3 hrs 30 mins
Strickland State Forest
(0km) Banksia car park → Banksia picnic area
Banksia Picnic Area
(0.05km) Banksia picnic area → Int of Cabbage Tree and Stoney Creek trails
(1.17km) Int of Cabbage Tree and Stoney Creek trails → Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails
(2.09km) Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails → Arboretum junction
(2.54km) Arboretum junction → North int of Arboretum Loop and Bellbird trail
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the old management trail away from the suspension bridge. The walk soon arrives at the intersection signposted ‘Arboretum Loop Trail’.
Strickland State Forest Arboretum
(2.77km) North int of Arboretum Loop and Bellbird trail → Bunya pine grove
(3.2km) Bunya pine grove → Bellbird Narara crossing
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Bellbird Trail’ arrow along the bush track, going up the hill. There are some track markers on short brown posts in this area, although they are often obscured in the undergrowth. The narrow, and sometimes faint, bush track goes through vine filled forest for a short distance to a ‘T’ intersection marked with a number of arrows.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track, in the opposite direction to the arrow on the tree, following the short brown arrow post. The walk follows the narrow bush track for some time through beautiful forest, filled with cabbage palms, ferns and vines. Narara Creek is often visible just to the right. After a while, the walk arrives at some concreted steps just before crossing Narara Creek.
Bellbird Trail Narara crossing
(4.19km) Bellbird Narara crossing → Int of Cabbage Tree and Strickland Falls trails
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Return To Carpark’ arrow along the old management trail, going up the hill. The trail meanders through shaded forest, filled with cabbage palms, for some time before crossing Stoney Creek to an intersection signposted ‘Stoney Creek Walk Trail’.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Stoney Creek Walk Trail’ arrow along the bush track, keeping the creek to the left. The walk passes a ‘Rainforests and Preservation’ information sign, then gently climbs through forest filled with ferns and cabbage palms for some time before reaching the intersection, signposted ‘Stoney Creek Trail’.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Cabbage Tree Trail’ arrow along the bush track, going up the hill. This section of the walk passes through forest filled with cabbage palms and ferns. The walk also passes some interesting boulders, before reaching an intersection, signposted ‘Strickland Falls Trail’.
(6.53km) Int of Cabbage Tree and Strickland Falls trails → Strickland Falls
(7.23km) Strickland Falls → Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd
(7.97km) Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd → Banksia car park
Maps for the Strickland Tour 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|
|Wyong||1:25 000 Map Series||91312N WYONG||NSW-91312N|
|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||3 hrs 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||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
7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 460m is flat with no steps. The remaining (340m) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
Around 6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 2.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
This whole walk, 8km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 4.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.8km requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 2.3km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 270m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
Other Nearby walks
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 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
This section of the Great North Walk starts form the Somersby General Store and follows the Great North Walk north into the Jilliby State Conservation Area to Stringy Bark Point campsite. On day two, the walk continues north through the forest and around the back of some farmland to Cherry Lane, and along the Bumble Hill Dray track, to Yarramalong village.
Total climbing: 1201m
26.7 km One way
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
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
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
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
A very nice walk to a viewpoint on top of Mt Olive, in Popran National Park. The walk passes through nice forest, and offers good views over Popran National Park from the top of Mt Olive. If you have a car with good ground clearance, you could drive to the picnic area, making the walk shorter.
Total climbing: 151m
4.4 km Return
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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