Waterfall to Heathcote
Dharawal Country

4 h to 5 h

11.3 km
oneway

↑ 426 m
↓ -465 m

Hard track
This walk explores the heart of Heathcote National Park, and is easily accessed with a train station at either end. Although relatively close to the start of the walk, Kingfisher Pool, next to Heathcote Creek, is a great spot to break and enjoy the park. Mirang Pool, at the northern end, also offers an opportunity to cool down before the last walk up the hill. 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 Warabin Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Bullawarring Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Winding down the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The bushtrack between the Talooma Servicetrails. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
At Int of Lake Toolooma Servicetrail and Heathcote Creek Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
heading through the dense bushland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The dunny at Kingfisher pool campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Kingfisher Pool Campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Kingfisher pools. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the track arrows and markers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking down at the creek from the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The track passing a rock wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
following the Bullawarring Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
views of Heathcote Creek from the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
looking down to the Battery Causeway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
the Battery Causeway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A small picnic table at Battery Causeway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Following the Pipeline service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
views from the pipeline track down to Heathcote Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
winding up the asphalt service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing over the pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading up the poweline service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the roads to Waterfall Station. | 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 (-34.1351755,150.994603)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom Heathcote Road, A6
  • Turn on to Princes Highway, A1 then drive for 6.6 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 200 m
  • Turn left onto Kooraban Street and drive for another 20 m
Finish (-34.0875089,151.0078925)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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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 cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
Continue straight.
Waterfall Commuter Carpark (about 25 m back from the start).
After another 680 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 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 390 m (at the intersection of 108 Management Trail & Bullawarring Track) turn left, to head along 108 Management Trail (a vehicle track).
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 870 m turn right.
After another 40 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 35 m pass the waterfall (15 m on your right).
After another 4 m veer right, to head along Bullawarring Track.
After another 880 m (at the intersection of Mooray Track & Bullawarring Track) continue straight, to head along Bullawarring Track.
After another 620 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 410 m continue straight, to head along Bullawarring Track.
After another 40 m veer right, to head along Bullawarring Track.
After another 250 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 215 m come to the "Marks Lookout" (on your left).
After another 870 m (at the intersection of Bullawarring Track & Goanna Track) turn right, to head along Bullawarring Track.
After another 690 m continue straight, to head along Bullawarring Track.
After another 700 m (at the intersection of Pipeline Trail & Bullawarring Track) turn right, to head along Pipeline Trail (a vehicle track).
Then cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
Then cross the "Battery Causeway".
After another 90 m pass a seat (7 m on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 55 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 840 m (at the intersection of Pipeline Trail & Mirang Road Trail) continue straight, to head along Pipeline Trail.
After another 45 m pass a seat (9 m on your right)., has no backrest.
Then cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 100 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 200 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline Trail.
After another 35 m find the "Mirang Pool camping ground" (9 m on your left).
Mirang Pool camping ground
Mirang Pool camping ground

This campsite is nestled in Heathcote National Park, with walk-in access from Heathcote Station. The campsite is near Mirang Pool on Heathcote Creek - there is a signpost at the top of the stairs, leading down to the pools from the management trail above. There are no facilities provided at the campsite, and you will need to carry in your own water and fuel stove.
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This campsite is nestled in Heathcote National Park, with walk-in access from Heathcote Station. The campsite is near Mirang Pool on Heathcote Creek - there is a signpost at the top of the stairs, leading down to the pools from the management trail above. There are no facilities provided at the campsite, and you will need to carry in your own water and fuel stove.

After another 380 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline Trail.
After another 95 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Pipeline Trail & Eddies Lookout Track) continue straight, to head along Pipeline Trail.
After another 150 m (at the intersection of Friendly Trail & Pipeline Trail) turn right, to head along Friendly Trail (a walking track).
After another 8 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 335 m turn left.
After another 100 m turn left.
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 140 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Freeman Road & Bella Vista Street turn right, to head along Freeman Road (a residential road).
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Friendly Trail & Freeman Road) continue straight, to head along Freeman Road.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Boundary Road & Freeman Road) turn left, to head along Boundary Road.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Oliver Street & Boundary Road) turn right, to head along Oliver Street (a road).
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Oliver Street & Spring Lane) continue straight, to head along Oliver Street.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Martin Street & Oliver Street) continue straight, to head along Oliver Street.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Oliver Street & Oliver Lane) continue straight, to head along Oliver Street.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Rosebery Street & Oliver Street) continue straight, to head along Oliver Street.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Oliver Street & Heath Lane) continue straight, to head along Oliver Street.
After another 40 m pass the restaurant (15 m on your left).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Oliver Street & Princes Highway) continue straight, to head along Oliver Street.
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Princes Highway & Oliver Street) turn left, to head along Princes Highway (a highway|trunk).
After another 50 m come to the end.
About 60 m past the end is a toilet.
About 15 m past the end is a car park.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Waterfall to Heathcote


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 11.3 km
Time 4 h to 5 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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
Campsite: There is one 8.6 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.8 km apart with the largest gap of 8.8 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.8 km apart with the largest gap of 7.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
2.5 km[toilet]
Campsite
8.6 kmMirang Pool camping ground
Toilet
11.3 km[toilet]
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