5 hrs 30 mins
(0km) East Hills Railway Station → Lambeth Reserve carpark
(1.97km) Lambeth Reserve carpark → Georges river boardwalk north
(2.09km) Georges river boardwalk north → Georges river boardwalk south
(2.49km) Georges river boardwalk south → Picnic Point Boatshed
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath south along the Georges river. The footpath runs through a long grassy clearing, between Carinya road and the river, and comes to the intersection with Carinya road, at the metal Gate near the sheltered picnic bench.
Continue straight: From the picnic shelter, the walk follows the dirt and sandy track between Carinya road and the river (keeping the river on the right). The track follows the rivers edge until it passes around a very small beach and comes to the Picnic Point Boat shed. (Wheelchair access along Carinya Rd a few meters to the left)
Picnic Point Boatshed
(3.29km) Picnic Point Boatshed → End of Fitzpatrick Park drive way
Continue straight: From the end of the road, this walk passes around the metal gate, into Fitzpatrick Park (signposted) and along the driveway that follows, keeping Georges River on the right. The road passes a number of picnic tables and great gums before coming to a small car park at the end of the driveway, near a small sandy beach on the river bank.
(3.78km) End of Fitzpatrick Park drive way → Int of Lagoon bushtrack and Henry Lawson Drive
(4.1km) Int of Lagoon bushtrack and Henry Lawson Drive → Yeramba Lagoon car park
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow north (away from the sign on the left side of the track), heading along the bush track for a short while until coming down through a gap in a rock to the intersection with the lagoon bush track, marked by an arrow.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading north down the rocky hill (keeping the lagoon on your right). The track then heads around side of the lagoon, and passes through a patch of grass trees, continuing through the bush to the intersection just before the dense tree canopy.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading down under the thick leafy tree canopy. The walk crosses the creek and continues up the hill, winding to the top at an intersection with a bush track.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track down the gentle hill, passing the top of a large rock platform and continuing up the other side. At the top of the hill, the track comes to an intersection with the north-eastern bush track.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading south towards the lagoon, down the gentle rocky hill. The track is fairly flat for a short while before coming to a ‘Y’ intersection with the Lagoon and Sub Station tracks.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading down the rock outcrop (keeping the lagoon on the right). The track soon passes a burnt car and continues among some short grass trees to the water’s edge. The track follows the lagoon for a short distance until turning up and away from the water, to the intersection with another bush track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track downhill, keeping the lagoon on the right. After a short distance, the track comes to the birdwatchers’ observatory frame (looks a little like monkey bars).
Continue straight: From the frame, this walk follows the bush track, keeping the lagoon on the right. The track soon starts winding down a rocky hill then crosses a short wooden bridge. This walk then heads up a short set of rock steps and across a grassy area to the Yeramba Lagoon car park on Henry Lawson Drive.
(5.75km) Yeramba Lagoon carpark → Int of Henry Lawson Drive and Ridgetop bushtrack
(5.82km) Int of Henry Lawson Drive and Ridgetop bushtrack → Int of Ridgetop service trail and loop track
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading south-east through the bush, winding around for a short distance to the intersection of the Ridgetop service trail.
(6.09km) Int of Ridgetop service trail and loop track → Int of Ridge Track and Ridgetop service trail
(6.23km) Int of Ridge Track and Ridgetop service trail → Int of Morgans Creek and the Ridge Track
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Morgans Creek’ arrow along the bush track, crossing over some metal pipes and under two sets of power lines. The walk continues along the ridge for a while until it passing under a third set of power lines. The track then heads down the hill and across a small creek, to the intersection of an un-signposted bush track on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading up through the thick bush and along the side of the ridge, keeping Georges River on the right. The track heads through some really nice sandstone rock formations, with plenty of gum trees and ferns around. As the track winds around a rock ledge, it comes to signposted track on the right (which heads down to Burrawang Reach).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Morgans Creek 500m’ sign as it heads along the side of the ridge, with the Georges River visible through the trees to the right. The walk winds along until it turns down the ridge and heads down to the Georges River National Park driveway.
