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Heathcote to Waterfall
Time: 5 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1 km SW of Heathcote
Length: 10.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 10.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Heathcote National Park
Climb: 481 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 481 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Spanning between Heathcote and Waterfall Railway Stations, this walk experiences many of the different environments that Heathcote National Park has to offer. From ridge tops to creek walking, this is a great way to enjoy a day, with a perfect spot for a break at the Heathcote Campsite. If the water's deep enough, also allow enough time to dip your toes in Heathcote Creek. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Heathcote to Waterfall

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Heathcote to Waterfall
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Heathcote Railway Station
End of Freeman Rd
End of Freeman Road service trail
Int of Scout Camp and Freeman Road bushtracks
Int. of Mirang Track and Friendly Tracks
Int. of Mirang and Mirang Pool Tracks
Int of Pipeline Track and Mirang Rd Servicetrail
Battery Causeway
Int of Bullawarring and Goanna Tracks
Int of Battery and Mooray Tracks
Int of Heathcote Creek and Battery Tracks
Kingfisher Pool camping ground
Int of Lake Toolooma Servicetrail and Heathcote Creek Track
Int of Waterfall Gully and Lake Toolooma Servicetrail (west)
Int of Bullawarring Track and Lake Toolooma Servicetrail
Int of Bullawarring Track and Warabin Servicetrail
Starting point for this hiking track: Heathcote Railway Station

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
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Photo Gallery

 
start of the service trail
 
start of the service trail +
 
heading through the bush
 
heading through the bush +
 
Bridge over Pipeline west of Freeman Rd
 
Bridge over Pipeline west of Freeman Rd +

 
following the pipeline service trail
 
following the pipeline service trail +
 
views from the pipeline track down to Heathcote Creek
 
views from the pipeline track down to Heathcote Creek +
 
The Pipeline Servicetrail
 
The Pipeline Servicetrail +

 
views from the pipeline track down to Heathcote Creek
 
views from the pipeline track down to Heathcote Creek +
 
passing a small picnic area
 
passing a small picnic area +
 
the Battery Causeway
 
the Battery Causeway +

 
looking upcreek from the Battery Causeway
 
looking upcreek from the Battery Causeway +
 
looking down to the Battery Causeway
 
looking down to the Battery Causeway +
 
views of Heathcote Creek from the track
 
views of Heathcote Creek from the track +

 
following the Bullawarring track
 
following the Bullawarring track +
 
The ridges of Heathcote National Park
 
The ridges of Heathcote National Park +
 
Looking down at the creek from the track
 
Looking down at the creek from the track +

 
Following the track markers
 
Following the track markers +
 
Looking down on Kingfisher Pools
 
Looking down on Kingfisher Pools +
 
Kingfisher Pool Campsite
 
Kingfisher Pool Campsite +

 
heading through the dense bushland
 
heading through the dense bushland +
 
Lake Toolooma service trail
 
Lake Toolooma service trail +
 
The bushtrack between the Talooma Servicetrails
 
The bushtrack between the Talooma Servicetrails +

 
climbing up out of the valley
 
climbing up out of the valley +
 
following the service trail towards the houses
 
following the service trail towards the houses +
 
gate at end of Warabin Road
 
gate at end of Warabin Road +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Heathcote to Waterfall bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Heathcote to Waterfall bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Heathcote to Waterfall bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Heathcote to Waterfall bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 10km
Time 5 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
4.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3.6km has short steep hills. The remaining (1.6km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
3.9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 3.8km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 1km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
5km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 3.6km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.3km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Heathcote Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Heathcote Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Drive to Heathcote Railway Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) Heathcote Railway Station to End of Freeman Rd
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 1.03 km Time = 17 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -24 m
From the station, this walk follows the footpath towards the highway, passing the left side of the car park, until it reaches the highway, which it crosses at the traffic lights. The walk continues along Oliver Street for a while before coming to the intersection with Boundary Road. Here, this walk turns left, following the road for a short distance before taking the first right onto Freemans Road and continuing past the large scout camp, to the end of the road, where it comes to the intersection with the management trail at the corner of Bella Vista Street.

