Willow Tree to Calala
Dharawal Country

3 h 30 min to 4 h

10.5 km
return

↑ 186 m
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Moderate track
On this walk you follow the historic Lady Carrington Drive from Willow tree picnic area to Calala before returning the same way. The walk passes two icons on the old road, Gibraltar Rock and Jersey Spring whilst crossing several small brooks. At Calala you will find a large clearing and natural shade from some large trees, there is also access down to a small beach on the side of the shallow Hacking River. 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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Willow Tree Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Northern end of Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing Willow Tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up the hill beside Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Short track leading to Willow Tree picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lady Carrington Drive looking to Gibraltar Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibraltar Rock and sandstone road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Hacking River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Hacking River and Gibraltar Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Old stone work on the side of the trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandstone culvert. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking along Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trees on the side of the trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cutting on Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Seat at Jersey Spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jersey Spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The two troughs at Jersey Spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Information sign at Jersey Spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Lady Carrington Drive next to Jersey Springs Clearing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jersey Springs Clearing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lady Carrington Drive above to Jersey Springs Clearing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A bend on Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
North of Kobardo Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing Kobardo (Parrot) Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A trough in Kobardo Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lady Carrington Drive near Calala. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Calala sign on Lady Carrington Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Table and Clearing at Calala . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Calala. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tree at the top of Calala. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking down to the river from Calala. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Hacking River at Calala . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking over the ferns to the Hacking River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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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 (-34.0792486,151.0553138)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Farnell Avenue then drive for 3.4 km
  • Keep right onto Lady Carrington Drive and drive for another 95 m
  • Turn slight left onto Lady Carrington Drive and drive for another 225 m
  • Keep left onto Lady Carrington Drive and drive for another 220 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lady Carrington Drive' sign around the locked gate and along the management trail (keeping the picnic area and river to the right). This walk winds along the trail gently uphill for about 400m to step onto the cobblestone section below the overhanging Gibraltar Rocks beside the picnic table.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Lady Carrington Drive.
Toilet (about 80 m back from the start).
Toilet
Toilet

Male and female toilet block. Entrance is 67cm wide, hand basins 90cm high, toilet seat 43cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 20cm step. No handrails. There's a bigger toilet at the back, entrance is 81cm wide, hand basins 76cm high, toilet seat 47cm high.
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Male and female toilet block. Entrance is 67cm wide, hand basins 90cm high, toilet seat 43cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 20cm step. No handrails. There's a bigger toilet at the back, entrance is 81cm wide, hand basins 76cm high, toilet seat 47cm high.

Find the gate at the start.
After another 10 m find the "Lady Carrington Drive" (on your left).
Lady Carrington Drive
Lady Carrington Drive

Opened in 1886 by Lady Carrington, this road was formally named 'Lady Carrington Road' (later changed to 'drive'), and started on the southern side of the then newly constructed Audley weir. The road become popular among people exploring the region. The road follows the Hacking River's east bank and then Bola Creek to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. Much history has been preserved, with several drinking troughs still filling with water and many sandstone retaining walls still standing. The brooks that the old road crosses have been named using the traditional names of birds, the following is a list with the English name in brackets. Mullion (Eagle), Wurrul (Bee Eater), Burowa (Bustard), Karonga (White Crane), Gorra Worra (Laughing Jackass), Buralga (Native Companion), Kobardo (Parrot), Birumba (Plover), Dirijiri (Wagtail), Murrindum (Quail), Dumbal (Crow), Tamur (Bronze winged Pigeon), Burunda (Swan), Karani (Duck), Palona (Hawk) Brooks.
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Opened in 1886 by Lady Carrington, this road was formally named 'Lady Carrington Road' (later changed to 'drive'), and started on the southern side of the then newly constructed Audley weir. The road become popular among people exploring the region. The road follows the Hacking River's east bank and then Bola Creek to Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. Much history has been preserved, with several drinking troughs still filling with water and many sandstone retaining walls still standing. The brooks that the old road crosses have been named using the traditional names of birds, the following is a list with the English name in brackets. Mullion (Eagle), Wurrul (Bee Eater), Burowa (Bustard), Karonga (White Crane), Gorra Worra (Laughing Jackass), Buralga (Native Companion), Kobardo (Parrot), Birumba (Plover), Dirijiri (Wagtail), Murrindum (Quail), Dumbal (Crow), Tamur (Bronze winged Pigeon), Burunda (Swan), Karani (Duck), Palona (Hawk) Brooks.