(7.81km) Int of Morgans Creek and the Ridge Track → Boomerang Reserve
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows Henry Lawson drive, keeping Georges River to the right. The road bends to the right and soon reaches Boomerang Reserve, on the left.
(8.38km) Boomerang Reserve → Int of the Henry Lawson drive and Georges River National Park service trail
(8.95km) Int of the Henry Lawson drive and Georges River National Park service trail → End of Gorges river service trail
(9.48km) End of Gorges river service trail → West end of Mickeys Point Beach
(9.71km) West end of Mickeys Point Beach → Base of Alfords Point Bridge
(10.31km) Base of Alfords Point Bridge → Int of One Tree Point service trail
(10.64km) Int of One Tree Point service trail → Int of One Tree Point bushtrack and Playford road
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track beside the powerlines up the small hill to the metal gate at the bend in Playford Rd.
(11.13km) Int of One Tree Point bushtrack and Playford road → End of Riverview road
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows Villiers road east (initially keeping the water tank on the right). Soon, the walk turns left onto Queensbury road and follows it, before turning right at the ‘T’ intersection onto Richmond avenue. The walk immediately turns left onto Riverview road, and continues to the end of the road.
(12.56km) End of Riverview road → Western end of Salt Pan creek Bridge
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath on Henry Lawson drive down the hill, (keeping the road on the left) towards the bridge. Just before the bridge, the walk comes to the top of a wooden staircase, to the right.
(12.75km) Western end of Salt Pan Creek Bridge → Salt Pan Creek picnic area
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath north (keeping the river on the right) onto a bush track and then up some wooden steps. The track continues along for a while until it drops down some more steps to the Salt Pan creek picnic area.
Salt Pan Creek picnic area
(13.3km) Salt Pan Creek picnic area → Bottom of Weenamana Place steps
(13.52km) Bottom of Weenamana Place steps → Picnic area at base of Pipe Bridge
(13.69km) Picnic area at base of Pipe Bridge → Davies Reserve
(13.97km) Davies Reserve → End of Bridge Street
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk continues along the short board walk (keeping the power lines above to the right). Soon the boardwalk joins onto a hardened footpath, which continues along through the grass clearing, running parallel to Salt Pan Creek. The track passes behind a number of houses, and then passes a couple of transmission towers as the footpath tends left to the end of Meager Avenue.
Veer right: ###This section of the track is closed for End of 2010 to sometime in 2011. Please walk along Meager Ave to Davies Rd as an alternate route### From the end of Meager Ave, the walk follows the footpath lined with wooden posts (with the white house at no.2 initially on the left) into the bush and down the gentle hill. After a short distance, the footpath joins a board walk and continues through some mangroves and out to the creek edge. The boardwalk then turns left, crossing under the railway bridge to the intersection with the Salt Pan Creek footbridge on the right.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the boardwalk around the creek’s edge (keeping the train line on the left) and through some mangroves for a short distance, until coming to a concrete footpath. This path continues past a transmission tower to the end of Bridge Street.
(14.68km) End of Bridge Street → Padstow Railway Station
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south (away from the trail line) along Davies Road, along the footpath. After a short while, the walk turns right into Ryan Rd, crossing at the traffic lights. This walk follows the footpath through the suburbs to cross, straight ahead at the roundabout, onto Howard Road. The road then passes a few shops and comes to the Padstow railway station on the right.
Maps for the East Hills to Padstow along the Georges River walkYou 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.
|Botany Bay||1:25 000 Map Series||91303S BOTANY BAY||NSW-91303S|
|Liverpool||1:25 000 Map Series||90302S LIVERPOOL||NSW-90302S|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
|Penrith||1:100 000 Map Series||9030 PENRITH||9030|
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.
|Time||5 hrs 30 mins|
|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||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
9km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (1.1km) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (1.9km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 10km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 5km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 5km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 16km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 13km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
566 m Return
This short walk follows part of the Ridge Track through the Georges River National Park. The walk follows the first section of the Ridge track before turning down to the Burrawang Flats. From here, the walk follows the driveway and Georges River past a number of picnic areas to return to the start. There are several opportunities for picnics and rest stops along the way.