(1.03 km) End of Freeman Rd to Int of Scout Camp and Freeman Road bushtracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 401 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -47 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail, crossing under the high tension power lines and bending around to the right a short distance, before coming back around to the left and passing a management trail (which heads behind some houses). The walk continues down the hill, passing another trail on the left as the hill steepens and comes to an intersection with a rough bush track, opposite the power line tower at the bottom of the trail.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track on the opposite side of the management trail to the power line tower. The walk passes a burnt-out car shell before turning down the long steep hill and winding down to the 'T' intersection with a wider track.

(1.43 km) Int of Scout Camp and Freeman Road bushtracks to Int. of Mirang Track and Friendly Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 329 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -37 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the track heading down along the side of the hill and through the thick bush. After a short while, the track comes to a large concrete pipeline, crossing it at the metal platform to the intersection with the management trail.

(1.76 km) Int. of Mirang Track and Friendly Tracks to Int. of Mirang and Mirang Pool Tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 942 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -50 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mirang Pool' arrow along the asphalt trail down the long hill. After a short while, the trail bends around to the left, turning back towards the pipeline, and continues downhill until it flattens out and crosses a bridge at the pipeline. From here, the walk continues along the management trail, following the pipeline (with Heathcote Creek down the hill on the right) for a while before coming to the signposted intersection with the Mirang Pool track.

Mirang Pool camping ground Alt = 81 m
This campsite is nestled in Heathcote National Park, with walk-in access from Heathcote Station. The campsite is near Mirang Pool on Heathcote Creek - there is a signpost at the top of the stairs, leading down to the pools from the management trail above. There are no facilities provided at the campsite, and you will need to carry in your own water and fuel stove.

(2.7 km) Int. of Mirang and Mirang Pool Tracks to Battery Causeway
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.36 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 59 m Descent = -56 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lake Eckersley' arrow along the management trail, keeping the pipe line to the left, as it heads through the bush. After a while, the trail does a large 'S' bend, crossing the pipeline twice as before passing through a gate and up to the intersection with the Mirang Road service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the asphalt management trail, keeping Heathcote Creek and the valley to the right as the trail rounds a bend and heads up run parallel with the pipeline as the trail becomes gravel. From here, the walk continues along the management trail, keeping the pipeline on the left for about 750m. The walk then crosses over the pipeline using a timber bridge and 160m further along the management trail the walk passes a picnic table and crosses Heathcote Creek at the concrete Battery Causeway. (Here you may notice the 'Bullawarring Track - Waterfall 7km' sign[1] up to your left).

(4.06 km) Battery Causeway to Int of Bullawarring and Goanna Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.32 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 100 m Descent = -49 m
Veer left: From the intersection (on the western side of the causeway), this walk follows the somewhat over grown 'Waterfall 7km' arrow[2] on the 'Bullawarring Track' signpost, along the narrow track that initially heads up the hill away from the creek then bends left, keeping the valley to your left. The walk then follows this narrow track south, keeping Heathcote Creek down the hill to your left, as the track climbs up the side of the hill to flatten out high above the creek. From here, the track continues along the side of the ridge, with occasional views of the creek in the valley to the left, as the walk winds through thick bushland until coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Goanna Track'[ref img=114136.

(5.38 km) Int of Bullawarring and Goanna Tracks to Int of Battery and Mooray Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.2 km Time = 52 mins
Climb = 118 m Descent = -144 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Waterfall' arrow on the Bullawarring Track signpost, winding along the bush track on the side of the hill for a long time, occasionally passing a rock platform with views of Heathcote Creek. The walk winds up and down a few steep rocky sections and crosses the dried-up creek in Python Gully. At this point, the track continues around the edge of the valley before descending quite steeply to Heathcote Creek, where it comes to the signposted intersection of the Mooray Track.

