The Karloo Track
Dharawal Country

2 h 30 min to 3 h

5.1 km
return

↑ 205 m
↓ -205 m

Moderate track
A popular trail for those wanting a well-signposted bush track, and a great place to swim. The Karloo Track follows the bush track from Heathcote Railway Station east, into the Royal National Park, to a great set of waterholes on Kangaroo Creek. This walk offers more than just a set of waterholes at the end, there are also fantastic views from the ridge, of the surrounding bushland. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharawal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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The Karloo Bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Passing by a small set of cliffs and rock formations. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The view from the top. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
A small rock formation that the track passes. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The Karloo Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Karloo Pools. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Kangaroo Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
With major signposts at the important intersections this track is easily navigated. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-34.08794,151.0084249)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.) Train
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Heathcote Station, this walk heads south-east along Wilson Parade following the railway tracks. Shortly after passing the emergency services centre, the track comes to an intersection with a bush track signposted as the 'Karloo Track'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 3 m turn right.
There is a toilet (about 35 m back from the start).
After another 130 m turn right, to head along Wilson Parade.
After another 95 m pass the "Heathcote To Waterfall Info Board" (10 m on your left).
After another 35 m turn sharp left.
After another 810 m veer right, to head along Karloo Track.
Continue another 1.5 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.6 km to get back to the start.
About 35 m past the end is "Karloo Pool".
Karloo Pool
Karloo Pool

Karloo Pool is a popular swimming hole and informal picnic area. The pool is on junction of Kangaroo Creek and Heathcote brook, south east of Heathcote in the Royal National Park. The pool is surrounded by some very interesting rock formations, and a number of small cascades. There is some natural shade from the surrounding trees. There are no facilities.
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Karloo Pool is a popular swimming hole and informal picnic area. The pool is on junction of Kangaroo Creek and Heathcote brook, south east of Heathcote in the Royal National Park. The pool is surrounded by some very interesting rock formations, and a number of small cascades. There is some natural shade from the surrounding trees. There are no facilities.

About 45 m past the end is a sign.
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Terrain
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The Karloo Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.1 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -22 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-22 m[toilet]
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