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Grays Point and Royal National Park

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Head left over the railway tracks from the carpark and explore. Mostly fast flat single track around here. When you reach the central firetrail (not the one beside the railway line) head left. When you get to the shallow downhill with some waterbars, after the 3rd one there is a singletrack entrance to the right. This is the Temptation Creek track. Take the downhill to the bottom via the Cliffs of Insanity. The best fast rocky technical track around. At the fireroad at the bottom keep going left up Heartbreak Hill to the top and turn right along the fireroad past the visitors centre (basically a big clockwise loop). Then cross the entrance road and go into the Royal National Park proper. There's too many other tracks in here to explain so follow the various singletracks and fireroads towards Engadine. Enjoy.
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Latitude
-34.05134382578379
Longitude
151.05128288269043
Trail Directions
Drive South from Sydney CBD down the Princes Highway for about 30 mins. Past Sutherland the road becomes a 90km area and at Loftus you will cross some railway tracks across the road. Immediately on your left is Loftus Oval. Park here. If go past the Royal National Park turn off you've gone to far.
Trail Length
35km return
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sydney
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Review Date
January 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cvernon ,  Racer , from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Summary:
I have recently moved back to the Shire and have finally found all the good single tracks (maybe not all).

Recommended Route:
I would recommend starting behind Engadine station. About 50m east there is a trail to the right, another 50m south and turn left and head east again. This single track is fast and windy at first and then straightens out and gets faster before a great rocky section that you can absolutely fly over (dual suspension makes it easy). Once you get to the end you can turn right and head down a badly eroded fire trail which will take you back to Heathcote, or you can go hard right on another trail that winds back towards Engadine but also ends up an Heathcote. My suggestion though is to head to the left and head north back to the train line. Once there go right and head east again beside the train line (don't cross it keep it on your left). Eventually you will come to road bridge over the train line, just here veer to the right and keep following the fire trail, you will still be heading east. At the end there is a gate here you cross the road to the single track opposite. Head SE keep to the single track and where it forks go right. From it keeps going to tram line. Cross that and keep going! You eventually come out near the heartbreak hill trail and loop the visitor's centre.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
East Heathcote, it is all connected by networks of trails but keep off the closed trails.



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Review Date
March 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Roger Ramjet , from Baghdad

Summary:
Grays Point - wide open sandstone/rocky/sandy trails. Mostly flat with a few steep climbs. Fun little obstacle course just south of sutho turnoff/freeway intersection. Some flat singletrack too. Unfortunatley havent explored all of the National Park.

Recommended Route:
Fireroads of the National Park, including nice little downhill from the Berg town dump and tracks around Grays Point

Other recommended trails in the same area:
When you live in the big city you gotta take what you can get.



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Review Date
February 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Fauxone01 , from Cronulla

Summary:
Some quality singletrack linking up with good rolling firetrails. If the MTB trial succeeds the whole state could benefit. Stick to the management trails and designated single track for now or we'll lose the best riding in Sydney for good, along with any hope for expansion.
Beware of the trail "restoration" being carried out by the NPWS at present. Its not uncommon to belt around a corner to find they've ripped down a strip of bush and left it across the trail. I am yet to figure out why they would embark on a trial and less than two months later start closing off the designated paths to carry out what looks like poor attempts at fire reduction, forcing riders onto illegal trails.

Recommended Route:
Loftus Area MTB Trial. Follow the tram line just north of Loftus Oval carpark until you see the signposts marked with a bike.



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Review Date
December 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bigdamo , from sutherland

Summary:
the npws have the royal under review this summer 2002/2003 mtb in particular,{conflict with bush walkers,track erosion etc.they have set up a dedicated mtb track which is sign posted.mtb must stick to this track if we dont npws will kick all mtber"s out of the royal national park for ever.

Recommended Route:
sutho to heathcote



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Review Date
June 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Greg , from Sydney

Summary:
Start at the School, follow fire trail to visitors centre, cross main road, turn left, take first trail off raod and go to the right of the NPWS vehicle storage area, turn left under the power lines and follow this to T junction, turn left and follow the main trail along the highway, then down the hill, keep going till you get to the railway lines. You can follow the track down the railway lines, or go on the single tack that is just next to it. The single track gets techncial with some washaways and really deep ruts. Once your past this, turn right at the fire trail, go about 20m, then look for a trail going around/under a tree on the left, follow this for fast sigle trail over the ridge to the stormwate damn, then there is achoice of trails that all lead eventually to heathcoate. Pick one, try a different one each ride, they are all good, some a fast, some get very techncial with water crossings, 2-3foot drops and large boulders. The routa back is either train to loftus and ride abck, or just ride abck to way you came, or you cam just make it up as you go, Came back via Audley, mised 1/2 a day at work :-)

Recommended Route:
Start at Grays Point Public School, easy trail over to railway lines, then single trail down to Heathcoate, return via same route. This rail is suitable for the beginner who wants a challenge, or the experienced rider who likes to go hard, there is something for everyone here.



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