Despite only being an hour’s drive from Sydney’s East, the pristine 15,091 hectares of bushland that is the Royal National Park, is largely unexplored by the average Sydney-sider.
Like most of the Royal National Park tracks, the Karloo route is accessible by train, so we started our journey from Heathcote Station. Our first stopover was at the Karloo Pools, which is the perfect area for a picnic under a cave-like opening and a refreshing swim in the large expanse of clear blue water. During Summer, the water is the perfect temperature and is not too deep, making it a nice, relaxing experience. After your swim, the rocks make great tanning (with sunscreen) beds, and as you close your eyes, with the calming sounds of the wind blowing through the trees (because you’re in the middle of the bush) this is the perfect place to reinvigorate your senses.
From there, you may choose to continue hiking to Waterfall train station via the Uloola walking trail from Uloola Falls campground. It’s a bit longer than the return trip to Heathcote train station, but the campground is another popular destination and allows you to see more gorgeous sights.
Things to remember for this trip include bringing plenty of water (at least 2 big bottles) as there aren’t any fill up points on the way and same goes for food. Also bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The Royal National Park is open 7am to 8:30 pm. For more information about the Royal National Park and this particular track click here.