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Deer Pools
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.8 km SW of Bundeena
Length: 3.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 109 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 109 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
Style: Return
Track: Hard

The walk down to Deer Pools takes you through the heath, which is common in Royal National Park. This bush opens out onto Deer Pool, a beautiful little cascade and pool of water. A lovely walk to one of the well known landmarks in the park. (open in app)

There are closures in Royal National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Deer Pools

Map of Walk


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Map of Deer Pools
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Int. Marley Trk and Bundeena Drive
Starting point for this hiking track: Deer Pools Clearing

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

Print a map and track notes here
 Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294N 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

Marley Track sign post
Marley Track sign post +
White arrows marking track
White arrows marking track +
Bush roach
Bush roach +

Deer Pools
Deer Pools +
Deer Pools
Deer Pools +
Deer Pool waterfall
Deer Pool waterfall +


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 Deer Pools bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Deer Pools bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Deer Pools bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Deer Pools 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 3.8km
Time 1 hr 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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.
This whole walk, 1.9km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 1.9km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

This whole walk, 1.9km has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 1.9km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

This whole walk, 1.9km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Int. Marley Trk and Bundeena Drive
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Int. Marley Trk and Bundeena Drive to Deer Pools Clearing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.88 km Time = 38 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -96 m
From the car park on the northern side of Bundeena Drive (1.7km east of Mainbar Rd), this walk crosses the road and heads into the bush between the two posts, following the arrow. Soon the track pass the 'Marley Track' sign and starts to head downhill. The track continues past the old concrete pipe (with white spray-painted arrows). The track passes a couple of rock platforms, but generally the track is narrow as it winds down the hill. Near Deer Pools, there is a clearing on the left as the track tends right, towards the waterfall. The track passes over the top of the waterfall to head up to a clearing on the other side.

Deer Pool Alt = 12 m
Deer Pool, Royal National Park, is a small and picturesque set of falls that run into a pool with a sandy bank. The waterfall is fed by Marley Creek which continues its journey into Marley Lagoon, behind Big Marley Beach. Royal National Park was once home to many deer, who used to frequent these pools. This is a relaxing spot on a warm day, with the opportunity for a dip or a gentle massage in the cascade. Although a sign suggests camping is permitted by permit, permits are not issued for camping here.

Drive from Int. Marley Trk and Bundeena Drive
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
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by

Campsites in the park
Bonnie Vale camping ground
North Era camping ground
Uloola Falls camping ground

Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 8.3 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 7.8 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 14 km
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 10.3 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 15.2 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Deer Pools.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Deer Pools
Click to re-center search
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 15 km (to the N)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 30 km (to the WSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 40 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
41 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 54 km (to the N)

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 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.

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

Royal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
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.

Walker Feedback

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dex - Difficult to find the track en Registered | 2009-04-13 23:49:40
I tried to find the Deer Pool track in the RNP however I drove past it three times and couldn't locate the track start.
I was looking for the sign as you have in the notes plus I was looking for a car park on the east side. The car park is on the western side and you have to cross the road to get to the track entrance which is overgrown by the bush.
The sign is inside the scrub not visible from the road. It may be worthwhile noting these points on the track notes.
admin - re: Difficult to find the trac Super Administrator | 2009-04-14 14:13:18
dex wrote:
I tried to find the Deer Pool track in the RNP however I drove past it three times and couldn't locate the track start.
Thanks Dex for the info, sorry you had a hard time finding the start. I have updated the notes to make this much clearer. Also think about using the Google directions in the "getting there" tab, these use the Lat and Long for the start of each walk to plot the right spot on the map.

Matt :)
Kaz - Fantastic Walk | 2013-03-27 21:12:28
I did the deer pool walk 23Mar13 and it was fantastic. I didnt find the track hard to find at all. It is a nice walk down to the pools and the waterfall is a great place to cool your feet and have a bite to eat. The walk back was a bit tougher as most of it was up hill and a few obsticles to navigate but it was well worth the effort. I had a great time.
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