Heathcote to Waterfall Overnight Walk

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 Days

10.8 km One way

503 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Heathcote to Waterfall Overnight Walk 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
Appin 1:25 000 Map Series 90291S APPIN NSW-90291S
Campbelltown 1:25 000 Map Series 90291N CAMPBELLTOWN NSW-90291N
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 Heathcote to Waterfall Overnight Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Heathcote to Waterfall Overnight Walk

Daily actual walking time estimates

Day Walking Time Length
1 3 hrs 17 mins 9 km
2 49 mins 2.3 km

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 10.8 km
Time 2 Days

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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


4.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3.6km has short steep hills. The remaining (2.3km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

3.9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 3.8km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.8km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 3.6km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.3km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

Around 5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 11km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Heathcote to Waterfall Overnight Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Heathcote to Waterfall Overnight Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Heathcote to Waterfall Overnight Walk walk starts at the Heathcote Railway Station (gps: -34.088189, 151.00809)
Your transport options to Heathcote Railway Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Train. (get details)

The Heathcote to Waterfall Overnight Walk ends at the Waterfall Station (gps: -34.135215, 150.99461)
Your main transport option to Waterfall Station is by;
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



Short URL = http://wild.tl/htwow

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 🙂