(0km) Somersby Store → End of Kilkenny Road
(2.63km) End of Kilkenny Road → creek crossing
(4.01km) creek crossing → Ourimbah Valley Trackhead
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north-west, gently down off the side of the ridge (initially keeping the campsite track down to your right). The track leads down along the side of the ridge for about 150m before leading much more steeply down a series of rock steps for about 200m. The track mostly flatten out just before passing a tall fig growing over a large boulder (on your right). Here the track winds more gently downhill for about 150m to pass a couple cabbage palms (Livistona australis), then continues to wind fairly steeply down for another 400m where the track mostly flattens out again. Near the end of this 400m, the track leads through a short weedy section before heading down a short embankment to a T-intersection with the dirt Ourimbah Creek Rd, marked with a large ‘Ourimbah Valley Trackhead’ sign.
(6.04km) Ourimbah Valley Trackhead → Int of Platypus Creek La and Ourimbah Creek Rd
(7.89km) Int of Platypus Creek La and Ourimbah Creek Rd → Forty Acres
(9.87km) Forty Acres → Stringy Bark Point
Stringy Bark Point
End of day 1
(11.68km) Stringy Bark Point → Int of Great North Walk and Tooheys Road south
(13.51km) Int of Great North Walk and Tooheys Road south → Int of Great North Walk and Tooheys Road north
(15.82km) Int of Old GNW track and Tooheys Rd → Archers Campsite
(15.82km) Int of GNW and Tooheys Road north → Powerline tower west of Dead Horse Creek
(17.72km) Powerline tower west of Dead Horse Creek → Int of GNW and Cherry Lane
(19.27km) Int of Great North Walk and Cherry Lane → Int of Greta Road and Cherry Lane
(20.65km) Int of Greta Road and Cherry Lane → Int of Greta Road and power line service trail
(21.08km) Int of Greta Road and power line service trail → Bumble Hill Dray track
(21.75km) Bumble Hill Dray track tower → Int of Great North Walk and Bumble Hill Road
(26.39km) Int of Great North Walk and Bumble Hill Road → Yarramalong Track Head
Maps for the Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Kulnura||1:25 000 Map Series||91314S KULNURA||NSW-91314S|
|Mangrove||1:25 000 Map Series||91313N MANGROVE||NSW-91313N|
|Wyong||1:25 000 Map Series||91312N WYONG||NSW-91312N|
|Dooralong||1:25 000 Map Series||91311S DOORALONG||NSW-91311S|
|Gosford||1:100 000 Map Series||9131 GOSFORD||9131|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
10km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 10km is very steep. The remaining (6km) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
10km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 4.8km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 4.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
16km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 7km is clearly signposted. The remaining (4.3km) has minimal directional signs.
11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 11km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (4.8km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
18km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (1.9km) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.
13km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 11km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (3.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
This section of the Great North Walk explores a section of the historic Bumble Hill Dray track. You will walk along the edge of ridge mostly through an open dry eucalypt forests and occasionally through moist ferny gullies as well as alongside the base of a tall rock wall. Bumble Hill Dray track was cut during the mid 1800’s to allow teams of bullocks to haul felled cedar to Mangrove Creek, where a barge would take it to Sydney. The oxen are now long gone, but this is a great way to lead into the small Yarramalong township.
Total climbing: 277m
5.6 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
Starting with a walk through the streets of urban Somerbsy, you soon leave the farms and head into Palm Grove Nature Reserve. First you will follow the signposted track down the open dry ridge to the dense rainforest. In this valley you can explores the moist rainforest with towering Eucalypts, Strangler Fig trees, Cabbage Palms and a tangle of vines. From here walk up the rocky track to another dry ridge, where you can follow a side trip to a flat clearing and designated campsite. From near the campsite the track winds down through another moist forest and past more Cabbage Palms before coming to the signposted Ourimbah Valley Trackhead on Ourimbah Creek Road.
Total climbing: 194m
6 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk explores the rural area of Kulnura as you walk along the roads before heading along the historic Bumble Hill Dray track. This track leads you along the edge of ridge mostly through an open dry eucalypt forests and occasionally through moist ferny gullies as well as leading you alongside the base of a tall rock wall. Bumble Hill Dray track was cut during the mid 1800’s to allow teams of bullocks to haul felled cedar to Mangrove Creek, where a barge would take it to Sydney. The oxen are now long gone, but this is a great way to lead into the small Yarramlong township.
Total climbing: 336m
8.1 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This pleasant walk explores the rural valleys and a beautiful section of Jilliby State Conservation Area. Starting at Ourimbah Valley Trackhead you walk into Hidden valley along the dirt road, to then follow a trail beside Ourimbah Creek to Stringy Bark Point. This is a pleasant mossy area with many ferns and near a wide sandy section of Ourimbah Creek. A bit further on you cross Ourimbah Creek then walk up the ridge to the dirt Tooheys Road. From here you walk along the little used dirt road to Forest Road, passing through the tall eucalypt forest and through the Tuggerah Lake Field Archers club area. A side trip at the end of this walk gives you the option of staying at Forest Park.
Total climbing: 528m
11.2 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
This pleasant walk explores the rural valleys and a beautiful section of Jilliby State Conservation Area. Starting at Ourimbah Valley Trackhead you walk into Hidden valley along the dirt road, to then follow a trail beside Ourimbah Creek to Stringy Bark Point. This is a pleasant mossy area with many ferns and near a wide sandy section of Ourimbah Creek. A bit further on you cross Ourimbah Creek then walk up the ridge to the dirt Tooheys Road. After turning off the old Tooheys Rd the Great North Walk leads along a narrow track and across the mossy and delightful Dead Horse Creek. The track then meanders through a heath and scribbly gum forest to Cherry Lane. After about a 1.5km road slog this walk leads you to a GNW trackhead on Great Rd.
