Engadine to Audley

2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

5.7 km
oneway

↑ 164 m
↓ -334 m

Hard track
From Engadine Railway Station, this walk ventures into the centre of the Royal National Park, through light scrub. Highlights include Tuckawa Rill Creek, where the cascading water and small rock pools contrast beautifully with the surrounding dry bushland. On from here, there are great views of the Hacking River from the Robertson's Roundabout. The walk then descends into the park lands surrounding the visitor centre at Audley. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Engadine Railway Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The Engadine Bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Isopgen Anemonifolius (broad leaf drumstick). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The scrub surrounding the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Most of this trail is bushtrack so bike riders are discouraged. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
There are occassional obstacles along the trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
A rockpool at Tuckawa Rill Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Tuckawa Rill Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The top of Robertson's Roundabout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The Hacking River from Robertson's Roundabout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Audley Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The Royal National Park Visitor Centre. | 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 (-34.0676354,151.0150374)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.) Train
Finish (-34.0752698,151.0565694)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the train station, this walk exits via the gate at the bottom of the platform 2 steps, then follows the management trail north, keeping the train tracks to the left. Soon, the walk turns right at the 'Engadine Track' signpost, following the 'Audley 6km' arrow along the narrow management trail. Soon, the walk comes to an intersection with another management trail, at another 'Audley 6km' sign. (Note: Straight ahead is a bush track, closed for rehabilitation.)
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Audley 6km' arrow along the management trail. Very soon, the walk comes to an intersection with a bush track on the left, marked with a 'track closed for regeneration' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Then head up the steps (about 15 m long)
Turn left.
After another 80 m turn right.
After another 80 m veer left.
After another 9 m continue straight.
After another 2 m veer left.
After another 345 m continue straight.
After another 95 m turn right.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Engadine Track.
After another 510 m (at the intersection of Engadine Track & Engadine Trail) continue straight, to head along Engadine Track.
After another 880 m (at the intersection of Engadine Track & Parklands Trail) continue straight, to head along Engadine Track.
After another 245 m (at the intersection of Parklands Trail & Engadine Track) continue straight, to head along Engadine Track.
After another 1.7 km pass the waterfall (35 m on your left).
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Engadine Track.
After another 15 m find the "Kangaroo Creek Pools" (15 m on your left).
Kangaroo Creek Pools
Kangaroo Creek Pools

Kangaroo Creek Pools are found on the junction of Engadine Creek and Kangaroo Creek in the Royal National park. This is where Kangaroo creek begins to widen before it joins the Hacking River. The creek is lined with rock and provides a nice place for a splash and cool down. The is some limited shade from the trees in the valley. There are no facilities.
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Kangaroo Creek Pools are found on the junction of Engadine Creek and Kangaroo Creek in the Royal National park. This is where Kangaroo creek begins to widen before it joins the Hacking River. The creek is lined with rock and provides a nice place for a splash and cool down. The is some limited shade from the trees in the valley. There are no facilities.

After another 6 m pass the waterfall (15 m on your left).
After another 25 m head down the 7 metal steps (about 160 m long)
After another 610 m pass the "Robertson Knoll" (95 m on your right).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Robertsons Roundabout & Engadine Track) continue straight, to head along Robertsons Roundabout.
After another 335 m veer left, to head along Robertsons Roundabout.
After another 135 m pass the shelter (50 m on your left).
After another 15 m find the "Currawong Flats" (15 m on your left).
Currawong Flats
Currawong Flats

Currawong Flats is a large picnic area on the banks of the Hacking River in the Royal National Park. Carrawong Flats is on the western bank for the the Hacking River, Opposite Audley and just south of the junction with Kangaroo Creek. The Picnic area can be access by car or by foot by a wooden bridge, to Audley. The picnic area has a large flat and open grassy area with some shade from trees. There is a car park, toilets, garbage facilities, fire pit BBQ's, Picnic tables. Swimming and use of boats is not permitted in this section of the river.
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Currawong Flats is a large picnic area on the banks of the Hacking River in the Royal National Park. Carrawong Flats is on the western bank for the the Hacking River, Opposite Audley and just south of the junction with Kangaroo Creek. The Picnic area can be access by car or by foot by a wooden bridge, to Audley. The picnic area has a large flat and open grassy area with some shade from trees. There is a car park, toilets, garbage facilities, fire pit BBQ's, Picnic tables. Swimming and use of boats is not permitted in this section of the river.

