Walk 39 B At A Glance
Engadine to Bundeena via Audley, Deer Pool and Marley Beach
Route Summary:- This classic walk traverses the whole Royal national Park from west to east. It follows the Engadine Track from Engadine to Audley via a crossing of Kangaroo Creek and over Robertsons Roundabout. From Audley it follows the Winifred Falls Track to Winifred Falls and on to Anice Falls and the Anice Falls Track to Mainbar Road; then along Mainbar/Bundeena Drives to Marley car park and the Marley Track that goes to Marley Beach via Deer Pool. At Marley Beach the Marley Track joins the Coast Track and the walk follows this north to Bundeena via the Wedding Cake Rocks
Highlights:- Kangaroo Creek at its tidal limit; Audley Recreation Area; Winifred Falls; Anice Falls; Deer Pool; Marley Beach and dune hinterland; Wedding Cake Rocks
Negatives :- About 1.5 km. road walking at Bundeena end.
Length:- 23.6 km
Weather:_All weather except when creek crossings flooded; care with crossing at Deer Pool
Continuous walking time with a few 3-4 min. stops:- around 6 hour
Train Time from Central to Start :-. 52 mins.; every 30 mins.
Train Time from finish to Central:-. Ferry Bundeena to Cronulla every hour on the hour then train to Central 48 mins., every 15 mins
Total Climb :- 470 m.
Total Descent :- 650 m.
Water:- Engadine; Audley; Bundeena; Cronulla
Toilets:- Engadine Station (probably locked); Audley; Bundeena; Cronulla
Café/Kiosk :- Engadine, Bundeena, Cronulla shops and Audley
Published 1:25,000 Map :- Port Hacking
Walk 39 B Track Notes
Engadine to Bundeena via Audley, Deer Pool and Marley Beach
Km./Hrs.min. Kilometers in bold are shown on map
0.00/0.00 Leave Engadine Station on the National Park side and take the walking track directly opposite the short steps down from the platform across the service road; follow this for about 60 meters to an intersection with a wider cycle track; turn right and follow the cycle track for about 80 m. to a 3-way track junction ahead; take the middle narrow walking pad with timber signage:- ‘Audley 5.8 km’ ; follow this track gently uphill; note laterite on track
0.74/0.11 Track T junction with service road; go right for about 5 m. along service road, then resume on walking pad on left, gently downhill
0.59/0.13 Track junction with cycle track; turn right and follow cycle track for about 20 m. to the continuation on left of walking track; signage:- ‘Engadine 0.7 km’ backtrack and ‘Audley 5.3 km’ straight on
0.77/0.15 Minor creek crossing.
1.08/0.19 Track T junction with service road; cross this at right angles.
1.65/0.27 Crossing of Forest Creek on massive sandstone outcrop; track then more steeply up on boulders and sandstone ledges
1.94/0.31 Track junction with service road and signage:- ‘Engadine’ backtrack ‘Audley’ straight on and ‘Heathcote’ on right along service road
2.14/0.35 Track junction with service road and small clearing; signage:- ‘Heathcote’ backtrack and ‘Audley’ straight on wider walking track
2.34/0.38 Pristine area with multiple Gymea Lillie; continue along this constructed but poorly maintained Engadine Track down to Kangaroo Creek with Engadine Creek in valley on left.
3.78/1.03 Track T junction; clearer track on left goes down to Engadine Creek but less distinct Engadine Track goes straight on over rock outcrop for about 10m. where clear track resumes.
3.83/1.05 Engadine Track emerges at wide sandstone bed of Kangaroo Creek; turn right and go upstream along Kangaroo Creek for about 20 m. to an easy Creek crossing on boulders; after crossing, go straight on over boulders for about 20 m. to a T junction with walking track and metal steps up visible about 20 m. on right; go right and take metal steps up
4.60/1.20 Track T junction with old timber signage on lest and metal map on tight:- ‘Robertsons Roundabout’ and ‘Audley 500 m.’ straight on; continue straight
4.91/1.26 Track T junction and metal signage:- ‘Robertsons Roundabout’ and ‘Uloola Falls’ track uphill on right; ‘Audley 200 m.’ straight on; go straight
5.06/1.29 Track emerges at Audley Recreation Area; veer right and cross Hacking River on timber bridge, then veer left to Audley Dancehall Café
5.32/1.31 Start of Winifred Falls Track opposite Audley Café next to Bertram Stevens Drive; signboard and map:- ‘Winifred Falls 3.6 km’; ‘Mt Bass Trail 4.5 km’; take this track up, initially on stone steps
5.46/1.35 At sandstone retaining wall for old road; turn left and walk along wall for about 15 m., then moderately steeply up on cobbles and sandstone ledges; track easy to follow.
6.04/1.49 On plateau after steady climb on rubble and sandstone outcrop
6.17/1.51 Track junction; ignorer fainter track on right; continue straight.
7.31/2.05 Shutoff valves and pressure gauge stand left of track.