Total climbing: 730m
15 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows the Great North Walk from Greta road to the Cedar Brush track head, via the Bumble Hill Dray track and the Yarramalong General Store. While most of this walk is on the road, it does provide a good, mostly level bushwalk and a great stroll along a quiet country road, through a pleasant rural community. The Yarramalong general store is a great place to stop for lunch. Yarramalong is worth exploring, and the historic church is worth a look.
Total climbing: 547m
17 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Somersby General Store and winds north, through the Jilliby State Conservation Area, and finishes at the corner of Greta Road and Cherry Lane. At just under 20km, this full day walk explores the Palm Grove, Hidden Valley and Ourimba Creek tracks, winding around the Tuggerah Lake field archery range and following the outside edge of a farming property.
Total climbing: 924m
21.1 km One way
This three day walk starts at the Somersby General Store and follows the Great North Walk, heading north, into the the Jilliby State Conservation Area where the first nights campsite is at Stringy Bark Point. The walk continues north, out of the Conservation Area, to Yarramalong for the second night, and further north into the Olney State Forest, finishing at the Basin Campsite.
Total climbing: 2032m
47.4 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This walk from the Banksia picnic area, to the Strickland Falls, includes a fantastic variety of forest scenery. The falls themselves are often just a trickle, although the scenery in the area makes the walk well worthwhile. The cliff lines and boulders around the falls are interesting and there are pockets of rainforest in the shaded valleys, dominated by cabbage palm trees.
Total climbing: 87m
1.7 km Return
This excellent loop walk combines the Strickland Falls and Cabbage Tree loop walks. The walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia Picnic Area and soon descends into lush green rainforest remnants, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. The walk includes some great scenery along the base of the cliff line and around the falls, although the falls themselves are often just a trickle. A great way to see some of the beautiful scenery of the Strickland State Forest.
Total climbing: 221m
3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
A beautiful walk from the Banksia picnic area. This walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest, typical of the hilltops in the area, and descends to areas of lush forest, filled with cabbage tree palms and ferns. Some interesting boulder outcrops and the great variety of vegetation just add to the scenery on this excellent walk.
Total climbing: 115m
1.7 km Circuit
An excellent walk, spending much of its time in the shaded, rainforest-filled valleys of the Strickland State Forest. From the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia picnic area, the walk soon descends into moist forest, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. You could make this a return walk by retracing your steps, or make it a circuit walk by returning to the Banksia picnic area via the road.
Total climbing: 58m
2.2 km One way
A loop walk with plenty of excellent scenery. The walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia Picnic Area and soon descends into lush green rainforest remnants, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. The walk includes some great scenery along the base of the cliff line and around the falls, although the falls themselves are often just a trickle. A great walk to experience a slice of the beautiful scenery of the Strickland State Forest.
Total climbing: 133m
1.8 km Circuit
A grand tour of the Strickland State Forest. This great walk covers most of the established walking tracks in Strickland and enjoys much of the excellent scenery available in the area. Plenty of time is spent in the lush green, rainforest-filled valleys, and there is some really nice boulder and cliff scenery along the way. A loop through the old arboretum adds further interest to the walk.
Total climbing: 402m
8.1 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
A very nice walk through a mixture of native (regrowth) forest and one of Australia’s oldest arboretums. The arboretum has both native and exotic trees, with the plantings dating from 1887-1924. This walk takes you along some of the rainforest-clad creeks of Strickland State Forest, before crossing a small suspension bridge and looping through the arboretum with its stands of huge Hoop Pines, Bunya Pines and others.
Total climbing: 45m
2.3 km Circuit
A great walk, passing through plenty of the Strickland rainforest, and among the tall tress of the arboretum. You are likely to have the sound of Bellbirds adding to the atmosphere along parts of this walk. There are a number of picturesque creek crossings along the way, one with a small suspension bridge. The Banksia picnic area is a very short deviation off the road if you want to make use of the facilities.
Total climbing: 89m
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This short walk starts from the Somersby Falls picnic area and follows the series of waterfalls along Floods Creek. The picnic area provides barbeques, picnic tables, toilets and ample parking. This walk could make part of a great family day out in the area. The main falls drop onto a large rock platform and are best viewed after rain.
Total climbing: 39m
426 m Return
8.3 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
A great circuit walk in Popran National Park, to the beautiful Emerald Pool. This walk passes through a variety of vegetation and offers some great views along the way. Emerald Pool is a really beautiful spot and it is well worth spending some time exploring around the creek. The optional side trips along the 248 trail and to Mt Olive, add to the great views on the walk. If your car has reasonable ground clearance, you could drive to the Ironbark picnic area and start the walk from there.
Total climbing: 344m
10.8 km Circuit
4 hrs 15 mins
This walk, mostly in Popran National Park, passes through a great variety of scenery and beautiful views. The early part of the walk, along a ridgetop, is through relatively dry forest with some great views, while the steep but beautiful descent to Glenworth Valley is through moist, fern filled forest. The cafe at Glenworth Valley is open on weekends. There is also an optional sidetrip for some nice views from Mt Olive.
Total climbing: 492m
10.1 km Return
4 hrs 15 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.