Sydney Train Walks

From Waterfall via Royal National Park 9h / 27km to Helensburgh

About this walk

This walk traverses the Royal National Park.

It takes about 9 hours to complete the full 27 kilometre walk, but plan extra for plenty of breaks and photography stops. Consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Waterfall using Plan your return trip from Helensburgh at

Along the way

Turn left from the station stairs and cross the carpark.

A staircase leads down to the trail from the far end of the carpark.

Follow the narrow bush trail away from the station.

Cross the overgrown cricket field to the fire trails on the other end.

Continue down Uloola Firetrail past the gate.

Find the sign to the Couranga Track on the right.

Follow the Couranga Track down the ridge into thick rainforest vegetation.

Find the sign to the carpark leading to a rocky creek crossing.

+1km|0.25h If the creek is flooded, follow the Couranga Track and continue along the road instead.

Cross the creek across the exposed rocks. They can be slippery.

Directly across the creek a steep bushy trail leads up the ridge.

At the intersection with the Forest Path, follow the sign to the carpark.

From the carpark follow Lady Carington drive.

Find the start of the Walumurra Track on the right.

Follow the Walumurra Track, passing several overgrown boardwalks along the way.

Eventually the track turns into steep steps up a cliff.

At the top of the cliff, continue along the firetrail.

The firetrail finally ends at Sir Bertram Stevens Drive.

Follow the road a little way to the left.

Find the gate to the Curra Moors Firetrail on the right.

At the intersection follow the Curre Moors Track to the right.

At the next intersection turn left (not to the car park).

Eventually the Curra Moors Track joins the Coast Track. Follow it to the right.

From Garie North Head follow the sandstone steps down to the beach.

Cross Garie Beach to the surf club. The water is no potable.

Continue past the surf club along the narrow rocky path to Little Garie Beach.

Follow the path across the headland to the North Era Campground.

Cross North Era Beach and follow the trail up the next headland.

Cross South Era Beach and follow the trail up the next headland.

From the South Era headland follow the trail up the escarpment.

The trail turns into steep steps towards the top.

Cross the Garawarra carpark at the trailhead.

Look for the sign to the Burgh Track on the right near the end of the carpark.

Follow the Burgh Track down the ridge to Lady Wakehurst Drive.

Cross Lady Wakehurst Drive and continue on the Burgh Track on the other side.

Cross the creek across the large boulders. Mind the slippery ones.

Follow the Burgh Track signs to Helensburgh up the ridge.

At the intersection with the Hacking River Fire Trail, follow it to the right.

The trail passes a landfill and finally ends at Halls Road.

From the intersection with Halls Road follow the firetrail to the right around the houses.

The trail ends on a ridge overlooking the station. There are steps down to the 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.