Wallumarra to Palona Cave

Download & Print Map and Notes

4 hrs 30 mins

11.8 km Return

439 m

Hard track
Winding next to Bola Creek, the Wallumarra bush track is very pretty, as is the track to Palona. Great rest areas at Bola Picnic Area, and next to the waterfall at Palona Cave, cap off a great walk. While the Wallumarra service trail and the side trip to the Beehives are not the most interesting tracks in Royal National Park, the Wallumarra bush track and the trail to Palona Cave make up for this.

Maps for the Wallumarra to Palona Cave 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 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 PORT HACKING 9129

Cross sectional view of the Wallumarra to Palona Cave bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wallumarra to Palona Cave

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 11.8 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 (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


Around 3.4km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 2.6km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

2.6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 780m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


2.6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 2.5km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (780m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 780m requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (780m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Wallumarra to Palona Cave walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Wallumarra to Palona Cave walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Wallumarra to Palona Cave walk starts and ends at the Int. Walumarra Trk and Sir Bertram Stevens Drive (gps: -34.152183, 151.05953)
Your main transport option to Int. Walumarra Trk and Sir Bertram Stevens Drive is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(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/wtpc

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 🙂