(0km) Heathcote Railway Station → End of Freeman Rd
(1.03km) End of Freeman Rd → Int of Scout Camp and Freeman Road bushtracks
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track on the opposite side of the management trail to the power line tower. The walk passes a burnt-out car shell before turning down the long steep hill and winding down to the ‘T’ intersection with a wider track.
(1.43km) Int of Scout Camp and Freeman Road bushtracks → Int. of Mirang Track and Friendly Tracks
(1.76km) Int. of Mirang Track and Friendly Tracks → Int. of Mirang and Mirang Pool Tracks
Mirang Pool camping ground
(2.7km) Int. of Mirang and Mirang Pool Tracks → Battery Causeway
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the asphalt management trail, keeping Heathcote Creek and the valley to the right as the trail rounds a bend and heads up run parallel with the pipeline as the trail becomes gravel. From here, the walk continues along the management trail, keeping the pipeline on the left for about 750m. The walk then crosses over the pipeline using a timber bridge and 160m further along the management trail the walk passes a picnic table and crosses Heathcote Creek at the concrete Battery Causeway. (Here you may notice the ‘Bullawarring Track – Waterfall 7km’ sign up to your left).
(4.06km) Battery Causeway → Int of Bullawarring and Goanna Tracks
(5.38km) Int of Bullawarring and Goanna Tracks → Int of Battery and Mooray Tracks
(7.58km) Int of Battery and Mooray Tracks → Kingfisher Pool camping ground
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Waterfall’ arrow on the ‘Mooray Track’ sign, heading down and across the creek at the rocks, following the painted track markers up the other side and along the bush track to a large open clearing. From here, the track follows the track marker though the clearing and along the bush track for a short while, coming to some large boulders. Here, the track turns right and then immediately left at the painted marker, climbing up onto the top of the rock platform. From the top of the platform, the walk follows the bush track, heading away from the creek for a short distance before turning left at the bush track and continuing to the Kingfisher Pool camping ground.
Kingfisher Pool camping ground
(8.51km) Kingfisher Pool camping ground → Int of Heathcote Creek Bushtrail and Lake Toolooma Servicetrail
(9.34km) Int of Lake Toolooma Servicetrail and Heathcote Creek Track → Int of Waterfall Gully and Lake Toolooma Servicetrail (west)
(9.37km) Int of Waterfall Gully and Lake Toolooma Servicetrail (west) → Int of Bullawarring Track and Warabin Servicetrail
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow track and painted arrow in the middle of the rock step, heading east up the rocky steps. The walk climbs up some rough rock steps with some carved foot-holes in the rock outcrop, to the top of some short cliffs. From here, the walk follows the rock platform at the top of the short cliffs, and the painted arrows, to the bush track which continues up the long rocky hill. The walk continues up a long set of wooden steps to the signposted intersection with a service trail.
(9.99km) Int of Bullawarring Track and Warabin Servicetrail → End of Warabin Rd
Maps for the Heathcote to Waterfall walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Port Hacking||1:25 000 Map Series||91294N PORT HACKING||NSW-91294N|
|Appin||1:25 000 Map Series||90291S APPIN||NSW-90291S|
|Campbelltown||1:25 000 Map Series||90291N CAMPBELLTOWN||NSW-90291N|
|Campbelltown||1:50 000 Map Series||90291 CAMPBELLTOWN||CW-90291|
|Port Hacking||1:100 000 Map Series||9129 PORT HACKING||9129|
|Wollongong||1:100 000 Map Series||9029 WOLLONGONG||9029|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
4.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3.6km has short steep hills. The remaining (1.6km) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
3.9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 3.8km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 1km follows a smooth and hardened path.
5km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 3.6km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.3km) has minimal directional signs.
Around 5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
6.4 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
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
This walk explores the heart of Heathcote National Park, and is easily accessed with a train station at either end. Although relatively close to the start of the walk, Kingfisher Pool, next to Heathcote Creek, is a great spot to break and enjoy the park. Mirang Pool, at the northern end, also offers an opportunity to cool down before the last walk up the hill.
Total climbing: 467m
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
Other Nearby walks
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
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 short walk starts near the Willow Tree Picnic Area (near Audley). The walk follows a short section of the historic Lady Carrington Drive to a large sandstone overhang called Gibraltar Rock. At the base of the overhang is a rare sandstone cobble section of road. At Gibraltar Rock, there are also good view along the Hacking River. This a nice way to stretch your legs whilst picnicking in the area
Total climbing: 17m
858 m Return
Starting near the Willow Tree Picnic Area (near Audley), this walk follows the northern section of the historic Lady Carrington Drive to Jersey Spring. Past the sandstone overhang of Gibraltar Rock, this walk follows the old road and the Hacking River, enjoying the palms and tall gums along the way. There is an information sign at the spring explaining some of the history, and a short distance further will bring you to a clearing, with no facilities but a nice place to eat lunch.
Total climbing: 118m
5 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
This walk follows the historic Lady Carrington Drive along the Hacking River. The road has been closed to traffic for some time now and provides a great way for walkers (and mountain bikers) to explore the rich area of Royal National Park. The side of the management trail is dotted with fantastic natural sandstone formations, historic features, picnic areas and grand native and introduced trees.
Total climbing: 315m
9.7 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
On this walk you follow the historic Lady Carrington Drive from Willow tree picnic area to Calala before returning the same way. The walk passes two icons on the old road, Gibraltar Rock and Jersey Spring whilst crossing several small brooks. At Calala you will find a large clearing and natural shade from some large trees, there is also access down to a small beach on the side of the shallow Hacking River.
Total climbing: 282m
10.4 km Return
Winifred Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Royal National Park. This walk not only goes to the magnificent falls but has the optional side trip down to the beautiful South West Arm Pools. Anice Falls are not as great as Winifred but worth the visit. The walk then continues through the heath to Maianbar Rd.
Total climbing: 179m
4.4 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
This walk starts at the historical and beautiful Audley picnic area and dance hall. Have a picnic or enjoy coffee from the cafe, before wandering along the quiet public road alongside Hacking River. After heading around the locked gate, you walk along the old Lady Carrington Drive trail for about 450 to the Gibraltar Rock and lovely views over the Hacking River. Retrace your steps to enjoy another coffee and back to the car.
Total climbing: 55m
2.2 km Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/htw
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.