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Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Forest Road
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.7 km NNE of Somersby
Length: 11.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 11.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Jilliby State Conservation Area
Climb: 528 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 528 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: One way
Track: Hard

This pleasant walk explores the rural valleys and a beautiful section of Jilliby State Conservation Area. Starting at Ourimbah Valley Trackhead you walk into Hidden valley along the dirt road, to then follow a trail beside Ourimbah Creek to Stringy Bark Point. This is a pleasant mossy area with many ferns and near a wide sandy section of Ourimbah Creek. A bit further on you cross Ourimbah Creek then walk up the ridge to the dirt Tooheys Road. From here you walk along the little used dirt road to Forest Road, passing through the tall eucalypt forest and through the Tuggerah Lake Field Archers club area. A side trip at the end of this walk gives you the option of staying at Forest Park. (open in app)


There are closures in Jilliby State Conservation Area
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Forest Road

Map of Walk

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Ourimbah Valley Trackhead
Int of Platypus Creek La and Ourimbah Creek Rd
Forty Acres
Stringy Bark Point
Int of Great North Walk and Tooheys Road south
Int of Old GNW track and Tooheys Rd
Archers Campsite
Archers Club House
Int of Forest and Tooheys Rds
Starting point for this hiking track: Ourimbah Valley Trackhead

