Forest Path is an easy walk that cuts across the Royal National Park, with some of the best views of the verdant surroundings. This scenic walk takes you through the park, allowing you to enjoy the diversity of plants, flowers and birds. For a path that was first opened to the public in 1887, this trail is a favourite for many first time visitors.
For an outdoor lover, this almost circular loop is ideal for the whole family and caters for walkers at different fitness levels. The kids will especially enjoy scurrying along the path with all the stunning features of this magnificent rainforest.
Forest Path Walks & Hiking Loop Track Map, Royal National Park NSW
The path, which is a 4.5-kilometre circuit, can be completed between an hour and two hours depending on one’s fitness level. For families looking forward to an easy day out of town, there is the option of enjoying picnics along the way. Bola Creek Picnic Area is a must-visit while at the forest. Enjoy lunch against the background of the chirping birds and cascading waters. Let the kids play around as you marvel at Mother Nature’s beauty.
Start the walk past the stone gates located on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. This is also the entry point that leads to Lady Carrington Drive. Walking the path leads you across the slopes of the Forest Island. This is one of the most adventurous parts of the walk as it allows panoramic views of the hill which is set apart by the Hacking River. If you are curious to explore, you can always walk to Bola Creek.
Look out for the towering eucalyptus trees and casuarinas. The dense cabbage tree palms are also found in abundance along the walk. Nature enthusiasts should also be able to spot the beautiful Gymea lilies whose flowering phase during winter brings the rainforest to life with vibrant colours.
If you are looking for a longer adventure, take up the Couranga walking track that links up with Forest Path. The path can be accessed all year long, and is open between 7:00am and 8:30pm. Entry is free for visitors on foot, but it costs $12 for each car. Dogs and cycling is not permitted.