Wattamolla picnic area to Wattamolla Dam
Dharawal Country

40 min to 45 min

1.6 km
return

↑ 33 m
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Moderate track
This short return walk starts from the Wattamolla picnic area car park, and winds north along the Coast Track to the Wattamolla Dam. The small dam is nestled below a waterfall on Wattamolla creek and is a great spot for a quiet dip before lunch. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharawal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Wattamolla path north of carpark. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
following the coast track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
winding through the heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
looking down on Wattamolla creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The falls at Wattamolla Dam. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-34.1385137,151.1149304)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
  • Turn on to Wattamolla Road then drive for 3.3 km
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 50 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 120 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the toilet block, this walk follows the path down the hill and through the car park to the northern end of the picnic area, near the creek crossing.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 30 m pass the car park (30 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the BBQ (55 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (7 m on your right)., female.
Then pass the toilet (on your right)., male.
After another 70 m pass the picnic table (70 m on your left).
Then find the "Wattamolla Kiosk" (30 m on your right).
Wattamolla Kiosk
Wattamolla Kiosk

The Wattamolla Kiosk in the Wattamolla Picnic Area provides basic supplies for day visitors. The kiosk does not keep strict hours and opens depending on weather and demand. It usually opens on weekends at around 10:30am and closes between 4 and 6pm. You can buy ice-creams, drinks and some hot food. For more information, call Audley Kiosk on (02) 9521 2240.
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The Wattamolla Kiosk in the Wattamolla Picnic Area provides basic supplies for day visitors. The kiosk does not keep strict hours and opens depending on weather and demand. It usually opens on weekends at around 10:30am and closes between 4 and 6pm. You can buy ice-creams, drinks and some hot food. For more information, call Audley Kiosk on (02) 9521 2240.

After another 3 m continue straight.
Then pass the car park (on your left).
After another 4 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 55 m veer right.
After another 30 m pass the sign (15 m on your left).
After another 15 m find the "Wattamolla Picnic Area" (35 m on your left).
Wattamolla Picnic Area
Wattamolla Picnic Area

Wattamolla Picnic Area is found at the end of Wattamolla Road, about halfway along the coastline of Royal National Park. The area is blessed with a great beach, a lagoon and some wonderful creeks and rocks to explore. The small beach faces west and is tucked away in a deep bay. The lagoon sits behind the beach and is lined with sand on one side, and cliffs and rocks on the other shore. The picnic area has large open grassy areas, with some shade provided by trees and some picnic shelters. There is a small kiosk (often open weekends), toilets, electric BBQs and two car parks. There is water here, but needs to be treated before drinking. There is a gate on the road that is locked at night, the gate is open from 7am to 8:30pm.
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Wattamolla Picnic Area is found at the end of Wattamolla Road, about halfway along the coastline of Royal National Park. The area is blessed with a great beach, a lagoon and some wonderful creeks and rocks to explore. The small beach faces west and is tucked away in a deep bay. The lagoon sits behind the beach and is lined with sand on one side, and cliffs and rocks on the other shore. The picnic area has large open grassy areas, with some shade provided by trees and some picnic shelters. There is a small kiosk (often open weekends), toilets, electric BBQs and two car parks. There is water here, but needs to be treated before drinking. There is a gate on the road that is locked at night, the gate is open from 7am to 8:30pm.

After another 80 m pass the waterfall (55 m on your right).
After another 480 m turn right.
Continue another 20 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 810 m to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Wattamolla Dam".
Wattamolla Dam
Wattamolla Dam

Wattamolla pool (or dam), Royal National Park, is a small water hole on Wattamolla Creek, above the lagoon. The pool is on the Coast Track near Wattamolla picnic area and offers a quiet spot for a dip and a rest. The pool is formed by a small, constructed sandstone dam and fed by a small waterfall above.
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Wattamolla pool (or dam), Royal National Park, is a small water hole on Wattamolla Creek, above the lagoon. The pool is on the Coast Track near Wattamolla picnic area and offers a quiet spot for a dip and a rest. The pool is formed by a small, constructed sandstone dam and fed by a small waterfall above.

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Terrain
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Wattamolla picnic area to Wattamolla Dam


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.6 km
Time 40 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 540 m apart with the largest gap of 1.6 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
55 m[toilet]
Toilet
55 m[toilet]
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