Walk No. 39C


Walk 39 C At A Glance

Engadine to Bundeena via Audley, Mount Bass and Marley Beach

Route Summary:- This 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 the Mount Bass Track to Bundeena Drive with a short section along Bundeena Drive to Mount Bass , then along the Mowlee Ridge Fire Trail to the Coast Track at Marley Beach. The walk then follows the Coast Track north to Bundeena via the Wedding Cake Rocks

RQI:-   78

Highlights:- Kangaroo Creek at its tidal limit; Audley Recreation Area; Winifred Falls; Marley Beach and dune hinterland; Wedding Cake Rocks

Negatives :- 38% of walk is on road or fire trail

Length:- 24.1 km 

Grade:- Hard 

Weather:_All weather except when creek crossings flooded; 

Continuous walking time with a few 3-4 min. stops:- around 5 hrs 45 mins.

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 :- 445 m.

Total Descent :- 625 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 C Track Notes

Engadine to Bundeena via Audley, Mt Bass and Marley

4th August 2015

Km./Hrs.min.                             Kilometers in bold are shown on Maps

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; go right on the Mount Bass Trail, a good clear and wide walking track

9.65/2.43       Track on massive sandstone outcrop, still gently up; after crossing this outcrop track widens to a disused poorly maintained fire trail hence classed here as a walking track.

11.94/3.11    At locked gate at Bundeena Drive with timber signage on left ‘Mt Bass Fire Trail 2.6 km’ backtrack; prominent laterite on track about 100 m. before gate; turn right and walk along the wide cleared strip along Bundeena Drive for about 300 m. to a locked gate and fire trail on left just before a large sign warning about penalties for littering

12.26/3.17    At gate on left with NPWS post; go left and follow this fire trail (The Mowlee Ridge Trail) as it goes continuously downhill, passing the concrete ‘Saddle’ geodetic station on left after about 100 m.

13.61/3.56    Fire trail junction; go left

16.95/4.17    Track T junction with walking track joining on left and signage:-     ‘ Deer Pool’ for destination of walking track;continue straight along fire trail

17.86/4.28    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; go left along this narrow walking track that merges with a wider walking track about 20 m. along and joining at an angle from right; note stone structure on top of hill as you look back on right.

18.03/4.32    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

18.33/4.36     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

19.08/4.45       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

20.10/4.58       Pure white sandstone cliff; ‘Wedding Cake Rocks’; now fenced off with photos of undercutting and warning signs

20.95/5.08       Creek crossing on short timber bridge; after crossing, track up on poorly maintained steps.

22.02/5.22       Track junction; faint track goes straight, but turn left at ‘ Bundeena’ signpost now gently uphill

22.67/5.30       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

22.84/5.32       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

23.57/5.40       At T junction of Beachcomber and Scarborough Streets, turn left and follow Scarborough St. downhill to a T junction with Brighton Street

23.98/5.45       At Brighton Street, turn right and follow this to Bundeena Shopping centre and ferry wharf

24.13/5.47       At Bundeena shops; end of walk

Route Quality Index

On vehicular roads:- 1.6 km/ 7%

On fire/service trail:- 7.4 km/ 31%

On walking track:-15.1/ 62%

RQI:- 62+16+0= 78