Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead


2 hrs 30 mins

6 km One way

194 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead 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.
Wyong 1:25 000 Map Series 91312N WYONG NSW-91312N
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131

Cross sectional view of the Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead

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 6 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6



Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk

Gradient

Around 3.4km of this walk is very steep, whilst the remaining 2.6km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

2.6km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.4km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (990m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs

2.6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 2.4km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (990m) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

2.6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 2.4km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (1km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

weather

Around 3.4km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 2.6km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure

2.6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (1.4km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead walk starts at the Somersby Store (gps: -33.358078, 151.29029)
Your transport options to Somersby Store are by;
Bus. A bus service runs along Wisemans Ferry Rd passing Somersby store. The service runs between Gosford and Spencer only a few times a day. Please check timetable for more info or Phone Busway on (02) 4368 2277. The bus only picks passengers up from Somersby to head to Gosford on the morning runs. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)



The Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead ends at the Ourimbah Valley Trackhead (gps: -33.317429, 151.30013)
Your main transport option to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead 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

Comments

 


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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 :)