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Cawleys Road trail

Garawarra State Conservation Area

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cawleys Road trail.

Track grading

Features of this track


2.4km one-way


45min - 1hr 15min

Quality of markings

No directional signage

Experience required

No experience required


Gentle hills


No steps

Quality of path

Formed track

Getting there and parking

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    Cawleys Road trail is in the western precinct of Garawarra State Conservation Area. To get there:

    • From the F6, take the Helensburgh exit and continue along Parkes Street until you reach the roundabout in the middle of the shopping centre. Continue east along Parkes Street down to Helensburgh Station.
    • Drive past the station and to the end of Wilson’s Creek Road to a bridge over the railway line
    • Park your car on the roadside, then walk over the bridge into the reserve and the trail on the western side of this bridge is Cawleys Road.


    Parking is available on Wilsons Creek Road or along the Old Princes Highway between Waterfall and Garawarra Hospital.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Garawarra State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.


    Blooming wildflowers bring large numbers of birds, making it a perfect time for birdwatching.


    Beautiful weather for bushwalking and cycling, particularly early in the day.


    Clear days, cool weather and low rainfall are perfect for bushwalking.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    17°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    7°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    If you're bushwalking in this park, it's a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    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.


    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    No fires are allowed in this reserve


    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Map of Cawleys Road trail, Garawarra State Conservation Area. Image: OEH

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