Walk 36 B:- Heathcote to Engadine via Karloo Pool and lower Kangaroo Creek At A Glance
Route Summary:- This is an excellent classic bushwalk that combines on track and off track walking. It follows the karloo Track down to Kangaroo Creek and Karloo Pool, then follows a faint track downstream along Kangaroo Creek for about 1 km. to a junction with the track down from Bottle Forest, then for about the next 2.5 km the walk is off track or on faint track still downstream along Kangaroo Creek with about 5 K..Creek crossing for easier walking on other side to and intersection with the Engadine Track near the tidal limit of Kangaroo Creek. The walk then follows the Engadine Track up to Engadine Station
Highlights:- A classic walk along beautiful Kangaroo Creek; diverse ecology and rock formations
Negatives :- Nil
Length:- 10.3 km.
Weather:_This walk should not be attempted after heavy rain and/or when Kangaroo Creek is in flood
Continuous walking time with a few 3-4 min. stops:- 3 hrs 10 mins.
Train Time from Central to Start :-. 55 mins., every 30 mins.
Train Time from finish to Central:-. 52 mins. Every 30 mins.
Total Climb :- 200 m.
Total Descent :- 210 m.
Water:- Heathcote and Engadine Stations
Toilets:- Heathcote and Engadine Stations, but probably locked
Café/Kiosk :- Heathcote and Engadine Townships
Published 1:25,000 Map :- Port Hacking
Walk No 36 B Track Notes
Heathcote to Eangadine via Karloo Pool and lower Kangaroo Creek
Km./ Hrs. min. Kilometers in bold are shown on map
0.00/0.00 Heathcote Railway Station; leave platform on eastern (National Park) side; cross car park to Wilson Parade; turn right and follow Wilson Parade for about 100 meters to a sign board indicating Karloo Track on left; (On sign:- Uloola Falls 5 km; Karloo Pool 2.5 km, Audley 9 km) take this track that initially follows the rear fence line of the Rural Bushfire Depot and houses; there are several sub-parallel track that merge into one.
0.34/0.05 After about 200 meters another (new) sign board indicates Karloo Track ; veer right to leave main track; follow Karloo Track
0.97/0.13 Heathcote Creek Crossing
2.47/0.39 Kangaroo Creek/ Karloo Pool; at metal sign on right just before Kangaroo Creek; do not cross Kangaroo Creek but turn left and follow faint track on rocks past Karloo Pool on right; continue to follow track along left bank of Kangaroo Creek, Creek on right; this track is continuous and rarely more than 10 m away from Creek
3.56/1.10 Track junction with Bottle Forest Track; continue on current bedded outcrop along left bank; large extended pool on right; hint of walking track; track goes above low creek overhang; track at rapids with wide outcrop
3.89/1.19 Good Creek crossing on wide outcrop ; cross to right bank and continue over boulders with large pool about 50 m. ahead on left
4.01/1.24 End of large pool; continue along right bank; track then either on current bedded outcrop or on walking track about 15 m. from Creek all on right bank
4.80/1.37 Cross to left bank on wide outcrop near the apex of Yalla Ridge to a clear walking track; after some rapids, faint track is less clear as it goes along Creek flood channel; right bank looks inhospitable
4.97/1.44 Easy crossing here of K. Ck but staying on left bank; hint of track; large pool on right; squeeze around overhang.
5.16/1.50 Cross to right bank on wide outcrop; hint of walking track visible on rt. Bank; track obscure over rocks but reappears, generally 10-15 m. from Creek; stay on right
5.40/1.59 Track continues on right bank above overhang now marked with bunting
5.86/2.09 Right bank track reaches wide sandstone outcrop Creek bed at bend; cross to left bank and follow track; note cliff with rope over pool on right bank
6.19 /2.16 Track goes down to Creek for easy but slippery crossing to right bank; hint of walking track visible on right bank; marked with bunting; climb to top of low cliff and follow clear track to Engadine Track
6.41/2.24 Track junction with Engadine Track; note metal stairs leading up on right; cross Kangaroo Creek on boulders and look for sign board:- ‘Engadine Track’ on left bank; follow this track uphill, leaving Kangaroo Creek at right angles.
7.62/2.46 Top of steeper climb on Engadine Track; now more gentle climb on open spur
7.83/2.49 Signage:- ‘Audley’ and arrow beside track; no track junction here- continue along this gentle spur with laterite underfoot and open undergrowth with numerous Gymea Lillies and large trees
8.05/2.52 Track junction with firetrail and signage:- ‘Audley’ track back; ‘Heathcote’ crosses fire trail at right angles; no directions for Engadine; take the Heathcote track, walk past the ‘no bicycles’ sign
8.31/2.56 Track junction with fire trail and signage:- ‘Engadine’ track crosses firetrail at right angles to ‘No bicycles’ sign
8.51/2.59 Track crosses prominent creek on sandstone outcrop
9.18/3.07 Track junction with fire trail; cross at right angles and follow walking track with ‘No Bicycles’ sign
9.43/3.11 Track crosses minor creek
9.66/3.14 Track junction with bicycle track and signage:- ‘Audley 5.3 km’ on track back; ‘Engadine 0.7 km’ straight ahead but turn right and follow bike track for about 25m to a walking track on the left with signage:- ‘Walkers Only’
9.79/3.16 Track junction with fire trail and signage:- ‘Engadine’ on timber post; cross firetrail at right angles
10.12/3.21 Multiple track junction with signage:- ‘Audley 5.8 km’ back; track on left is ‘closed’ ; track on right ‘bicycles’; go straight past sign:- ‘Engadine 0.2 km’ past stormwater dam beside railway line on left
10.22/3.22 Track junction with signage :- ‘Audley’ back; turn left here with Engadine Station straight in front
10.34/3.24 Engadine Railway Station; end of walk
Notes:- Approximately 4 km of this walk is along Kangaroo Creek with about 80% of this on faint but recognizable track on alternating sides of the Creek. The walk is therefore easier when Kangaroo Creek is low, as it must be crossed several times.
Route Quality Index
On public vehicular road:- 0.2 km/ 2%
On locked service/fire trail 0.2km/ 2%
On walking track or off track 9.8 km/ 96%
RQI= 96+1+0= 97