Sydney Train Walks

From Heathcote via Royal National Park 6h / 14km to Engadine

About this walk

This walk covers the central part of the Royal National Park.

It takes about 6 hours to complete the full 14 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Heathcote using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Engadine at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the park side of the station station follow the road to the right, until signs on the left indicate the start of hiking trails into the park.

Follow the signs to the Karloo track, which starts as a firetrail around the suburbs, but soon veers off to the right into the park.

The path gradually descends along a ridge down to Kangaroo Creek. Take care crossing the slippery rocks. The trail continues on the other side.

The creek empties into a large pool that is often used for swimming on warm summer days.

On the bank of the pool opposite the creek crossing, a sign shows the way to Uloola Falls.

From the pools the path ascends the next ridge. A rocky path leads along the ridge, passing many sandstone outrops.

Eventually the trail ends at a creek plunging over a ledge near a big overhanging tree, this is Uloola Falls.

Near the falls is a campground with directions to Waterfall and back to Heathcote. Instead follow the smaller sign to Audley on the north side of the campground.

The path winds its way up the next ridge through a stretch of dense bushland.

Follow the rocky trail along the ridge using the periodic markers painted and carved on the sandstone.

Halfway down the ridge the trail splits with a side trail leading down to the Wattle Forest picnic area. Follow the direction to Engadine instead.

A second sign along the track points back to Uloola Falls and on to Robertson Roundabout and Audley.

At Robertson Roundabout you can decide to visit park's visitor centre in Audley for refreshments, or continue on to Engadine immediately.

From Robertson Roundabout, follow the Engadine track down to Kangaroo Creek.

A metal stairway leads safely down the steep ridge to a swim spot in the creek.

Follow the creek a short way to the left of the pool, to find a place to cross.

A worn path will leads up to the next ridge on the other side.

At the top of the ridge the trail winds its way through the bushland around Engadine.

In several places firetrails cross the trail. Watch for the signs to Engadine.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.