Bundeena Drive to Marley

3 h to 3 h 30 min

8.6 km
return

↑ 213 m
↓ -213 m

Hard track
This walk is the most direct route down to Big and Little Marley. The beaches are fantastic, secluded areas with Big Marley hosting a large sand dune and lagoon. The beaches are not patrolled and can have dangerous surf conditions, so take care. Deer Pool, and it's waterfall, is also a highlight on the walk in. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Marley Track sign post. | Photo by admin
Track away from Bundeena Drive. | Photo by admin
White arrows marking track. | Photo by admin
Track through heath from Bundeena Drive. | Photo by admin
Marley Trackover rock surface. | Photo by admin
Marker on rock Marley Track. | Photo by admin
Marley Track through heath. | Photo by admin
View over heath from Marley Track. | Photo by admin
Deer Pool Campsite. | Photo by admin
Deer Pool. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Deer Pool. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Deer Pool waterfall. | Photo by admin
Signpost near Deer Pool. | Photo by admin
Clearing beside Deer Pool. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Track away from Deer Pool. | Photo by admin
Marley Track through rocky outcrop. | Photo by admin, 2009.
White sandy track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Marley Track over rock surface. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Service trail to Marley Beaches. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Little Marley. | Photo by admin
Track above Marley Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Track down to marley Beach. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Marley Lagoon from service trail. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Rocky service trail. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Dunes and Lagoon behind Big Marley Beach. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Southern Marley Headland ruins. | Photo by admin
Track over to Big Marley Beach. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Signpost to Marley Beach. | Photo by admin
Track to Coastal Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Track through heath to Coastal Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Big Marley Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Big Marley Beach. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Big Marley each. | Photo by admin
Northern Headland of Big Marley. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Warning at Big Marley. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Big Marley Beach. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Marley Beach. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Dunes behind Big Marley. | Photo by admin, 2009.
View over Marley Lagoon. | Photo by admin, 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Marley Trail & Bundeena Drive (-34.1030622,151.1157766)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1, Loftus.
  • Turn on to Farnell Avenue then drive for 1.1 km
  • Keep right onto Farnell Avenue and drive for another 11.9 km
  • Turn left onto Bundeena Drive and drive for another 5.6 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park on the northern side of Bundeena Drive (1.7km east of Mainbar Rd), this walk crosses the road and heads into the bush between the two posts, following the arrow. Soon the track pass the 'Marley Track' sign and starts to head downhill. The track continues past the old concrete pipe (with white spray-painted arrows). The track passes a couple of rock platforms, but generally the track is narrow as it winds down the hill. Near Deer Pools, there is a clearing on the left as the track tends right, towards the waterfall. The track passes over the top of the waterfall to head up to a clearing on the other side.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Marley Trail & Bundeena Drive Start heading along Marley Trail (a walking track).
There is a car park (about 6 m back from the start).
After another 1.9 km veer right, to head along Marley Trail.
After another 40 m find the "Deer Pool" (40 m on your left).
Deer Pool
Deer Pool

Deer Pool, Royal National Park, is a small and picturesque set of falls that run into a pool with a sandy bank. The waterfall is fed by Marley Creek which continues its journey into Marley Lagoon, behind Big Marley Beach. Royal National Park was once home to many deer, who used to frequent these pools. This is a relaxing spot on a warm day, with the opportunity for a dip or a gentle massage in the cascade. Although a sign suggests camping is permitted by permit, permits are not issued for camping here.
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Deer Pool, Royal National Park, is a small and picturesque set of falls that run into a pool with a sandy bank. The waterfall is fed by Marley Creek which continues its journey into Marley Lagoon, behind Big Marley Beach. Royal National Park was once home to many deer, who used to frequent these pools. This is a relaxing spot on a warm day, with the opportunity for a dip or a gentle massage in the cascade. Although a sign suggests camping is permitted by permit, permits are not issued for camping here.

After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Marley Trail.
After another 275 m continue straight, to head along Marley Trail.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Marley Trail.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Little Marley Fire Trail & Marley Trail) turn left, to head along Little Marley Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Little Marley Beach. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 430 m find the "Big Marley Beach" (5 m on your right).
Big Marley Beach
Big Marley Beach

Big Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand, crescent-shaped beach, approximately 400m in length. The beach has a large dune area, behind which Marley Lagoon is found. The lagoon is fed by Marley Creek and the surrounding catchment. The beach is not patrolled and there are no other facilities. The south-facing beach has a rockshelf at either end. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link.
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Big Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand, crescent-shaped beach, approximately 400m in length. The beach has a large dune area, behind which Marley Lagoon is found. The lagoon is fed by Marley Creek and the surrounding catchment. The beach is not patrolled and there are no other facilities. The south-facing beach has a rockshelf at either end. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link.

After another 220 m come to "Shell Midden - Marley Beach".
Shell Midden - Marley Beach
Shell Midden - Marley Beach

A shell midden (also known as a kitchen midden) left by the Dharawal people.
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A shell midden (also known as a kitchen midden) left by the Dharawal people.

A ford.
Continue straight.
Continue another 20 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 4.3 km to get back to the start.

An optional side trip to Little Marley Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 440 m find the "Little Marley Beach" (25 m on your right).
Little Marley Beach
Little Marley Beach

Little Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand beach, approximately 140m long. The narrow beach faces north-east and has a rock platform at either end. The beach is not patrolled and has no other services. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link below.
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Little Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand beach, approximately 140m long. The narrow beach faces north-east and has a rock platform at either end. The beach is not patrolled and has no other services. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link below.

After another 25 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 470 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Bundeena Drive to Marley


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 8.6 km
Time 3 h to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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