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Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
15329.3 km SE of Kooragang
Length: 1.2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Hunter Wetlands National Park
Climb: 4 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 4 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible

Wander among the mangroves to step back in time to explore the old Schoolmaster's House that was part of a once vibrant community in the area. Following devastating floods in 1955, the people moved from the area with the area still being leased as farmland. Now, these wetlands are protected as part of the national park ensuring the survival of the endangered ecological community of saltmarsh and all the fish, birds and other animals that rely on them for survival. Bring a picnic lunch and settle under a tree or bring binoculars and a bird guide. Take your time to enjoy all this area has on offer. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House

Map of Walk

Location

Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House bushwalking track notes
Map of Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House
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Mangrove Boardwalk car park
Boardwalk seating area
Mangrove Boardwalk int.
Mangrove Boardwalk int.
Starting point for this hiking track: Mangrove Boardwalk car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Beresfield 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92323N 
 Newcastle 1:100 000 Map Series 9232 

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Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1.2km
Time 30 mins
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Grade 1/6

Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 590m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 590m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 590m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 590m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 590m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 590m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Mangrove Boardwalk car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Mangrove Boardwalk car park to Boardwalk seating area
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 351 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
From the Mangrove Boardwalk car park[fac=8313][1] on Millams Rd Kooragang, (with the large 'Welcome to Kooragang Wetlands' sign[2]) this walk follows the 'Mangrove Boardwalk' arrow[3] along the timber boardwalk directly away from the road. This walk gently meanders along the boardwalk for about 80m to cross a bridge with (90cm high) hand railings[4], to come to a seat[fac=8314] about 50m later. This walk then continues for the next 160m, passing a few information signs[5][6][7] to find another seat[fac=8315]. The walk continues along the boardwalk through the open wetlands for another 60m to come to a third seat[fac=8316] (on the left).

Mangroves Alt = 2 m
Mangroves are a type of resistant, salt tolerant and pretty cool tree. They are are a type of halophyte, a plant that grows in salty water. They are perfectly adapted for life in harsh coastal conditions and salt marshes like this one. The plants contain systems to manage the salt levels and root system to anchor in different areas from deep mud to rocky coastlines. The roots also have aerial shoots to help deal with the particular low oxygen levels of mud. The mangroves are great and environmentaly critical to the survival of many animals like crabs and birds. [8]

(0.35 km) Boardwalk seating area to Mangrove Boardwalk int.
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 186 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the seat, this walk follows the timber boardwalk south initially keeping the seat to the left and past the 'Mangroves' information sign[9]. This walk continues for about 180m, passing a few more information signs[10][11] to come to a 3-way intersection[12][13].

(0.54 km) Mangrove Boardwalk int. to Cobbans Track int.
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 156 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Cobbans Creek' arrow sign[14] along the timber boardwalk keeping the open area to the left. After about 40m the boardwalk ends and this walk heads along an asphalt path[15], for about 10m to a seat[fac=8317] and the 'Sue's Garden' sign[16] (both on the left). From here this walk continues along the asphalt path for about 110m, passing two more seats[fac=8318][fac=8319] and a picnic table[fac=8320] (on the left) to cross a short timber bridge and come to the Cobbans Track T-intersection[17], marked by the 'Cobbans Creek' sign[18].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

(0.54 km) Mangrove Boardwalk int. to Schoolmasters House
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 56 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'schoolmasters house' sign[19] gently uphill along the concrete path[20]. After about 20m the path leads past a picnic table[fac=8321] (on the left) and continues for about 30m to come to the front of the 'School Masters House'[21] (on the right). Access to the old school house is either via smaller steps[22] or around the far side by heading through the car park where there are a few picnic tables[fac=8322].

Schoolmasters House Alt = 2 m
The schoolmaster’s house building is now used as the Kooragang Wetlands Information Centre. The building is open to the public (phone 02-4964 9308), with some interesting displays. In 1955 there were over 50 families and this school in the area, when the island was devastated by a massive flood. Following the flood, the area then was taken under state control and was leased for grazing[23]. The school opened in 1873 and closed in 1968[24].[25]
There are two main entrances. The back entrance has 3 14cm steps to get inside[26]. More info

Drive from Mangrove Boardwalk car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Wallsend Army Disposal Store Cnr Tyrrell & Council Sts, Wallsend (02) 4951 5725 6.8 km
Kathmandu 6 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4952 1233 10.3 km
Aussie Disposal Newcastle 4/ 14 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4965 5500 10.4 km
Boots Great Outdoors 27 Lambton Rd , Broadmeadow (02) 4969 4655 9.6 km
Castle Canvas Pty Ltd 754 Hunter St , Newcastle West (02) 4961 6222 10.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mangrove Boardwalk to Schoolmasters House
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1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 13 km (to the S)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
13 km (to the S)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 19 km (to the WSW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 20 km (to the WSW)
4 BOR04 Redgums Property 331 Lowes Lane BOORAL 45 km (to the NE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Hunter fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu21°|25°Possible shower.
Fri20°|30°Becoming windy. Partly cloudy.
Sat19°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Hunter Wetlands National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Hunter Wetlands National Park is in Kooragang north of Newcastle. The island national park is based around a the Kooragang Wetlands is home to interesting historic and natural features. Enjoy boardwalks, river views, bike riding and picnicking.
Region: Hunter & Mid North Coast
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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