walking distance: 5.0 km
duration: 0:00 h
walking: 0:00 h
elevation diff: m
location: royal national park
driving distance: 70 km
driving time: 1 h
water available: yes
parking: -34.0879,151.0086

gps tracks

Total distance: 4987 m
Max elevation: 0 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 0 m
Download file: karloo.gpx


Track notes

karloo pools is supposed to be nice and it is only 2.5km from the car.
it is most likely fairly busy place in the summer

Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall)


“Karloo Pools are nice but rest of the track is pretty ‘meh'”

Walk Highlights

Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall)
  • Distance: 11 km one way
  • Time: 4-5 hours
  • Location: Royal National Park, Sydney, near Heathcote train station
  • Facilities: Toilets and camping at Uloola Falls
  • Getting There: Catch a train to Heathcote from Central Station
  • Highlights: Swimming at Karloo Pools, sitting above the waterfall at Uloola


Walking Track Description

If you’re looking for a longer bush walk near Sydney, or an easy two-day walk with overnight camping, then try the Uloola Track, in the Royal National Park. At just over 11 kms long, the trail begins at Heathcote train station and ends at Waterfall train station, so it’s easily accessed with a train from the city. The walk includes a number of small creek crossings, swimming pools and a waterfall (seasonal) near the camping area.

Heathcote to Karloo Pools

From Heathcote train station, head east to Wilson St and past the Fire Brigade (SES) buldings to the start of the Karloo track. Descending away from the train station, the walking trail soon crosses Heathcote Brook and then climbs across broad rock shelfs to a ridge.

The trail follows this ridge east along a valley for about 2 kms until it crosses Heathcote Brook again, at Karloo Pools. A great spot for a swim and a picnic, Karloo Pools are a collection of freshwater billabongs formed at a sharp bend in Heatthcote Brook. There is plenty of leafy shade covering the flat rocks around the pools, which support all manner of birds and lizards.

Karloo Pools to Uloola Falls

Another 2.5 kms on from Karloo Pools is the camp ground at Uloola Falls. From Karloo Pools, the Uloola Track climbs up the valley for about 1 km, before heading across a rocky plateau at the top. Keep a close eye out for the yellow and red stripes painted on rocks that show the way across the plateau, as the track is easy to lose in places.  Eventually the track leaves the plateau, descending south east towards Heathcote Brook and Uloola Falls.

Uloola Falls Campground

This basic camping area has a toilet and enough space for about 6 tents, there is no water available (unless you boil/treat water from the brook) and fires are not permitted. Booking must be made with NPWS on 02 9542 068.

Uloola Falls to Waterfall

From the campsite, follow the walking signs up and over a  rocky  ridge for about 0.5 km. Flattening out, the track joins a wide, sandy fire trail which winds all the way back to the cricket oval behind Waterfall station, 5 km away. At the cricket oval, look to the west for signs highlighting the last stretch of the track to the train station.

Walking Trail Map


Royal National Park

Other planned events: Walking track closures
Helicopter operations will take place from 7am to 4pm on Wednesday 7 June 2023 and Thursday 8 June 2023 in Royal National Park. The following areas will be affected:

  • The Coast track - closed between Figure 8 Pools and Otford lookout
  • Palm Jungle loop track closed
  • Lilyvale track closed
  • Figure 8 Pools - access to Figure 8 Pools will only be possible from the Garawarra Farm carpark.
  • Werrong Beach track closed
Please follow directions of NPWS staff in all affected areas.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

Closed areas: Area Closed - Willow Tree Flat Carpark
The Carpark at Willow Tree Flat,  in Audley, is closed while emergency repairs are undertaken. Closure applies from Wednesday 7th June to Friday 9th June 2023.
  • All other visitor areas remain open
  • Signs will be in place around closed areas
  • You can still access Willow Tree Flat Picnic Area from adjacent carparks 
For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 9542 0632

Closed areas: Lady Carrington Drive closed for track repairs
Lady Carrington Drive will be closed on weekdays from Tuesday 30 May to Friday 17 June 2023 for track repairs. Pedestrian access from both the north and south of the track is not permitted.
There is no exit onto Lady Carrington Drive from Forest Path or Walumura track. You'll need to return along the same path to exit.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local office on 02 9542 0648.

Closed areas: Areas closed for deer control program
Some areas in Royal National Park are closed to the public between sunset and sunrise to enable a deer control operation to be carried out.
The affected areas include:
  • All picnic areas in the Audley Precinct
  • Asset protection zones adjacent to Maianbar, Bundeena and East Heathcote.
  • Wattamolla and Garie picnic areas
  • North Era campground and coastal areas between Garie Beach and Figure 8 Pools
  • Garrawarra Farm
  • Lady Carrington Drive
  • Bonnie Vale Campground and picnic area.
These closures will be signposted at the entry points to the closed areas. If you have approved bookings to camp you can still access campsites during these times.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

Closed areas: Areas closed for helicopter operation
Some areas in this park will be closed  from 7am to 3pm on Thursday 15 June 2023 for a helicopter operation. The closed areas are:
  • Pool Flat picnic area
  • Reids Flat picnic area
  • Bus Stop Flat picnic area
  • Honeymoon track
  • Winifred Falls track between Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Warumbul Road
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

Other planned events: 1080 fox management program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting an aerial baiting program in Royal National Park, using dried meat baits containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program will take place from Friday 5 May to Wednesday 7 June 2023. Please don’t touch baits. 
All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
Fox baiting in this reserve is aimed at improving the eco-health of the reserve by reducing predation of ground dwelling mammals and small birds, and specifically targeting fox control along the Hacking River to assist the successful re-introduction of platypus into Royal National Park.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 9542 0632 during business hours or call 1300 056 294 after hours.

Safety alerts: Landslip on Lady Carrington Drive
Lady Carrington Drive has been impacted by the 2022 and February 2023 flash floods. Most of the trail surface is severely eroded and slippery. A portion of the track has been impacted by a landslip. Please travel through this section without stopping.
Staff are currently conducting repairs to the trail and brief closures may be required. Please give way to machinery and follow instructions from staff on-site.
Please use this trail with caution. For more information, contact the local area office on 02 9542 0648.

Other planned events: Honeymoon track closure
Honeymoon track will be closed on weekdays from Wednesday 1 March 2023 to Friday 30 June 2023 for upgrade works.
The track will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the closure period.
Works may be extended due to wet weather. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Closed areas: Werrong Beach track closed
Werrong Beach track is closed due to a landslip. Further information will be available following a geotechnical assessment.

Safety alerts: Curra Moors track in poor condition
Sections of Curra Moors walking loop track are in poor condition due to erosion. Please use caution and be aware of unstable edges.
Planning for repairs is in progress. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Closed areas: Garie Road closed due to damage
Garie Road is closed until further notice due to damage to the road surface.
This road may remain closed for some time to allow for extensive repairs. A reopening date is not currently known.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check Live Traffic NSW for updates before driving to Garie Beach.

Closed areas: The Coast track partial closure - Little Garie
The Coast track is closed between Garie and Little Garie until further notice due to rockfalls and erosion.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Mount Royal National Park

Closed areas: Trail closures due to maintenance
The following areas are closed to the public from Wednesday 22 May to Friday 26 June due to maintenance works:

  • Bunyip Trail
  • Cedar Road
  • Timberlea Road
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the Bulga NPWS office on 02 6574 5555.



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