Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall)

Download & Print Map and Notes

4 hrs 30 mins

11.3 km One way

388 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall) 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
Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series 91294N PORT HACKING NSW-91294N
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 Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall) bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall)

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 11.3 km
Time 4 hrs 30 mins

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


Around 8km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 3km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

10km 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. Whilst another 590m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 200m follows a smooth and hardened path.


6km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 4.5km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.1km) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.8km requires some bushwalking experience.


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


This whole walk, 11km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall) walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall) walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall) walk starts 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)

The Uloola Track (Heathcote to Waterfall) ends at the Waterfall Station (gps: -34.13521, 150.99462)
Your transport options to Waterfall 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 🙂