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Couranga
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km WSW of Waterfall
Length: 9.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 9.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 368 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 368 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Hard

This is a pleasant walk, taking you through some of Royal National Parks more diverse ecosystems. From Waterfall Station, the walk heads through the bush and heath, before descending to the rain forest and palms on the banks of the upper Hacking River. A great walk to explore Royal National Park's floral diversity. (open in app)


There are closures in Royal National Park
Today's Fire rating
HIGH (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Couranga

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Couranga
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Waterfall Station
Cricket Oval Eastern Gate
Int. Couranga Trk and Uloola Trk
Int. Waterfall Ck Trk and Couranga Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Cricket Oval Eastern Gate

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Otford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294S 
 Appin 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-90291S 
 Campbelltown 1:50 000 Map Series CW-90291 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 
 Wollongong 1:100 000 Map Series 9029 

Photo Gallery

 
Track up to Waterfall car park
 
Track up to Waterfall car park +
 
Buds
 
Buds +
 
Track through heath
 
Track through heath +

 
Bugs in flowers
 
Bugs in flowers +
 
Rocky service trail
 
Rocky service trail +
 
Sign post for Couranga Track
 
Sign post for Couranga Track +

 
Blue bug
 
Blue bug +
 
Regrowth on the Couranga Track
 
Regrowth on the Couranga Track +
 
Palms and Eucalypts
 
Palms and Eucalypts +

 
Hacking River in flood
 
Hacking River in flood +
 
Burnt Eucalypt
 
Burnt Eucalypt +
 
Yellow Flower
 
Yellow Flower +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Couranga bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Couranga bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Couranga bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Couranga bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 10km
Time 4 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
3.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (500m) is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 4.3km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 560m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 4.3km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 560m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 4.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 1.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the train to Waterfall Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Waterfall Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus to Waterfall Station
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Waterfall Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Waterfall Station to Cricket Oval Eastern Gate
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 587 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -20 m
From the top of the ramp, this walk crosses the road bridge towards the station car park. The walk passes through the gap in the fence behind the car park, then follows the 'Uloola Falls' sign along the track through the dense scrub. After some time, the walk opens out at the cricket oval and follows the left-hand edge around to the signposted intersection of the 'Uloola Track'.

(0.59 km) Cricket Oval Eastern Gate to Int. Couranga Trk and Uloola Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 561 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -8 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Uloola Falls' arrow around the locked gate and along the management trail. The trail heads straight through the bushland (which gradually thins out) as the walk continues to the signposted intersection of the 'Couranga Track'.

(1.15 km) Int. Couranga Trk and Uloola Trk to Int. Waterfall Ck Trk and Couranga Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3.24 km Time = 1 hr 15 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = -242 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign for 'Couranga Track' along the narrow track (just to the left of the sign) down the hill, along a ridge top. The track then soon winds left, heading down the side of the ridge. The track heads down the hill to a point where it meets a creek. On the rock before the creek is a painted white arrow indicating the track direction, down the hill. The track continues for some time down the gully with the creek on the left. The track then heads around the hill crossing many creek beds as it gently descends to an intersection next to the Hacking River. The intersection is marked at the river by a 'Car Park 1km' sign.

(4.38 km) Int. Waterfall Ck Trk and Couranga Trk to Int. McKell Ave and Waterfall Ck Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 502 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track, keeping the creek below on the left. The track bends around to the right and continues along for about 30m, before crossing the creek at an elevated rock platform. On the opposite bank, the walk climbs up into a grassy clearing. Crossing this, the track continues up the long hill on the other side, through tall eucalyptus trees and ferns. At the top of the hill, the track flattens out and continues to the intersection of Mckell Ave.

