2015 is Danica Phillips’ year of adventure. Her mission? To not waste a nano-second of her time off. She’s been micro-adventuring from the Blue Mountains to Jervis Bay, and here’s her latest trip chasing waterfalls along the Karloo Track in the Royal National Park:
A couple of friends and I decided to tackle the Karloo Track in the Royal National Park. The track starts just near Heathcote station (about 1hr South of Central Station!) passing Karloo pools and Uloola falls before popping you out at Waterfall station. There’s a very basic campsite above the falls, no showers but it does have a pit toilet and you need a permit to use the campsite.
The first land mark you come to is Karloo Pools. A lagoon like swimming hole, with pristine, crystal clear waters, full of tiny little fish. The pool is surrounded by outcroppings of smooth rock to lay on and soak up the sun. The water is usually the perfect temperature for swimming, though be mindful of the wildlife as we did see a snake swimming across the pool at one point.
The water at the top is so clear and fresh you can literally drink it. If you’re game enough (as we were) you can descend to the bottom of the falls via a little hardly used trail; off the main track; just near the campsite. It’s a bit of a scramble, but 100% worth it – at the bottom the view of the waterfall is picturesque.
The pool below it is great for paddling and full of bright blue yabbies and other wildlife. You can even climb to the second tier of the waterfall to stand under the cascading water. Be careful as it is slippery.