Heathcote to Audley

Download & Print Map and Notes

4 hrs 15 mins

10 km One way

327 m

Hard track
Passing through scrub and heath, this track goes into the Royal National Park along a well managed bush track, passing great pools and sections of creek at Karloo Pools and Uloola Falls. With some lovely rest spots at both of these places (especially with the toilet at Uloola) this walk is very pleasant. Coming into Audley, there are great views of the Hacking River, and once at Audley the visitor centre is a good spot to grab a bite to eat.

Maps for the Heathcote to Audley walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series 91294N PORT HACKING NSW-91294N
Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 PORT HACKING 9129

Cross sectional view of the Heathcote to Audley bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Heathcote to Audley

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 10 km
Time 4 hrs 15 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 280m is flat with no steps and the remaining 140m is very steep.

Quality of track

9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (350m) follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.7km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.8km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 10km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 420m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Heathcote to Audley walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Heathcote to Audley walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Heathcote to Audley walk starts at the Heathcote Railway Station (gps: -34.088184, 151.0081)
Your transport options to Heathcote Railway Station are by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Heathcote to Audley ends at the Royal National Park Information Centre (gps: -34.075314, 151.05654)
Your main transport option to Royal National Park Information Centre is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/hta

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