After another 85 m pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
Veer left, to head along Engadine Track.
After another 20 m pass the shelter (90 m on your right).
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 55 m long)
At the intersection of Lady Carrington Drive & Engadine Track turn left, to head along Lady Carrington Drive.
After another 95 m pass the car park (5 m on your left).
Then find the "Parking Accessible" (10 m on your left).
Parking Accessible
Parking Accessible

A smaller car park with 3 mobility parking bay areas (6.1m long, 3.1m wide)
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A smaller car park with 3 mobility parking bay areas (6.1m long, 3.1m wide)

Then pass a seat (45 m on your left)., has a backrest.
About 180 m past the end is "Allambie Flat".
About 200 m past the end is "Allambie Flat".
Then pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 45 m come to "Commonwealth Pavilion".
Commonwealth Pavilion
Commonwealth Pavilion

The large sheltered 'Commonwealth Pavilion' picnic area offers 19 picnic tables and 4 single gas bbqs (high 90cm, grill area 43cm wide). From the picnic area there are beautiful views over the Hacking River and the picnic area. This is a great spot to see Cockatoos. There is a cafe, information center, toilets and other facilities nearby.
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The large sheltered 'Commonwealth Pavilion' picnic area offers 19 picnic tables and 4 single gas bbqs (high 90cm, grill area 43cm wide). From the picnic area there are beautiful views over the Hacking River and the picnic area. This is a great spot to see Cockatoos. There is a cafe, information center, toilets and other facilities nearby.

About 15 m past the end is "Picnic Table".
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

19 timber slat picnic tables and bench seats. The tables are 79cm high, 92cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 45cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).
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19 timber slat picnic tables and bench seats. The tables are 79cm high, 92cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 45cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).

A gate.

sunrise-sunset
About 35 m past the end is "Seat".
Seat
Seat

2 long timber slat bench seats on stone walls just beside the path, each 40cm high, 50cm deep, no backrest.
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2 long timber slat bench seats on stone walls just beside the path, each 40cm high, 50cm deep, no backrest.

About 15 m past the end is "Audley Cafe".
Audley Cafe
Audley Cafe

'Weir Cafe' is located at the 'Audley Dancehall' building. The building is separated into two areas, one is the cafe and the other one is the 'Royal National Park Visitor Centre' with a gift shop. Hot and cold food as well as drinks availble. Lunch meals range from about $15-25.
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'Weir Cafe' is located at the 'Audley Dancehall' building. The building is separated into two areas, one is the cafe and the other one is the 'Royal National Park Visitor Centre' with a gift shop. Hot and cold food as well as drinks availble. Lunch meals range from about $15-25.

About 20 m past the end is "Weir Cafe".
"Audley".
Audley
Audley

Audley in the Royal National Park is where you will find the visitor information center, toilets, kiosk, boat shed (row boat hire), weir, water, BBQ's and plenty of picnic facilities. Take a step back in time and explore some of the preserved building like the old dance hall, enjoy wandering the grounds or grab an ice cream.
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Audley in the Royal National Park is where you will find the visitor information center, toilets, kiosk, boat shed (row boat hire), weir, water, BBQ's and plenty of picnic facilities. Take a step back in time and explore some of the preserved building like the old dance hall, enjoy wandering the grounds or grab an ice cream.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Ironbark Flat Picnic Area. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
The end.
Then find the "Toilet Accessible" (20 m on your left).
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Sometimes locked shared male/female accessible toilet, keys at the Royal National Park Visitor Centre (open 8.30am - 4.30pm, 7 days/week) or at the cafe. Entrance is 85cm wide, hand basin 80cm high, toilet seat with handle height 48cm and baby changing area (84cm high).
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Sometimes locked shared male/female accessible toilet, keys at the Royal National Park Visitor Centre (open 8.30am - 4.30pm, 7 days/week) or at the cafe. Entrance is 85cm wide, hand basin 80cm high, toilet seat with handle height 48cm and baby changing area (84cm high).

