Heathcote to Waterfall

Download & Print Map and Notes

5 hrs

10.1 km One way

481 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Heathcote to Waterfall walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Heathcote to Waterfall bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Heathcote to Waterfall

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.

Length 10.1 km
Time 5 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
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.

Experience Required

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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Heathcote to Waterfall walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Heathcote to Waterfall walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Heathcote to Waterfall walk starts at the Heathcote Railway Station (gps: -34.088189, 151.00809)
Your transport options to Heathcote Railway Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Heathcote to Waterfall ends at the End of Warabin Rd (gps: -34.130419, 150.99211)
Your transport options to End of Warabin Rd are by;
Train. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/htw

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