From the Royal National Park Centre, this walk crosses the Hacking River before rising steeply up onto the ridge to fantastic views of the Hacking River. If you look into the distance you can see Cronulla on the horizon at the highest points. Towards the end of the circuit, with good views of the surrounding bushland, the track descends to the river and back to the visitor centre.
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Cross sectional view of the Robertson's Roundabout bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Robertson's Roundabout 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 15 mins
Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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
940m of this walk has short steep hills and another 760m is flat with no steps. Whilst another 340m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 270m is very steep.
Quality of track
1.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 790m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (310m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 1.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.1km is clearly signposted.
Around 1.6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 730m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 2.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 1.3km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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Ironbark Flat Picnic Area
Visitor Centre Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 99 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 7 m
Descent = 0 m
From the Ironbark Flats, this walk heads alongside the visitor centre to turn up the stairs between the Visitor Centre and the toilet block, meeting Sir Bertram Stevens Drive.
Royal National Park Information Centre
Eastern side of Currawong bridge Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 153 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -6 m
Turn sharp right: From the Royal National Park Information Centre, this walk heads west off Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and along Lady Carrington Drive, through the gate (open during the day). The walk continues down along this road to come to a white bridge on the right.
Eastern side of Currawong bridge
Currawong Flats Walk: Easy - road
Length = 128 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m
Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk crosses the bridge over to the western bank of the Hacking River. On the other side of the river, the track turns right and goes through the Currawong Flats until coming to an intersection with a bush track going up to the left, signposted with a 'Robertons Roundabout' sign.
Int of Engadine, Audley and Uloola Tracks Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 137 m
Time = 4 mins
Climb = 34 m
Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From Currawong Flats, this walk follows the steps beside the 'Robertson Roundabout' sign heading up the hill. The track then winds up the hill through the bush for a while until it flattens and comes to the signposted intersection of the Robertson Roundabout a short distance later.
Int of Engadine, Audley and Uloola Tracks
Int of Engadine and Robertson Track (North-West) Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 339 m
Time = 7 mins
Climb = 40 m
Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Heathcote', 'Engadine' and 'Kangaroo Creek' arrows along the bush track, steadily climbing up and along the side of the hill. The track provides views of the river (down to the right) as it heads up to the intersection, and a sign pointing back towards 'Audley'.
Int of Robertson Roundabout (Northwest) and Engadine Bushtrack
Int of Uloola Track and Robertson Roundabout Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 387 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 54 m
Descent = -1 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads south up the hill. (It is necessary to follow the arrow markers in this area as the track becomes quite faint and overgrown in places.) Once reaching the top of the hill, there are great views as far as Cronulla. From here, the track turns to the south-east and continues through the bush, coming to an intersection, signposting the way to 'Uloola Falls'.
Int of Uloola Track and Robertson Roundabout
Ironbark Flat Picnic Area Track: Hard - bushtrack,road,road,footpath
Length = 1.07 km
Time = 29 mins
Climb = 9 m
Descent = -135 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley 0.5km' on the 'Robertsons Roundabout' signpost, heading along the bush track. The track steps up onto the short rock shelf and continues up the short hill to the top of the ridge and down the other side, winding steadily down the long rocky hill. The walk then zigzags down a few sets of rock steps before coming down to the signposted intersection of the 'Robertson Roundabout' track. Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading in the opposite direction to the Heathcote and Engadine arrows, winding down the hill via the rock steps that the track continues down to the banks of the Hacking River at Currawong Flats. Turn right: From the end of the bush track, this walk heads through Currawong Flats, keeping the river on the left, until reaching the bridge. The track turns left and crosses the Hacking River on the bridge, to come to Lady Carrington Drive. Turn left: From the bridge, this walk heads along the road, keeping the river to the left. Passing the park lands and picnic area, the road the meets Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and a short distance further comes to the Royal National Park Information Centre. Turn sharp left: From the visitor centre, this walk passes between the centre and the toilet block, heading down the stairs and onto the large, grassed clearing of Ironbark Flats.
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 4 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.