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Exploring Inconspicuous Cabins: A guided walking tour in Sydney’s Royal National Park

Discover Era Beach’s cabin community within the Royal National Park on a guided walking tour. The community is an important and rare surviving piece of NSW's social history. Learn about its past of self-regulation, later influenced by external agencies and tenure. Free admission, lunch, and Q&A.

Step into the past on this guided walking tour of the Era Beach cabin community nestled along Sydney’s Royal National Park (RNP) coast. Discover the recreational pastimes that connected Sydney and the Illawarra regions.

Our guided walking tour offers an exceptional experience, allowing exclusive access inside these curious cabins. Learn about the unique history and construction and have all your questions answered by cabin licensees.

Era’s cabins have a significant history and connection for various groups. They are burial sites for the Dharawal peoples and hold long-standing connections with prominent artists like Max Dupain, Hal Missingham, Margret Olley, David Moore, and Reg Mombasa (also known as Chris O’Doherty).

Enjoy a free lunch at Era Beach Surf Club, which boasts strong ties with NSW’s surf lifesaving movement.

Explore the interconnected history and an early 20th-century lifestyle set in the remarkable RNP.

Event date

Event Details

144 Garawarra Farm Road, Lilyvale, New South Wales

If you plan to drive to the event, you can find Garawarra Farm Carpark in the Garie area of the Royal National Park, just off Garie Road. Should any proposed road works risk confusion in locating the event meeting point, our event coordinator will contact registrants and clarify before the event begins. The meeting point for event attendees is located at Garawarra Farm Carpark. You can easily locate it by clicking on the following link, which will take you to Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/JngrFNieVMtErkH5A.


Sunday, 28 April - Meet at 9:30 am for a 10 am departure from the meeting point, returning at 3 pm (total duration 5.5 hours).

Entry fees:
Prebooking requiredhttps://forms.gle/RWkBKB2frvLZPHYm8
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
This walking tour suits individuals with reasonable fitness levels and prior experience with bushwalking on steep and uneven paths. We suggest you bring sun protection, sturdy shoes, and enough water to ensure safety and comfort. The tour might be cancelled in heavy rain or dangerous weather conditions. As the spots are limited, we encourage you to register early to secure your spot!