Lady Carrington Drive to Palona Cave
  • Length: 5.1km

  • Duration: 2 hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Sir Bertram Stevens Dr, Royal National Park

  • End: Lady Carrington Dr Track, Royal National Park

  • Closest Town: Heathcote

  • Location: Royal National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 50.0 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -34.1488068052

  • Longitude: 151.0302677015


Lady Carrington Drive to Palona Cave is a 5.1km, grade 4 Return hike located in Royal National Park New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 2 hrs to complete.


Following the historic Lady Carrington Drive much of the way this walk heads north until turning off the wide trail. Here the heads along a narrow track to a beautiful limestone cave. In typical sandstone country Palona Cave’s different geology makes it well worth the visit. There is a beautiful cascading waterfall just near the cave to add even more variety. Just a bit north of the turnoff this walk describes a side trip to an old picnic area a nice cool and shaded spot to rest.

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