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Karloo walking track is a 10km, grade 3 return hike, located in the Royal National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.
For a quick nature fix only a short drive or train ride from Sydney, try Karloo walking track. This medium walk leads from Heathcote train station to the scenic Uloola Falls in the north-west section of Royal National Park.
This moderately challenging track leads through heathland, passing beautiful Karloo Pool, a popular swimming and picnic spot. You might be tempted to stop for a refreshing dip before continuing. Be sure to look for the ‘whaleback’ rock outcrops, named after their resemblance to whales surfacing for air. The fascinating rock outcrops of Uloola Turrets are also worth exploring.
At Uloola Falls, enjoy a relaxing lunch beside the delightful waterfall. Nearby Uloola Falls campground is a popular spot; however if you want to make a weekend of it you’ll need to book online in advance. Return the way you came or take Uloola walking track to Waterfall Station.
Take a virtual tour of Karloo walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the region
Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
8.30am-4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
To Heathcote Train Station. Karloo walking track is in the Heathcote precinct of Royal National Park. To get there:Turn off Princes Highway at Heathcote and cross the rail bridge in to Heathcote EastFollow Wilson Parade and leave your car at Heathcote train stationWalk south-east along Wilson Parade and shortly after passing the emergency services centre, you’ll arrive at an intersection where Karloo walking track is signposted. Park entry points Heathcote Train Station See on map Parking Parking is available at Heathcote train station.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.