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The Royal and Heathcote National Parks are a haven for birdwatchers with over 300 species recorded.  Once introduced birds and aviary escapees are removed there are still over 280 native birds recorded, the highest for any protected area in NSW.  The range is vast: from the iconic Superb Lyrebird,  through raptors such as the Peregrine Falcon and Little Eagle, to the shy Chestnut Rumped Heathwren and Southern Emu-Wren, the endemic Rockwarbler and to the nocturnal Powerful Owl and Greater Sooty Owl.

The source of all this wonder is the park’s great diversity of habitat types: Rainforest, Heathland, Tall open forest, Sandstone Gully Forest, Woodlands, Wetlands, magnificent Sea cliffs and beaches. The habitats attract this vast range of sedentary and migratory birds.

Checkout the Birds Gallery for images of some of our most iconic and beautiful species The Royal – Birds Gallery

Every year Friends of the Royal have arranged some guided walks with birds as a focus, places are limited so be sure to register early. Go to the Guided Walks page to register.

The location for these guided walks will be determined in the days prior to the event and communicated to all who have registered..

There are many self guided walks in the park that provide brilliant opportunities for birdwatching.

  • Curra Moors and Eagle Rock loop
  • Lady Carrington Drive North
  • Lady Carrington Drive South
  • Wattle Forest
  • Wattamolla
  • Bonnie Vale
  • Garawarra Farm to Burning Palms loop

Get Involved

Voluntary activities run regularly and are a great way to help preserve and protect this beautiful area and to meet like minded people. Volunteering is fun!!

Volunteer expression of interest form

A Volunteer calendar is available for the next three months

Volunteer Calendar