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Karloo walking track

Royal National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Karloo walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    3 - 5hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    10km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Karloo walking track is in the Heathcote precinct of Royal National Park. To get there:

    • 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.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Heathcote train station.

    Best times to visit

    Spring

    Plan a visit during spring to admire the stunning wildflowers on display in Royal National Park. Head along the Curra Moors Loop track or walk to Wises track to see them in bloom.

    Summer

    Summer is a great time for a walk to Karloo Pool because you'll be able to cool down with a dip at the end. Tuck into a picnic and stretch out on a towel before heading back to Heathcote. You might also like Deer Pool and Curracurrang if you're after freshwater swimming in Royal National Park.


    Facilities

    Toilets are located at Heathcote train station and Uloola Falls campground.

    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.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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.

    Prohibited

    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.

    Karloo walking track

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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

    Visitor centre

    Uloola Track, Royal National Park. Photo: Andy Richards/NSW Government