This walk takes you down from the ridge to the quiet Deer Pool on Marley Creek. You pass the Big and Little Marley beaches, with an optional side trip to Wattamola Dam. This side trip is well worth it on a hot day to take a dip. The walk then leads away from the coast to loop back to the starting point on Bundeena Drive.
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Cross sectional view of the Marley Track bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Marley 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.
4 hrs 30 mins
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (440m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 3.9km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
4.9km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 4km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (2.1km) is clearly signposted.
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.6km requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 7km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 3.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 4.9km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
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Int. Marley Trk and Bundeena Drive
Deer Pools Clearing Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.88 km
Time = 38 mins
Climb = 13 m
Descent = -96 m
From the car park on the northern side of Bundeena Drive (1.7km east of Mainbar Rd), this walk crosses the road and heads into the bush between the two posts, following the arrow. Soon the track pass the 'Marley Track' sign and starts to head downhill. The track continues past the old concrete pipe (with white spray-painted arrows). The track passes a couple of rock platforms, but generally the track is narrow as it winds down the hill. Near Deer Pools, there is a clearing on the left as the track tends right, towards the waterfall. The track passes over the top of the waterfall to head up to a clearing on the other side.
Alt = 12 m
Deer Pool, Royal National Park, is a small and picturesque set of falls that run into a pool with a sandy bank. The waterfall is fed by Marley Creek which continues its journey into Marley Lagoon, behind Big Marley Beach. Royal National Park was once home to many deer, who used to frequent these pools. This is a relaxing spot on a warm day, with the opportunity for a dip or a gentle massage in the cascade. Although a sign suggests camping is permitted by permit, permits are not issued for camping here.
Deer Pools Clearing
Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 562 m
Time = 11 mins
Climb = 41 m
Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk leads south-east up the hill through dense scrub. The track follows sprayed white dashes on the rocks, heading up the hill to pass a rocky platform (on the left of the track) approximately 300m up. The track continues past the rocky platform for approximately 100m to the intersection on the ridgeline.
Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk
North end of Chimney Trk Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.03 km
Time = 18 mins
Climb = 7 m
Descent = -38 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, heading down the long gentle hill as it steadily winds down to the coast. There are views across Marley Lagoon on the left as the walk heads down to the end of the service trail, where it comes to a grassy clearing with a bush track on the other side.
North end of Chimney Trk
Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 121 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Marley' arrow up the short hill and over the rock platform, continuing along the defined bush track, winding down to the coast where it comes to the 'T' intersection with the Coast Walk bush track.
Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk
West Marley Beach Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 242 m
Time = 4 mins
Climb = 4 m
Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track along the coast, keeping the ocean to the right for a short while before the track descends steeply off the rock-shelf and down a rough bush track to the end of Marley Beach. (Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)
Big Marley Beach
Alt = 1 m
Big Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand, crescent-shaped beach, approximately 400m in length. The beach has a large dune area, behind which Marley Lagoon is found. The lagoon is fed by Marley Creek and the surrounding catchment. The beach is not patrolled and there are no other facilities. The south-facing beach has a rockshelf at either end. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link. More info
Int. Coastal Trk and Chimney Trk
Little Marley Beach Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 436 m
Time = 8 mins
Climb = 5 m
Descent = -11 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track winding along the coast, keeping the ocean and the cliffs to the left. The track winds down the hill for a while before coming to the end of Little Marley Beach.
Little Marley Beach
Alt = 3 m
Little Marley Beach, Royal National Park, is a yellow sand beach, approximately 140m long. The narrow beach faces north-east and has a rock platform at either end. The beach is not patrolled and has no other services. For information on this beach's pollution levels, follow the 'more info' link below. More info
Little Marley Beach
Int. Coastal Trk NE of Wattamolla Ck Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.09 km
Time = 54 mins
Climb = 174 m
Descent = -96 m
Continue straight: From Little Marley Beach, this walk follows the coast across the beach, keeping the ocean to the left as it climbs up the signposted bush track at the end to the clifftop. From here, the track follows the coast line for a short period before passing over numerous sections of metal footbridge. This continues through the scrub vegetation, with short periods where the track comes back onto the rockshelf above the cliff, until the track changes to purely being a well-managed bush track through the high scrub, as it winds along to the signposted intersection of the Coast Track.
Alt = 21 m
Wattamolla pool (or dam), Royal National Park, is a small water hole on Wattamolla Creek, above the lagoon. The pool is on the Coast Track near Wattamolla picnic area and offers a quiet spot for a dip and a rest. The pool is formed by a small, constructed sandstone dam and fed by a small waterfall above.
Int. Coastal Trk NE of Wattamolla Ck
Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.39 km
Time = 40 mins
Climb = 14 m
Descent = -47 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west down the spur, with the spur on the right of the track. The track then descends onto the saddle and continues north-west through the thick wall of scrub on either side, to the 'T' intersection approximately 400m down the hill. Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail heading east, meandering through the thick green scrub over a number of small bumps (used for water diversion) as the track winds towards the coast. After a while, the management trail comes to the signposted intersection of the 'Deer Pool' bush track.
Int. Mowlee Ridge Trail and Marley Trk
Int. Marley Trk and Bundeena Drive Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.44 km
Time = 49 mins
Climb = 99 m
Descent = -54 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west along the flat trail which runs through the scrub. The track continues for approximately 100m, then begins to descend after passing a rockshelf on the right. The track continues for approximately 300m, following the sprayed white dashes through the dense scrub and coming to a clearing. Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk heads across the top of the waterfall, then follows the arrow on the sign across the creek on top of the waterfall to the other side. The track passes a clearing on the right as it continues up the hill, following the sprayed white dashes up the hill. The rather narrow track leads up the hill to the road, crossing a few rock platforms. The road is found about 350 meters past the old pipe with white spray-painted arrows. There is a 'Marley Track' sign just before Bundeena Drive, and a car park on the other side of the road (1.7km east of Mainbar Rd).
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.