About 15 m past the end is "Royal National Park Visitor Center".
About 25 m past the end is "Audley Picnic area".
Audley Picnic area
Audley Picnic area

Audley Picnic area is a large grassy area with beautiful views across the Hacking River. There are 2 picnic tables with 2 sheltered double gas BBQs. A few benches are scattered around the area. Closer to the 'Audley Dancehall' building there's a signposted toilet block (just up the short staircase).
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Audley Picnic area is a large grassy area with beautiful views across the Hacking River. There are 2 picnic tables with 2 sheltered double gas BBQs. A few benches are scattered around the area. Closer to the 'Audley Dancehall' building there's a signposted toilet block (just up the short staircase).

About 25 m past the end is "Toilet Accessible".
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Accessible male/female, male and female toilet block beside the Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. The accessible toilet has entrance 74cm wide, toilet seat 45cm high and hand basin 80cm high, no handrails. Male and female toilets have entrances 90cm wide, hand basins 90cm high, cubical doors 80cm wide, toilet seat 42cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 20cm step.
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Accessible male/female, male and female toilet block beside the Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. The accessible toilet has entrance 74cm wide, toilet seat 45cm high and hand basin 80cm high, no handrails. Male and female toilets have entrances 90cm wide, hand basins 90cm high, cubical doors 80cm wide, toilet seat 42cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 20cm step.

About 30 m past the end is a toilet.
About 100 m past the end is a car park.
About 110 m past the end is "Picnic Table".
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seats. The table is 79cm high, 74cm deep and 2.7m wide. The seats are 47cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest).
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A timber slat picnic table and bench seats. The table is 79cm high, 74cm deep and 2.7m wide. The seats are 47cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest).

About 120 m past the end is "Seat".
Seat
Seat

A series of 4 timber benches on a stone wall of different heights and lengths (40, 50 and 58 cm high, 50cm deep, all together 9m long, no backrest).
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A series of 4 timber benches on a stone wall of different heights and lengths (40, 50 and 58 cm high, 50cm deep, all together 9m long, no backrest).

About 120 m past the end is "Parking Accessible".
Parking Accessible
Parking Accessible

There is a large parking area at the Audley Village car park with 3 marked mobilty parking bays at the eastern end (each 2.5m wide and 5.3m deep).
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There is a large parking area at the Audley Village car park with 3 marked mobilty parking bays at the eastern end (each 2.5m wide and 5.3m deep).


An optional side trip to Ironbark Flat Picnic Area.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Lady Carrington Drive & Sir Bertram Stevens Drive Start heading along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive (a road).
Royal National Park Visitor Center (about 25 m back from the start).
Audley (about 25 m back from the start).
Audley
Audley

Audley in the Royal National Park is where you will find the visitor information center, toilets, kiosk, boat shed (row boat hire), weir, water, BBQ's and plenty of picnic facilities. Take a step back in time and explore some of the preserved building like the old dance hall, enjoy wandering the grounds or grab an ice cream.
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Audley in the Royal National Park is where you will find the visitor information center, toilets, kiosk, boat shed (row boat hire), weir, water, BBQ's and plenty of picnic facilities. Take a step back in time and explore some of the preserved building like the old dance hall, enjoy wandering the grounds or grab an ice cream.

Find the Toilet Accessible at the start.
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Accessible male/female, male and female toilet block beside the Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. The accessible toilet has entrance 74cm wide, toilet seat 45cm high and hand basin 80cm high, no handrails. Male and female toilets have entrances 90cm wide, hand basins 90cm high, cubical doors 80cm wide, toilet seat 42cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 20cm step.
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Accessible male/female, male and female toilet block beside the Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. The accessible toilet has entrance 74cm wide, toilet seat 45cm high and hand basin 80cm high, no handrails. Male and female toilets have entrances 90cm wide, hand basins 90cm high, cubical doors 80cm wide, toilet seat 42cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 20cm step.

Find the toilet at the start.
After another 45 m turn left.
After another 10 m to find the car park.
After another 20 m find the "Parking Accessible" (on your right).
Parking Accessible
Parking Accessible

There is a large parking area at the Audley Village car park with 3 marked mobilty parking bays at the eastern end (each 2.5m wide and 5.3m deep).
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There is a large parking area at the Audley Village car park with 3 marked mobilty parking bays at the eastern end (each 2.5m wide and 5.3m deep).

Continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the "Ironbark Flat Picnic Area" (15 m on your left).
About 145 m past the end is a shelter.
Then find the "Seat" (5 m on your left).
Seat
Seat

A series of 4 timber benches on a stone wall of different heights and lengths (40, 50 and 58 cm high, 50cm deep, all together 9m long, no backrest).
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A series of 4 timber benches on a stone wall of different heights and lengths (40, 50 and 58 cm high, 50cm deep, all together 9m long, no backrest).

After another 25 m find the "Picnic Table" (5 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seats. The table is 79cm high, 74cm deep and 2.7m wide. The seats are 47cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest).
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A timber slat picnic table and bench seats. The table is 79cm high, 74cm deep and 2.7m wide. The seats are 47cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest).

About 145 m past the end is "Allambie Flat".
Then find the "Audley Picnic area" (20 m on your left).
Audley Picnic area
Audley Picnic area

Audley Picnic area is a large grassy area with beautiful views across the Hacking River. There are 2 picnic tables with 2 sheltered double gas BBQs. A few benches are scattered around the area. Closer to the 'Audley Dancehall' building there's a signposted toilet block (just up the short staircase).
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Audley Picnic area is a large grassy area with beautiful views across the Hacking River. There are 2 picnic tables with 2 sheltered double gas BBQs. A few benches are scattered around the area. Closer to the 'Audley Dancehall' building there's a signposted toilet block (just up the short staircase).

About 20 m past the end is "Toilet Accessible".
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Sometimes locked shared male/female accessible toilet, keys at the Royal National Park Visitor Centre (open 8.30am - 4.30pm, 7 days/week) or at the cafe. Entrance is 85cm wide, hand basin 80cm high, toilet seat with handle height 48cm and baby changing area (84cm high).
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Sometimes locked shared male/female accessible toilet, keys at the Royal National Park Visitor Centre (open 8.30am - 4.30pm, 7 days/week) or at the cafe. Entrance is 85cm wide, hand basin 80cm high, toilet seat with handle height 48cm and baby changing area (84cm high).

About 15 m past the end is "Weir Cafe".
About 20 m past the end is "Audley Cafe".
Audley Cafe
Audley Cafe

'Weir Cafe' is located at the 'Audley Dancehall' building. The building is separated into two areas, one is the cafe and the other one is the 'Royal National Park Visitor Centre' with a gift shop. Hot and cold food as well as drinks availble. Lunch meals range from about $15-25.
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'Weir Cafe' is located at the 'Audley Dancehall' building. The building is separated into two areas, one is the cafe and the other one is the 'Royal National Park Visitor Centre' with a gift shop. Hot and cold food as well as drinks availble. Lunch meals range from about $15-25.

"Seat".
Seat
Seat

2 long timber slat bench seats on stone walls just beside the path, each 40cm high, 50cm deep, no backrest.
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2 long timber slat bench seats on stone walls just beside the path, each 40cm high, 50cm deep, no backrest.

About 75 m past the end is a seat., has a backrest.
About 55 m past the end is a water tap.
About 40 m past the end is "Commonwealth Pavilion".
Commonwealth Pavilion
Commonwealth Pavilion

The large sheltered 'Commonwealth Pavilion' picnic area offers 19 picnic tables and 4 single gas bbqs (high 90cm, grill area 43cm wide). From the picnic area there are beautiful views over the Hacking River and the picnic area. This is a great spot to see Cockatoos. There is a cafe, information center, toilets and other facilities nearby.
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The large sheltered 'Commonwealth Pavilion' picnic area offers 19 picnic tables and 4 single gas bbqs (high 90cm, grill area 43cm wide). From the picnic area there are beautiful views over the Hacking River and the picnic area. This is a great spot to see Cockatoos. There is a cafe, information center, toilets and other facilities nearby.

About 20 m past the end is "Picnic Table".
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

19 timber slat picnic tables and bench seats. The tables are 79cm high, 92cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 45cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).
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19 timber slat picnic tables and bench seats. The tables are 79cm high, 92cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 45cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 270 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Engadine to Audley


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.7 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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
Shelter: There are 3 on route, on average they are 1.6 km apart with the largest gap of 5.3 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.9 km apart with the largest gap of 5.4 km.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 1.4 km apart with the largest gap of 5.6 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
5.3 km[shelter]
Toilet
5.4 km[toilet]
Shelter
5.5 km[shelter]
Shelter
5.7 km[shelter]
Toilet
5.7 km[toilet]
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