(0km) Henry Parry Dr trackhead → Back gate of 2GO car park
(0.16km) Back gate of 2GO car park → Top of staircase on Rainforest walk
Continue straight: From the end of the management trail, this walk goes up the metal staircase, arriving at an intersection, with a ‘Rainforest Track’ signpost, at the top of the stairs, pointing back to ‘Henry Parry Drive’.
Rumbalara Reserve Flora and Fauna
(0.38km) Top of staircase on Rainforest walk → Southern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk
Cappers Gully quarry
(0.78km) Southern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk → Southern Int of Rainforest walk and Bayview firetrail
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Ouraka Point’ arrow up the steps and along the bush track. The walk crosses some short metal footbridges and then climbs more steeply, through beautiful forest scenery. The walk climbs a lot of sandstone steps and some sets of metal stairs, and after some time arrives at an intersection, with a ‘Rainforest Track’ signpost pointing back to ‘Cappers Gully’.
(1.08km) Southern Int of Rainforest walk and Bayview firetrail → Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Ouraka Point’ arrow down the steps and along the bush track. After descending for a short distance, the track bends to the right and levels out. The track meanders for some time through beautiful forest scenery, crossing two short metal footbridges, before climbing a long set of sandstone steps, then a metal staircase, arriving at an intersection with a management trail, with a ‘Rainforest Track’ signpost pointing back to ‘Cappers Gully’.
(1.52km) Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk → Ouraka Point
(1.52km) Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk → Sculpture of Charles Sturt
(1.55km) Sculpture of Charles Sturt → Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Nurrunga Picnic Area’ arrow along the paved track, keeping the views of Gosford to the left. The walk climbs gently for a short distance before arriving at a track junction with signposts for the ‘Ironbark Loop’, the ‘Casuarina Track’ and the ‘Flannel Flower Track’.
(1.87km) Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks → Matthew Flinders sculpture
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Nurrunga Picnic Area’ arrow (Ironbark Loop sign), along the bush track, keeping the views of Gosford to the left. After a short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection, with an ‘Ironbark Loop’ signpost pointing back ‘To Casuarina Track’, beside a sculpture of Matthew Flinders.
Sculptures in Rumbalara
(2.06km) Matthew Flinders sculpture → Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture
(2.09km) Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture → End of Dolly Ave
Maps for the Rainforest walk to Nurrunga picnic area 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.
|Gosford||1:25 000 Map Series||91312S GOSFORD||NSW-91312S|
|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||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
820m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 640m is very steep. Whilst another 600m has short steep hills and the remaining 120m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 1.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 660m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 160m is clearly signposted.
Around 1.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 820m requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 2km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 160m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 1.2km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
A short, interesting walk in the Rumbalara Reserve, near Gosford. This short circuit walk takes in some nice scenery and a couple of the interesting bronze sculptures found in the reserve. Some short deviations from the walk take you to viewpoints with great views over Gosford and the surrounding areas. Note that the entrance gate on Dolly Ave, for the upper section of Rumbalara, is locked at 8pm each evening.
Total climbing: 29m
643 m Circuit
991 m One way
A great walk with some spectacular views and nice forest scenery in the Rumbalara Reserve, near Gosford. The tracks are well formed and signposted, and there are plenty of facilities in the reserve, including free electric BBQs. This walk is very accessible from Gosford and a great way to enjoy some of the wonderful scenery and views of the area. Note that the entrance gate on Dolly Ave, for the upper section of Rumbalara, is locked at 8pm each evening.
Total climbing: 88m
1.6 km Circuit
A very nice loop walk in the lower part of the Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford. The walk includes a section of road but spends most time in very nice forest scenery, including pockets of the beautiful rainforest in the reserve. This walk has substantially fewer steps than some of the other walks in the reserve and is a great way to see some of the beautiful scenery in Rumbalara.
