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Forest Island to Calala
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.4 km S of Heathcote
Length: 8.9 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 8.9 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 296 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 296 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

Following the historic Lady Carrington Drive, this walk takes your to Calala, a quiet clearing on the Hacking River. Travelling along the old road, this walk passes a few shaded brooks as it winds alongside the Hacking River. There is the chance for a side trip to Palona Cave and waterfall. Calala is a clearing with some large trees providing shade, a picnic table and access to a beach on the bank of the shallow Hacking River. (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 Forest Island to Calala

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Forest Island to Calala
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Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive
Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Walumarra track
Bola Picnic Area
Int Palona Cave Trk and Lady Carrington Drive
Int Palona Cave Trk and Lady Carrington Drive
Palona Brook Picnic Area
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Walumarra track

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

Photo Gallery

 
Lady Carrington Drive gate, Sir Bertram Stevens Dr end
 
Lady Carrington Drive gate, Sir Bertram Stevens Dr end +
 
Sign beside Lady Carrington Drive
 
Sign beside Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Southern end of Lady Carrington Drive
 
Southern end of Lady Carrington Drive +

 
Lady Carrington Dr near the Wallumarra Track
 
Lady Carrington Dr near the Wallumarra Track +
 
The old Lady Carrington Dr
 
The old Lady Carrington Dr +
 
Sign near Bola Creek Picnic area
 
Sign near Bola Creek Picnic area +

 
Lady Carrington Drive north of Forest Path intersection
 
Lady Carrington Drive north of Forest Path intersection +
 
Lady Carrington Dr
 
Lady Carrington Dr +
 
Palona Caves Int
 
Palona Caves Int +

 
Palona Cave
 
Palona Cave +
 
Palona Brook
 
Palona Brook +
 
Palona Brook Picnic area
 
Palona Brook Picnic area +

 
Lady Carrington Drive north of Palona Brook
 
Lady Carrington Drive north of Palona Brook +
 
In memory of Alan Rendell
 
In memory of Alan Rendell +
 
Lady Carrington Drive
 
Lady Carrington Drive +

 
Burunda Brook sign on Lady Carrington Drive
 
Burunda Brook sign on Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Lady Carrington Drive crossing Tamur Brook
 
Lady Carrington Drive crossing Tamur Brook +
 
Lady Carrington Drive
 
Lady Carrington Drive +

 
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Calala sign on Lady Carrington Drive
 
Calala sign on Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Calala
 
Calala +

 
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Hacking River at Calala
 
Hacking River at Calala +
 
The Hacking River at Calala
 
The Hacking River at Calala +

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 Forest Island to Calala bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Forest Island to Calala bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Forest Island to Calala bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Forest Island to Calala 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 9km
Time 3 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
Around 2.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 1.7km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 3.4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 1km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 2.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 4.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

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 of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive
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.
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(0 km) Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive to Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Walumarra track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 654 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -22 m
From the car park on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive (500m north of the intersection with McKell Ave), this walk heads between the boulders[fac=8405] (on the western edge of the car park) then leads downhill[1] to get around to the back of the locked gate (56cm high) and sandstone wall[2]. From here the walk follows the wide dirt Lady Carrington Drive trail downhill past the 'Forest Path' information sign[3] and continues mostly downhill for just over 600m through the forest to come to a three-way intersection signposted with the 'Walumarra Track'[4][5].

(0.65 km) Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Walumarra track to Bola Picnic Area intersection
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 74 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill along the main wide dirt trail[6], keeping the valley to the right. The trail bends right and leads down into the valley for about 60m passing the 'red cedar' information sign[7][8] to come to the signposted three-way intersection with 'The Forest Path'[9] beside the the Bola Creek picnic area[fac=8407][10], just before the creek.

Bola Picnic Area Alt = 35 m
Bola Picnic Area, in the Royal National Park, is at the intersection of Lady Carrington Drive and Forest Island Track[11], beside Bola Creek[12]. You will find a small clearing[13] with a picnic table[14][fac=8407] in a gorgeous rainforest setting, surrounded by tall trees[15] and ferns scattered through the area. There is no car access to the picnic area, making this a lovely quiet area.

