Sydney Train Walks

From Waterfall via Lady Carrington Drive 7h / 23km to Loftus

About this walk

This walk follows Lady Carrington Drive in the Royal National Park.

It takes about 7 hours to complete the full 23 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 stair turn left and cross the carpark.

On the far end of the car park a staircase leads to the trailhead.

Follow the narrow bushtrail away from the station.

Cross the cricket field to the firetrail on the other side.

Follow the Uloola Firetrail from the gate at the cricket field.

Find the sign to the Couranga Track on the right side of the trail.

Follow the Couranga Track down the ridge.

Watch for the Carpark sign pointing to the creek crossing.

If the creek is flooded, continue down Couranga Track to McKell Ave instead.

Cross the creek across the rocks and find the trail directly up the ridge.

Follow the trail up the ridge to the intersection with the Forest Path.

At the intersection follow the Forest Path to the left.

Follow the forest path through the rainforest until it joins Lady Carington Drive.

From the intersection with Lady Carington Drive, follow the sign to Audley.

Continue past the old springs on the side of the road along the way.

Lady Carington Drive eventually reaches the riverside picnic area at Audley.

Continue to the car park behind the Visitor Centre.

Cross the weir over the Hacking River and turn right down Riverside Drive.

For a shortcut take the Honeymoon track up the ridge to the Park Office.

Follow the road down to the Reids Flat picnic area.

Continue down the firetrail along the river on the far side of the picnic area.

The firetrail turns into a narrow bushtrail along the way.

Find the scramble up the ridge marked with painted arrows near the end of the trail.

At the top of the ridge follow the firetrail to the left.

Partway down the firetrail a paved path leads to a lookout.

Follow the pathway back to the carpark at the Park Office.

Across the carpark along the road a trail leads up to the tram platform.

On Holidays and Sundays there may be an antique tram service to Loftus.

Follow the trail along the tramway to the Loftus Oval.

Follow the Rawson Parade Trail to the traffic lights across the Princess Highway.

Cross at the traffic lights and enter the Loftus Station 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.