Catch the train from Waterfall Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Waterfall Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus from Waterfall Station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Waterfall Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
Bonnie Vale camping ground
North Era camping ground
Uloola Falls camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 8 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 15 km
Onrope 11 Nelson Ave, Padstow (02) 9709 6299 22.4 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 16.6 km
Campbelltown Disposals & Firearms Shop 405, Spotlight City Plaza 147-157 Queen St , Campbelltown (02) 4628 3522 18.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Couranga.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Couranga
Click to re-center search
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 19 km (to the SW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 21 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 40 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
45 km (to the NNE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 56 km (to the NW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a HIGH rating and No fire ban in place. (Downloaded 37 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Shower or two.
Shower or two.
23.2°C (feels like 23.6°)
11 km/h from the ESE (gusting 24)
69% humidity     (as at 24/03:45pm)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Royal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Royal National Park
Closure information last downloaded Tuesday 25th of November 2014 07:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Lady Wakehurst Drive closed for essential maintenance (Ends Wednesday 26 November)

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:
  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Pedestrian access to the southern end of the coast track is unaffected, however, vehicular drop off and pickups from Otford lookout may not be possible. Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Werrong Beach track, The Coast track, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area
Trail closure
Florence Parade trail is closed to the public between Grays Point and the Royal National Park Office until further notice due to a pollution incident.
Penalties apply for non-compliance
For more information, please contact the Royal National Park Office on (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW national parks safety page.
UPCOMING ALERTS
Closed areas: Garie Road closure for RMS essential maintenance (Thursday 27 November to Friday 28 November)
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:
  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Garie Beach picnic area, Governor Game lookout

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Guy-Francis - Uloola-Couranga Intersection IP:211.30.181.xxx | 2009-12-10 10:59:17
When you come across the sign for the Couranga track it is not immediately obvious that the track is to the left of sign as it is heavily overgrown. We though it was just a gap made by run-off. It wasn't till we realised there was nothing down the Uloola track that we came back and had a better look.
admin - re: Uloola-Couranga Intersecti Super Administrator | 2009-12-10 19:23:24
Guy-Francis wrote:
When you come across the sign for the Couranga track it is not immediately obvious that the track is to the left of sign as it is heavily overgrown.

Thanks Guy-Francis
You are right, that could have been clearer, sorry for the extra exercise. I have updated the notes, please let me know if it could be made even clearer.
(Also the note before the sign was not great, this has been updated to).
Matt :)
Rachel L. - Walked this track yesterday IP:120.158.53.xxx | 2010-10-18 06:09:10
My husband I just walked this track yesterday and although, for the most part, the walk was quite nice, the track is very overgrown (to the point where my face kept getting smacked by plants- a lot and I'm 5'7"). Also, after you get to the circular field, it's quite hard to tell where the track picks up again (because currently there is a big mound of dirt , which sadly, has the sign, broken in it for where the track is supposed to pick up again) but as the instructions in here say, the track picks up again off the service looking road that has a locked gate. But all in all, this was a nice walk. We saw many spring blooms and birds, and many lizards like a bearded dragon, water dragon, and a lace moniter!
James - Couranga Track IP:203.6.77.xxx | 2014-05-01 00:04:15
Walked the track this morning (1st May 2014). As mentioned above, I had to check the notes at the Couranga turn off as it does just look like a water run off the main track. Track is reasonbly clear for about 1km the next 1km or so is very overgrown and I found myself stooping alot (I'm 6'1). Track was easy to follow until just after the carpark 1km intersection where it crosses the creek before heading up to McKell Ave. Probably needs to be some signage erected. It wasn't until I came back down from McKell Ave that i saw where the crossing is meant to be. Do NPWS ever go through and trim scrub etc to maintain the tracks?
Tejas - re: Couranga Track IP:110.20.186.xxx | 2014-05-26 07:40:30
James wrote:
Walked the track this morning (1st May 2014). As mentioned above, I had to check the notes at the Couranga turn off as it does just look like a water run off the main track. Track is reasonbly clear for about 1km the next 1km or so is very overgrown and I found myself stooping alot (I'm 6'1). Track was easy to follow until just after the carpark 1km intersection where it crosses the creek before heading up to McKell Ave. Probably needs to be some signage erected. It wasn't until I came back down from McKell Ave that i saw where the crossing is meant to be. Do NPWS ever go through and trim scrub etc to maintain the tracks?


I agree with James. Obviously it is not a popular track. I would not do this again because of the overgrowth. It is definitely a "wild walk."

The creek crossing is nice at the eastern end and as points made above when coming off the management trail it might be hard to miss. Just keep looking to your right and the sign will be there.
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