VIDEO: Beach shacks of Royal National Park

By AG STAFF 29 November 2013
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Coastal shacks of the Royal National Park in NSW, are historic icons of the Aussie beach life.

There are 143 beach shacks in this section the Royal National Park, about 50km south of Sydney: 20 shacks at Little Garie, 95 at South Era and another 28 at Burning Palms. Most date back to the 1930s; they represent a moment in time, a long-since faded slice of Australian history. In the ’30s and ’40s, miners from Helensburgh, at the southern edge of the park, came to the coast looking for a weekend escape. Holidaymakers from Sydney trekked south too: surfers, bushwalkers and families looking for a cheap getaway.