|Start||At the intersection of Sir Bertram Stevens Drive & Lady Carrington Drive (-34.1488024,151.0301973)|
|Directions||From Princes Highway, A1|
|Mode (end)||Car Shuttle Car (Parking fees apply in the area.)|
|Turn map||Directions & comments|
At the intersection of Sir Bertram Stevens Drive & Lady Carrington Drive Start heading along Lady Carrington Drive (a vehicle track).
After 35 m find the "Pinch Point" (20 m on your left).
Pinchpoints between rocks. The widest space is between the 5th and 6th rock from the fence (at the west side of car park) is 56cm wide.
After another 610 m (at the intersection of Lady Carrington Drive & Walumarra Track) continue straight, to head along Lady Carrington Drive.
After another 165 m find the "Bola Picnic Area" (20 m on your left).
Bola Picnic Area, in the Royal National Park, is at the intersection of Lady Carrington Drive and Forest Island Track, beside Bola Creek. You will find a small clearing with a picnic table in a gorgeous rainforest setting, surrounded by tall trees and ferns scattered through the area. There is no car access to the picnic area, making this a lovely quiet area.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Palona Cave and Waterfall. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Lady Carrington Drive & Palona Cave (Limestone Caves) Track) continue straight, to head along Lady Carrington Drive.
After another 150 m find the "Palona Brook Picnic Area" (5 m on your right).
Palona Brook Picnic Area is found on the north side of Palona Brook along side the old Lady Carrington Drive. The picnic area is home to a couple of wooden picnic tables and is next to the steep gully and culvert that Palona Brook flows through. A pleasant spot to rest when visiting the nearby sandstone cove or exploring the old road.
Then find the "Picnic Table" (30 m on your right).
A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 76cm high, 91cm deep and 2.12m wide. The seats are 44cm high, 30cm deep and 2.12m wide (no backrest).
After another 5.2 km find the "Jersey Spring Clearing" (9 m on your left).
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 145 m find the "Jersey Spring" (on your right).
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 1.9 km come to the "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.
After another 140 m find the "Gibraltar Rock" (on your right).
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.
About 45 m past the end is "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 .
About 20 m past the end is "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.
|Turn map||Directions & comments|
About 45 m past the end is "Palona Cave".
Palona Cave is off Lady Carrington Drive, north of Bola Picnic Area, in the Royal National Park. Palona Cave is a large limestone overhang with a few cave decorations such as columns and stalactites. Being open to the environment, the cave has some green moss and is not reminiscent of other pristine white limestone caves. The cave is a unique feature for the area and is well worth allowing time to explore.
About 70 m past the end is "Palona Brook Falls".
The waterfalls on Palona Brook are just beyond Palona Cave. The brook is ephemeral (not permanently running), but when it is running, the waterfalls are a cool place to explore on warm days. The waterfall is made of up two main cascades, with a short landing in between. The water falls into a reasonably small rocky pool.
|Time||3 h 15 min to 3 h 45 min|
|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||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Item||From Start||Name & link to notes|