Burn baby burn – A day trip to Burning Palms
When Nick and I returned from Japan I said ‘We do so many day trips when we are traveling and have fun, new experiences by driving an hour or two away from where we are based and when we are home we just go to the same places all the time. Why do we only go on day trips when we are traveling? Surely there is more to do near our home that doesn’t involve taking leave, using up a whole weekend or spending a lot of money?’ So the other weekend we made a spontaneous trip to Burning Palms Beach at the Royal National Park, Sydney, NSW.
The Royal National Park (RNP) is only an hours drive south of Sydney and is a great choice for a daytime adventure. Whether coastline, bushland or waterfalls are your thing, the RNP has you covered with landscapes that will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to tropical Asia.
It costs $12 to enter the National Park and there are many different tracks to take for treks which vary in time and effort. The hike to Burning Palms Beach is relatively quick and easy, taking about an hour to walk to from the Burning Palms carpark (this includes stopping for photos etc which is unavoidable because the scenery is so breathtaking).
Take a backpack with lunch and a blanket and have a picnic overlooking the beach. We called into a 7eleven on the way and stocked up on sandwiches and Hello Panda (still a little hooked on Japan).
Here is a snapshot of our adventure.