(7.58 km) Int of Battery and Mooray Tracks to Kingfisher Pool camping ground
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 926 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 48 m Descent = -32 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Waterfall' arrow on the Bullawarring Track signpost, heading along the bush track which follows Heathcote Creek. The track winds through the bush with small ups and downs, until it comes back down to the side of the creek, crossing at the rocks.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Waterfall' arrow on the 'Mooray Track' sign, heading down and across the creek at the rocks, following the painted track markers up the other side and along the bush track to a large open clearing. From here, the track follows the track marker though the clearing and along the bush track for a short while, coming to some large boulders. Here, the track turns right and then immediately left at the painted marker, climbing up onto the top of the rock platform. From the top of the platform, the walk follows the bush track, heading away from the creek for a short distance before turning left at the bush track and continuing to the Kingfisher Pool camping ground.

Kingfisher Pool camping ground Alt = m
This campsite is located at a small clearing, just east of the junction of Heathcote and Kingfisher Creeks in Heathcote National Park. The campsite is above the creek on a flat clearing. The creek usually provides plenty of water (treat before use, and check with rangers before setting out) and an opportunity for a swim. At the campground, there is also a small pit toilet and picnic table. Open fires are not permitted, so bring your own fuel stove. Fees are payable in advance for the permit required to stay at this campsite.

(8.5 km) Kingfisher Pool camping ground to Int of Heathcote Creek Bushtrail and Lake Toolooma Servicetrail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 830 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the campsite, this walk heads away from the water for about 20m back to the main track, where this walk turns left to head east through the thick scrub for a while. There is an occasional view of the creek as the track heads along to a 'Y' intersection with another bush track that has been blocked off. Here, this walk turns left and continues along to the signposted intersection with a management trail.

(9.33 km) Int of Lake Toolooma Servicetrail and Heathcote Creek Track to Int of Waterfall Gully and Lake Toolooma Servicetrail (west)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 31 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north, crossing the creek and heading along the service trail for a very short period, before coming to an intersection with a bush track going off to the right.

(9.37 km) Int of Waterfall Gully and Lake Toolooma Servicetrail (west) to Int of Bullawarring Track and Warabin Servicetrail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 626 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 83 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bullawarring Track - Waterfall' sign[3] south-east away from the power lines, following the narrow but clear track for several hundred metres (ignoring faint tracks to the left). The track then lends slightly to the left and heads up the hill to an intersection with a service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow track and painted arrow[4] in the middle of the rock step, heading east up the rocky steps. The walk climbs up some rough rock steps with some carved foot-holes in the rock outcrop, to the top of some short cliffs. From here, the walk follows the rock platform at the top of the short cliffs, and the painted arrows, to the bush track which continues up the long rocky hill. The walk continues up a long set of wooden steps to the signposted intersection with a service trail.

(9.99 km) Int of Bullawarring Track and Warabin Servicetrail to End of Warabin Rd
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 93 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, heading up the gentle hill towards the houses for a short while before coming to the end of Warabin Street.

Catch the train from Waterfall Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Waterfall Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Drive from End of Warabin Rd
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

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From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Kingfisher Pool camping ground
Lake Eckersley camping ground
Mirang Pool camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 2.6 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 10.6 km
Onrope 11 Nelson Ave, Padstow (02) 9709 6299 17 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 12.4 km
Jeffs Camping & Disposals Lvl2/ 444 Hume Hwy, Yagoona (02) 9708 5092 20.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Heathcote to Waterfall.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Heathcote to Waterfall
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 16 km (to the NNE)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 23 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 35 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
40 km (to the NNE)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 53 km (to the NW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Heathcote National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Victoria - heathcote - nov. 2007 IP:69.234.57.xxx | 2008-04-22 04:50:02
[color=blue][size=medium]our host in Sydney took us on this fabulous walk mid-day (3Pm or so) to dusk in Nov 07.

the trail is easy to follow, not too difficult a walk.

