Palm Jungle and Burning Palms Beach

A coastal walk that takes in a lot. From spectacular views of the coastline, to coastal rainforest, towering forests of gums and Burning Palms Beach. It is a more strenuous walk, but very rewarding.


Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4-4.5 hours
Distance: 11km
Start and Finish: Otford Lookout

Palm Jungle and Burning Palms

Starting at the lookout, follow the signposted track. It winds its way up the hill, eventually coming onto a fire trail. After about 45 mins you’ll come to a junction.

The signpost points the way to the Coast Track off to the right. Follow this track.

You will soon come across two fantastic lookouts that offer views to the south. Make sure you stop at at least one of them.

Rejoin the track and follow it down. Soon you will enter the Palm Jungle, a surprising forest of palms and other tropical plants. After about an hour the Palm Jungle ends and you enter an open grassland. The track then leads down to Burning Palms Beach.

After taking a break at the beach, follow the track that leads from the Surf Lifesaving Club. The track enters eucalyptus and palm forests, eventually reaching the site of a farm called Garawarra.

Follow the fire trail (signposted) to Lilyvale and Otford. Continue past the turnoff to Lilyvale, and past the turnoff to the Coast Track you took earlier. Follow the fire trail back to the lookout.

How to get there:

Train: Take the train to Otford station and walk to Otford Lookout.

Car: Turn off the Princes Highway and onto Lawrence Hargreave Drive. Follow this road for about 3km before you reach a junction. Go straight at the junction onto Lady Wakehurst Drive. Continue on this road for about 2km until you reach the lookout. There is plenty of parking available.

About David Rutter

Dave grew up on a small acreage on the outskirts of Sydney, within a stone's throw of the bush. Having spent a large part of his childhood exploring the bush behind the family home, much of his adult life has been spent exploring the world - he has lived in Sweden, traveled much of Europe, travelled in the Pacific and South America, and more recently in Asia. The Australian bush is however, the place where he feels he truly belongs.
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