Lake Toolooma Circuit
Dharawal Country

2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

6.4 km
circuit

↑ 201 m
↓ -201 m

Moderate track
This circuit around Lake Toolooma makes a lovely walk through Heathcote National Park. This walk mainly follows management trails and provides a few views of the lake. Although most of the walk is not in view of the lake, there are great views from the top of the western ridge. 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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Following the Bullawarring Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Winding down the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Lake Toolooma service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lake Toolooma dam wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views of Lake Toolooma from the service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Following the Camp Couts driveway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Camp Couts from gates. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing through Camp Couts. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the powerlines along the service trail. | 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 (-34.1349857,150.9945639)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Waterfall Railway Station, this walk takes the ramp out of the station onto Kooraban St. The walk follows Kooraban St over the Princess Highway, then turns right into Warabin St. This is followed to the end, where it comes to the intersection with the service trail signposted as the 'Bullawarring Track'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head down the steps (about 20 m long)
Turn right.
Then cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
Then pass the "Waterfall Commuter Carpark" (25 m on your left).
After another 360 m pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 15 m pass the pay phone (on your right).
At the intersection of Yanagang Street & Tharawal Lane turn left, to head along Yanagang Street (a highway|tertiary).
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Warabin Street & Yanagang Street) turn right, to head along Warabin Street (a residential road).
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Warabin Street.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Warabin Street & Warabin Street Fire Trail) veer left, to head along Warabin Street Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 40 m head through/around the gate.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Warabin Street Fire Trail & Bullawarring Track) turn left, to head along Bullawarring Track (a walking track).
After another 180 m veer left, to head along Bullawarring Track.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Lake Toolooma Fire Trail & Bullawarring Track) turn left, to head along Lake Toolooma Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Lake Toolooma dam wall. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 610 m continue straight, to head along Lake Toolooma Fire Trail.
After another 460 m head through/around the gate.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Camp Road & Lake Toolooma Fire Trail) turn sharp right, to head along Camp Road.
After another 100 m come to the "Camp Coutts Scout Camp" (100 m on your left).
Campsite managed byScouts Australia.
After another 190 m to find the "Camp Coutts carpark".
After another 75 m head through/around the "Stan Bales Gateway".
After another 90 m veer right.
After another 55 m pass the "Toilet Block & Showers" (50 m on your left). This toilet is male and female.
Then find the "Camp Coutts" (65 m on your left).
Camp Coutts
Camp Coutts

Camp Coutts is a training centre for various courses, managed by Scouts Australia. Tucked away in the Heathcote National Park, this facility can be hard to find by car, but can be easily walked to from Waterfall. There are toilets at this facility, however they are usually kept locked unless a course is underway.
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Camp Coutts is a training centre for various courses, managed by Scouts Australia. Tucked away in the Heathcote National Park, this facility can be hard to find by car, but can be easily walked to from Waterfall. There are toilets at this facility, however they are usually kept locked unless a course is underway.

Veer left.
After another 85 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 55 m veer right.
After another 140 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 1 m turn right, to head along 108 Management Trail.
After another 360 m continue straight, to head along 108 Management Trail.
After another 20 m come to the viewpoint (20 m on your right).
After another 35 m (at the intersection of 108 Management Trail & Westmacott Walking Track) continue straight, to head along 108 Management Trail.
After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.2 km continue straight, to head along 108 Management Trail.
After another 210 m (at the intersection of 108 Management Trail & Bullawarring Track) continue straight, to head along 108 Management Trail.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of Bullawarring Track & 108 Management Trail turn right, to head along Bullawarring Track (a walking track).
After another 390 m (at the intersection of Lake Toolooma Fire Trail & Bullawarring Track) turn right, to head along Lake Toolooma Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Lake Toolooma Fire Trail & Bullawarring Track) turn left, to head along Bullawarring Track (a walking track).
After another 75 m veer right, to head along Bullawarring Track.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Warabin Street Fire Trail & Bullawarring Track) turn right, to head along Warabin Street Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Warabin Street & Warabin Street Fire Trail) veer right, to head along Warabin Street (a residential road).
After another 180 m continue straight, to head along Warabin Street.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Warabin Street & Yanagang Street) turn left, to head along Yanagang Street (a highway|tertiary).
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Yanagang Street & Tharawal Lane) turn right, to head along Tharawal Lane (a service road).
After another 9 m turn left.
After another 330 m head up the steps (about 20 m long)
About 25 m past the end is "Waterfall Commuter Carpark".
After another 4 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Lake Toolooma dam wall.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 30 m come to the end.
"Lake Toolooma".
Lake Toolooma
Lake Toolooma

Lake Toolooma is a picturesque and well-hidden dam in the Heathcote National Park, just a stone's throw from Waterfall and the Camp Coutts Scout Facility. This lake is best enjoyed from the end of the dam wall, near the lily pads.
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Lake Toolooma is a picturesque and well-hidden dam in the Heathcote National Park, just a stone's throw from Waterfall and the Camp Coutts Scout Facility. This lake is best enjoyed from the end of the dam wall, near the lily pads.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 30 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Lake Toolooma Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 6.4 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 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 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
Camp site: There is one 2.3 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.1 km apart with the largest gap of 3.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
430 m[toilet]
Camp site
2.3 kmCamp Coutts Scout Camp
Toilet
2.7 kmToilet Block & Showers
Building
2.7 kmCamp Coutts
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