Total climbing: 37m
769 m Circuit
This leisurely creek side walk follows the footpaths and boardwalks from Davies Reserve to the footbridge crossing Salt Pan Creek, just upstream from the railway bridge. The only facilities along this walk include seats and a toilet block at Davies Reserve. This is a nice way to explore the mangroves and willows along the river.
Total climbing: 18m
1 km Return
This great walk starts from Davies Reserve and follows the service trails, footpaths, boardwalks and bushtracks winding downstream along the edge of Salt Pan Creek. This walk passes a few picnic areas along the way, before crossing under the Henry Lawson Drive bridge and climbing up the wooden staircase on the other side, to the road.
Total climbing: 19m
1.2 km One way
1.3 km One way
1.8 km Circuit
This walk starts from the end of the Fitzpatrick Park driveway and follows the Georges River. The walk heads downstream along the waters edge, through the park and across the bridge, to the half way point at Henry Lawson Drive. From here the walk continues along a series of bush tracks, winding along the ridge, around to the Georges River National Park driveway.
Total climbing: 112m
2.5 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
This walk starts from Pastow train station and follows the streets to the end of Bridge street before it heads down stream along the boardwalks, service trails and bushtracks that follow the creek. As the walk winds along the creek, it passes the Davies Reserve and the small picnic area under the large pipe bridge. The walk then comes to the smaller Salt Pan creek picnic area, on the creeks edge, with a metal staircase providing access to Werona Avenue.
Total climbing: 40m
2.6 km One way
This short walk starts from the corner of Alma Road and Wainright Avenue and follows the footpath down to Salt Pan Creek walk. The walk then follows the creek upstream along the boardwalks and bushtracks, passing a few great picnic areas and parks to the end of Bridge Street. From here the walk follows the roads across the railway bridge and along to the Padstow train station, where there are a few shops.
Total climbing: 52m
2.8 km One way
This circuit walk follows the well signposted Ridge Track as it winds up through the bush between Henry Lawson Drive and the Georges River. The walk starts at Morgans Creek picnic area and heads back down to the river at Cattle Duffers Flats, then loops back to the start along the driveway. This walk is a great way to explore the diverse plants, and views of the park.
Total climbing: 123m
2.9 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This walk starts from the end of the Fitzpatrck Park driveway and follows the Georges River through the park, where it comes to Yeramba Lagoon. From here the walk explores the lagoon, following the bush tracks around in a big loop before coming back to Henry Lawson Drive and continuing along the ridge track, winding along the hill to Morgan’s Creek.
Total climbing: 147m
4 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This relaxing, return walk starts from the Padstow train station. The walk follows the streets to the end of Bridge street, then the boardwalks, footpaths and service trails along the right hand side of the creek, passing through Davies Reserve. The walk finishes at the pleasant little picnic area at the base of the large pipe bridge, down at the waters edge.
Total climbing: 62m
4.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This pleasant walk starts from the Morgans Creek park, at Henry Lawsons Drive, and follows the Georges River past the Boomerang Reserve, winding through the bush around Mickeys Point and under the Alfords Point bridge. The walk then continues up through Padstow Heights to the Henry Lawson Drive Bridge where it follows the boardwalks, bushtracks and service trails along Salt Pan Creek. The last section is along the roads to Padstow station.
Total climbing: 144m
8 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
Other Nearby walks
Following well-maintained bush tracks and service trails, this walk descends into the Royal National Park, to a spectacular set of pools and cascading falls on South Western Creek. The Royal National Park Information Centre, on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, is approximately in the middle of this walk and is a great spot to grab a bite to eat before continuing to the falls. Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a car to get from Winifred Falls out of the park.
