The Forest Path

Royal National Park

Opened in 1886, the Forest Path was once part of a controversial logging site, the first time that logging was stopped in Australia by protest. Now it is a short trail looping around the hill, following the Hacking River. Through a shaded environment of ferns and eucalypts, this walk passes through a very pretty environment that was definitely worth preserving.

Bird Watching
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest

Getting there

Drive to intersection of Lady Carrington Drive and Sir Bertam Stevens Drive.  You can also access this track by the Lady Carrington Track or branch off the Couranga Track and cross the Hacking River if water levels allow.


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Well maintained track, even after the 2022 floods. Cabbage tree palms of all sizes. Evidence of water levels a few months before.

Wanderlust on 20 Aug, 2022


Kat on 11 Jul, 2021

Nice walk. Instead of only doing the forest path loop, a detour to Palona cave and nearby waterfall is a great add on to this walk if you're up for a little scrambling and overgrown path. Instead of turning at Bola picnic area continue down lady carrington until you see sign on left "limestone cave", track on right. Retrace steps to return and complete forest path. You can also follow lady carrington all the way to Audley.

Sonia on 10 Jan, 2018

Little overgrown. Some great mossy areas.

rob.bushman on 24 Aug, 2014


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