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Royal National Park Coastal Cabin Open Day

Take a guided bush walk through Sydney Royal National Park's historic coastal cabin community. Listen to the shared stories of how these curious cabins were erected during the Great Depression. Eat lunch at the Era Beach Surf Life Saving Club and experience our community's 110-year-old history.

Join us for a guided walking tour of the Era cabin community in the Royal National Park and see how the owners built and maintained the shacks at this remote location. Learn how the cabins survived to gain State Heritage registration in 2012. Our simple beach cabins date back to the 1930s Depression Era when people came to the coast to survive the hard times. We built these cabins away from modern technology and amenities using low-tech innovations. Meet the people and hear the stories – selected cabins will be open, and lunch will be provided.

The tour begins at Garawarra Farm Car Park (off Garie Road) at 10 am. The dirt track to the car park is in poor condition; please drive slowly. The walking tour will guide you to the open cabins in the community. Children are welcome however, fitness for a steep bush track (40 minutes down and 50 minutes back up) is required. Bring water, sunscreen, and swimming gear (optional).

Event date

Event Details

144 Garawarra Farm Road, Lilyvale, New South Wales

Garawarra Farm Carpark can be search in Google Maps.

If travelling south from Sydney please enter the Royal National Park at Loftus, then follow the road south (past Audley Weir) for approximately 19 kilometres where you will turn left onto Garie Road, then make an immediate right turn onto Garawarra Farm Road. The carpark is at the end of this road.

If travelling north from the Illawarra/Wollongong please enter the Royal National Park at Waterfall. Then:
- You will exit the M1/Princes Highway A1 by exiting left onto Bundarra Street, then turn right onto Warabin Street.
- Next turn right onto Kooraban Street, follow the road (McKell Avenue ) for approximately 4.8 kilometres.
- Next at the T intersection turn left (north) onto Sir Bertram Stevens Drive for 4.4 kilometres after which you will turn right onto Garie Road.
- Make an immediate right turn off Gariw Road onto Garawarra Farm Road. The carpark is at the end of Garawarra Farm Road.

See you there :)


Sunday 16 April 2023 at 10am*
Weather permitting*

Entry fees:
Prebooking requiredgeorgiaholloway95@gmail.com
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Park entry fees for vehicles apply $12 for whole day parking (card payment available via ticket machine).