Winding next to Bola Creek, the Wallumarra bush track is very pretty, as is the track to Palona. Great rest areas at Bola Picnic Area, and next to the waterfall at Palona Cave, cap off a great walk. While the Wallumarra service trail and the side trip to the Beehives are not the most interesting tracks in Royal National Park, the Wallumarra bush track and the trail to Palona Cave make up for this.
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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 Wallumarra to Palona Cave bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wallumarra to Palona Cave 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
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
Around 3.4km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 2.6km has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
2.6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 780m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
2.6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 2.5km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (780m) has minimal directional signs.
Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 780m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (780m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
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Drive to Int. Walumarra Trk and Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
Int. Walumarra Trk and Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
Garie Hill Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 249 m
Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m
Descent = 0 m
From the intersection, this walk heads along the dark gravel service trail in the opposite direction to the arrow on the signpost. The track soon turns left and after approximately 50m, the track turns from the dark gravel to yellow sand. The track soon passes an old trig point on the left to continue for approximately 30m to the intersection.
Bee Hives Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 188 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -11 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the back of the signpost, as it heads down the overgrown track. The walk passes through the vegetation to a grassed opening with bee hives. (Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)
End of Walumurra Service Trail Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.25 km
Time = 39 mins
Climb = 16 m
Descent = -68 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads over the speed bump on the track following the sign posts arrow. The track swings right through moderately dense vegetation for approximately 40m to an open short bush area. The walk continues down the hill for approximately 300m to turn left. The track continues for approximately 200m to turn right, heading down the hill to where it flattens out. After approximately 1km of flat, the track enters a clearing on the left, the end of the service trail.
End of Walumarra Servicetrail
Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Walumarra Bushtrack Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.53 km
Time = 41 mins
Climb = 29 m
Descent = -171 m
Continue straight: From the end of the Walumarra service trail, this walk heads along the bush track away from the service trail. The track opens out and it is possible to see the valley below. From here, the track begins to steeply descend the hill using rock stairs. The track nears the bottom and flattens out slightly, continuing down the hill until reaching Bola Creek. At this point, the track track turns sharply to the right and continues along the creek bank. After a short period, the track crosses a small tributary of Bola Creek. Continuing along the track, there are several sections that have been boardwalked. After the boardwalk is finished, the track continues beside the creek until coming to a well-marked crossing. On the other side, the track goes slightly up along the well-managed bush track for approximately 100m until coming to an intersection with a service trail. This is signposted as 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
Turn right: 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
Int Palona Cave Trk and Lady Carrington Drive Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.04 km
Time = 21 mins
Climb = 25 m
Descent = -42 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').
Int Palona Cave Trk and Lady Carrington Drive
Palona Cave and Waterfall Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 781 m
Time = 19 mins
Climb = 69 m
Descent = -9 m
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.
Drive from Int. Walumarra Trk 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.