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Willow Tree to Calala
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.3 km S of Loftus
Length: 10.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 10.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 282 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 282 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: Moderate

On this walk you follow the historic Lady Carrington Drive from Willow tree picnic area to Calala before returning the same way. The walk passes two icons on the old road, Gibraltar Rock and Jersey Spring whilst crossing several small brooks. At Calala you will find a large clearing and natural shade from some large trees, there is also access down to a small beach on the side of the shallow Hacking River. (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 Willow Tree to Calala

Map of Walk

Location

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Lady Carrington Drive gate (Willow Tree)
Gibraltar Rock
Jersey Spring
Jersey Spring clearing
Starting point for this hiking track: Lady Carrington Drive gate (Willow Tree)

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

 
Willow Tree Picnic Area
 
Willow Tree Picnic Area +
 
Northern end of Lady Carrington Drive
 
Northern end of Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Passing Willow Tree
 
Passing Willow Tree +

 
Looking up the hill beside Lady Carrington Drive
 
Looking up the hill beside Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Short track leading to Willow Tree picnic area
 
Short track leading to Willow Tree picnic area +
 
Lady Carrington Drive looking to Gibraltar Rock
 
Lady Carrington Drive looking to Gibraltar Rock +

 
Gibraltar Rock and sandstone road
 
Gibraltar Rock and sandstone road +
 
Hacking River
 
Hacking River +
 
Hacking River and Gibraltar Rock
 
Hacking River and Gibraltar Rock +

 
Lady Carrington Drive
 
Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Old stone work on the side of the trail
 
Old stone work on the side of the trail +
 
Lady Carrington Drive
 
Lady Carrington Drive +

 
Sandstone culvert
 
Sandstone culvert +
 
Walking along Lady Carrington Drive
 
Walking along Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Trees on the side of the trail
 
Trees on the side of the trail +

 
Cutting on Lady Carrington Drive
 
Cutting on Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Seat at Jersey Spring
 
Seat at Jersey Spring +
 
Jersey Spring
 
Jersey Spring +

 
The two troughs at Jersey Spring
 
The two troughs at Jersey Spring +
 
Information sign at Jersey Spring
 
Information sign at Jersey Spring +
 
Jersey Spring 1892
 
Jersey Spring 1892 +

 
Lady Carrington Drive next to Jersey Springs Clearing
 
Lady Carrington Drive next to Jersey Springs Clearing +
 
Jersey Springs Clearing
 
Jersey Springs Clearing +
 
Lady Carrington Drive above to Jersey Springs Clearing
 
Lady Carrington Drive above to Jersey Springs Clearing +

 
Lady Carrington Drive
 
Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Along Lady Carrington Drive
 
Along Lady Carrington Drive +
 
A bend on Lady Carrington Drive
 
A bend on Lady Carrington Drive +

 
North of Kobardo Brook
 
North of Kobardo Brook +
 
Crossing Kobardo (Parrot) Brook
 
Crossing Kobardo (Parrot) Brook +
 
A trough in Kobardo Brook
 
A trough in Kobardo Brook +

 
Lady Carrington Drive
 
Lady Carrington Drive +
 
Lady Carrington Drive near Calala
 
Lady Carrington Drive near Calala +
 
Calala sign on Lady Carrington Drive
 
Calala sign on Lady Carrington Drive +

 
Table and Clearing at Calala
 
Table and Clearing at Calala +
 
Calala
 
Calala +
 
Tree at the top of Calala
 
Tree at the top of Calala +

 
Looking down to the river from Calala
 
Looking down to the river from Calala +
 
The Hacking River at Calala
 
The Hacking River at Calala +
 
Looking over the ferns to the Hacking River
 
Looking over the ferns to the Hacking River +

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 Willow Tree to Calala bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Willow Tree to Calala bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Willow Tree to Calala bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Willow Tree to Calala 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 10km
Time 4 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
2.6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.2km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (430m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 5km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

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 Lady Carrington Drive gate (Willow Tree)
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Willow Tree Alt = 5 m
Willow Tree is a picnic area[1] in the Royal National Park. It is found on the south side of Audley, between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The picnic area has a large shelter[2] with 4 picnic tables[fac=8100], an open grassy area[3], parking[4], BBQ's, tap water, garbage bins[5], recycling and toilets[fac=8099]. The picnic area stretches along the river bank and provides a lovely spot to stop and enjoy the park[6] .

Lady Carrington Drive Alt = 12 m
Opened in 1886 by Lady Carrington, this road was formally named 'Lady Carrington Road' (later changed to 'drive'), and started on the southern side of the then newly constructed Audley weir. The road became popular among people exploring the region. The road follows the Hacking River's east bank and then Bola Creek to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. Much history has been preserved, with several drinking troughs still filling with water and many sandstone retaining walls still standing. The brooks that the old road crosses have been named using the traditional names of birds, the following is a list with the English name in brackets. Mullion (Eagle), Wurrul (Bee Eater), Burowa (Bustard), Karonga (White Crane), Gorra Worra (Laughing Jackass), Buralga (Native Companion), Kobardo (Parrot), Birumba (Plover), Dirijiri (Wagtail), Murrindum (Quail), Dumbal (Crow), Tamur (Bronze winged Pigeon), Burunda (Swan), Karani (Duck), Palona (Hawk) Brooks.

