National Parks and Reserves

Explore the natural wonders of Sutherland Shire, where a tapestry of national parks and gardens awaits your discovery. Immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes and rich history of our region as you embark on a journey through the following enchanting destinations:


Founded in 1879, The Royal National Park stands as a testament to Australia’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty. This iconic park offers a captivating escape into the heart of nature, with rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and ancient forests awaiting your exploration. Whether you’re a seasoned bushwalker, a bird enthusiast, or simply seeking a tranquil picnic spot, The Royal National Park has something for everyone.

Step back in time at Kamay Botany Bay National Park.  Explore walking trails that wind through coastal landscapes, uncover Aboriginal cultural sites, and take in panoramic views of Botany Bay. This park seamlessly blends history and nature, offering a unique experience for every visitor.

For those seeking adventure amid rugged terrain and sandstone cliffs, Heathcote National Park is a must-visit. This pristine wilderness invites rock climbers, bushwalkers, and bird watchers to discover its hidden treasures. Unleash your spirit of exploration as you traverse the diverse ecosystems within this captivating park.

Situated in Caringbah with a captivating view overlooking Yowie Bay, the EG Waterhouse Camellia Gardens stand as a beloved destination for both visitors and locals alike. Throughout the year, these gardens showcase a stunning palette of colours. Camellias take centre stage during autumn and winter, with Camellia sasanqua blossoming in early spring, followed by Camellia japonica in February, and Camellia reticulata gracing the grounds from mid-winter through September/October. As spring unfolds, vibrant annuals burst into bloom, paving the way for the elegant beauty of roses during the summer months.

Joseph Banks Native Plant Reserve is a unique gem among Sydney’s gardens, exclusively dedicated to showcasing the beauty of Australian native plants. Established by the Sutherland Shire Council in 1969, this reserve pays homage to Sir Joseph Banks, who meticulously collected flora specimens during his historic visit to nearby Botany Bay in 1770. The reserve’s extensive collection of native plants creates a serene and inviting environment, providing a sanctuary for a variety of birds and native fauna.

Discover tranquillity amidst nature at Burnum Burnum Sanctuary, where an array of captivating bushwalking tracks unveil breathtaking rock escarpments and formations. Keep a keen eye out for the distinctive “Eagle Rock,” resembling the majestic head of an eagle. Wildlife enthusiasts may encounter blue-tongue lizards, black cockatoos, and charming tiny wrens along the way. The sanctuary not only offers ample parking but also provides picnic areas, a playground, and a wetland area to explore, all while offering a front-row view of the picturesque Woronora River.