Sydney Train Walks

From Waterfall via Heathcote National Park 7h / 26km to Loftus

About this walk

This walk follows the Bullawarring walking track in Heathcote National Park.

Then crosses over to the Royal National Park to continue to the Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls.

From the Royal National Park Visitor Centre the walk follows the tramway to the Sydney Tramway Museum. On Wednesdays and Sundays it's possible to ride the tram there.

It takes about 7 hours to complete the full 26 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 Waterfall using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Loftus at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the station exit go right across the overpass.

Turn right down Warabin Street.

At the end of Warabin Street pass the gate to the firetrail.

Follow the signs down the Bullawarring Track.

Descend one of the paths down the cliffs and rejoin the trail at the bottom.

At the intersection with a bushtrail, follow the directions to the Kingfisher Pool.

A trail marker indicates the track continuing from the Kingfisher Pool camp site.

At the intersection with the Mooray track, follow the Bullawarring Track to Lake Eckersley.

Keep following the Bullawarring Track to Lake Eckersley at the intersection with the Goanna Track.

At the causeway, cross the creek and follow the Pipeline Trail right.

Follow the Pipeline Trail past the Mirang Pool.

Cross the pipeline at the pedestrian bridge and follow the sign to Heathcote Station.

The Friendly Track up the gully ends at a scout camp.

From the scout camp follow Freeman Road to the right.

Turn left and continue down Boundary Road.

At the intersection turn right down Oliver Street.

Continue to the shops and turn left at the Princess Highway.

Use the pedestrian bridge to cross the highway.

The pedestrian bridge leads directly into Heathcote Station.

From the Heathcote Station carpark turn right down Wilson Parade.

Start down the Karloo Track on the left.

Follow the signs to the Karloo Track to the right.

Continue down the Karloo Track to the end of the ridge.

Cross the Kangeroo Creek at bottom of the ridge.

Find the sign to the Karloo Track at side of the pools and climb back up to the trail.

Climb the steps up the ridge and follow the trail along the ridge top.

Carefully cross the creek at Uloola Falls.

From the falls follow the path to the Uloola Falls Campground.

To the left from the entrance of campground, follow the sign to Audley.

Continue along the ridge tops on the Uloola Falls Track.

At the intersection continue left to Robertson Roundabout and Audley.

Follow the sign to Engadine at the next intersection.

From the lookout, turn right and follow the clearing down.

Find the stone staircase at the edge of the clearing and climb down.

At the bottom of the descend turn right and follow the sign to Audley.

Optionally, from Robertson Roundabout follow the Engadine track 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.

A staircase leads up from the trail onto the Engadine Station platform.

At the next intersection turn left and follow the directions to Audley the rest of the way down the ridge.

The trail ends at the Currawong Flat picnic area. Cross the bridge over the Hacking River.

Turn left after the bridge and continue past the Park Visitor Centre to the carpark.

From the carpark follow Sir Bertram Stevens Drive to the left to the weir.

Cross the road after the weir and enter Riverside Drive.

Ascend the long staircase of the Honeymoon Track, to the left of the toilet block.

At the top of the Honeymoon Track, continue across the field past the park office.

Cross the entrance to the carpark and find the tram platform. Wednesdays and Sundays there is a tram service to the museum at Loftus.

From the end of the tram platform follow the Rawson Parade Trail along the tram line.

Follow the trail to the right along the fenced depot area.

Follow the fence line to the left at the intersection with the mountain bike trails.

At the end of the fenceline, follow the Rawson Parade Trail right through the bush along the highway.

Turn left at the intersection with the Temptation Creek Trail to stay need the highway.

Leave the trail at the traffic lights at the Tramway Museum at Loftus.

Use the traffic lights to cross the highway safely, using the refuge in the middle.

On the other side of the highway, enter the Tramway museum and commuter car park.

Loftus Station is at the far end of the carpark.

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.