(0 km) Lady Carrington Drive gate (Willow Tree) to Gibraltar Rock
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 429 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -11 m
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lady Carrington Drive' sign[7] around the locked gate[8] and along the management trail[9] (keeping the picnic area and river to the right). This walk winds along the trail gently uphill for about 400m to step onto the cobblestone section[fac=8102] below the overhanging Gibraltar Rocks[10] beside the picnic table[fac=8101].

Gibraltar Rock Alt = 5 m
Gibraltar Rock[11], Royal National Park, is a sandstone overhang found near the northern end of Lady Carrington Drive. The old road passes under the rocks and is home to a small section of sandstone cobblestone[12]. At this point, the old road offers great views of the Hacking River[13] and across to Wattle Forest picnic area. These and many other sandstone formations, together with the history, make this old road quite interesting to explore. There is a picnic table[fac=8101] under the overhang.

(0.43 km) Gibraltar Rock to Jersey Spring
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 2.05 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -47 m
Continue straight: From Gibraltar Rock[14], this walk follows the old dirt road, keeping the Hacking River to the right. After 100m, the trail passes over Mullion Brook on an old sandstone culvert[15][fac=8414] and past a series of palm groves[16]. The walk continues along the trail as it gently undulates and winds along the side of the Hacking River for just shy of 2km to come to the two[17] sandstone 'Jersey Spring'[18] troughs.

Jersey Spring Alt = 13 m
The Jersey Spring is beside the old Lady Carrington Drive in the Royal National Park. The permanent spring feeds into two sandstone troughs, built in 1892 to provide water for horses and people traveling along the road. The troughs are still fed by the same spring (although it has moved overtime and the water is no longer suitable for drinking). The springs are named after Rt. Hon. Victor George (Earl of Jersey), the 17th governor of NSW. More info

(2.48 km) Jersey Spring to Jersey Spring clearing
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 130 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the 'Jersey Spring' troughs[19], this walk follows the old Lady Carrington Drive management trail past the 'Jersey Spring' information sign[20] keeping the river to the right. The trail winds gently downhill for about 100m to come to the large unsignposted Jersey Spring clearing[21][22] and picnic table[fac=8413][23].

Jersey Spring Clearing Alt = 9 m
The Jersey Spring Clearing is an open grassy area between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The clearing is not formally named but is just south of the Jersey Spring. This is a great area to stop, rest[fac=8413] and enjoy the journey along the old road

(2.61 km) Jersey Spring clearing to Calala
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.61 km Time = 51 mins
Climb = 74 m Descent = -80 m
Continue straight: From the Jersey Spring clearing[24], this walk follows the main wide management trail[25] (old road), keeping the clearing and river to the right. The walk passes some interesting rock formations walls[26][27] (on the left) and heads through some palm groves[28][29]. Over the next 1.5km the trail passes over three main creeks before coming to the signposted Kobardo Brook. (Kobado Brook has an old small sandstone water trough[30]). Over the next 1km, the walk continues along the trail as it crosses three more culverted creeks (Birumba, Dirijiri and Murrindum Brooks)[fac=8411] before coming to 'Calala'[31], a signposted clearing[32] and picnic table[33][fac=8410].

Calala Alt = 6 m
The signposted 'Calala'[34] clearing lies between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The large clearing[35] has a picnic table[36][fac=8410] and plenty of shade from the surrounding trees. There is an informal steep track[37] that provides access to a small sandy beach[38] on the Hacking River, making this a lovely spot to rest on a warm day.

Drive from Lady Carrington Drive gate (Willow Tree)
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
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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)
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 4.2 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 6.7 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 8.3 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 13.2 km
Ute Van & 4WD Accessory World Cnr King Georges & Moorefields Rds, Beverly Hills (02) 9758 2500 15.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Willow Tree to Calala.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Willow Tree to Calala
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 13 km (to the NNE)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 27 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 35 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
38 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 52 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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Mark IP:210.7.132.xxx | 2012-12-13 06:56:47
Hi Wildwalks,

Could you camp at Calala?

Love the website!

Mark
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-12-15 21:43:41
Mark wrote:
Hi Wildwalks,
Could you camp at Calala?
Love the website!
Mark

Hi Mark
It is a nice picnic area, but camping is not allowed here - sorry. The only campsites open to the general public in Royal NP are at Uloola Falls, North Era and Bonnie Vale.
Glad you like the website - Happy walking
Matt :)
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