Total climbing: 76m
1.7 km Circuit
A great circuit walk, covering two of the popular walking tracks and some of the great sights in the upper section of the Rumbalara Reserve. You will enjoy some really nice forest walking and fantastic views across various parts of Gosford and the surrounding areas. Note that the entrance gate on Dolly Ave, for the upper section of Rumbalara, is locked at 8pm each evening.
Total climbing: 107m
2.1 km Circuit
A beautiful walk, taking in some of the scenic highlights of the lower section of the Rumbalara Reserve. The walk covers a great variety of vegetation, from quite dry eucalypt forest through to rainforest. The tracks are well formed, with a lot of steps in the steeper sections, making the walking a little easier. This is a great walk to see some of the excellent scenery in Rumbalara. A very short, optional sidetrip takes you to a sculpture of Charles Sturt, adding some more variety to the walk. The easy access from Gosford train station also makes it a great walk for those using public transport.
Total climbing: 141m
2.1 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
An excellent walk, crossing the Rumbalara Reserve and covering plenty of the scenic highlights of the reserve. This walk goes through beautiful pockets of rainforest as well as the drier ridgetop forest, showcasing the great variety of scenery in Rumbalara. There is some steep walking along the way, though the well-formed tracks and steps along much of the walk makes the going easier. The descent to Tottenham Pl is on a less well-defined track.
Total climbing: 228m
3 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
A great walk through some beautiful pockets of rainforest in the Rumbalara Reserve. Parts of the track are quite steep, although the well-formed track with plenty of steps makes the walking easier. As well as the beautiful rainforest scenery, this walk includes some glimpses into an old quarry at Cappers Gully and an optional side trip to one of the Rumbalara bronze sculptures. Plenty of variety and a beautiful walk.
Total climbing: 192m
3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
A great circuit walk, covering most of the walking tracks and sights in the upper section of the Rumbalara Reserve. There is some really nice forest walking and plenty of spots along the way offer fantastic views across various parts of Gosford and the surrounding areas. Note that the entrance gate on Dolly Ave, for the upper section of Rumbalara, is locked at 8pm each evening.
Total climbing: 176m
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
Pretty well the grand tour of the Rumbalara Reserve, this walk takes in much of the great scenery the reserve has to offer. The walk covers both the lower and upper sections of the reserve and passes through the great variety of forest on show. The walk also passes three of the four bronze sculptures in the reserve. Yaruga picnic area would be a great spot to stop for lunch with it’s facilities and excellent views.
Total climbing: 326m
6.1 km Circuit
2 hrs 45 mins
This walk starts at the bottom of Katandra Reserve and heads up the hill, exploring the ridge on the way to Gosford Station. You will visit a wide variety of plant communities and some lovely vistas over the surrounding towns and water. Along some of the secluded sections, you may forget that you are so close to houses. You will also find a few picnic areas and lookouts along the way, providing great places to rest.
Total climbing: 381m
8.5 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
This walk is a great way to explore the ridge-top bushland between Gosford and Lisarow. Passing through Rumbalara and Katandra Reserves, there are several picnic area, lookouts and other facilities scattered along the way. At times you will forget you are anywhere near houses, and at other points you will be enjoying vistas of the Central Coast. Much of the road walk toward the end is through a rural setting, making an enjoyable walk.
Total climbing: 479m
11.3 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
At the time of writing, some or all of the southern leg of the Red Gum Track was closed. The walk described here returns along the road instead. Despite these changes, this is still a worthwhile walk with some nice scenery along the way. Wannagan Lookout has some great views over North Gosford and surrounds. Note that the entrance gate on Dolly Ave, for the upper section of Rumbalara, is locked at 8pm each evening.
Total climbing: 81m
1.4 km Circuit
A steep walk from North Gosford to the top of the Rumbalara Reserve. There is some great scenery along the way, and the views from the Wannagan Lookout, back over North Gosford and the surrounding area, are great. An optional sidetrip to the bronze sculpture of Edward John Eyre adds some historic interest to the walk.
