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Winifred Falls
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.1 km W of Bundeena
Length: 4.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Royal National Park
Climb: 179 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 179 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: One way
Track: Hard

Winifred Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Royal National Park. This walk not only goes to the magnificent falls but has the optional side trip down to the beautiful South West Arm Pools. Anice Falls are not as great as Winifred but worth the visit. The walk then continues through the heath to Maianbar Rd. (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 Winifred Falls

Map of Walk


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Map of Winifred Falls
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Warumbul Rd
South West Arm Pools Trk
South West Arm Pools Trk
Upper Winifred Falls
Int. Mt Bass Trail and Anice and Winifred Falls Trks
Anice Falls
Maianbar Rd Access Trk South
Starting point for this hiking track: South West Arm Pools Trk

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

Winifred Falls service trail
Winifred Falls service trail +
Winifred Falls
Winifred Falls +
South-West Creek
South-West Creek +

South West Arm Pools
South West Arm Pools +
Seed +
Track down to Winifred Falls
Track down to Winifred Falls +

Track down to Anice Falls
Track down to Anice Falls +
Centipede +
Track through heath
Track through heath +


Cross sectional view of the Winifred Falls bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Winifred Falls bushwalking track

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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the 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 4.4km
Time 2 hrs

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 Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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.
Around 4.2km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 260m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
2.8km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 1.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (260m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Around 2.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.8km has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 3.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 690m requires some bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 2.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 1.7km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes

Drive to Warumbul Rd
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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(0 km) Warumbul Rd to South West Arm Pools Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.42 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -117 m
From the intersection at the gate, this walk heads down the hill following the 'Winifred Falls Fire Trail' sign. The trail then steeply descends, as the vegetation starts to include more trees. The walk continues to wind down the hill for some time to the flat clearing at the intersection.

(1.42 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
Turn left: 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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

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.

(1.42 km) South West Arm Pools Trk to Anice Falls
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.04 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 88 m Descent = -48 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads out of the clearing and away from the service trail, heading towards the water, and after approximately 10m, comes to a grass plant. From the grass plant, the track continues for approximately 10m upstream, to then cross the river above the small waterfalls.
Continue straight: From the creek and waterfall, this walk heads onto a rockshelf where the track turns right, heading steeply up the hill. The walk continues up the hill for approximately 50m to a creek. The track then traverses a spur to a second creek. The walk then continues for a short time to a sign marked intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign 'Maianbar Dr via Anice Falls'[1] through the trees for approximately 100m. The track then turns left and descends to the creek which creates Anice Falls. Just a little further downstream is the unfenced Anice Falls, tumbling over the cliffs.

Anice Falls Alt = 54 m
Anice Falls are viewed from the top which makes for a not-so-impressive view when compared to the neighbouring Winifred Falls. The falls are fed by a creek running off Mount Bass which then flows into the South West Arm Creek.

(2.46 km) Anice Falls to Maianbar Rd
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.97 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -18 m
Turn right: From the top of Anice Falls, this walk climbs steeply up the hillside, keeping the falls below on the left. The track passes to the right of the rocky outcrop, then winds for some time through thick, low vegetation. After approximately 1.3km, the walk comes to a three-way intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill through the dense scrub, away from the water (far below). The track continues for approximately 200m to the intersection with the road.

Drive from Maianbar Rd
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

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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 5.8 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 6.2 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 7.6 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 13.3 km
Ute Van & 4WD Accessory World Cnr King Georges & Moorefields Rds, Beverly Hills (02) 9758 2500 16.1 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Winifred Falls.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Winifred Falls
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 13 km (to the NNE)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 28 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 36 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
39 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 53 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 7 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
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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.

Walker Feedback

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Jill - parking | 2013-12-19 04:31:45
Parking is not free at Warrumbal Rd. There is an $11 fee.
admin - re: parking Super Administrator | 2013-12-19 05:44:51
Jill wrote:
Parking is not free at Warrumbal Rd. There is an $11 fee.

Hi Jill
Thanks for the info -- I have update the notes. Sorry if it caused you any trouble.
Matt :)
Molly - Walk all the way to Bundeena | 2014-05-16 08:21:55
Using these notes and some extra details, you can extend this lovely walk to Bundeena (and you can get to the start of this walk from Loftus of course, as the Wildwalk called 'Loftus to Winifred Falls' will tell you).
To continue to Bundeena from Anice Falls, about 0.2 kms before the end (described as 1.3 kms past the 2.46km mark in these notes), turn left (northerly) at the three-way intersection.
Follow this clear path, with some excellent views in the middle, for about 5 kms. While doing so, you'll cross three fire trails: one to Costens Point, another to Red Jacks Point, and the last to Yenabilli Point. Don't go down them. You finally pop out onto the road at a residential area above Maianbar. Walk on the road for about 150 metres. At Park Road (on your left), look over to the right and you'll see a little track on the non-residential side of the road. Follow it down the hill, turning left at any junction. When you reach the water, turn left and you'll reach the footbridge that goes right over the inlet and you'll find the path that leads to Bonnie Vale campground in Bundeena. Follow the foreshore park, then take steps up to a street that leads to Cabbage Tree point and steps down to Hordens Bay.
This is such a nice walk, with the two waterfalls, the quiet trails, and the loveliness of Maianbar and Bundeena!
Thanks to the walkers and bikers who made and maintain the delightful trail between Anice Falls and Maianbar.
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