Last updated: April 24, 2020
A scenic coastal walk starting at Wattamolla leads to Eagle Rock, one of the most iconic landmarks in the Royal National Park that strongly resembles an eagle’s beak.
What’s more, next to Eagle Rock is Curracurrong Falls, one of the very few waterfalls in the world that flows directly into the ocean.
Two beautiful natural sights and one picturesque walking track make for a great day out in the Royal National Park!
|Wattamolla to Eagle Rock|
|Distance:||8 km (return)|
How to Get There
In the Royal National Park, turn into Wattamolla Road from Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and continue to the parking area. Be mindful that while there is lots of parking available, it tends to get quite busy there on sunny weekends, so it’s best to arrive a bit early.
There is a $12 park entry fee to the Royal National Park per vehicle per day, to be paid at a ticket booth or at one of the pay machines.
Wattamolla to Eagle Head Rock
From the Wattamolla car park, you can either go straight to Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls via the Coast Track, or you you can do an extra sidetrack to the Providential Point Lookout, which is very much worth it.
If you’re going straight to Eagle Rock, you can find the starting point of the track at the southern end of the car park. Keep an eye out 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.
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 massive rocky cliffs are impressive. This is also a great location to try and spot whales while they are migrating.
From the lookout, follow the path heading south which connects with the Coast Track and the track to Eagle Rock. This particular intersection is not very clear and is easy to miss, especially when hiking northbound.
So for that reason it’s perhaps a good idea to visit Providential Point Lookout on the way to Eagle Rock, rather than on the way back.
The track to Eagle Rock has recently been upgraded and is very easy to follow. Large sections of the track are essentially a boardwalk which makes it a very comfortable experience.
Some may also consider this to be a bit of a drawback though, as the track never really feels like a challenging bushwalk.
Curracurrang Gully and Cove
The track continues along the coast towards Curracurrang Gully, with ocean and cliff views that are absolutely breathtaking.
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.
In summer, this is a great spot to go for a little swim or to have a picnic in beautiful surroundings. It’s also interesting to know that this cove was used thousands of years ago by the Dharawal people, with remnants still visible.
From Curracurrang Cove the track continues along the coast and through heath vegetation, heading towards Curracurrong Creek and Falls.
On a side note, 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!
Curracurrong Creek and Falls
Once you reach the stepping stones to cross Curracurrong Creek, the two highlights of this walking track are literally just around the corner.
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.
When the winds are strong the water can often be seen being pushed back up, which makes for a pretty spectacular sight.
If the waterfall is not spectacular enough, then Eagle Head Rock, located almost next to the waterfall, certainly is.
For the best views of both the waterfall and Eagle Rock, find a trail that leads down towards a rock overhang.
This is also a perfect spot to have a picnic or just a rest, as the rock overhang provides great shelter from the sun, with million dollar views as an extra bonus.
Make sure you stay well away from the rocky edge though, 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.
Map and Route
In the Royal National Park, turn into Wattamolla Road from Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and continue to the parking area at Wattamolla.
It’s strongly recommended to include the sidetrack to the Providential Point Lookout. It’s only a short walk from the Wattamolla car park, and it reconnects with the Coast Track and the track to Eagle Rock further south.