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.
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Cross sectional view of the The Forest Way Track bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Forest Way Track 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.
1 hr 45 mins
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
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
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.
This whole walk, 4.4km is clearly signposted.
Around 3.7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 730m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
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).
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Drive to Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive
Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive
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 to get around to the back of the locked gate (56cm high) and sandstone wall. From here the walk follows the wide dirt Lady Carrington Drive trail downhill past the 'Forest Path' information sign and continues mostly downhill for just over 600m through the forest to come to a three-way intersection signposted with the 'Walumarra Track'.
Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Walumarra track
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, 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 to come to the signposted three-way intersection with 'The Forest Path' beside the the Bola Creek picnic area[fac=8407], just before the creek.
Bola Picnic Area
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 gently downhill along the wide trail to cross the culverted Bola Creek. The trail then bends left and leads steeply up for about 200m where the trail then gently undulates through the forest for about 800m before coming to the faint intersection, with the signposted 'Limestone Cave' bush track (the timber sign is behind a tree on the left, before the signposted 'Palona Brook'). 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.)
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.
Bola Picnic Area
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.
Int of Forest Way and Couranga Tracks
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
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.