One of the most recommended hikes in the Sydney region is the Costal Walk. There is a shorter one (about 5km) from Bondi To Coogee, but decided to go for the longer one, which is from Bundeena to Otfort and totals in about 27 km. As I noted in the Sydney post, the weather on my first week of arrival was quite terrible. Luckly I saw a two day window that promised warm weather and blue skies, so I set out to do a hike.
The itinary was the following: Take the train from Downtown to Cronulla, from there take the Ferry over to Bundeena. The hike would take me south through the Royal National Park. I also decided to camp for the night, which would be at the North Era campground, roughly at the 20km mark. One the second day I would arrive at the Otfort train station where I could catch a ride back to town.
Once I arrived at the park entrance I had a sudden realization: I actually need a camping permit for the night. That's what happens if you disregard Planning 101. So I had to walk back for 20min into town and find a cafe with WiFi, to find out how to book one now. Turns out I couldn't book one online on such a short notice, so I had to call their office, which I had to do from a nearby public phone. Then the trip could finally start!
Overall it was a great track and would recommend it to anyone. If I would do it again I would skip the camping for the night though. It was just 7 more km, so starting early and walking light should make it possible to easily do it in one day.
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