Total climbing: 80m
900 m Return
Starting on Bembooka Rd in Erina, this walk heads up the narrow Warri Warri track to Honeman’s picnic area. You will visit the overgrown Warriwarri Lookout about halfway along this walk, but do not expect grand views! From the lookout, the walk follows wider trails along the much flatter ridge top to the popular Honeman’s Lookout.
Total climbing: 147m
1.5 km One way
This walk explores the main ridge of Brisbane Water National Park. Starting at Girrakool picnic area in the north, this track heads over Scopas Peak, with some excellent views over Mooney Mooney creek, and then over Mt Wondabyne, further south. As the track approaches the southern edge of Brisbane Waters national park there are more views, across to Lion island and Barrenjoey head. There are bus and ferry services from Patonga.
Total climbing: 1083m
24.8 km One way
This overnight walk explores the main ridge of Brisbane Water National Park. Starting at Girrakool picnic area in the north, this track heads over Scopas Peak, with some excellent views over Mooney Mooney creek, and then over Mt Wondabyne, further south. Much of this walk follows the Great North Walk, and it uses a campsite at the base of Mt Wondabyne. There are bus and ferry services from Patonga.
Total climbing: 1083m
24.8 km One way
This walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and winds down alongside Piles creek, before climbing up through the Brisbane Waters National Park to Scopas peak, and then on to the lovely Kariong brook falls. The walk finishes at the Staples Lookout. This walk mostly follows a section of the Great North Walk. Depending what time you start, either Scopas Peak or Kariong Brook can make great lunch and rest stops.
Total climbing: 697m
12.3 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
This walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and winds south, through the Brisbane Waters National Park. The walk crosses some long rock flats and climbs to the top of Scopas Peak, providing views spanning right across the park. The walk then continues down to Wondabyne station, and provides an optional side trip to the Kariong Brook falls.
Total climbing: 438m
Note: There is no car transport option from the end of this walk.
9.5 km One way
This walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and winds south, following Piles creek into the Brisbane Waters National Park. The walk crosses over Scopas Peak and continues down to Pindar caves, passing the Pindar lookout and Pindar Pool on the way. From the caves the walk backtracks some distance, before winding down to the Wondabyne train station.
Total climbing: 741m
Note: There is no car transport option from the end of this walk.
18.1 km One way
7 hrs 30 mins
This long day-walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and works its way south, alongside Piles creek and through the Brisbane Waters National Park. The walk climbs over Scopas Peak and passes the Kariong brook falls, before winding to the top of Mt Wondabyne and finishing at the Woy Woy train station, (passing the Woy Woy landfill site). If doing a car shuffle, you can park a car near the landfill and save the road section.
Total climbing: 870m
20.7 km One way
8 hrs 30 mins
Starting from the Girrakool picnic area, this walk takes you on a round trip through part of the stunning Brisbane Water National Park. The walk explores both sides of Piles Creek, rewarding you with its waterfall and lookouts. Girrakool picnic area also has barbeques and toilets.
Total climbing: 306m
4.2 km Circuit
**Closed** The link track west of Somerby Falls is closed, an alternate route is been sought. This loop walk takes you through the Brisbane Waters National Park, starting from the Girrakool picnic area and exploring Piles Creek down to the Mooney Mooney Creek Junction. The walk meanders back up to the spectacular Somersby Falls, following sections of the Great North Walk.
Total climbing: 744m
20 km Circuit
7 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores the western half of the Girrakool Loop track. From the picnic area, this walk heads down the footpath to Illoura Lookout, with views down over Piles Creek (there is an optional side trip to the top of the waterfall). The walk then has another optional trip to Bundilla Lookout, providing a distant but square view of Piles Creek falls. The walk continues around the loop, enjoying the wildflowers which are in bloom late winter and spring. Before looping back to the picnic area, there are two more lookouts with filtered views.
Total climbing: 43m
1.1 km Circuit
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
Short URL = http://wild.tl/rwtnpa
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.