Wallumarra Track and the Forest Path, Royal NP Sydney

A variety of vegetation on this walk as it passes at first through heath, then woodland, and finally into subtropical rainforest.

Wallumarra Track & the Forest Path, RNP

This walk in the Royal National Park combines two tracks, the Wallumarra Track and Forest Path, and takes in a variety of vegetation including heath, woodland, and finally subtropical rainforest. There are no sweeping vistas on offer but a satisfying enough walk nevertheless; the tall palms and rainforest scenery of the Forest Path are particularly attractive. This section can be done as a shortish circuit walk from the stone gates where Lady Carrington Drive meets Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. 

Track Notes

We used track notes in A Day in the Bush. The Wallumarra Track starts at Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, passing at first through heath, then descends through woodland, crosses over Bola Creek a couple of times in rainforest, and finally meets up with Lady Carrington Drive (which is a wide track not open to vehicles). Turn right, then shortly afterwards turn left onto the Forest Path, and follow this until you curve around to the start of Lady Carrington Drive. Go back down the drive until you meet up again with the Wallumarra Track, and return back along this up the hill and back to the start. The Forest Path can have quite a few leeches in wet weather so perhaps wait a day or two after rain to do this walk. The Forest Path can be done from the start of Lady Carrington Drive as a shortish circuit walk.

The Scenery

Photos from two occasions intermixed: 5th August 2017, and 10th December 2016.

Wallumarra Track & the Forest Path, RNP
The track starts off on a fire trail in through heathland.

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Wallumarra Track & the Forest Path, RNP
After a while the Wallumarra track descends through eucalypt and smooth barked apple.
Wallumarra Track & the Forest Path, RNP
The track drops down from heath into sub-tropical rainforest.

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Wallumarra Track & the Forest Path, RNP
Entering the a section of atmospheric rainforest at the start of the Forest Walk. Can be leechy in this section during wet weather, so beware!
Wallumarra Track & the Forest Path, RNP
Lots of palms.
Wallumarra Track & the Forest Path, RNP
The locals at Audley on the drive out. We often stop for a coffee and maybe cake here if there’s time.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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