we saw a wombat (well my friend did - i didn't cuz he zipped by in front of me so quickly - i had no idea or time to focus on what it was! :shock: ) a small, friendly lizard (only about 1 ft. long) and the waterfall was a nice break. :) On our way back, the path wasn't as clear... :?: but we found the actual vehicle fireroad and our way out. As we sat at the end of cul-de-sac, we watched the sun go down and the wild cockatoos hoot and holler happily at dusk. A really great activity not to far from the city! [/color][/size]
Steven - heathcote to waterfall march 0 IP:114.76.222.xxx | 2009-04-14 21:11:23
Third time i have done this walk. I would not recommend walking this track at night, from python gully to kingfisher pools on the Mooray Track is very overgrown and several trees have fallen across the track. at one stage the track was a dead end we had to go into the gully and come onto the track further up.

if you plan to do this walk it is a fairly easy one apart from this section, now these days you may need to take a machete with you
Michael - heathcote to waterfall: guide IP:58.178.35.xxx | 2009-10-31 08:31:10
This walk was quite enjoyable, mainly because we ran into two stray dogs, who joined us on our walk for a few hours, often leading the way! They were particularly helpful when the track forked and often waited and came back for us when we were too slow. Does anyone know where theses dogs are from? One is a golden retriever, the other is black and white and short haired.
Trent IP:203.10.224.xxx | 2009-11-16 00:42:57
Did this walk on the weekend just gone (14 Nov 09). Great walk but can be a litle confusing. Keep to the asphalt after the "S bend" heading toward Battery Causeway. I made the mistake of turning left up onto the fire trail and had to walk all the way back down again. :oops:

Recommend a dip at Kingfisher pools. Very nice.
admin - re: Notes updated Super Administrator | 2009-11-16 01:03:57
Trent wrote:
Keep to the asphalt after the "S bend" heading toward Battery Causeway. I made the mistake of turning left up onto the fire trail and had to walk all the way back down again. :oops:

Hi Trent
Glad you enjoyed the walk, even after the detour :) I have updated the notes to make it clearer. Hopefully save the same detour for other walkers.
Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

Matt :)
Sydnat - Great walk! IP:121.44.107.xxx | 2010-04-02 07:08:03
Did this walk last weekend on a lovely sunny Sunday. Didn't see anyone apart from scouts at the beginning, and a couple at Kingfisher pool who left as I arrived.

The first section is accompanied by electricity pylons and then a huge pipeline, which marrs it slightly. Nevertheless it is still a pleasant walk with no traffic noise. There is a good little spot to take a dip in Heathcote Creek. No-one else around - it was lovely.

I found the time guides overly generous for this first section (the service trails). However the middle section between Battery Causeway and Mooray track is pretty wild and tough. I was going at a fair pace and just meeting the time guidelines. It was at the end of summer so the plants were pretty overgrown.

I'd definitely recommend doing Heathcote - Waterfall and not the other way round. Kingfisher pool is a great spot to take a dip and cool off!

Take the map and track notes on this one. It would be quite easy to take a wrong turn or miss Bullawarring track at the Causeway.

At the intersection of Mooray track, I took the Bullawarring option. It was easy to follow from there. Not sure how clear it would be along Mooray track.

It's great being able to train it back to Heathcote and pick up the car. I wouldn't want to walk or ride along the highway to get back. Too far. And who wants to spend all that time with traffic flying past at 100 km?

Really good walk to get your exercise in for the day. Take water and supplies, and your bather's :)
admin - re: Great walk! Super Administrator | 2010-04-05 21:44:25
Sydnat wrote:
I found the time guides overly generous for this first section (the service trails). However the middle section between Battery Causeway and Mooray track is pretty wild and tough. I was going at a fair pace and just meeting the time guidelines. It was at the end of summer so the plants were pretty overgrown.

