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A royal day out

Yesterday Sydney Nimble Tours took a small group to the Royal National Park. The day started with a stopover at the perfectly still waters of Audley Weir.

This was followed by a walk along the Jibbon Loop Track to the Jibbon Headland Aboriginal engravings and Shelley Beach.

At this point it was time to enjoy a coffee at Bundeena before heading to Garie Beach for a picnic lunch. The main event for the day was a bush walk from Garie Beach to Thelma Head.

The group showed off its fitness on the ascent to Thelma Head. The views of Garie Beach to the North and Era Beach to the South reveal the grandeur of cliffs and lushly forested hills abruptly ending before the Pacific Ocean.

On the way to Thelma Head the shoreline has a significant area of tessellated pavement which in parts was rectangular and in others triangular.

The name tessellated originates from the resemblance of the rock to the tiles of a mosaic floor. The day was completed by a refreshing body surf at Garie Beach.

The amount of walking you do on our Sydney Royal National Park Tour can be varied. If for instance you did not wish to do the two hour return walk to Wedding Cake Rock we can substitute a shorter walk and visit other locations.

The great thing about the Royal National Park is that there are a lot of choices available. What about a visit to Symbio Wildlife Park in nearby Helensburgh.

See www.sydneynimbletours.com.au/royal-national-park-tour/ for the options that are available for our Sydney Royal National Park tour.

Enchanting reflection of gum trees at Audley Weir

Enchanting reflection of gum trees at Audley Weir

Smiles all round for a picnic lunch of rice salad, meatballs, rocket, avocado and chicken salad and fresh Italian bread

Smiles all round for a picnic lunch of rice salad, meatballs, rocket, avocado and chicken salad and fresh Italian bread

Alien messages or tessellated pavement?

Alien messages or tessellated pavement?

The beginning of an era… (North Era Beach)

The beginning of an era… (North Era Beach)

Wedding Cake Rock

Sydney Nimble Tours visited Wedding Cake Rock today. Wedding Cake Rock is a unique sandstone formation, located in the Royal National Park south of Sydney.

The only way to access Wedding Cake Rock is to repetitively put one foot in front of the other.

Vehicular access is not possible and the closest track starts at the backstreets of the small town of Bundeena (Eric Street or Beachcomber Street offer parking if the small car park is full).

It takes between 40-50 minutes to walk to it from the carpark. If you walk briskly you will reach the rock in 40 minutes but if you want to take a more relaxed walking mode and stop at a few places allow 50 minutes plus time taken for breaks. On the way you will also see The Balconies and the Waterrun.

Wedding Cake Rock has gained notoriety in recent years mostly due to Instagram.

Its white colour, flat top and smooth edges gives it the look of a slice from a wedding cake. The crack on the western side of the rock enhances the appearance of a sliced piece of cake.

It is most dazzling on a sunny day as the blue of the Pacific Ocean provides a perfect contrast to the white of the rock.

Sandstone is created by the sedimentation of sand by water or wind. Once accumulated the sand becomes sandstone when it is compacted by the pressure of overlying deposits and cemented together by the precipitation of minerals.

In the case of Wedding Cake Rock the sandstone is white as the mineral irons have been leached out by dry air and sea salt.

Wedding Cake Rock is well worth the walk and one of the highlights of our Sydney Royal National Park Tour https://www.sydneynimbletours.com.au/royal-national-park-tour/ .

Wedding Cake Rock is a joy to behold

Wedding Cake Rock is a joy to behold

ledgy and edgy

ledgy and edgy

sliced and ready to go

sliced and ready to go

the Waterrun

the Waterrun