A popular and easily accessible surf beach, Garie Beach has dedicated parking, toilets, a picnic area (no BBQ), kiosk (usually open weekends and public holidays, weather permitting) and a Surf Life Saving Club. Although the long surf beach has some dangerous rips and currents, there is a patrolled area on weekends and weekdays during school holidays.
Garie Beach has some of the best surf in the Sydney region, and is a very popular family beach destination – so the carpark is often full by mid-morning on holiday weekends.
The beach may have been named after the Dharawal (Aboriginal) word meaning “sleepy”, or a deviation of the name of bushranger William Geary who camped here. The beach was used as a location for the 1954 film Long John Silver, a 1954 American-Australian adventure film.
Getting to Garie Beach
The beach is most easily reached by car, and is a 20min drive from Bundeena or a 30min drive from Sutherland, in Sydney’s south. The 30km Royal National Park Coast Track traverses the beach, and provides great views of the beach from the headlands on both sides.
You can also walk to the beach via the Curra Moors Loop, which is a 13km bushwalk from Sir Bertram Stevens Drive.
- National Parks (NPWS) – Garie Beach Picnic Area
- Beach Safe – Garie Beach
This is one of eleven beaches located within Royal National Park (and one of four patrolled beaches), which from north to south are:
- Jibbon Beach
- Shelley Beach
- Marley Beach
- Little Marley Beach
- Wattamolla Beach (and Lagoon) – patrolled
- Garie Beach – patrolled
- Little Garie Beach
- North Era Beach
- South Era Beach (Era Beach) – patrolled
- Burning Palms – patrolled
- Werrong Beach
There are also multiple swimming holes along the pristine creeks of Royal National Park, including Crystal Pool, Flat Rock Creek, Goburra Pool, Karloo Pool and Olympic Pool.