Hi Sydnat
You have been doing a lot of walking, thanks for all your comments. I will look into our 'intra-walk' walking times in the next little while. They do seem to be a setting a fair pace on the narrow tracks. I am doing some research to tweak these times.
Thanks
Matt :)
eric IP:115.64.43.xxx | 2010-10-26 21:06:57
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Mark IP:124.149.176.xxx | 2011-02-26 10:06:09
Well I'm really surprised to see everyone say how easy this track is to navigate, because we certainly couldn't find the mysterious 'Waterfall' arrow on the Mooray Track sign. What a complete disaster.

It started out on the wrong foot, with back-burning from Bella Vista Street we were directed back out onto the highway and to take the Burns Road entrance (which we walked). We finally met the actual trail at the end of Mirang Fire Trail, near the 'S' bends.

Pleased to be back on the track, it wasn't too long before we were hopelessly lost. Nothing on the trail notes after the mention of 'Mooray Trail' matched anything we were seeing. The last signpost said 'Waterfall 4.9km' (I'm assuming that was the Bullawarring Track) and we had walked further than that.

In the end, with a few false trails and the light fading fast, we made the call to back-track to Heathcote. Both out of water, it was slow and very unpleasant going and we were none too impressed with the maintenance, or lack there-of, of this trail. Not very happy about it at all. In the end, a 6:30 hike which brought us back to the car in Oliver St at 8pm.

Definitely won't be recommending this walk to anyone. And very hesitant to take other walks in this area now.
admin Super Administrator | 2011-02-27 22:48:11
Mark wrote:
Well I'm really surprised to see everyone say how easy this track is to navigate, because we certainly couldn't find the mysterious 'Waterfall' arrow on the Mooray Track sign. What a complete disaster.

Hi Mark
Thanks for your feedback, sorry you had such a bad time. I have added this walk to our re-walk list and will hopefully get to it in winter. I will also make some updates to the notes and grade now, to help avoid people having the same issue you did.
Thanks for your feedback, I hope your next walk is better.
Matt :)
Steve - No need to re-walk IP:110.32.250.xxx | 2011-05-06 06:22:05
Hi Matt,

No need to re-walk this track, I did it today expecting wrong turns and missed tracks but it was really quite straightforward. The good news is that the current trail notes are accurate - all signs, intersections and landmarks are there and visible and the track is well worn (I took extensive geotagged photos if you want them)

However there are a couple of points that walkers could misinterpret the track notes and start wandering off in the wrong direction.

1) "Int. of Mirang and Mirang Pool Tracks to Battery Causeway". - after the 'S Bend' there is a well marked fire trail heading off to the left (which the track notes mention), this trail crosses the pipeline a 3rd time. It is possible that some walkers may take this fire trail instead of continuing straight on, paralleling the pipeline. I stopped here and consulted the 2nd paragraph of the track notes to ensure I wasn't supposed to take that fire trail (it sure looked tempting), perhaps this could be stated more clearly for future walkers?

2) "Battery Causeway to Int of Bullawarring and Goanna Tracks". The sign for the Bullawarring track is DEFINITELY there at the Battery Causeway - I have pics of it. I would advise walkers to STOP prior to crossing the causeway and look up and slight left to identify the sign. I suspect that most walkers are too busy looking at the river and by the time they cross the causeway the sign may be harder to locate.

Once you're on the Bullawarring track it's nearly impossible to lose - it is well worn and ALL the intersections are where the tracks notes say they are!

I had a grand time and would certainly recommend it to everyone - particularly the side trip to Lake Eckersley.

Thanks for this resource - I think you're the luckiest bugger in the world to have a job like this! :-)

Steve
admin - re: No need to re-walk Super Administrator | 2011-05-09 01:45:54
Steve wrote:
....
1) "Int. of Mirang and Mirang Pool Tracks to Battery Causeway".
2) "Battery Causeway to Int of Bullawarring and Goanna Tracks".
......Steve

I have reviewed theses notes and made some tweaks that hopefully make these two intersection much clearer. Thanks for the feedback.
Matt :)
Nunners IP:203.10.224.xxx | 2011-09-19 00:57:46
Hi. Thank you for the trail notes, they have been very helpful. On 17 Sep 11 I did the Coast track and the notes were pretty much spot on. Yesterday, 18 Sep 11, I did this walk and, though the notes were spot on for the majority of the walk, I did get lost at the section from Kingfisher Pool Camp ground; the notes read:

"From the campsite, this walk follows the bush track behind the fireplace..."

