Hike to Wedding Cake Rock



3.1 miles

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Added by Itsyouitsme Scott & Giulia

This is an awesome hike. Moving between dense bushes and opening to amazing coastal cliffs high above the ocean with breathtaking panoramic views. At the end of the trail you will be rewarded with an iconic sandstone rock embedded in the cliffs that is shaped like a wedding cake. Get the best of the east coast of Australia with this fantastic scenic trail.

The trailhead is located about 30 minutes outside of Sydney, NSW in the Royal National Park.

Finding the trailhead was a bit difficult as Google Maps had taken us (as well as others we met along the way) to a different trail head in the park. So make sure you know where the trailhead is before you depart as cell phone service can be spotty when you arrive. Set aside 2 hours or more to complete the journey, while the trail isn't very long, you will want to take time to enjoy the views.

The trail begins in a culdisac where parking as permitted. Following a main paved trail you will see a sign on the left that marks the beginning of the walk to Wedding Cake. The walk is sand to begin with, moving through bushes with a very clear markings along the way, as you continue the trail weaves out onto beautiful cliffs with spectacular views and back into bushes.

There are very clear markings along the way so it is unlikely for individuals to get lost along the way.

Make sure you check local alerts as Wedding cake itself is often gated in certain times of the year as it is to dangerous to stand on. Regardless the hike itself is beautiful and even if you can't get a photo of yourself standing on the rock it is still well worth the hike.

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Picture Perfect Rock

Nice easygoing hike on fairly flat terrain, excellent for beginners and the view and lookout make it well worth the trip

One last question

Heading down to do this sometime this week for a sunrise? Do you think would be okay to jump the fence around this time? Figured I'd get your honest opinion before just going for it! Otherwise loved the write up it gave me all the info I could ever need, especially the part about not trusting Google Maps. 😏


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over 4 years ago

A great place to visit! But it's been fully fenced off

Wedding Cake Rock is a great place to visit in Royal National Park, offering amazing views of the surrounding ocean. If you get there in the morning, the colours are the best since the sun is hitting the cliff face. I recommend if you have time and energy extending your walk as well, as the Coast Walk offers spectacular views down the track of more gorgeous coves and cliffs. Due to the unstable cliffs, unfortunately they've fenced off the rock! Rangers patrol the area and give out fines to anyone who jumps the fence. There are some lookouts to the rock, but I would be wary as it's a long way down! I also recommend going there early if you want to visit the rock since it can get very busy. When I was there in the morning (I did an out-and-back), I only saw a few people but by 2pm on my way back there were groups of people, some blasting music, as they were walking. Thanks for the trailhead, as I was about to go to the wrong area on my way!

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