is over more uneven ground with several hills. We allow 8 hours for this tour, including rests.
Wattamolla Hiking Tour covers 31km / 19.5 miles over two days and includes several steep hills. Each day involves 7 to 8 hours of walking, including rests.Can my children come on a walk?
Yes however children must be able to keep up with the rest of the group. We recommend the following ages for our walks, but you know your child’s capabilities better than us.
Jibbon Aboriginal Tour – 8 years and over
Marley Walking Tour – 10 years and over
Wattamolla Hiking Tour – 12 years and over
Children under 3 are free and need to be carried by you. We can’t wait for a toddler.Can I get picked up from my hotel in the city?
Yes, absolutely. All our tours have the option of Sydney city hotel pickup and transport. Simply select this option when booking and let us know which hotel you’re staying at.I don’t have hiking boots. Can I wear trainers or joggers?
Yes. We understand not everyone travels with hiking boots. We don’t permit open toed shoes, ie sandals, flip flops or thongs (thongs in Australia are rubber sandals worn on the feet, not sexy underwear!).
New boots or shoes always need to be worn in before doing an extended walk. It is better to wear comfortable trainers than new boots.