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Flat Rock Creek
Time: 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.3 km SSE of Loftus
Length: 0.3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 21 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 21 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: Moderate

This short walk explores a piece of the Royal National Park, with lovely wildflowers in spring, and some great sandstone rock formations. The main highlight is the creek. Flat Rock Creek, as the name suggests, has a solid and flat bed. The rock is red in colour and the water flows across the width of the creek. This spot is great on a sunny day to contrast the blue sky with the red rock. (open in app)


There are closures in Royal National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Flat Rock Creek
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Flat Rock Creek Car Park
Starting point for this hiking track: Flat Rock Creek Car Park

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
 Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294N 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

 
Flat Rock Creek car park
 
Flat Rock Creek car park +
 
Flat Rock Creek track head
 
Flat Rock Creek track head +
 
Stepping down from the car park on Flat Rock Creek track
 
Stepping down from the car park on Flat Rock Creek track +

 
Enjoying the plants and boulders
 
Enjoying the plants and boulders +
 
Sandstone Boulder
 
Sandstone Boulder +
 
Flat Rock Creek track
 
Flat Rock Creek track +

 
Flat Rock Creek track
 
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Flat Rock creek track
 
Flat Rock creek track +
 
Glimpse of Flat Rock Creek track and a grass tree
 
Glimpse of Flat Rock Creek track and a grass tree +

 
View point of the creek and surrounding bush
 
View point of the creek and surrounding bush +
 
Flat Rock Creek
 
Flat Rock Creek +
 
Flat Rock Creek pool
 
Flat Rock Creek pool +

 
Looking upstream on Flat Rock Creek
 
Looking upstream on Flat Rock Creek +
 
Flat Rock Creek
 
Flat Rock Creek +
 
Flat Rock Creek
 
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Terrain


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 Flat Rock Creek bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Flat Rock Creek bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Flat Rock Creek bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Flat Rock Creek 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 290m
Time 15 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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
This whole walk, 150m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 150m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 150m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 150m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 150m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 150m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

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 Flat Rock Creek Car Park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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) Flat Rock Creek Car Park to Flat Rock Creek
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 147 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -21 m
From the Flat Rock Creek car park (West of Flat Rock Creek bridge, 6.6KM south of Audley on Sir Bertram Stevens Dr), this walk follows the track past the 'Flat Rock Creek' sign. Following the arrow down the rock the walk then winds through the bush passing some interesting rock formations and views of the creek. Just near the creek the track heads right to come to the bank of Flat Rock Creek. (The creek may be impassable after rain, and is slippery).

Flat Rock Creek Alt = 73 m
Flat Rock Creek is found south east of Audley and flows north under Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. In places the water is wide and shallow as it flows across the solid flat rock bed. The red rock and the shallow creek make for a very interesting environment. It is a nice cools spot to visit on hot days.

Drive from Flat Rock Creek Car Park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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)
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 7.3 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 9.6 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 10.8 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 16.7 km
Ute Van & 4WD Accessory World Cnr King Georges & Moorefields Rds, Beverly Hills (02) 9758 2500 19.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Flat Rock Creek.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Flat Rock Creek
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 16 km (to the NNE)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 26 km (to the WSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 39 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
42 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 56 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 2 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
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% 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.


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Bob Crombie IP:115.70.39.xxx | 2012-03-01 06:48:36
The creek is South West Arm Creek and the site is the Flat Rock crossing of the creek where the old road went. There is a beautiful swimming hole there one of the Crystal Pools. The Flat Rock area is one of the most beautiful in a very beautiful national park. Nearby, there was a grove of over 70 waratahs blooming in 2010 and groves of sweet smelling boronias. Flat Rock Cave and the sacred Aboriginal site The Flat Rock Portal are nearby also. Many iconic trees can be found in this area including The Ent and the Octopus Trees. The Candle Tree and the Molten Tree were killed by the 1994 fire. It is a stronghold for large goannas
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