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Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls

Greater Sydney

Royal National Park


Distance (kms):

7.3 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 3 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

209 m

Max. elevation (m):

81 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Moderate (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A spectacular ocean-side walk to an incredible rock formation and waterfall on the edge of a cliff that plummets into the ocean.

This heavily trafficked walk begins at the Wattamolla Falls picnic area at the end of Wattamolla Road in Royal National Park.

The walk is actually part of the longer multi-day Coast Track. 

Starting from behind the public toilets in the south-eastern corner of the picnic area, follow the track through the bush, looking down to Wattamolla Beach.

There is a set of stairs leading down of Wattamolla Lagoon on the left. It is a worthy sidetrack, or can be visited another time on their own.

Wattamolla Falls is a wide curtain waterfall that flows into the lagoon – a wonderful and popular place for swimming, snorkelling and paddling on a warm day.

Note that the beach is not supervised by lifeguards, so caution is required when entering the water, and children should be supervised at all times. 

After the lagoon, continue back to the main track and walk alongside Coote Creek, following the track to where it meets the ocean – this is Providential Point.

Enjoy the views across to Martin Head, before heading up the rocky steps to the top of the cliffs. From here the walk is a spectacular cliff-side trek with uninterrupted ocean views and numerous lookouts.

While walking, keep an eye out for birds of prey circling above, as well as dolphins and turtles in the waters below. The walk is also a great place to watch whale migrations (July to November).

The track is a mix of well-maintained graded paths and constructed boardwalks, making it a relatively easy walk.

At times the track undulates, including as it dips down to cross Curracurrong Gully, a small stream that flows into the ocean.

As you approach Eagle Rock, use the stepping stones to cross Curracurrong Creek. It is this creek that flows off the top of the cliffs to form Curracurrong Falls.

These remarkable falls plummet straight into the ocean, however on windy days it is not uncommon for the water to be blown sideways, or even upwards, and not reach the ocean. In any instance, it is a marvellous sight. 

That said, arguably the drawcard feature of the walk is the aptly named Eagle Rock, which when viewed from the right angle bears a striking resemblance of an eagle’s head and beak.

The best view point of Eagle Rock is from the top of Curracurrong Falls, with ample spots of spread out, sit down and marvel at the view.

Note that while there is a track prior to the Curracurrong Creek crossing that leads to the top of Eagle Rock, this location should be visited with caution and respect.

It is important to note that Eagle Rock is sandstone formation that is unsupported underneath. It is therefore not advised to walk out onto the top of Eagle Rock, as this will put undue cumulative stress of the formation. 

Eagle Rock will one day likely collapse into the ocean below, and this process should not be sped up by visitors to the site looking for a photo op that is arguably one of the worst spots to view the rock.

In addition, standing on top of the rock detracts from the view for those at the main viewing area near the falls, so visitors should be respectful of others.

That said, there is a great vantage point of the falls on the cliff edge near Eagle Rock, that does not require standing on top of the rock. To be respectful of others, minimise your time here.

To return, simply retrace your steps. Note there is an option to shorten the return leg, with a side-track a few hundred metres before Providential Point heading directly to the south-western corner of the carpark. If unsure, simply return the way you came. 

There is a picnic area, with covered and uncovered tables, BBQs and toilets at the beginning of the walk. 

Note that gates to Wattamolla are closed and locked at 8.30pm.

This is a great walk to add to a day-trip of the park, hitting the top sights in the park, including Figure 8 Pools, Wattamolla Falls and Providential Point, Wedding Cake Rock, and Bungoona Lookout.

Track: The trail involves well-maintained graded paths and constructed boardwalks. Most of the track is relatively flat, however there are undulating sections, as well as some short, steep sections with steps. The track is well-signed and easy to follow. 

Difficulty: The track is well-maintained and relatively flat, with only a few short, steep sections. It is suitable for most fitness levels with time. 

Extreme caution is required near the edges at the lookouts and at various other points along the walk, with no safety rails on this track. There are also a number of creek crossings that may become impassable during or after heavy rain.

Note that Wattamolla Lagoon is not supervised by lifeguards, so caution is required when entering the water, and children should be supervised at all times. 

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way you came. 

getting there

The walk is located at the Wattamolla Falls picnic area at the end of Wattamolla Road in Royal National Park, 1.25 hours drive south of Sydney. 

The car park is large but given it is shared with visitors to the popular Wattamolla Falls and other walks, it can become extremely busy during peak periods.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. 

Given the walk involves a couple of creek crossings, be sure to check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for updates regarding track closures.

Note that there are park fees associated with entering many national parks in New South Wales. Check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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