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Wises Track
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
10.3 km SW of Bundeena
Length: 4.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Royal National Park
Climb: 50 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 50 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: Moderate

This isn't a particularly special walk, but is a nice way to see different heath environments. The walk follows an old road which has now been turned into a service trail. There are many wildflowers and banksia along this walk, providing great flower displays in the warmer months of the year. (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 Wises Track

Map of Walk


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Map of Wises Track
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Int. Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Wises Trk Gate South
Int. Wises Trk and Karani Trk
Int. Birumba Brook Trk South and Wises Trk
Int. Birumba Brook Trk North and Wises Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Wises Trk Gate South

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
 Otford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294S 
 Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294N 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

Wises Track
Wises Track +
Rocky outcrop
Rocky outcrop +
Wises service trail
Wises service trail +

Wises service trail
Wises service trail +
Ant hill
Ant hill +
Grassy Sectin of Wises Track
Grassy Sectin of Wises Track +

Eucalypt +
Banksia +
Bug on banksia leaf
Bug on banksia leaf +


Cross sectional view of the Wises Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wises Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wises Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wises Track 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.
Length 4.1km
Time 1 hr 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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 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.
Around 2.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 1.3km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 3.7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 470m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

This whole walk, 4.1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 4.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 4.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 470m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Drive to Int. Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Wises Trk Gate South
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Int. Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Wises Trk Gate South to Int. Wises Trk and Karani Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.33 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -47 m
From the southernmost 'Wises Track' sign on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive (sign to the left of the gate)(NOTE:this sign has been reported as missing by another walker), this walk heads away from the road and around the gate. The trail passes through the low heath to turn right after approximately 30m. After a short time more, the walk reaches a rocky outcrop (on the left) where it turns right, heading down the hill. The trail descends for some time to a clearing on the right, after which the trail heads steeply downhill, turning left. At the bottom of the rocky hill, the walk continues to the unsignposted intersection.

(1.33 km) Int. Wises Trk and Karani Trk to Int. Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Wises Trk Gate North
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.79 km Time = 49 mins
Climb = 44 m Descent = -56 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads past a rocky outcrop (above on the left) as the trail heads downhill. The trail winds and undulates for approximately 2km along the ridge before coming to a grassy intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north, following the clearest trail for approximately 500m. The walk continues among banksia bushes and short eucalypts along the sandy trail, coming to an intersection with an overgrown trail on the left.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the fork in the track, along the defined trail. The trail soon passes the gate and 'Wises Track' sign, coming to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive.

Drive from Int. Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Wises Trk Gate North
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

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 9.8 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 12.6 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 13.7 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 19.8 km
Ute Van & 4WD Accessory World Cnr King Georges & Moorefields Rds, Beverly Hills (02) 9758 2500 22.6 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Wises Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wises Track
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 19 km (to the N)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 24 km (to the WSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 42 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
45 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 59 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
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
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.

Walker Feedback

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guy-francis vella - Signage issue and general obse | 2010-01-01 12:04:15
There is no longer a sign at the southern entrance to the walk on Bertram Stevens Drive. It appears to have been removed rather than just vandalised, but the track is definitely still open.

While the track was relatively plain as mentioned, there was a delightful sea breeze most of the way and is you have anyone who has bad knees or some mobility limitations this is a good track, with only two 10m sections that are in anyway steep.
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