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Uloola Track: Royal National Park

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by Anita Pallas (subscribe)
I'm a blogger living in Wollongong, NSW Australia. I enjoy travelling and exploring my hometown.
Published February 21st 2016
Uloola Track Starting Point at Waterfall
Uloola track is an 11km hike from Waterfall to Heathcote via Karlo pools located in the Royal National park. The walk starts at the eastern end of the Waterfall train station car park.

The trail is a bit iffy until you hit the fire trail. It was extremely easy to follow. In some parts of the track you can see the Centre Point Tower in Sydney. The views are amazing if you love endless bush.

We took the route to Karlo Pools instead of Uloola Falls. We saw on the hike a snake, frogs and a few lizards. The pools were large and the water was nice and cool. Had lunch at the pools and watched the people coming and going.

The way to Heathcote was a much harder walk then getting to Karlo pools. The finish point in Heathcote ends at a little nature strip behind some houses. You have to walk to the left a fair bit before you hit the road and the train station is to the right. There are no direction signs on where to go.

Karlo Pools
Karlo Pools

There are is one toilet on the track but it is half way through and there are no other facilities until you get to either train station. From Uloola Falls to Waterfall you walk on gravel/dirt track and the rest of the track is rock and gravel/dirt. We went after some serious rain and we were walking in a couple of centimetres of water the whole time.

Uloola Track
Part of Uloola Track
Uloola Track view
View from Uloola Track
The hike takes about 4 hours and Wild Walks grades it as 4 Hard. The walk can be started at Heathcote and walk to Waterfall.

Getting to the track I would highly recommend either parking at the station you are starting at and catching the train back. I believe the train runs every 10 minutes between Waterfall and Heathcote. Or just catch the train.

If you are not a good hiker/bushwalker I would suggest downloading the track instructions and map from Wild Walks.
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Why? Bushwalking in the National Park
When: Anytime
Where: Royal National Park - Waterfall/Heathcote
Cost: Free
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