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location: royal national park
driving distance: 70 km
driving time: 1 h
water available: yes
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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'”
- 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
Closed areas: Wattamolla lower loop carpark and picnic area
Wattamolla Lower Loop carpark and picnic area are closed for upgrades until 20 December 2021.
The following areas are open:
- Access to the Royal Coast track through Wattamolla
- Access to the beach, amenities building, upper carpark areas and Providential Point
All other vehicles can enter Wattamolla and park in carparks numbers 2 to 5 (parking is limited during peak periods).
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.
Closed areas: No pedestrian access through Bonnie Vale campground to Maianbar during weekdays
There is no pedestrian access through Bonnie Vale campground to Maianbar on weekdays from Thursday 2 December to Thursday 9 December 2021, inclusive.
This closure is due to construction works, and may be extended due to weather. Any delays will be advised as soon as they are known. Bonnie Vale picnic area will remain open.
Please do not enter closed areas and obey all safety signage and directions from staff. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.
Closed areas: Royal Coast Track closed at Otford, Monday to Thursday
The Royal Coast Track will be closed Monday to Thursday for upgrade works near Otford lookout from 6 September to early December 2021. The track will remain open Friday to Sunday. When closed, visitors will not be able to access Figure 8 Pools, the Werrong Beach Track or the Palm Jungle Loop Track from the Otford lookout. When closed, Coast Track walkers will have to exit the track at Garawarra Farm. Visitors can still access Figure 8 Pools from Garawarra Farm at any time.
Closed areas: Bonnie Vale campground
Bonnie Vale campground is currently closed to allow for the remediation of asbestos containing material surfacing onsite. It will remain closed until further notice.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information please visit:
- website: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/bonnievale
- email: email@example.com
- phone: 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757)
Bonnie Vale picnic area and Bonnie Vale boat ramp are open and safe for visitors.
Safety alerts: Mount Royal and Cassels Road 4WD vehicles only
Mount Royal and Cassels Road is only suitable for 4WD vehicles because recent rain has made the road very slippery. Please drive carefully and be aware of the road conditions.
For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.