4 hrs 30 mins

9.8 km Return

368 m

Hard track
This is a pleasant walk, taking you through some of Royal National Parks more diverse ecosystems. From Waterfall Station, the walk heads through the bush and heath, before descending to the rain forest and palms on the banks of the upper Hacking River. A great walk to explore Royal National Park’s floral diversity.

Maps for the Couranga 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.
Otford 1:25 000 Map Series 91294S OTFORD NSW-91294S
Appin 1:25 000 Map Series 90291S APPIN NSW-90291S
Campbelltown 1:50 000 Map Series 90291 CAMPBELLTOWN CW-90291
Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 PORT HACKING 9129
Wollongong 1:100 000 Map Series 9029 WOLLONGONG 9029

Cross sectional view of the Couranga bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Couranga

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 9.8 km
Time 4 hrs 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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


3.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (500m) is very steep.

Quality of track

Around 4.3km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 560m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 4.3km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 560m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 4.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 1.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Couranga walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Couranga walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Couranga walk starts and ends at the Waterfall Station (gps: -34.13521, 150.99462)
Your transport options to Waterfall Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(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



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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 :)