|Botany Bay||1:25 000 Map Series||91303S BOTANY BAY||NSW-91303S|
|Liverpool||1:25 000 Map Series||90302S LIVERPOOL||NSW-90302S|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
|Penrith||1:100 000 Map Series||9030 PENRITH||9030|
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||5 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
9km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (1.1km) has short steep hills.
8km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (1.9km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 10km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 5km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 5km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 16km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 13km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
566 m Return
This short walk follows part of the Ridge Track through the Georges River National Park. The walk follows the first section of the Ridge track before turning down to the Burrawang Flats. From here, the walk follows the driveway and Georges River past a number of picnic areas to return to the start. There are several opportunities for picnics and rest stops along the way.
Total climbing: 37m
769 m Circuit
This leisurely creek side walk follows the footpaths and boardwalks from Davies Reserve to the footbridge crossing Salt Pan Creek, just upstream from the railway bridge. The only facilities along this walk include seats and a toilet block at Davies Reserve. This is a nice way to explore the mangroves and willows along the river.
Total climbing: 18m
1 km Return
This great walk starts from Davies Reserve and follows the service trails, footpaths, boardwalks and bushtracks winding downstream along the edge of Salt Pan Creek. This walk passes a few picnic areas along the way, before crossing under the Henry Lawson Drive bridge and climbing up the wooden staircase on the other side, to the road.
Total climbing: 19m
1.2 km One way
1.3 km One way
1.8 km Circuit
This walk starts from the end of the Fitzpatrick Park driveway and follows the Georges River. The walk heads downstream along the waters edge, through the park and across the bridge, to the half way point at Henry Lawson Drive. From here the walk continues along a series of bush tracks, winding along the ridge, around to the Georges River National Park driveway.
Total climbing: 112m
2.5 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
This walk starts from Pastow train station and follows the streets to the end of Bridge street before it heads down stream along the boardwalks, service trails and bushtracks that follow the creek. As the walk winds along the creek, it passes the Davies Reserve and the small picnic area under the large pipe bridge. The walk then comes to the smaller Salt Pan creek picnic area, on the creeks edge, with a metal staircase providing access to Werona Avenue.
Total climbing: 40m
2.6 km One way
This short walk starts from the corner of Alma Road and Wainright Avenue and follows the footpath down to Salt Pan Creek walk. The walk then follows the creek upstream along the boardwalks and bushtracks, passing a few great picnic areas and parks to the end of Bridge Street. From here the walk follows the roads across the railway bridge and along to the Padstow train station, where there are a few shops.
Total climbing: 52m
2.8 km One way
This circuit walk follows the well signposted Ridge Track as it winds up through the bush between Henry Lawson Drive and the Georges River. The walk starts at Morgans Creek picnic area and heads back down to the river at Cattle Duffers Flats, then loops back to the start along the driveway. This walk is a great way to explore the diverse plants, and views of the park.
Total climbing: 123m
2.9 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This walk starts from the end of the Fitzpatrck Park driveway and follows the Georges River through the park, where it comes to Yeramba Lagoon. From here the walk explores the lagoon, following the bush tracks around in a big loop before coming back to Henry Lawson Drive and continuing along the ridge track, winding along the hill to Morgan’s Creek.
Total climbing: 147m
4 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This relaxing, return walk starts from the Padstow train station. The walk follows the streets to the end of Bridge street, then the boardwalks, footpaths and service trails along the right hand side of the creek, passing through Davies Reserve. The walk finishes at the pleasant little picnic area at the base of the large pipe bridge, down at the waters edge.
Total climbing: 62m
4.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This pleasant walk starts from the Morgans Creek park, at Henry Lawsons Drive, and follows the Georges River past the Boomerang Reserve, winding through the bush around Mickeys Point and under the Alfords Point bridge. The walk then continues up through Padstow Heights to the Henry Lawson Drive Bridge where it follows the boardwalks, bushtracks and service trails along Salt Pan Creek. The last section is along the roads to Padstow station.
Total climbing: 144m
8 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
Following well-maintained bush tracks and service trails, this walk descends into the Royal National Park, to a spectacular set of pools and cascading falls on South Western Creek. The Royal National Park Information Centre, on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, is approximately in the middle of this walk and is a great spot to grab a bite to eat before continuing to the falls. Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a car to get from Winifred Falls out of the park.
