Why you should visit
Heathcote National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:
The beauty of the bush
At Heathcote National Park, iconic eucalypts offer shade alongside Sydney peppermints, tea trees and banksias. Keep your eyes peeled for possums, wallabies and, although they’re shy, lyrebirds. Deep gorges worn into the park’s age-old sandstone boast creeks and hidden pools to explore and relax by.
The great outdoors
Slow down and forget your cares with a freshwater swim. Try Kingfisher Pool, Mirang Pool or Lake Eckersley. Or check out the pretty rockpools and waterfalls where Heathcote Creek meets the Woronora River. Cycle along Pipeline Road to the Sarahs Knob picnic area, where you can also complete a great hill run.
A calm haven
The 2,250ha Heathcote National Park is less than an hour from central Sydney by car or train. The park adjoins Royal National Park, just west of the Princes Highway and South Coast train line. However, once you’re inside you’ll forget about transportation – the park is beautiful, quiet and secluded, plus, it’s a vehicle-free zone.
A long and varied history
The area was for years home to local Aboriginal people, and you can still see several Aboriginal rock engraving sites. In 1937, a bushwalking group leased a section of what is now national parkland to protect this important area of bush. This section and its surrounds became known as the Heathcote Primitive Area (1943). This was expanded again and renamed Heathcote State Park (1967). In 1974, the area became Heathcote National Park.
A seasoned walker’s park
If you love to bushwalk, then Heathcote is your kind of park. A multitude of walking tracks criss-cross the park, including the Heathcote to Waterfall track linking Heathcote and Waterfall train stations. This 10km walk starts at either end and can be enjoyed in one day or with an overnight stop at the Mirang Pool campground.
Royal National Park visitor centre
Phone: 02 9542 0648
Street address: 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Audley, Royal National Park, NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, 7 days (closed Christmas Day)
Royal National Park Area Office
Phone: 02 9542 0632
Street address: 159 Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park, NSW
Opening hours: 9:00am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)