Arboretum Loop Trail

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 Hr

2.3 km Circuit

45 m

Moderate track
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.

Maps for the Arboretum Loop Trail walk

You 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
Wyong 1:25 000 Map Series 91312N WYONG NSW-91312N
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131

Cross sectional view of the Arboretum Loop Trail bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Arboretum Loop Trail

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.

Length 2.3 km
Time 1 Hr

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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


Around 1.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 580m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 1.6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 740m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 2.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 160m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 1.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 900m requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 1.4km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 900m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 2.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 260m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Arboretum Loop Trail walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Arboretum Loop Trail walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Arboretum Loop Trail walk starts and ends at the Strickland Lower car park (gps: -33.379942, 151.32508)
Your main transport option to Strickland Lower car park is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
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.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