Total climbing: 400m
11 km One way
From Engadine Railway Station, this walk ventures into the centre of the Royal National Park, through light scrub. Highlights include Tuckawa Rill Creek, where the cascading water and small rock pools contrast beautifully with the surrounding dry bushland. On from here, there are great views of the Hacking River from the Robertson’s Roundabout. The walk then descends into the park lands surrounding the visitor centre at Audley.
Total climbing: 181m
5.8 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This is a smooth and mostly flat walk with a fantastic lookout in the Royal National Park. The concrete path starts at the Area Office car park, passes a pleasant and usually quiet picnic area, then winds gently down through the bush. The path leads to the fenced Bungoona Lookout, where you can enjoy views over the Hacking River and a large part of the Royal National Park. Take your time to read the signs and enjoy the plants and rock formations along the way. There are plenty of bench seats along the way to rest.
Total climbing: 30m
918 m Return
Spanning between Heathcote and Waterfall Railway Stations, this walk experiences many of the different environments that Heathcote National Park has to offer. From ridge tops to creek walking, this is a great way to enjoy a day, with a perfect spot for a break at the Heathcote Campsite. If the water’s deep enough, also allow enough time to dip your toes in Heathcote Creek.
Total climbing: 481m
10.1 km One way
Following Heathcote Creek, this walk is a great overnight walk, often used to introduce new walkers to overnight hikes. A well-signposted and defined track leads you to a campsite with a reasonable level of facilities. There are great views of Heathcote Creek along the way, and many of Heathcote’s varied environments to enjoy. Definitely worth the time to head down to Lake Eckersley, which is perfectly placed for lunch on the first day.
Total climbing: 503m
10.8 km One way
The Goanna Track is a short but pleasant bush track with some good views down over Heathcote Creek. Mostly along management trail, this walk follows the pipeline from Heathcote out to the Goanna Track circuit. Be sure to go down to Lake Eckersley as this is arguably the prettiest part of the walk. If wanting a break, there are some good spots down at water level, with nice views and picnic tables.
Total climbing: 484m
11 km Circuit
Passing through scrub and heath, this track goes into the Royal National Park along a well managed bush track, passing great pools and sections of creek at Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls. With some lovely rest spots at both of these places (especially with the toilet at Uloola) this walk is very pleasant. Coming into Audley, there are great views of the Hacking River, and once at Audley the visitor centre is a good spot to grab a bite to eat.
Total climbing: 327m
10 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
Covering a large section of central Royal National Park, this walk goes through the heath and scrub along a well managed and signposted track. The walk loops from Heathcote Railway Station around to Engadine Station. With public transport at both ends, toilets and water at both Uloola Falls and Reid’s Park, this track has ample infrastructure to keep a walker out for a day, without losing the sense of getting away from it all.
Total climbing: 635m
15 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
This pleasant walk takes you from Heathcote to Waterfall Station. This walk ventures into central Royal National Park along a well maintained bush track. The walk goes via a beautiful set of waterholes and rock flats at Karloo Pools. The walk continues to the peaceful campsite at Uloola Falls and then along a service trail, to Waterfall Railway Station.
Total climbing: 388m
11.3 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
A popular trail for those wanting a well-signposted bush track, and a great place to swim. The Karloo Track follows the bush track from Heathcote Railway Station east, into the Royal National Park, to a great set of waterholes on Kangaroo Creek. This walk offers more than just a set of waterholes at the end, there are also fantastic views from the ridge, of the surrounding bushland.
Total climbing: 312m
5.6 km Return
CLOSED This walk is closed at the northern end as there is no safe access to Malabar Head, updates to come in time.Following the coastline of Botany Bay’s north side, this walk traverses the cliff line with spectacular views across the South Pacific Ocean. The walk will take you through bushland, past beaches and around two golf courses. With good side trips out to Bare Island and down to Brown’s Rock, this walk explores all the environments that the north side of Botany Bay has to offer.
Total climbing: 406m
13.4 km One way
From the Royal National Park Centre, this walk crosses the Hacking River before rising steeply up onto the ridge to fantastic views of the Hacking River. If you look into the distance you can see Cronulla on the horizon at the highest points. Towards the end of the circuit, with good views of the surrounding bushland, the track descends to the river and back to the visitor centre.
Total climbing: 146m
2.3 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins