1 hr 30 mins
(0km) Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park → Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead
Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre
(0.04km) Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead → Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently up the hill, leaving the bush track steps behind to the right. The trail goes gently up the hill for a short distance to an intersection at the bottom of a metal staircase, signposted ‘Casuarina Track’.
(0.17km) Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail → Car park at int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently down the hill, towards the gate. After a short distance, the walk passes a ‘Rumbalara Reserve’ signpost, to the left, then passes around the gate, arriving in the middle of the parking area near John Whiteway Dr.
Rumbalara Reserve Flora and Fauna
(0.29km) Car park at int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr → Southern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk
Cappers Gully quarry
(0.72km) 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’.
(1.02km) 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’.
(1.46km) Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk → Sculpture of Charles Sturt
Sculptures in Rumbalara
(1.49km) Sculpture of Charles Sturt → Flannel Flower walk signpost
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail up the hill leaving the paved ‘Casuarina Track’ behind on the left. After a very short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection with a bush track, signposted ‘Flannel Flower Track’.
(1.66km) Flannel Flower walk signpost → Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
Yaruga Picnic Area
(2.38km) Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs → Int of Flannel Flower track and Tottenham track
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track around the low boulder, to the right, keeping the nearby water reservoir to the right. The walk goes gently downhill for a short distance to an intersection with a management trail.
Continue straight: 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).
(2.72km) Int of Flannel Flower track and Tottenham track. → End of Tottenham Pl
Maps for the John Whiteway Dr to Tottenham Pl 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||Very steep (4/6)|
|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
1.7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 890m is very steep. Whilst another 330m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 50m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
1.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (40m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
1.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 940m is clearly signposted. The remaining (470m) has minimal directional signs.
Around 1.5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.5km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 1.8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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
991 m One way
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 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 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
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
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
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 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
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/jwdttp
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.