Nested inside a quiet lagoon, Wattamolla Beach is a popular spot to stop in for a picnic or a swim within Royal National Park. It takes it name from the Aboriginal words for “place near running water.” The waters provide excellent conditions for snorkeling, swimming, and fishing, while cabbage tree palms provide shade for a more leisurely beach afternoon.
Particularly suited for families, there are barbecue facilities to make a beachside lunch, seaside tracks to explore or take a walk along the coast. There is also a quiet freshwater lagoon, separated from the sea by a long sandbar. The beach is unpatrolled, welcoming appearances from local wildlife and keeping with its peaceful nature. Though it is centrally located within the park, it often feels secluded and calm.
Wattamolla Beach is located at the end of Wattamolla Road, off Sir Bertram Stevens Drive in Sydney. The park is open daily from 7 am to 8:30 pm.