Summary: North Era Beach is a fairly picturesque beach, but care is needed if swimming due to permanent rips. The only campground along the Coast Track is located here.

North Era Beach is one of the few places you can camp in the Royal National Park – and the only campsite by a beach. The beach has headlands on both sides; to the north is Thelma Head and to the south is Mid Era Point. There’s almost no shade around the beach. as the land was cleared for grazing in the 1930s. A strong permanent rip flowing out against the northern rocks means you should be careful if swimming here. (The nearby South Era Beach has a Surf Life Saving Club and is patrolled on weekends and public holidays.)

Looking south from Thelma Point, you can see both North Era Beach, and just beyond it Mid Era Point and South Era Beach. Behind the beach is a large Aboriginal midden, which is surrounded by a fence.

The NPWS campground is above the beach and the midden. (It’s a basic/remote camping area which has a maximum capacity of 36 people in unmarked sites, and must be booked in advance.)

Getting to North Era Beach

The beach can only be reached by foot, via a few different trails:

  • From Garie Beach (3.5km return) – the closest access is a 3.5km return bushwalk from Garie Beach, following the Coast Track
  • From Garrawara Farm (4.5km return) – a slightly longer route, the Burgh Ridge Track descends quite steeply down to the Coast Track. You’ll pass South Era Beach before reaching North Era Beach
  • From Otford (13.8km) – if using public transport, it’s a much longer walk from Otford Lookout, but you’ll also pass Burning Palms Beach and some nice lookouts.

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