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Mt Bass- Winifred Falls
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.5 km WSW of Bundeena
Length: 6.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 6.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 213 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 213 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: Hard

This walk follows Mount Bass Fire Trail, then a bush track, to Winifred Falls. Be prepared to get your feet wet crossing upper Winifred Falls. The Winifred Falls are really nice, and can be complemented by the brilliant side trip down to to South West Arm pools. These pools are a great place for a swim and a bite to eat before returning to the road. (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 Mt Bass- Winifred Falls

Map of Walk

Location

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Int. Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail
End Mount Bass Trail
Int. Mt Bass Trail and Anice and Winifred Falls Trks
Upper Winifred Falls
South West Arm Pools Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail

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

 
Mount Bass service trail gate
 
Mount Bass service trail gate +
 
Mount Bass service trail
 
Mount Bass service trail +
 
Track down to Winifred Falls
 
Track down to Winifred Falls +

 
Winifred Falls sign
 
Winifred Falls sign +
 
Eucalypt on the side of the track
 
Eucalypt on the side of the track +
 
Upper Winifred Falls
 
Upper Winifred Falls +

 
Ant
 
Ant +
 
Winifred Falls
 
Winifred Falls +
 
South West Arm Pools
 
South West Arm Pools +

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 Mt Bass- Winifred Falls bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mt Bass- Winifred Falls bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mt Bass- Winifred Falls bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mt Bass- Winifred Falls 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 7km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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 (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
Around 2.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 690m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 2.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 690m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
This whole walk, 3.4km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 690m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 690m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

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. Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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. Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail to Int. Mt Bass Trail and Anice and Winifred Falls Trks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 2.63 km Time = 45 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -103 m
From the intersection, this walk heads along the flat ridge, away from the valley. The trail veers right twice, giving views of Sydney CBD (far to the right). The trail soon turns left, down the hill. The walk then leads right, continuing down the hill into an area of tall vegetation for some time, before coming to a rocky surface followed by the end of the management trail.
Veer right: From the end of the management trail, this walk passes the pink ribbon marker on a branch, heading down the track through the trees. The walk continues for approximately 100m, keeping relatively straight, before coming to the sign marked intersection.

(2.63 km) Int. Mt Bass Trail and Anice and Winifred Falls Trks to Upper Winifred Falls
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 693 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -81 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk leads in a south-westerly direction, following the sign towards 'Winifred Falls'. The track descends to a creek and then climbs over the spur to a second creek. From the second creek, the track continues for approximately 50m to descend steeply to the right, down the hill. The track descends steeply to near the falls, where the walk turns left onto a rockshelf leading to the creek and waterfall.

(3.33 km) Upper Winifred Falls to South West Arm Pools Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 42 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the falls, this walk crosses the shallows to the other side of the creek, then heads downstream past a grass plant for approximately 10m, to continue to the clearing at the intersection.

Winifred Falls Alt = 12 m
Winifred Falls, Royal National Park, is a large a picturesque waterfall created by a large rockshelf, over which pours South West Arm Creek. The waterfall has a large pool at its base which is an ideal place to get your toes wet.

(3.37 km) South West Arm Pools Trk to South West Arm Pools
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 368 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -9 m
Veer right: From the intersection the track heads north, down stream, leaving the clearing of the intersection down a steep rocky section of track. The track reaches the pool below Winifred Falls within 15m. The track then leads from the pool along the creek line or above the creek line for approximately 300m down stream to a large pool with three large boulders on the left.

Drive from Int. Bundeena Drive and Mt Bass Trail
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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)
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 8.5 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 9.5 km
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 8.4 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 15.9 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 15 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mt Bass- Winifred Falls.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mt Bass- Winifred Falls
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 16 km (to the N)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 28 km (to the WSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 40 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 55 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 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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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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