The Karloo Track

3 hrs

5.6 km Return

312 m

Moderate track
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.

Maps for the The Karloo Track 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.
Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series 91294N PORT HACKING NSW-91294N
Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 PORT HACKING 9129

Cross sectional view of the The Karloo Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Karloo Track

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 5.6 km
Time 3 hrs

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
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


Around 1.6km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 1.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

1.6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 950m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (200m) follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 1.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 2.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 200m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 2.8km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the The Karloo Track walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the The Karloo Track walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The The Karloo Track walk starts and ends at the Heathcote Railway Station (gps: -34.088184, 151.0081)
Your transport options to Heathcote Railway Station are by;
Train. (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 :)