The word "behind" is subjective and misleading, consider using north, east etc, to make it clearer, and perhaps review this section of the walk and add more detail to the description.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-09-19 21:28:49
Nunners wrote:
I did get lost at the section from Kingfisher Pool Camp ground

Hi Nunners
Thanks for your helpful feedback. Glad you are generally finding the notes helpful. This note was ambiguous, thanks for pointing it out. I have updated it now, should be much clearer.
Thanks again
Happy walking
Matt :)
Rin IP:114.73.143.xxx | 2012-03-19 09:57:38
We set ouy on a sunday for a nice walk in the national park. All was well until we got to the intersection of Goanna track and waterfall/kingfisher pools. Unfortunately the track was well overgrown. It was lovely being in the bush, and we came out of the mountain further down the fire trail at a small causeway. Thinking we were pperhaps right, continued up the hill, nearly to the dam when we stopped a biker to ask.. needless to say we abandoned our hope of making it to waterfall and returned the long treck back to heathcote. I think there certainly needs to be more signposting or arrows on the track as it is currently extremly over grown; perhaps given the great growing conditions over summer. Having said this take caution if you do plan to walk this track, as getting lost in such terrain would be easily done. Having grown up walking country national parks, i would like to suggest holding off on this one till better singage is made between goanna track and kingfisher pools.
Happy walking all.. the notes are great..its just the terrain has gotten a little out of hand.
Monty - Needs Maintenance IP:58.172.108.xxx | 2012-04-08 06:36:10
April 2012.

Nice walk, some great sights but very very (!) overgrown in parts. Relying on the odd (and very intermittent) white painted arrow made for a challenging walk.

Planned to walk from Heathcote, stay the night at Kingfisher Pools and then continue to Waterfall the next morning.. ended up losing the trail near the crossing of Heathcote Creek, had to camp on a rock and pick up things the next morning.

Would be a really great walk if the trail (and signage) was well maintained.
Akira - Awesome Run! IP:115.64.2.xxx | 2013-04-06 14:26:14
Very nice track to run on, it's not overly difficult to run, however you should be careful with some of the down hills and cliff edges whilst running :D i managed to do it in about an hour and a half, i'm not a runner but i was able to do it, was very fun!
Tristan IP:27.32.80.xxx | 2013-12-08 02:44:18
The first few km aren't too fun, but once you turn off the causeway (and get away from the concrete pipe) it gets a lot nicer.

The trail is overgrown but easy to follow most of the way. I did get a bit lost on two occasions.

The first was crossing Heathcote Creek (the 7.58km section in the notes). I saw the first sign showing the intersection with Mooray track and followed the Waterfall arrow as directed, but didn't see a second sign and so missed the crossing at the creek. This is actually a split in the track, with the more obvious track continuing on to cross the creek a little later. The left turn down to the correct creek crossing doesn't seem obvious to me, and I only found it because I didn't find any painted arrows at the second (much smaller) crossing and so back-tracked. I'm not sure if the Mooray Track sign with the Waterfall arrows exists any more, but maybe I misread the notes or just missed it somehow.

Then I got a bit lost again near the end (part of the 9.33km section in the notes). I turned up a track leading away from the power line and followed that up to the intersection with the service track, but couldn't find the rocky steps or painted arrow. I followed the service trail to the left and scrambled up the hill when it ran out, eventually finding another service trail that took me to Waterfall.

