An alternative to doing the full Royal National Park Coast Walk, the Curra Moors Loop is a shorter option that takes in some of the spectacular coastal scenery.
Located almost exactly mid-way between Otford Lookout and Bundeena, this circuit lets you access some of the best bits of the much longer Royal National Park Coast Walk. The loop is generallt accessed via the Curra Moors Track off Sir Bertrand Drive, but you can also take the Curra Moors Fire Trail (which may be a better option if there’s been recent rain – but there’s no carpark here). The walk from Sir Bertrand Drive descends gradually toward the coast, initially through forest consisting of scribbly gums and angophoras (where the track may be muddy) before opening up to heathland (where the track gets sandier). In Spring there will be lots of wildflowers, including hakeas and waratahs.
The Curra Moors Track splits into after about 1.8km, at which point you can do the loop in either direction. Turning left, to do the loop in a clockwise direction, means that you meet the Coast Track near the very distinctive Eagle Rock.
A short distance to the north along the Coast Track is Curracurrong Falls, which tumbles from the high cliffs into the ocean below.
Above the cliffs the creek forms some some shallow pools, surrounded by low heath.
Below the main path and the top pools is a long overhang, which makes a sheltered spot for a break or lunch.
Continuing down the coast along the Curra Moors Loop, the track crosses Curra Brook, as it closely follows the edge of the coast. Continue a few hundred metres beyond the junction with the Curra Moors Track (South) for a spectacular view over Garie Beach and down the coast from the North Garie headland.
Return via the Curra Moors Track (South), which head inland just before the North Garie headland to complete the loop.
0.0km Curra Moors trailhead (Sir Bertrand Drive)
1.7km Curra Moors Track splits (start of loop)
4.4km Curra Mooor Track meets Coast Track
4.6km Curracurrong Creek
7.2km Curra Moors Track
+3.2km return to Garie Beach
8.4km End of loop (Curra Moor tracks merge)
10.2km Curra Moors trailhead
|Location||Curra Moors trailhead carpark|
|Distance||10.2km loop (3-4 hours).|
|Grade||Easy/Moderate. 300m total elevation gain.|
|Season/s||All year. Track may be muddy after heavy rain|
|Map/s||9129-4S Otford (1:25K) Buy / Download|
|GPS Route||AllTrails map with option to download GPX / KML files|