From Engadine Railway Station, this walk ventures into the centre of the Royal National Park, through light scrub. Highlights include Tuckawa Rill Creek, where the cascading water and small rock pools contrast beautifully with the surrounding dry bushland. On from here, there are great views of the Hacking River from the Robertson's Roundabout. The walk then descends into the park lands surrounding the visitor centre at Audley.
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Cross sectional view of the Engadine to Audley bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Engadine to Audley 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.
2 hrs 30 mins
Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
2.7km of this walk is very steep and another 1.6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 950m is flat with no steps and the remaining 510m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
3.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (420m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 4km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.8km is clearly signposted.
Around 3.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.1km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 4.5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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Engadine Railway Station
Int of Engadine Track and Bushtracks Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 183 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -6 m
From the train station, this walk exits via the gate at the bottom of the platform 2 steps, then follows the management trail north, keeping the train tracks to the left. Soon, the walk turns right at the 'Engadine Track' signpost, following the 'Audley 6km' arrow along the narrow management trail. Soon, the walk comes to an intersection with another management trail, at another 'Audley 6km' sign. (Note: Straight ahead is a bush track, closed for rehabilitation.) Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley 6km' arrow along the management trail. Very soon, the walk comes to an intersection with a bush track on the left, marked with a 'track closed for regeneration' sign.
Int of Engadine Bush and Servicetrail
Int of Audley and Engadine bushtracks Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 76 m
Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection the track heads south-east along the bushtrack. Approximately 30m along the trail the trail crosses a small creek with steep banks and joins up with the track on the other side. Approximately 30m after this the track comes to an intersection with another bushtrack, coming up from the west.
Int of Audley and Engadine bushtracks
Int of Engadine Track and The Ave Servicetrail Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 327 m
Time = 6 mins
Climb = 15 m
Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: this track ignores that trail and continues south-east long the bushtrack. After approximately 50m the track changes to being a servicetrail. This continues along the flat for short time before coming to a large intersection with trails going in several directions.
Int of Engadine Track and The Ave Servicetrail
Int of Engadine and Gnarra Rill Bike Track (south) Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 242 m
Time = 4 mins
Climb = 4 m
Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley' arrow along the bush track. The walk occasionally passes bicycle track markers as it heads through the bush, coming to the signposted intersection of bush tracks. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south-east along the wide bush track for approximately 25m before coming to an signposted intersection with another bush track.
Int of Engadine and Gnarra Rill Bike Track (south)
Int of Engadine Track and Jacana Servicetrail Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 505 m
Time = 5 mins
Climb = 7 m
Descent = -12 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley' arrow along the bush track as it heads through the thick gum tree forest. The track crosses the dried up Gnarra Rill Creek bed then continues along until coming to an intersection with a service trail, at some 'no bicycles' signs.
Int of Engadine Track and Jacana Servicetrail
Loop Track Servicetrail (south-east) Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 887 m
Time = 18 mins
Climb = 29 m
Descent = -26 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading east. The track heads through the thick gum tree forest for a while before it crosses the small Forest Brook and continues up the short rocky hill on the other side. Shortly, the walk passes a small bush track, signposted 'closed for rehabilitation' then soon comes to the signposted intersection of the Loop Trail.
Int of Engadine and Loop Track (North-west)
Kangaroo Creek Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.97 km
Time = 52 mins
Climb = 23 m
Descent = -202 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley' arrow along the bush track, winding through the thick gum tree forest for a while before passing a 'no bicycles' signpost and coming to the signposted intersection with the Loop Tail. Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the Audley arrow along the bushtrack, passing another sign to Audley shortly after as it heads along to the top of a long hill. From here the track follows the bushtrack as it heads down the long rocky hill until it flattens out after a set of wooden steps. From here the track follows the bushtrack for a while before it starts to head down another long hill, winding all the way down the rocky bushtrack to the bottom of the valley where it passes a sign pointing back to heathcote and comes to Kangaroo Creek.
Kangaroo Creek Pools
Alt = 9 m
Kangaroo Creek Pools are found on the junction of Engadine Creek and Kangaroo Creek in the Royal National park. This is where Kangaroo creek begins to widen before it joins the Hacking River. The creek is lined with rock and provides a nice place for a splash and cool down. The is some limited shade from the trees in the valley. There are no facilities.
Int of Engadine and Robertson Track Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 842 m
Time = 20 mins
Climb = 94 m
Descent = -27 m
Continue straight: From the creek the track crosses at the rocks to the base of the large metal staircase which it climbs as it climbs up the side of the valley, all the way to the top of the staircase where it continues along the bushtrack. From here the track follows the bushtrack heading up and around the side of the hill, providing views of the valley down to the left as it heads along to the signposted intersection of the Robertson Roundabout.
Int of Engadine and Robertson Track (North-West)
Currawong Flats Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 476 m
Time = 11 mins
Climb = 1 m
Descent = -74 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley' arrow along the bush track, winding down and along the side of the hill. There are views of the river down to the left as the walk steadily descends towards the bottom of the valley, until it comes to an intersection and a sign pointing to 'Robertson Roundabout'. Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading in the opposite direction to the Heathcote and Engadine arrows, winding down the hill via the rock steps that the track continues down to the banks of the Hacking River at Currawong Flats.
Royal National Park Information Centre Walk: Easy - road
Length = 281 m
Time = 5 mins
Climb = 8 m
Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the end of the bush track, this walk heads through Currawong Flats, keeping the river on the left, until reaching the bridge. The track turns left and crosses the Hacking River on the bridge, to come to Lady Carrington Drive. Turn left: From the bridge, this walk heads along the road, keeping the river to the left. Passing the park lands and picnic area, the road the meets Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and a short distance further comes to the Royal National Park Information Centre.
Ironbark Flat Picnic Area Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 99 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -7 m
Turn sharp left: From the visitor centre, this walk passes between the centre and the toilet block, heading down the stairs and onto the large, grassed clearing of Ironbark Flats.
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.
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.