Wattamolla to Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls Coastal Walk

Last updated: June 15, 2024

Eagle Rock is a striking rock formation in the Royal National Park that closely resembles an eagle’s beak. Nearby, you’ll find Curracurrong Falls, one of the rare waterfalls in the world that plunges directly into the ocean.

A scenic coastal walk, starting from Wattamolla, leads to these two iconic landmarks, with fantastic views to take in along the way.

In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know about this fantastic hike in the Royal National Park, including a map, highlights, and photos.

Wattamolla to Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls
Distance: 8 km (return)
Duration: 3 hours
Grade: Easy / moderate
Dogs: Not allowed

Getting There

The beautiful walking track to Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls starts at the Wattamolla Beach area, which is home to a large parking area.

In Royal National Park, turn into Wattamolla Rd from Sir Bertram Stevens Dr and continue to the parking area (see map location).

Be mindful that while there is ample parking available, it tends to get quite busy there on the weekends, so it’s best to arrive a bit earlier in the day.

A $12 parking fee per vehicle per day applies in the Royal National Park, to be paid either at a ticket booth or one of the pay machines.

Map and Route

In the track notes below, we will discuss the hike from Wattamolla to Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls along the following highlights and landmarks:

  1. Providential Point Lookout (optional)
  2. Curracurrang Gully and Cove
  3. Curracurrong Creek and Falls
  4. Eagle Rock

The following map shows these highlights from 1 to 4, starting from the car parking area at Wattamolla Beach.

Map of the walk to Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls

The trail to Providential Point Lookout is optional but can be accessed via a short detour from the car park.

It’s a great lookout, so we do recommend doing this detour, as the ocean and coastal views are fantastic.

Eagle Rock Track Notes

If you’re heading straight to Eagle Rock (and skipping Providential Point), you can find the starting point of the track at the southern end of the car park. Look for a sign that says Royal Coastal Walk and Curracurrong.

Otherwise, if you’re going via the Providential Point Lookout, look for the start of that trail at the eastern side of the main parking area. That short trail runs parallel to the Wattamolla Lagoon and Beach.

1. Providential Point Lookout

It’s an easy 350 metres from the Wattamolla parking area to the Providential Point Lookout, which has a small fenced viewing platform.

The scenic views of the ocean and the coastline with its large cliffs are impressive. This is also a great location to try and spot some whales during their migration seasons.

Providential Point Lookout
Providential Point Lookout

From the lookout, follow the path heading south, which connects with the Coast Track and the track to Eagle Rock. This junction is actually not very clear and is easy to miss, especially when hiking northbound.

For that reason, it may be a good idea to visit Providential Point Lookout on the way to Eagle Rock, heading south, rather than on the way back, as you might miss the path to this lookout.

2. Curracurrang Gully and Cove

The track continues along the coast towards Curracurrang Gully, with ocean and cliff views that are absolutely breathtaking. Long sections of the track are on a boardwalk, which makes for a very comfortable hiking experience.

Walking track to Eagle Rock
Walking track to Eagle Rock

About 1km south of Wattamolla, the track crosses Curracurrang Gully via a set of stepping stones. This is where Curracurrang Cove is located, a picturesque area where the gully meets the ocean.

Curracurrang Gully and Cove
Curracurrang Gully and Cove

In summer, this is a great spot to go for a quick swim or to have a picnic in beautiful surroundings.

From Curracurrang Cove, the track continues along the coast and through heath vegetation, heading towards Curracurrong Creek and Falls.

Royal National Park coastal cliffs
Royal National Park coastal cliffs

Have you noticed the subtle difference in spelling?

It’s the CurracurrAng Gully and Cove, and the CurracurrOng Creek and Falls. How one letter can cause so much confusion!

3. Curracurrong Creek and Falls

Once you reach the stepping stones to cross Curracurrong Creek, the two highlights of this walking track are just around the corner.

Curracurrong Creek crossing
Curracurrong Creek crossing

Curracurrong Falls is quite a unique waterfall in the sense that it drops into the ocean, as there aren’t many waterfalls in the world like that.

Curracurrong Falls dropping into the ocean
Curracurrong Falls dropping into the ocean

When the winds are strong, the water can be seen being pushed back up, which is a fantastic natural phenomenon to witness.

4. Eagle Rock

If the waterfall is not spectacular enough, then Eagle Head Rock (or simply Eagle Rock), located almost next to the waterfall, most definitely is.

Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock

For the best views of both the waterfall and Eagle Rock, look for the path leading down towards a rock overhang.

This is also a perfect spot to have a picnic or have a rest, as the rock overhang provides excellent shelter from the sun, with million-dollar views as a bonus.

Viewing point for Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls
Covered viewing point for Eagle Rock

However, make sure you stay well away from the rocky edge because there is no fencing to protect you.

If you look south, you may even be able to spot a second waterfall where Curra Brook drops into the ocean, a few hundred metres away. It’s a much smaller waterfall that typically only shows itself after a period of rainfall.

Curracurrong Falls and Eagle Rock
Curracurrong Falls and Eagle Rock

Once you’ve finished exploring this beautiful part of the Royal National Park, retrace your steps back to the Wattamolla car park via the same walking path.

Hopefully we’ve been able to get you excited about the walking track to Eagle Rock with the above photos.

Check out our list of the best walks in the Royal National Park for more of these great hikes.

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