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Loftus to Winifred Falls
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km NNE of Loftus
Length: 11 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 11 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Royal National Park
Climb: 400 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 400 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 train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Royal National Park
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Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Loftus to Winifred Falls
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Loftus Station
Int of Princes Hwy and Royal National Park Servicetrail
Royal Area Office car park
Top of Honeymoon track
Int of Honeymoon Track and Reid Park
Int. Winifred Falls Trk and Sir Bertram Stevens Dr
Sir Bertram Stevens Drive Access Int.
Warumbul Rd
South West Arm Pools Trk
South West Arm Pools Trk
Upper Winifred Falls
Int. Mt Bass Trail and Anice and Winifred Falls Trks
End Mount Bass Trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Loftus Station

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
 Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294N 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

 
Loftus Railway Station
 
Loftus Railway Station +
 
The servicetrail beside the tramway line
 
The servicetrail beside the tramway line +
 
The Hacking River at Reid Park
 
The Hacking River at Reid Park +

 
The Royal National Park Visitor Centre
 
The Royal National Park Visitor Centre +
 
The track at the Warrumbul Rd. Intersection
 
The track at the Warrumbul Rd. Intersection +
 
Upper Winifred Falls
 
Upper Winifred Falls +

 
South-West Creek
 
South-West Creek +
 
South-west Creek
 
South-west Creek +
 
The bushtrack to Int. of Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail
 
The bushtrack to Int. of Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Loftus to Winifred Falls bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Loftus to Winifred Falls bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Loftus to Winifred Falls bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Loftus to Winifred Falls 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 11km
Time 4 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
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 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 (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
5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 5km has short steep hills. The remaining (170m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
4.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 3.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 1.7km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 1.2km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 8km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.5km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 11km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (690m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Loftus Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Loftus Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Drive to Loftus Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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(0 km) Loftus Station to Int of Princes Hwy and Royal National Park Servicetrail
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 681 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -10 m
From Loftus Station, this walk turns left at the top of the stairs and leads down to Pitt Street. The track turns right on Pitt St, crossing the tram line and the northbound lane of Rawson Ave when safe. The walk turns right then crosses the southbound lanes at the traffic lights. This now heads across the Princes Hwy, this is a very busy road at times and this crossing can be difficult, wait for a good gap and be safe. The walk then turns right and heads alongside the highway for approximately 400m (road to the right) where the walk comes to a clearing and heads towards the dilapidated brown cottage. (If you cross tram line again, you have gone to far along the Princes Highway.)

(0.68 km) Int of Princes Hwy and Royal National Park Servicetrail to Top of Honeymoon trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,footpath
Length = 1.99 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -19 m
Turn left: From the intersection of the management trail and the Princes Hwy, this walk proceeds around the wire fencing (around by the brown cottage is the easiest). On the other side of the cottage, the walk joins up with the management trail and continues south-east. Approximately 50m along this section the track passes another trail going off to the east (left). Continuing past this, the walk joins up with the Royal National Park Tramway lines and heads south along the management trail beside them. After quite some time, the walk passes the tram station, which is quite interesting historically, and 50m later, comes to the National Parks Education Centre car park.
Continue straight: From the top of the car park, this walk heads downhill through the car park towards the buildings (the area office). The walk heads down the grassy strip, keeping the area office to the left. At the bottom of the grassy clearing, the walk comes to the top of the 'Honeymoon trail' and information sign.

(2.67 km) Top of Honeymoon track to Reid Park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.04 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -123 m
Continue straight: From the grassy clearing, this walk follows 'Honeymoon Track' sign down the steps into the bush. The track meanders through the bush for a while, until it flattens out slightly before coming into a park. The track turns left and continues to a toilet block.

(3.71 km) Int of Honeymoon Track and Reid Park to Royal National Park Information Centre
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 323 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads through the park towards the road and bridge. The walk then follows the road over the bridge to continue up the hill. The road quickly turns right and continues up to the Royal National Park Discovery Centre.

(4.03 km) Int. Winifred Falls Trk and Sir Bertram Stevens Dr to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive Access Int.
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 985 m Time = 27 mins
Climb = 120 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the visitors' centre, this walk crosses Sir Bertram Stevens Drive to the signposted 'Winifred Falls Track'[1]. The walk heads up the stairs to a flat area above the road. The track then continues past a pipeline valve, then heads north-east up a sandstone block-formed track. The track continues north-east, swinging to the right, up the hillside. The walk passes a rocky outcrop, then continues to wind up the hill for some time. The track then turns sharply left near the top, and soon comes to a three-way intersection.

(5.02 km) Sir Bertram Stevens Drive Access Int. to Warumbul Rd Int.
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.2 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -29 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the dump, keeping it behind on the right, for approximately 100m. The trail then swings right for approximately 500m down to a creek bed, then rises out again. After approximately 500m, the walk comes to a four-way intersection with an unsealed road, after a gate.

(6.21 km) Warumbul Rd to South West Arm Pools Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.42 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -117 m
Continue straight: From the intersection at the gate, this walk heads down the hill following the 'Winifred Falls Fire Trail' sign. The trail then steeply descends, as the vegetation starts to include more trees. The walk continues to wind down the hill for some time to the flat clearing at the intersection.

