1 hr 30 mins
Yaruga Picnic Area
(0km) Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs → Flannel Flower walk signpost
(0.72km) Flannel Flower walk signpost → Int of Casuarina walk and Flannel Flower walk
(0.75km) Int of Casuarina walk and Flannel Flower walk → Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks
Rumbalara Reserve Flora and Fauna
(0.93km) 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.
(1.11km) Matthew Flinders sculpture → Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture
Sculptures in Rumbalara
(1.15km) Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture → Western int of Flannel Flower walk and Dolly Ave
Continue straight: From this ‘Ironbark Loop’ sign, this walk follows the ‘To Casuarina Track’ arrow along the management trail, initially keeping the picnic area to the right. The walk continues, passing a toilet block, to the right, then arrives at a sign, beside the road, pointing back to ‘Nurrunga Picnic Area’.
Continue straight: From the ‘Ironbark Loop’ sign, the walk immediately crosses the road and follows the bush track a little to a track junction with signposts for the ‘Ironbark Loop’, the ‘Casuarina Track’ and the ‘Flannel Flower Track’
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Loop to Yaruga Picnic Area’ arrow between the metal posts and across the edge of the small car park. The walk immediately crosses the road to an intersection with a track, with a ‘Flannel Flower Track’ signpost pointing back to ‘Yaruga Picnic Area’.
(1.43km) Western int of Flannel Flower walk and Dolly Ave → Wannagan Lookout
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail up the hill, keeping the nearby power lines to the right. After a short distance, the walk passes a management trail (to the right) and continues, passing some sort of underground pipe access point, on the left. After a while, the trail reaches an intersection with tracks to the left and right.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track down the steps, leaving the nearby water reservoir to the right. The track soon bends to the left at a rock outcrop, and winds down the hill for a while with plenty of steps. The walk levels out and meanders for a while, with occasional steps, to an intersection with a faint track, going down the hill to the left (just before the main track bends to the right and goes uphill a little).
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track as it goes gently up the hill, immediately bending to the right. The walk meanders through some good scenery for a short distance before reaching the fenced Wannagan Lookout, with great views to the north.
(2.38km) Wannagan Lookout → Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk
(2.67km) Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk → Sculpture of Edward John Eyre
(2.67km) Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk → Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the road gently up the hill, leaving the signposted ‘Mouat Walk’ behind on the right. After a short distance, the walk passes a small parking area and fenced lookout point, on the left, and continues along the road for some distance, passing a large water reservoir tank, to the right. A little further on the walk reaches an intersection with a bush track, to the right, marked by a low boulder (within sight of the sandstone walled Yaruga picnic area).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the road gently up the hill towards the sandstone walls of the nearby Yaruga picnic area. The walk climbs the first set of steps on the left, near the ‘Yaruga Picnic Area’ signpost, and goes across the picnic area to the nearby electric BBQs.
Maps for the Upper Rumbalara circuit 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.
|Time||1 hr 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|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
1.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.4km has short steep hills. The remaining (70m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 1.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
1.8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 720m is clearly signposted. The remaining (700m) has minimal directional signs.
Around 2km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 3.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 2.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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
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
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 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 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
An extended version of the Rumbalara Reserve Rainforest Walk. After walking through some beautiful pockets of rainforest, this walk continues to the upper section of the reserve, enjoying some great views across Gosford and the surrounding areas. The sheer variety in the vegetation from the start of this walk to the end makes it even more interesting. Parts of the track are quite steep, although the well-formed track with plenty of steps makes the walking easier. This walk also takes you past three of the four Rumbalara bronze sculptures. Plenty of variety and a beautiful walk. Note that the entrance gate on Dolly Ave, for the upper section of Rumbalara, is locked at 8pm each evening.
Total climbing: 196m
2.2 km One way
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
This walk follows a series of tracks and management trails along the top of the ridge between Katandra and Rumbalara Reserves. You will at times think you are a million miles from anywhere and other times enjoy views across the suburbs of the Central Coast and out to sea. In spring and early summer, you will discover many wildflowers. There are a few picnic tables with views, great spots for a snack and a rest on your walk.
Total climbing: 139m
4.1 km One way
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
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
991 m One way
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 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
This walk is a great way to explore the many highlights of Katandra Reserve. Starting at the lower picnic area, you circumnavigate Seymour Pond via the Waterman Walk, then discover some wonderful Strangler Fig trees in the rainforest. As the walk climbs, the forest dries out a little, which opens up more views. Taking the Guringai walk along the base of the cliff will then bring you up to St Johns picnic area and lookout. After enjoying the views from the top, take Graves walk down along the ridge and back to your starting point.
Total climbing: 350m
5.3 km Circuit
2 hrs 45 mins
Starting from the Katandra Rd Picnic Area, you will head past Seymour Pond and along Toomey Walk to the Strangler Fig platform. You will see two magnificent examples of Strangler Fig trees – one growing on a large rock and the other forming a knotted tubular structure. A lovely walk through the dense forest, along a well-formed track. If you have a little extra time, the Watermans walk is a great addition to your visit to the valley.
Total climbing: 96m
2 km Return
This short walk takes you from the Katandra Rd Picnic Area to Seymour Pond. The pond was made to support a farm that was once in the area, and now the pond support many water birds. There is a simple picnic area and plenty of shady spots at the pond, making a nice place to sit and enjoy the birds. These notes also describe two side trips to some other interesting spots near the pond.
Total climbing: 45m
890 m Return
This lovely walk start from the Katandra Rd Picnic Area and circumnavigates Seymour Pond. On this walk, you will head through a few palm-filled valleys, discover a Strangler Fig Tube (on a side trip) and are likely to see a few water birds. Take some snacks and enjoy one of the resting areas – sit quietly and you might spot a water lizard or Lyrebird. This walk is well-signposted and follows a clear track.
Total climbing: 67m
1.6 km Circuit
This is a surprisingly spectacular walk, following the base of the cliff below St Johns Lookout. From the car park, you will follow a gentle track through the bush before heading down some stairs to the cliff face. Handrails and timber walkways have been installed to make this walk more accessible. You will pass some large Angophora, Blackbutts and plenty of fern trees. A highlight of the walk comes when you follow the ledge next right next to the cliff.
Total climbing: 80m
1.2 km Circuit
On this walk, you follow the signposted Graves Walk between the two main picnic area in Katandra Reserve. Starting near St Johns Lookout, this walk follows Graves Walking track down the ridge. You will see some valley views, open drier forest, some faint Aboriginal markings and plenty of interesting rock formations. This is the most direct walking route between the two picnic areas.
Total climbing: 13m
1.5 km One way
This walk explores many highlights in Katandra Reserve. Starting from St Johns Lookout, this walk winds down the hill into the much denser forest of the valley, enjoy many interesting rock formations on the way. Once in the valley, you walk past some fantastic examples of strangler figs before heading around Seymour Pond, enjoying the water birds. After resting at one of the picnic areas, you follow Graves Walk up the ridge, enjoying the open and dryer forest before returning to the car park.
Total climbing: 308m
4.8 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
This walk is a great way to explore the diverse forests of Katandra Reserve. Starting with the views from St Johns Lookout, this walk heads through the open forest, past many mossy rocks, then heads into the valley and rainforest. On the valley floor, the walk gently meanders past some great examples of Strangler Figs on the way to Seymour Pond. From the pond, you walk through another palm-filled valley and then open forest, before arriving at the Katandra Rd Picnic Area.
Total climbing: 135m
2.9 km One way
1 hr 30 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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