7.40/2.06 Junction with sealed public vehicular road gated on both sides (Warumbul Road); signage ‘Audley’ backtrack and ‘ Winifred Falls 1 km.’ straight ahead; cross sealed road at right angles and continue on wider fire trail progressively more steeply down.
8.75/2.23 Fire trail at T junction at NPWS faintly arrowed post with walking track on right and creek down low cliff in front; fire trail continues left for about 50 m. to turning circle and Winifred Falls;turn right onto walking track (if going to Falls, come back to this point)
8.77/2.24 Track at edge of creek, then veers right; follow track upstream for about 25 m. to point where creek flows over wide rock ledge; cross creek here, then follow track downstream for about 10 m, then to the right uphill, away from creek.
9.18/2.34 Track crosses tributary creek.
9.40/2.38 Major track junction at top of gentle ridge with signage; ‘Winifred Falls’ backtrack; ‘Bundeena Drive via Mt Bass Trail,’ track on right uphill and ‘Mainbar Drive via Anice Falls’ straight on; continue straight – good track.
9.65/2.42 At Anice Falls; turn left and follow creek downstream for 10-12 m.to the edge of Falls, then turn right onto continuation of much poorer walking track.
9.91/2.49 On plateau after steady climb on inferior rubbly track.
11.12/3.04 Timber signage on left for Anice and Winifred Falls backtrack.
11.41/3.08 Track Y junction; go right along washed out walking track
11.61/3.12 Track T intersection with Mainbar Drive at a safety barrier; timber signage about 10 m from road and obscured by bushes :- ‘Anice Falls Management Trail 1.5 km’ backtrack. Turn right and walk along Minbar Drive to Bundeena Drive
12.25/3.20 At Mainbar Drive/ Bundeena Drive intersection. Turn left and follow Bundeena Drive
13.93/3.46 At small car park on left with signage:-‘Marley Car Park’ and start of Marley Track on right at arrowed post; turn right and follow this good walking track for about 20 meters to signage:-‘Marley Track’;’Big Marley 3.6 km’;’Deer Pool 1.8 km’; continue along track.
15.32/4.06 Ignore minor track on left; continue along main track variously over low cliff lines and large steps.
15.77/4.18 At creek; turn left and go about 20 m. downstream to a water slide and Deer Pool below; cross the creek on solid rock outcrop just above the water slide taking great care with slippery rocks;
Lunch stop at this pristine location
15.77/4.23 Resumed along Marley Track past arrowed post; this once constructed track is now in sad neglect.
16.36/4.34 Marley Track T junction with fire trail (Mowlee Ridge Fire Trail) at timber signage:-‘Deer Pool’ backtrack; turn left and continue along fire trail
17.30/4.45 Near end of fire trail; ignore first walking track on left but continue for about 50 m. along the fire trail as it veers right and ends at a metal pole with metal sign ‘Walkers Only; No Bicycles’; just before this sign there is a walking track on left marked by a NPWS green arrowed post and a wider walking track veers left uphill; take either track- they merge within about 30 meters; note old fireplace on top of hill on your right.
17.44/4.49 Track T junction with Coast Track and metal signage ‘Marley Head 1.1 km’ to the left and Wattamolla 4 km’ to the right; there is no information re backtrack; turn left and walk along the Coast Track for the rest of the walk to Bundeena
17.74/4.53 At Big Marley Beach; walk along the full length of the the beach to its northern end on sand, close to the Ocean; cross creek on rocks and turn left, walk about 50 m upstream to find slightly obscured washed out steps on right and track continuation
18.49/5.02 Track junction with service road turning circle; follow rubbly service road for about 50 m gently uphill to arrowed post and track continuation on right
19.51/5.15 Pure white sandstone cliff; ‘Wedding Cake Rocks’; now fenced off with photos of undercutting and warning signs
20.36/5.25 Creek crossing on short timber bridge; after crossing, track up on poorly maintained steps.
21.43/5.39 Track junction; faint track goes straight, but turn left at ‘ Bundeena’ signpost now gently uphill
22.08/5.47 Track junction with sealed service road; turn right and follow service road; about 50 m on there is another track junction with signage:- ‘ Jibbon Head Trail’ on right; continue along service trail to locked gate
22.25/5.49 At locked gate and signage:- ‘ Wattamolla 8 km’ back track; end of Coast Track; start of Bundeena Urban Area; follow Beachcomber Ave. to its T junction with Scarborough Street past several side streets
22.98/5.57 At T junction of Beachcomber and Scarborough Streets, turn left and follow Scarborough St. downhill to a T junction with Brighton Street
23.39/6.02 At Brighton Street, turn right and follow this to Bundeena Shopping centre and ferry wharf
23.54/6.04 At Bundeena shops; end of walk
Route Quality Index
On public roads:- 1.3 km/ 5%; On Fire Trail:- 2.25 km/ 11%; On track:- 20.0 km/ 84%
RQI= 84+6= 90