(7.63 km) South West Arm Pools Trk to South West Arm Pools
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 368 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -9 m
Turn left: From the intersection the track heads north, down stream, leaving the clearing of the intersection down a steep rocky section of track. The track reaches the pool below Winifred Falls within 15m. The track then leads from the pool along the creek line or above the creek line for approximately 300m down stream to a large pool with three large boulders on the left.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

(7.63 km) South West Arm Pools Trk to Int. Mt Bass Trail and Anice and Winifred Falls Trks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 735 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 83 m Descent = -25 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads out of the clearing and away from the service trail, heading towards the water, and after approximately 10m, comes to a grass plant. From the grass plant, the track continues for approximately 10m upstream, to then cross the river above the small waterfalls.
Continue straight: From the creek and waterfall, this walk heads onto a rockshelf where the track turns right, heading steeply up the hill. The walk continues up the hill for approximately 50m to a creek. The track then traverses a spur to a second creek. The walk then continues for a short time to a sign marked intersection.

(8.36 km) Int. Mt Bass Trail and Anice and Winifred Falls Trks to End Mount Bass Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 338 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, keeping relatively straight as the bush track climbs gently for approximately 100m to the end of the management trail.

(8.7 km) End Mount Bass Trail to Int. Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.3 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 78 m Descent = -2 m
Veer left: From the end of the management trail, this walk heads up the slight hill, along the defined management trail. The trail leads up through an area of tall trees, then veers left to the ridgeline. Approximately 40m of flat is passed, coming to an area with views of Sydney CBD on the left. The trail then continues along the flat ridge, veering left twice as it continues for a little while to the intersection with Bundeena Dr.

Drive from Int. Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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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 4.1 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 4.8 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 6.7 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 9.9 km
Ute Van & 4WD Accessory World Cnr King Georges & Moorefields Rds, Beverly Hills (02) 9758 2500 12 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Loftus to Winifred Falls.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Loftus to Winifred Falls
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 10 km (to the NNE)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 29 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 32 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
35 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 49 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
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
Showers.
Showers.
14.0°C (feels like 9.4°)
20 km/h from the WSW (gusting 28)
60% humidity     (as at 02/06:15am)
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 2nd of September 2014 07:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Audley Visitor Centre closed on Tuesday 2nd September due to a scheduled power outage (Ends Tuesday 2 September)
Locations affected: Audley Room Function Centre, Audley Dance Hall Cafe, Royal National Park Visitor Centre
Lady Carrington Drive closed for maintenance works Monday to Friday until 5th September - Lady Carrington Drive (Ends Friday 5 September)

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Molly - Nice pool! IP:129.78.32.xxx | 2012-04-13 06:24:16
Gorgeous pool by Winifred Falls! I didn't realize it would be salt water. Deep, clear, aquamarine pool about 50 metres across and perhaps 100 long; waterfalls above, totally spectacular.
The walk can be made non-linear and longer by turning back after the waterfall (7.68kms), returning to the Visitor Centre on the road (4.05kms), then crossing the footbridge to Currawong Flats and doing the second part of the Heathcote-Engadine-via-Audley walk (you'd be starting at the optional bit after 9.59kms on those walk notes). Then you get a freshwater swim at the lovely Kangaroo Creek before the last slog uphill.
Truly nice walk, great notes! But oh, how nasty it is right at the beginning crossing the Princes Highway as the traffic hurtles north. The traffic lights are for cars only, and they serve the sole function of letting more traffic enter the highway from Loftus. If you are lucky, you might get between 1 or 2 seconds to cross if there are no more than 4 Loftus cars - a nerve-wracking start!
admin - Road Crossing Super Administrator | 2012-04-17 01:26:54
Hi Molly
Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the walk. Some good ideas on changes to the walk.
Wow that road crossing does sounds crazy, it was quiet when I did it. did you notice a better place to cross? (so I can update the notes)
Thanks
Happy walking
Matt :)
Molly - Road crossing IP:129.78.32.xxx | 2012-04-19 06:12:26
Alas, the notes identify the only place whatsoever that is crossable. I was there at 7.30am and it was already a battle; rush hour could be even more difficult. But this is the only possible place to cross, and it's clear from the footpad on the far side of the road that every other walker has crossed at this point. At least it's at the beginning rather than the end of the walk if you do it this way, so the nasty bit is out of the way early on!
admin Super Administrator | 2012-04-19 09:51:51
Thanks Molly I updated the notes to hopefully make it clearer about this road crossing.
Matt :)
Molly - Loftus to Bundeena - try it! IP:129.78.233.xxx | 2014-05-16 08:13:11
Thanks to these notes I was able to make my way to Bundeena. It's a super walk and much recommended. Not sure of the distance, but maybe around 17kms (5.5 hours without rushing). To extend this walk, get as far as 8.36, but don't go up to Mt Bass (well, you could, and then take Big Marley or Deer Pool down to the coast and then Bundeena, but add more kms). Turn instead onto the path to Anice Falls, described in the Wildwalk called just 'Winifred' http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/royal-national-park/winifred-falls.html
Get to about 0.2kms before the very end of the Anice Falls track, and you'll see a clear path off to the left (northerly). Follow it for about 5 kms. While doing so, you'll cross three fire trails: one to Costens Point, another to Red Jacks Point, and the last to Yenabilli Point. Don't go down them. You finally pop out onto the road at a residential area above Maianbar. Walk on the road for about 150 metres. At Park Road (on your left), look over to the right and you'll see a little track on the non-residential side of the road. Follow it down the hill, turning left at any junction. When you reach the water, turn left and you'll reach the footbridge that goes over the inlet and you'll find the path that leads to Bonnie Vale campground in Bundeena. Follow the foreshore park, then take steps up to a street that leads to Cabbage Tree point and steps down to Hordens Bay. Superlative!
Thanks to the walkers and bikers who made and maintain the delightful trail between Anice Falls and Maianbar.
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