Initially following a section of service trail, this walk heads along the ridge before descending to Bola Creek. The walk becomes more enjoyable after the service trail section, especially down on the creek as the walk winds its way through the forest. After a short break at the Bola Picnic Area, the walk circles around, following the Forest Path. This track was one of the first in Royal National Park (established in 1886) and still remains very pretty.
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Cross sectional view of the Wallumarra Track to Forest Way bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wallumarra Track to Forest Way 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)
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
Around 7km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 5km has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
Around 7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 6km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 7km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 5km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.7km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 12km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 12km 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. 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.)
Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Walumarra Bushtrack Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 3.78 km
Time = 1 hr 20 mins
Climb = 45 m
Descent = -239 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. 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
Int of Forest Way and Couranga Tracks Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.87 km
Time = 1 hr 3 mins
Climb = 135 m
Descent = -133 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. 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.
Int of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive
End of Walumarra Servicetrail Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 2.18 km
Time = 53 mins
Climb = 172 m
Descent = -51 m
Turn left : 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'. Turn sharp right: From the intersection marked as 'Walumarra Track', the trail heads down the slight hill. Approximately 100m after the intersection, the walk crosses Bola Creek on large stepping stones. After the creek crossing, the track follows the well-managed bush track. This goes alongside the creek bank, with the creek below on the right. This walk passes over two reasonably large sections of boardwalk. After the second, the track crosses a small creek just off Bola Creek. Once over this, the track continues along the bank before turning sharply away from the creek. This is the beginning of the rise to the top of the hill, where this walk meets up with the Walumarra service trail. This climb begins very gradually, going through the grasslands, before becoming steep. In this section, the walk follows rocky stairs. Once on the ridge, the track continues east for a short time through the scrub until coming to the service trail.
End of Walumurra Service Trail
Int. Walumarra Trk and Sir Bertram Stevens Drive Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.5 km
Time = 43 mins
Climb = 68 m
Descent = -23 m
Continue straight: From the intersection in the clearing, this walk follows the signpost's arrow through the heath. The track rises up slightly for quite some time and then turns left. The track winds for approximately 200m then turns right, heading steeply up the hill. The walk continues for approximately 300m up the hill to an area of moderately dense vegetation. The track then swings left for approximately 40m to lead over a speed bump to the intersection. Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up a slight hill away from the road. The track leads into a clearing after approximately 30m, passing a trig point on the right. Then the track turns from sand to dark gravel for approximately 50m to the intersection.
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.