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Forest Way Track
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.3 km ESE of Waterfall
Length: 4.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 4.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Royal National Park
Climb: 179 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 179 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: Circuit
Track: Moderate

Opened in 1886, the Forest Path was once part of a controversial logging site, the first time that logging was stopped in Australia by protest. Now it is a short trail looping around the hill, following the Hacking River. Through a shaded environment of ferns and eucalypts, this walk passes through a very pretty environment that was definitely worth preserving. (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 The Forest Way Track

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of The Forest Way Track bushwalking tracknotes
Map of The Forest Way Track
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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
Bola Picnic Area
Int of Forest Way and Couranga Tracks
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 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

 
The south end of Lady Carrington Dr.
 
The south end of Lady Carrington Dr. +
 
Lady Carrington Dr near the Wallumarra Track
 
Lady Carrington Dr near the Wallumarra Track +
 
The Bola Picnic Area
 
The Bola Picnic Area +

 
The bushtrack as it heads NE towards the Hacking River
 
The bushtrack as it heads NE towards the Hacking River +
 
The Forest
 
The Forest +
 
The undergrowth of the forest
 
The undergrowth of the forest +

 
The southern edge of the forest
 
The southern edge of the forest +
 
The track just before the carpark
 
The track just before the carpark +
 
Heading east on the Hacking River
 
Heading east on the Hacking River +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the The Forest Way Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Forest Way Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Forest Way Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Forest Way Track 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 4.4km
Time 1 hr 45 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 Clearly signposted (1/6)
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
Around 4.3km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 75m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 3.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 730m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 4.4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3.7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 730m 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
Around 3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 730m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(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.

(0.73 km) Bola Picnic Area to Palona Cave and Waterfall
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.82 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 94 m Descent = -51 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley 9km' arrow[11] gently downhill along the wide trail to cross the culverted Bola Creek[12]. The trail then bends left and leads steeply up for about 200m where the trail then gently undulates through the forest[13][14] for about 800m before coming to the faint intersection, with the signposted 'Limestone Cave' bush track[15] (the timber sign is behind a tree on the left, before the signposted 'Palona Brook'[16]).
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.

(0.73 km) Bola Picnic Area to Int of Forest Way and Couranga Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.8 km Time = 1 hr 2 mins
Climb = 135 m Descent = -130 m
Turn left: From the Bola Picnic Area, this walk heads past the 'no pushbikes' signposts and 'The Forest Path' information sign, following the bush track along the forest floor. The track is well-defined and reasonably flat, and crosses several small creeks. The track continues in this manner around the forest island until reaching a signposted intersection with the Uloola Track.

(3.52 km) Int of Forest Way and Couranga Tracks to Int of Forest Way and Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 895 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -24 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the narrow bush track, following the 'carpark' signs. After a short while, the track turns east until coming to gate at Sir Bertram Stevens Dr. Just left of this, there is a small track that goes for approximately 25m until coming to the car park and the start of the Lady Carrington Track.

Drive from Int of Forest Way and Sir Bertram 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
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

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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 The Forest Way Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Forest Way Track
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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
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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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Matthew - Perfect family walk with small IP:202.53.198.xxx | 2010-04-19 02:40:18
Thank you for the track notes. I have used some of your notes for longer multi day walks before, however wanted to say that I also appreciate the details on shorter and easier walks. This was a great walk for the whole family. I took my 3.5 year old son and 1.5 year old daughter. While my daughter spent must of the time on my back, there were some open sections where she enjoyed a walk, and with a lunch break in the middle my son really enjoyed walking the full distance. Our total bush time was just under 3 hours. Thanks again.
Mik - Great little walk... IP:110.20.225.xxx | 2014-05-25 06:37:12
We are reasonably new at bush walking/hikes, and had a great time. The kids (9 and 5) did well, but were concerned about snakes especially when the track was very narrow. (they hated all the plants brushing against their calves and not being able to see the track at points) We found a large rock overlooking the river which was perfect for a sandwich. We did see a couple of leeches too.
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