After another 85 m find the "Willow Tree" (45 m on your right).
Willow Tree
Willow Tree

Willow Tree is a picnic area in the Royal National Park. It is found on the south side of Audley, between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The picnic area has a large shelter with 4 picnic tables, an open grassy area, parking, BBQ's, tap water, garbage bins, recycling and toilets. The picnic area stretches along the river bank and provides a lovely spot to stop and enjoy the park .
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Willow Tree is a picnic area in the Royal National Park. It is found on the south side of Audley, between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The picnic area has a large shelter with 4 picnic tables, an open grassy area, parking, BBQ's, tap water, garbage bins, recycling and toilets. The picnic area stretches along the river bank and provides a lovely spot to stop and enjoy the park .

After another 105 m pass the car park (9 m on your right).
After another 225 m find the "Trip Hazard" (on your left).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

An 8cm trip hazard between dirt and cobblestones.
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An 8cm trip hazard between dirt and cobblestones.

After another 25 m find the "Picnic Table" (on your right).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seats. The table is 79cm high, 91cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 40cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).
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A timber slat picnic table and bench seats. The table is 79cm high, 91cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 40cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).

Then find the "Gibraltar Rock" (on your left).
Gibraltar Rock
Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock, Royal National Park, is a sandstone overhang found near the northern end of Lady Carrington Drive. The old road passes under the rocks and is home to a small section of sandstone cobblestone. At this point, the old road offers great views of the Hacking River and across to Wattle Forest picnic area. These and many other sandstone formations, together with the history, make this old road quite interesting to explore. There is a picnic table under the overhang.
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Gibraltar Rock, Royal National Park, is a sandstone overhang found near the northern end of Lady Carrington Drive. The old road passes under the rocks and is home to a small section of sandstone cobblestone. At this point, the old road offers great views of the Hacking River and across to Wattle Forest picnic area. These and many other sandstone formations, together with the history, make this old road quite interesting to explore. There is a picnic table under the overhang.

After another 120 m come to the "Trip Hazard".
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

There are a number of tall stone walls and culverts crossing creeks along Lady Carrington Drive that are unfenced and have unmarked edges. The potential fall is significant enough to cause serious injury or death. Stay well clear of the edges.
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There are a number of tall stone walls and culverts crossing creeks along Lady Carrington Drive that are unfenced and have unmarked edges. The potential fall is significant enough to cause serious injury or death. Stay well clear of the edges.

After another 2 km find the "Jersey Spring" (on your left).
Jersey Spring
Jersey Spring

The Jersey Spring is beside the old Lady Carrington Drive in the Royal National Park. The permanent spring feeds into two sandstone troughs, built in 1892 to provide water for horses and people traveling along the road. The troughs are still fed by the same spring (although it has moved overtime and the water is no longer suitable for drinking). The springs are named after Rt. Hon. Victor George (Earl of Jersey), the 17th governor of NSW.
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The Jersey Spring is beside the old Lady Carrington Drive in the Royal National Park. The permanent spring feeds into two sandstone troughs, built in 1892 to provide water for horses and people traveling along the road. The troughs are still fed by the same spring (although it has moved overtime and the water is no longer suitable for drinking). The springs are named after Rt. Hon. Victor George (Earl of Jersey), the 17th governor of NSW.

After another 50 m find the "Jersey Spring Clearing" (9 m on your right).
Jersey Spring Clearing
Jersey Spring Clearing

The Jersey Spring Clearing is an open grassy area between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The clearing is not formally named but is just south of the Jersey Spring. This is a great area to stop, rest and enjoy the journey along the old road
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The Jersey Spring Clearing is an open grassy area between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The clearing is not formally named but is just south of the Jersey Spring. This is a great area to stop, rest and enjoy the journey along the old road

After another 30 m find the "Picnic Table" (30 m on your right).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 77cm high, 93cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 42cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).
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A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 77cm high, 93cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 42cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).

Continue another 2.6 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 5.2 km to get back to the start.
About 50 m past the end is "Calala".
Calala
Calala

The signposted 'Calala' clearing lies between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The large clearing has a picnic table and plenty of shade from the surrounding trees. There is an informal steep track that provides access to a small sandy beach on the Hacking River, making this a lovely spot to rest on a warm day.
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The signposted 'Calala' clearing lies between the old Lady Carrington Drive and the Hacking River. The large clearing has a picnic table and plenty of shade from the surrounding trees. There is an informal steep track that provides access to a small sandy beach on the Hacking River, making this a lovely spot to rest on a warm day.

About 50 m past the end is "Picnic Table".
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 77cm high, 91cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 39cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).
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A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 77cm high, 91cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 39cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).

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Terrain
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Willow Tree to Calala


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 10.5 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 4 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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