Matcham to Gosford

3 hrs 45 mins

8.5 km One way

381 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Matcham to Gosford 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
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131

Cross sectional view of the Matcham to Gosford bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Matcham to Gosford

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 8.5 km
Time 3 hrs 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
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


Around 5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 3.3km has short steep hills.

Quality of track

4.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (110m) follows a smooth and hardened path.


4.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 2.7km is clearly signposted. The remaining (1km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.3km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Matcham to Gosford walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Matcham to Gosford walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Matcham to Gosford walk starts at the Katandra Rd Gate (gps: -33.415032, 151.3965)
Your transport options to Katandra Rd Gate are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Train. (get details)

The Matcham to Gosford ends at the Gosford Station (gps: -33.42348, 151.34176)
Your transport options to Gosford Station are by;
Bus. (get details)
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 :)