Total climbing: 400m
11 km One way
From Engadine Railway Station, this walk ventures into the centre of the Royal National Park, through light scrub. Highlights include Tuckawa Rill Creek, where the cascading water and small rock pools contrast beautifully with the surrounding dry bushland. On from here, there are great views of the Hacking River from the Robertson’s Roundabout. The walk then descends into the park lands surrounding the visitor centre at Audley.
Total climbing: 181m
5.8 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This is a smooth and mostly flat walk with a fantastic lookout in the Royal National Park. The concrete path starts at the Area Office car park, passes a pleasant and usually quiet picnic area, then winds gently down through the bush. The path leads to the fenced Bungoona Lookout, where you can enjoy views over the Hacking River and a large part of the Royal National Park. Take your time to read the signs and enjoy the plants and rock formations along the way. There are plenty of bench seats along the way to rest.
Total climbing: 30m
918 m Return
Spanning between Heathcote and Waterfall Railway Stations, this walk experiences many of the different environments that Heathcote National Park has to offer. From ridge tops to creek walking, this is a great way to enjoy a day, with a perfect spot for a break at the Heathcote Campsite. If the water’s deep enough, also allow enough time to dip your toes in Heathcote Creek.
Total climbing: 481m
10.1 km One way
Following Heathcote Creek, this walk is a great overnight walk, often used to introduce new walkers to overnight hikes. A well-signposted and defined track leads you to a campsite with a reasonable level of facilities. There are great views of Heathcote Creek along the way, and many of Heathcote’s varied environments to enjoy. Definitely worth the time to head down to Lake Eckersley, which is perfectly placed for lunch on the first day.
Total climbing: 503m
10.8 km One way
The Goanna Track is a short but pleasant bush track with some good views down over Heathcote Creek. Mostly along management trail, this walk follows the pipeline from Heathcote out to the Goanna Track circuit. Be sure to go down to Lake Eckersley as this is arguably the prettiest part of the walk. If wanting a break, there are some good spots down at water level, with nice views and picnic tables.
Total climbing: 484m
11 km Circuit
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.
Total climbing: 327m
10 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
Covering a large section of central Royal National Park, this walk goes through the heath and scrub along a well managed and signposted track. The walk loops from Heathcote Railway Station around to Engadine Station. With public transport at both ends, toilets and water at both Uloola Falls and Reid’s Park, this track has ample infrastructure to keep a walker out for a day, without losing the sense of getting away from it all.
Total climbing: 635m
15 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
This pleasant walk takes you from Heathcote to Waterfall Station. This walk ventures into central Royal National Park along a well maintained bush track. The walk goes via a beautiful set of waterholes and rock flats at Karloo Pools. The walk continues to the peaceful campsite at Uloola Falls and then along a service trail, to Waterfall Railway Station.
Total climbing: 388m
11.3 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
A popular trail for those wanting a well-signposted bush track, and a great place to swim. The Karloo Track follows the bush track from Heathcote Railway Station east, into the Royal National Park, to a great set of waterholes on Kangaroo Creek. This walk offers more than just a set of waterholes at the end, there are also fantastic views from the ridge, of the surrounding bushland.
Total climbing: 312m
5.6 km Return
CLOSED This walk is closed at the northern end as there is no safe access to Malabar Head, updates to come in time.Following the coastline of Botany Bay’s north side, this walk traverses the cliff line with spectacular views across the South Pacific Ocean. The walk will take you through bushland, past beaches and around two golf courses. With good side trips out to Bare Island and down to Brown’s Rock, this walk explores all the environments that the north side of Botany Bay has to offer.
Total climbing: 406m
13.4 km One way
This walk starts at the historical and beautiful Audley picnic area and dance hall. Have a picnic or enjoy coffee from the cafe, before wandering along the quiet public road alongside Hacking River. After heading around the locked gate, you walk along the old Lady Carrington Drive trail for about 450 to the Gibraltar Rock and lovely views over the Hacking River. Retrace your steps to enjoy another coffee and back to the car.
Total climbing: 55m
2.2 km Return
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/ehtpatgr
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.