(0.73 km) Bola Picnic Area to Int Palona Cave Trk and Lady Carrington Drive
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.04 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -42 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley 9km' arrow[16] gently downhill along the wide trail to cross the culverted Bola Creek[17]. The trail then bends left and leads steeply up for about 200m where the trail then gently undulates through the forest[18][19] for about 800m before coming to the faint intersection, with the signposted 'Limestone Cave' bush track[20] (the timber sign is behind a tree on the left, before the signposted 'Palona Brook'[21]).

(1.77 km) Int Palona Cave Trk and Lady Carrington Drive to Palona Cave and Waterfall
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 781 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 69 m Descent = -9 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Limestone Cave 1.6km' arrow along the track, heading up the hill and away from the road. The walk continues up a long hill, winding through dense forest for a short while before flattening out and continuing along the side of the hill. The walk winds through the bush and passes several rock overhangs and outcrops either side of the track, as the walk make its way along to the Palona Caves at the end of the track.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Palona Cave Alt = 77 m
Palona Cave is off Lady Carrington Drive, north of Bola Picnic Area, in the Royal National Park. Palona Cave is a large limestone overhang with a few cave decorations such as columns and stalactites. Being open to the environment, the cave has some green moss and is not reminiscent of other pristine white limestone caves. The cave is a unique feature for the area and is well worth allowing time to explore.

Palona Brook Falls Alt = 73 m
The waterfalls on Palona Brook are just beyond Palona Cave. The brook is ephemeral (not permanently running), but when it is running, the waterfalls are a cool place to explore on warm days. The waterfall is made of up two main cascades, with a short landing in between. The water falls into a reasonably small rocky pool.

(1.77 km) Int Palona Cave Trk and Lady Carrington Drive to Palona Brook Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 108 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill along the main wide trail as it soon bends to the right. After about 50m the trail crosses the signposted and culverted[22] 'Palona Brook'[23] to come to a picnic area[24] (on the right-hand side).

Palona Brook Picnic Area Alt = 19 m
Palona Brook Picnic Area is found on the north side of Palona Brook along side the old Lady Carrington Drive[25]. The picnic area is home to a couple of wooden picnic tables[fac=8408][26][27] and is next to the steep gully and culvert that Palona Brook flows through[28][29]. A pleasant spot to rest when visiting the nearby sandstone cove or exploring the old road.

(1.88 km) Palona Brook Picnic Area to Calala
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.55 km Time = 53 mins
Climb = 96 m Descent = -102 m
Continue straight: From beside the Palona Brook picnic area, this walk heads gently uphill along the wide trail away from 'Palona Brook'[30] keeping the main valley to the left. The trail leads through the forest for about 400m to pass an old picnic table[fac=8409] (about 20m[31] off the left-hand side of the trail) then about 600m later the trail leads past a small metal plaque (on a rock) reminding of the tragic loss of Alan Rendell, who died fighting bushfires here in 1988[32]. The walk now continues gently undulating along the wide trail for another 400m to pass signposted (and culverted) 'Burunda Brook'[33] in a pleasant rainforest environment. The trail continues to lead as it winds through the forest for just over 1km, passing the site of a repaired landslide[34], crossing a few culverted creeks[35] to then come to the sign posted and large 'Calala'[36] clearing (on the left).

Calala Alt = 6 m
The signposted 'Calala'[37] clearing lies between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The large clearing[38] has a picnic table[39][fac=8410] and plenty of shade from the surrounding trees. There is an informal steep track[40] that provides access to a small sandy beach[41] on the Hacking River, making this a lovely spot to rest on a warm day.

Drive from Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive
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
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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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Driving Directions
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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 9.4 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 14.4 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 15.8 km
Onrope 11 Nelson Ave, Padstow (02) 9709 6299 23.7 km
Dans Caravans 422 Hume Hwy, Yagoona (02) 9790 7047 26.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Forest Island to Calala.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Forest Island to Calala
Click to re-center search
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 21 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 21 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 42 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
46 km (to the N)
8 ROB08 Communications Site MT MURRAY 58 km (to the SW)

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

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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