This walk starts at the historical and beautiful Audley picnic area and dance hall. Have a picnic or enjoy a coffee from the cafe, before wandering along the quiet public road alongside Hacking River. After heading around the locked gate, you walk along the old Lady Carrington Drive trail for about 450m to the Gibraltar Rock and lovely views over the Hacking River. Retrace your steps to enjoy another coffee and get back to the car.
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Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)
Cross sectional view of the Audley to Gibraltar Rock bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Audley to Gibraltar Rock bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
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Some more detail of this walks Grading
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This whole walk, 1.1km is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 650m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 430m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
This whole walk, 1.1km is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 1.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 1.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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Audley in the Royal National Park is where you will find the visitor information center, toilets, kiosk, boat shed (row boat hire), weir, water, BBQ's and plenty of picnic facilities. Take a step back in time and explore some of the preserved building like the old dance hall, enjoy wandering the grounds or grab an ice cream.
Audley Village car park
Audley Cafe Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 107 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m
Descent = 0 m
From the Audley Village car park[fac=8091] (north of the buildings located at 2 Lady Carrington Dr, Royal National Park), this walk follows the 'Audley Dancehall' arrow on the 'Ironbark Flat' sign along the concrete path (toward picnic area and buildings). This walk continues along the path for about 70m, passing a series of seats[fac=8092] and a picnic area with 2 picnic tables[fac=8093][fac=8094] and 2 BBQs to come to the signpost intersection with another concrete path (leading toward the male and female toilets[fac=8090] up the stairs). From the intersection this walk continues straight following the 'Audley Dancehall' sign towards the building with accessible toilets[fac=8095], 'Royal National Park Visitor Centre' with a shop and the 'Weir Cafe', beside the path.
Audley Picnic area
Alt = 8 m
Audley Picnic area is a large grassy area with beautiful views across the Hacking River. There are 2 picnic tables[fac=8093][fac=8094] with 2 sheltered double gas BBQs. A few benches are scattered around the area. Closer to the 'Audley Dancehall' building there's a signposted toilet block[fac=8090] (just up the short staircase).
Alt = 8 m
'Weir Cafe' is located at the 'Audley Dancehall' building. The building is separated into two areas, one is the cafe and the other one is the 'Royal National Park Visitor Centre' with a gift shop. Hot and cold food as well as drinks are available. Lunch meals range from about $15-25.
Commonwealth Pavilion car park Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 77 m
Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m
Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the cafe, this walk follows the concrete path (keeping the river on your right). This walk continues along the path for about 90m, passing 2 seats[fac=8096], the 'Currawong Flat and Varneys Bridge' sign and the large sheltered 'Commonwealth Pavilion' picnic area[fac=8097] to come to a small parking lot[fac=8098] (just past the 'Currawong Flat and Varneys Bridge' postsign and timber bollards).
Alt = 7 m
The large sheltered 'Commonwealth Pavilion' picnic area offers 19 picnic tables[fac=8097] and 4 single gas bbqs (high 90cm, grill area 43cm wide). From the picnic area there are beautiful views over the Hacking River and the picnic area. This is a great spot to see Cockatoos. There is a cafe, information center, toilets and other facilities nearby.
Commonwealth Pavilion car park
Lady Carrington Drive gate (Willow Tree) Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 466 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 18 m
Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the car park, this walk follows the 'Currawong Flat and Varneys Bridge' sign along the asphalt road (away from the sheltered 'Commonwealth Pavilion' picnic area) toward the timber 'Varneys Bridge' (with handrails) over the Hacking River. Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk follows the 'Willow Tree & Fig Tree Flat' sign along 'Lady Carrington Drive', keeping the river to the right. This walk continues along the road for about 290m past the 'Willow Tree Flat' sign to come to a toilet block[fac=8099] (on the right). From the toilets this walk continues along the road for about 60m to come to a 'Y' intersection with a 'Lady Carrington Drive' signpost and locked gate.
Alt = 5 m
Willow Tree is a picnic area in the Royal National Park. It is found on the south side of Audley, between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The picnic area has a large shelter with 4 picnic tables[fac=8100], an open grassy area, parking, BBQ's, tap water, garbage bins, recycling and toilets[fac=8099]. The picnic area stretches along the river bank and provides a lovely spot to stop and enjoy the park .
Lady Carrington Drive
Alt = 12 m
Opened in 1886 by Lady Carrington, this road was formally named 'Lady Carrington Road' (later changed to 'drive'), and started on the southern side of the then newly constructed Audley weir. The road became popular among people exploring the region. The road follows the Hacking River's east bank and then Bola Creek to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. Much history has been preserved, with several drinking troughs still filling with water and many sandstone retaining walls still standing. The brooks that the old road crosses have been named using the traditional names of birds, the following is a list with the English name in brackets. Mullion (Eagle), Wurrul (Bee Eater), Burowa (Bustard), Karonga (White Crane), Gorra Worra (Laughing Jackass), Buralga (Native Companion), Kobardo (Parrot), Birumba (Plover), Dirijiri (Wagtail), Murrindum (Quail), Dumbal (Crow), Tamur (Bronze winged Pigeon), Burunda (Swan), Karani (Duck), Palona (Hawk) Brooks.
Lady Carrington Drive gate (Willow Tree)
Gibraltar Rock Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 429 m
Time = 8 mins
Climb = 6 m
Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lady Carrington Drive' sign around the locked gate and along the management trail (keeping the picnic area and river to the right). This walk winds along the trail gently uphill for about 400m to step onto the cobblestone section[fac=8102] below the overhanging Gibraltar Rocks beside the picnic table[fac=8101].
Alt = 5 m
Gibraltar Rock, Royal National Park, is a sandstone overhang found near the northern end of Lady Carrington Drive. The old road passes under the rocks and is home to a small section of sandstone cobblestone. At this point, the old road offers great views of the Hacking River and across to Wattle Forest picnic area. These and many other sandstone formations, together with the history, make this old road quite interesting to explore. There is a picnic table[fac=8101] under the overhang.
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 7 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.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds Park feesCampingFacilities Current Park Closure information for Royal National Park Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM Closed areas: The Coast track upgrade The Coast track will be undergoing construction works between Beachcomber Ave and Marley Beach over a 9 month period. Works include resurfacing, installation of raised board walk and stairs and will be undertaken between October 2015 and May 2016. During the works it will be necessary, at times, to close the Coast Track for visitor safety. Please be aware that during closures the full coast track walk will not be possible and you may need to plan your route to start and finish at a different location. The Royal National Park alerts page will be updated regularly so please check it before you leave home. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Closed areas: Wedding Cake Rock Access to Wedding Cake Rock is prohibited. National Parks and Wildlife Service has undertaken a geotechnical assessment of the rock, which found that there is high chance that it could collapse at any time. Safety fencing has been erected to protect the public while a more permanent solution is developed. This is a really beautiful location and a spectacular rock formation to look at, but the key is doing it at a safe distance from the edge.
Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.