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Royal National Park Walking Tracks Distance Time Grade
Easy Grade
Bungoona Path
For a taste of a typical ridgetop landscape, follow this path from the
national park Regional Office to Bungoona Lookout. The lookout gives you panoramic
views of the national park and the Hacking River. This path has been specially designed
for wheelchair access. Plant communities: heathlands
km 30 mins Easy
Jibbon Loop (Aboriginal rock carvings)
Begin by walking to the end of Jibbon Beach then follow the bush track through to
secluded and beautiful Shelley Beach passing the Aboriginal rock carvings. Loop back
to the end of Jibbon Beach. Lovely coastal and river views along the way.
1.5 hours Easy
Footbridge Walk  30 mins to bridge return or 1 hour to Maianbar Cafe return
This is a great short walk starting from Bonnie Vale camping ground (to the left
of the toilet blocks). The walk takes you through some lush palms and bush, mangroves
and to the foot bridge linking Bundeena and Maianbar. This is the entrance to Cabbage
Tree Basin and Creek a tranquil and beautiful area, best explored from aboard a kayak.
From here you can continue up the fairly steep bush track to Maianbar and find MGS
Cafe a short walk along the road
30 mins return or 1 hour return if going to cafe Easy to bridge and moderate to cafe
Forest path
The Forest path offers an easy hike through Royal National Park’s rainforests.
This almost-circular loop is suitable for walkers of all fitness levels and is a
great one for the kids. One of the park’s oldest tracks, it begins south of Bola
Creek, near the southern end of Lady Carrington Drive.Following the Forest path, you’ll cross the lower slopes of Forest Island, a hill isolated by the valleys of the Hacking River and Bola Creek which almost surround it.
This beautiful walk leads you past a variety of native plants and flowers, including
eucalypts, casuarinas, cabbage tree palms and Gymea lilies that are home to a range
of birdlife. You’ll also pass Bola Creek.
Plant communities: rainforests, dry eucalypt forests
4.5km 1 hour 30 mins Easy
Lady Carrington Drive
Lady Carrington Drive is one of the park’s early carriageways,
now closed to motor vehicles. Look out for historical features such as drinking basins,
or try to spot some of the ornamental trees that were planted in 1887.
This beautiful and historically significant route is popular with walkers and bird watchers. If you can, arrange to have a vehicle at one end of the track and start walking from the other. Alternatively, you could walk a section of the track and retrace your steps, coming back another day to tackle the rest. There are two picnic areas, Calala (5.6 km from northern end) and Bola Creek (800m from southern end) where you can enjoy the peace and tranquility.
Plant communities: rainforests, dry eucalypt forests
Cultural heritage: Lady Carrington Road was completed in 1886 (renamed Lady Carrington
Drive in 1916). Less than 1/2 km from the northern end of the Drive is a large overhang
called ‘Gibralter’ where the road surface has been cobbled. Two stone troughs, Jersey
Springs, were built in 1892 to capture water from a natural spring. These can be
seen 2.6 km from the northern end of the Drive. Evidence of the park’s history can
also be seen adjacent to the southern end of the Drive in the form of a shale quarry.
You can also see evidence of the park’s logging history with large Turpentine stumps
and remnant Turpentine trees in the Rainforest adjacent to the Drive.
10 km each way 3 hours each way Easy
Medium Grade
Karloo Track
Along this track you’ll pass the beautiful Karloo Pool, a popular swimming
and picknicking area. The track, which leads from Heathcote Station to Uloola Falls,
also includes the ‘whaleback’ rock outcroppings, named after their resemblance to
whales surfacing for air. The rock outcrops of Uloola Turrets are also worth exploring.From Heathcote Station head south-east along Wilson Parade following the railway
tracks. Shortly after passing the emergency services centre, you’ll come to an intersection
where the track is signposted.
Plant communities: heathlands
5km 2 hours Medium

Bundeena Road to Marley
Cross the road from the Marley car park (4 kilometres south-west
of Bundeena), to follow the track through heathland to Deer Pool. It then ascends
out of a small valley to meet the Little Marley Trail, which gives you easy access
to the Marley Beach area.

Alternate Marley Beach
Take the trail from end of Beachcomber Avenue and follow the
Coast Track to Marley Beach. Take in some spectacular cliff top views. Great place
to check out the whales
Plant communities: heathlands

6.5km 3 hours Medium

Curra Moors Loop Track
This is an excellent spring-time walk, when the heathland flowers
are out. Starting at Curra Moors Picnic Area, the track passes first through woodland
and then into coastal scrub and heathland country (note that this can become swampy
after rain). At the junction, take the left track through 2 kilometres of heath to
the waterfalls at Curracurrong, where you can enjoy spectacular views southwards
to Wollongong. At the junction with the coast track, head south towards Garie North
Head, before linking back to the Curra Moors Track. You can then retrace your steps
to the car park.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, heathlands

10km 3 hours Medium

Uloola Track
This path travels from Waterfall Station to Audley, through heathlands
and woodlands and past Uloola Falls. If you’re looking for a pleasant detour, watch
for a short side track leading to Peach Trees Trig Station, which offers views out
over the Hacking River valley.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, heathlands

11km 3 hours Medium

The Coast track
The renowned Coast track simply must be walked at least once in a
lifetime. You’ll walk along cliffs, beaches and escarpments, taking in magnificent
ocean views and the rugged beauty of Royal National Park’s coastline as you go.

The 26km track runs from Bundeena to Otford. You can tackle it in sections or, if
you’re super-fit, in a single day. A great way to complete the Coast track walk,
though, is to make it a two-day backpack trip with an overnight stop at North Era
campground.
Plan your walk during whale watching season to spot migrating humpback whales. Although
if you go in summer you can cool off with a swim at Little Marley, Wattamolla, Garie,
North Era or Burning Palms Beach.
Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands, heathlands

26km 2 days
or a 9 hour walk at steady pace
Medium
Difficult Grade
Palm Jungle LoopTrackStarting from Garawarra Farm (around 1 kilometre south-west
of Governor Game Lookout), take the track to Burning Palms. When the track divides
along the first leg, take the right fork towards Burning Palms Beach. From here,
climb gradually south (taking a detour along the way to see Figure Eight Pool, if
you wish), up to the rocky outcrop of Werrong Lookout. At the lookout you can enjoy
panoramic views of the south coast. Continuing along, you’ll meet up with the Cliff
Track. You can turn right and travel north through closed woodland to return to Garawarra
Farm, or left to Otford Lookout and railway station.Plant communities: grassy woodlands, heathlands
10km 5 hours Hard
Werrong Beach Track
If you would like to visit a natural, secluded beach (also the
only authorised nude bathing area in the national park), take the track to Werrong
at the southernmost tip of the park. The short, steep walk starts from the lookout
at Otford and passes a sandstone cliff before dropping into coastal rainforest on
its way to the beach.Plant communities: rainforests, heathlands
2km 1 hr Hard


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