Oh and it seems that the burnt-out car has been removed :)

This walk can be combined with the Engadine-Heathcote walk for a nice ~26km day walk. If you just do one of the two then I'd say Engadine-Heathcote is far nicer.
Rosetta IP:101.117.66.xxx | 2014-02-09 11:09:31
I've same issue of that "waterfall 7km" "Bullawarring Track" signpost. I did not see it. I walked 2 times of this track. The track is on the straightly left after pass the Battery Causeway.
Mark, I think you need to re-work the track after 7.58km. Your description is taking the Mooray Tracks (2.5km to Waterfall), turn left at the junction, cross the creek, walk up hill but this track cannot to go Kingfisher Pool & the camping ground.
If you want to go to Kingfisher Pool & the camping ground. You need to take the Bullawarring Track (Waterfall 3km), straight of the junction along the track, in somewhere turn left cross the creek, there are few painted marker after cross the creek but not before the creek.We missed the junction & go ahead to another track until we can't find a formal track. My club mates are very experience bushwalker. They missed that junction. Fortunately, they have a map. Then we go back to find the junction. There is no sign to advise us to turn left. Can someone bring a ribbon at that junction when you walk this track next time? We walk more than 1KM to go back.
Thanks
Alan Joffe IP:211.30.234.xxx | 2014-03-17 04:22:31
We completed this walk last week.
The track has not been worked on for quite a while and is almost overgrown in certain areas. We also missed the markings when we crossed the river and ended up with a struggle to get back to it
Otherwise a most enjoyable outing
Shayne Sydow - This is indeed a "Bush" walk IP:58.168.93.xxx | 2014-05-22 02:06:21
Completed this walk on Sun 18th May 2014. It is not sign posted very well and is overgrown in long stretches. I highly advise you wear long pants and long sleeves. Most definitely has not been attended to for a while. A huge improvement would be to simply sign post several areas. The walk does need some maintenance.

Keep your eyes peeled when walking along the ridge about (From 4.06km), there is a small trail to the right that is overgrown (about 5km in). If you blink you will miss it. We walked straight past it & had to back track.

The other issue we found was following the Mooray track across the creek when you come to the 3 sign posts that say 3km to Waterfall via Bullawarring track & 2.5km via Mooray track. We took the Mooray track. We got to the a open rock foundation pretty much at the top but could not find the track to follow. It is very overgrown at this point. However, we did see the other end of the Mooray track when we got to Warabin Rd at the end. So it does come out somewhere!

Be prepared for the up hill climb at the end :-) I would not recommend this walk for people who are unfit. There is a bit of climbing & lots of walking through overgrown bush track. On the bright side...there are some lovely water spots where you can take a nice rest and take in mother nature at her finest.
david IP:122.149.176.xxx | 2014-12-22 09:32:47
i have been reading quite a few of the comments regarding some of the less maintained trails and as well as the traditional navigation systems alot can be said for taking a GPS/sat-image nav system with you.. i currently use "maverick" on my samsung android phone and have found it very good especially when you are right on top of a trail and can't find it at first... the sat-images are often much more defined.. if your phone has replaceable batteries take a few.. gps waypoint and tracking really drains them... 8)
Travis - Challenging IP:49.181.214.xxx | 2015-03-29 19:31:08
I completed this walk yesterday. Well when I say completed I managed to find my way to waterfall by lucky detour. The track starts off well but once I got to Goanna Track it's got very challenging due to the lack of signage and overgrown track. I walked to Mooray Track. After a while on this track I realized I had wondered off the Track before Kingfisher Pool. I decided to continue east towards Waterfall through fairly thick Bush. I then stumbled on back onto Mooray Track and walked all the way down to the Management Trail. Overall beautiful sights especially the creek but I would recommend either taking a GPS or wait for the track to be cleared.
brendyn - the 'Bullawarring Track' IP:58.172.120.xxx | 2015-05-13 14:45:20
completed the track today in 3 hours 30 min with roughly 30 min in 2 stops.the overgrowth is quiet dense in some areas.

i wouldnt do this as a first walk with the overgrowth could be easy for a novice to get lost. some basic map and compass skills are needed at times.
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