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Uloola Falls campground

Royal National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Uloola Falls campground.

Getting there and parking

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    Uloola Falls campground is in the Uloola precinct of Royal National Park. The campground can only be accessed by foot along Uloola walking track from either Waterfall or Audley, or along Karloo walking track from Heathcote. To get there:

    From Waterfall:

    • Turn off Princes Highway at Waterfall train station
    • Uloola walking track starts at the rear of the station’s carpark
    • Follow Uloola walking track to Uloola Falls campground

    Alternatively, if starting from Audley:

    • Drive across Audley Weir and take a right turn after Audley Dance Hall Cafe
    • Head over Varneys Bridge and follow the signs
    • Uloola walking track starts at either Currawong Flat or Wattle Forest picnic area
    • Follow Uloola walking track to Uloola Falls campground

    Alternatively, if starting from Heathcote:

    • Turn off Princes Highway at Heathcote and cross the rail bridge in to Heathcote East
    • Follow Wilson Parade and leave your car at Heathcote train station
    • Walk south-east along Wilson Parade and shortly after passing the emergency services centre, you’ll arrive at an intersection where Karloo walking track is signposted.
    • Follow Karloo walking track past Karloo Pools to Uloola Falls campground

    Check the weather before you set out as the track to Uloola Falls campground can become boggy when it rains

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • No vehicle access

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    There is no vehicle access to Uloola Falls campground. Parking is available at Waterfall or Heathcote train stations and Audley. From Waterfall railway station it's a 2.5 hour easy walk on a fire trail. From Heathcote railway station it's a 2.5 hour medium-difficulty walk on narrow bush tracks.

    Best times to visit

    Royal National Park covers a wide range of landscapes, from open grassland to ocean-fronting clifftops. It's a good idea to pack clothing suitable for all weather conditions along with water, sunscreen and a map on your visit. Royal National Park shines in all seasons, though summer and winter each offer a few special attractions.

    Summer

    Visit the majestic Garie Beach to surf or just relax. The beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers in summer. Plus, the panorama from Garie North Head is just amazing, so be sure to take your camera. The beach at Bundeena's Bonnie Vale is a great swimming spot, as are Jibbon, Wattamolla and Little Marley beaches. If a freshwater swim is more your thing, try Karloo Pool, Deer Pool or Curracurrang. The summer holiday information has important tips to help you plan your day to Royal National Park during the busy holiday period.

    Winter

    Winter is a great time to tackle the popular Coast track from Bundeena to Otford. Not only will you be greeted by spectacular coastal scenery, you can also see whales from the cliffs (June to August). Complete the walk in small sections or undertake the entire 26km over two days. Plan a visit during spring to admire the stunning heathland wildflowers on display. Head along the Coast track or the Curra Moors Loop track or walk to Wises track to see them in bloom.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    16°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    42°C (1977)

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.6°C (1968)

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    254.5mm

    Facilities

    • Uloola Falls is a remote backpack camping area. Campers must carry all of their equipment to the campground and be fully self-sufficient.
    • Sites are unmarked and suitable for tents only. Camping is available for 1 night stays only.
    • Water is not available at this campground.
    • Rubbish bins are not available – please take rubbish with you when leaving.

    Toilets

    • Non-flush toilets

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Camping safety

    Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Please note there is no mobile phone reception.

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Prohibited

    Amplified music is not permitted.

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Please remember to bring a fuel stove as campfires are not permitted in Royal National Park due to the risk of bushfire

    Gathering firewood

    Generators

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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    Park info

    • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
    • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Park entry fees:

      $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

      Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

      Buy annual pass

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