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

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Photo Gallery

 
Ourimbah Valley Trackhead sign on the north side of Palm Grove NR
 
Ourimbah Valley Trackhead sign on the north side of Palm Grove NR +
 
Ourimbah Valley Trackhead sign on Ourimbah Creek Rd
 
Ourimbah Valley Trackhead sign on Ourimbah Creek Rd +
 
Bridge on Ourimbah Creek Road Near Palm Grove NR
 
Bridge on Ourimbah Creek Road Near Palm Grove NR +

 
Walking along Ourimbah Creek Road beside Hidden Valley
 
Walking along Ourimbah Creek Road beside Hidden Valley +
 
Hidden valley ranch
 
Hidden valley ranch +
 
Crossing the Creek near at Wombats End
 
Crossing the Creek near at Wombats End +

 
Enjoying the open farm land along Ourimbah Creek Road beside Hidden Valley
 
Enjoying the open farm land along Ourimbah Creek Road beside Hidden Valley +
 
A horse at Hidden Valley
 
A horse at Hidden Valley +
 
Horses at Hidden Valley
 
Horses at Hidden Valley +

 
Hidden Valley
 
Hidden Valley +
 
Y-intersection and gate near Platapus Creek Ln
 
Y-intersection and gate near Platapus Creek Ln +
 
Walking along the Ourimbah Creek Road Trail
 
Walking along the Ourimbah Creek Road Trail +

 
Intersection at Forty Acers
 
Intersection at Forty Acers +
 
Ourimbah Creek
 
Ourimbah Creek +
 
Cabage Palms on trail beside Ourimbah Creek
 
Cabage Palms on trail beside Ourimbah Creek +

 
Tall trees near Stringy Bark Point
 
Tall trees near Stringy Bark Point +
 
Ourimbah Creek beside the trail
 
Ourimbah Creek beside the trail +
 
Formal Campsite near Sringy Bark Point
 
Formal Campsite near Sringy Bark Point +

 
Forest at Stringy Bark Point
 
Forest at Stringy Bark Point +
 
Campsite near bridge at Stringy Bark Point
 
Campsite near bridge at Stringy Bark Point +
 
Bridge over small creek at Stringy Bark Point
 
Bridge over small creek at Stringy Bark Point +

 
Fern tree and steep gully near Stringy Bark Point campsite
 
Fern tree and steep gully near Stringy Bark Point campsite +
 
Walking along the old trail west of Stringy Bark Point
 
Walking along the old trail west of Stringy Bark Point +
 
Stone steps near the old trail west of Stringy Bark Point
 
Stone steps near the old trail west of Stringy Bark Point +

 
Crossing Ourimbah Creek west of Stringy Bark Point
 
Crossing Ourimbah Creek west of Stringy Bark Point +
 
Ourimbah Creek
 
Ourimbah Creek +
 
Dense forest north of Ourimbah Creek
 
Dense forest north of Ourimbah Creek +

 
Mossy rocks and tall forest north of or Ourimbah Creek
 
Mossy rocks and tall forest north of or Ourimbah Creek +
 
Livistona australis
 
Livistona australis +
 
The wide track in the tall forest
 
The wide track in the tall forest +

 
Walking up the side of the hill
 
Walking up the side of the hill +
 
Intersection with Tooheys Rd
 
Intersection with Tooheys Rd +
 
Walking along Tooheys Road
 
Walking along Tooheys Road +

 
Tooheys Road winding through the tall eucalypt forest
 
Tooheys Road winding through the tall eucalypt forest +
 
Passing the Archery Warning sign
 
Passing the Archery Warning sign +
 
Archers Campsite
 
Archers Campsite +

 
Archers Club house
 
Archers Club house +
 
Tooheys Road near the Archery range
 
Tooheys Road near the Archery range +
 
Welcome to Jilliby SCA sign
 
Welcome to Jilliby SCA sign +

 
Intersection of Forest and Tooheys Rds
 
Intersection of Forest and Tooheys Rds +
 
Signposts at the intersection of Forest and Tooheys Rds
 
Signposts at the intersection of Forest and Tooheys Rds +
 
Forest Park Country Retreat
 
Forest Park Country Retreat +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Forest Road bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Forest Road bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Forest Road bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Forest Road 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 11km
Time 4 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 4.1km is very steep. The remaining (1.1km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 1.8km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 2.3km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (1.8km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 11km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 4.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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(0 km) Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Int of Platypus Creek La and Ourimbah Creek Rd
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.85 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -25 m
From the 'Ourimbah Valley Trackhead'[1] (on Ourimbah Creek Rd), this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign downhill along the dirt road. The road soon leads down and across a flat timber vehicle bridge[2] then the road mostly flattens out, winding among the rural properties for almost 300m to pass a 'Palm Grove Nature Reserve' sign[3] and a few 'Hidden Valley' signs[4]. The walk continues along the road for about 700m then comes to the intersection in front of the Hidden Valley property (on your left, not far before another road bridge).
This walk continues straight, gently downhill along the wide dirt road to almost immediately pass 'Wombats End' (private road)[5] then cross the flat timber road bridge[6]. After about 400m, the road leads under some high tension power lines[7] then after another 150m of winding past the rural properties[8], this walk passes a timber 'Hidden Valley' private property shelter[9] and water tank (on your right). A further 100m along the road past this shelter, the walk veers left (ignoring 'Platypus Creek La') to come to a locked gate with a 'Road Closed' sign[10].

(1.85 km) Int of Platypus Creek La and Ourimbah Creek Rd to Forty Acres
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.98 km Time = 36 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -43 m
Continue straight: From the gate (near the intersection of Ourimbah Creek Road and Platypus Creek La), this walk heads up around the locked gate and follows the Ourimbah Creek Rd trail along the side of the valley for about 800m, where it crosses a culverted creek[11]. From here, the walk continues along the clear trail as it gently undulates alongside Ourimbah Creek (which is down the steep bank on your right) for about 1.2km until coming to a three-way intersection, marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign[12], just before the gates of 'Forty Acres' property[13].

(3.83 km) Forty Acres to Stringy Bark Point
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.82 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -33 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[14] north-east along the clear trail. This trail gently undulates along the side of Ourimbah Creek[15] (which is down the steep bank on your right) for about 1.6km, then passes a campsite with a metal fireplace[16] (on your right). Here the walk continues along the trail for about 100m to head past a track[17] (on your right, that leads down to the sandy creek) and continues along the main trail for another 150m to come to large clearing and campsite, Stringy Bark Point[18] at the end of the trail (marked with a timber and metal footbridge[19] on the right).

Stringy Bark Point Alt = 46 m
This campsite is in a small clearing at Stringy Bark Point, just on the southern side of the bridge. This campsite provides room for a small campfire and a few tents. Water is usually available from the creek running by the campsite, please treat before drinking.

(5.64 km) Stringy Bark Point to Int of Great North Walk and Tooheys Road south
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.83 km Time = 53 mins
Climb = 237 m Descent = -42 m
Veer right: From Stringy Bark Point campsite[20], this walk heads across the timber and metal footbridge[21] (with a small mossy canyon on your right[22]). Once on the other side of the bridge, the old trail gently undulates west through the bush[23] for about 300m where this walk turns right following a GNW arrow post down a few rock steps[24]. The distinct track leads fairly steeply down to find, then cross, the perennial Ourimbah Creek[25]. This creek may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain.
On the other side, the track leads up the bank then gently up through the dense, leafy forest for about 50m, following a series of GNW arrow posts. The track then starts to lead steeply uphill for about 100m and leaves the dense forest, climbing up onto the more open ridge. Here the track mostly flattens out, leading over a rocky area[26] to then come to a large ant hill[27]. The track now leads uphill for about 250m to pass some cabbage palms (Livistona australis)[28]. The track starts to climb steeply again for about 150m, up some stone steps[29] (and past a rock with a view[30]) to where the track mostly flattens out again for about 60m, coming to a three-way intersection that is marked with a GNW arrow post[31]. Here the walk veers left and follows this old trail steeply uphill[32] for about 130m, before turning left at another GNW arrow post[33]. This track soon bends sharp right and leads up some stone steps[34] then comes to an intersection[35] (with the same old trail). Here the walk leads gently uphill for about 30m, over the a rise (ignoring the faint track on your right), after which the track leads gently down through the tall forest[36] for about 300m and comes to an T-intersection with the dirt Tooheys Rd[37], marked with a 'The Great North Walk' signpost[38].

(7.47 km) Int of Great North Walk and Tooheys Road south to Int of Great North Walk and Tooheys Road north
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 2.3 km Time = 52 mins
Climb = 139 m Descent = -67 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Camping Area' sign[39] north, down along the wide dirt road. The road soon crosses a saddle and starts to lead uphill, then meanders (quite steeply in places) along the ridge and through a variety of forests for about 2.2km, before passing a 'Caution Archery In Progress At Any Time - Keep to the Main Track' sign[40]. Just over 100m past this sign, the road leads up to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow post[41], and the signposted GNW track (on your left)

(9.78 km) Int of Old GNW track and Tooheys Rd to Archers Campsite
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 157 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[42] uphill along the wide dirt road. After about 30m, the road bends right[43] (ignoring the trail on the left) and leads gently up for about 150m to pass below the campsite, then come to the signposted intersection with the 'Camping Area'[44] (on your left)

Archers Campsite Alt = 311 m
This informally named campsite is found in Jilliby State Conservation Area, and is used regularly by members of the Tuggerah Lake Field Archers club. This is a basic campsite with a water tank[45][46] and shed used for hanging shower water bags[47][48]. The large open camping area has a few existing fire scars[49] and a few flat grassy areas. (There are other facilities 150m further north along the dirt trail at the club house.)

(9.93 km) Archers Campsite to Archers Club House
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 155 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection in front of the camping area[50], this walk follows the sandy road, gently downhill[51] whilst initially keeping the camping area behind and to your left. After about 150m, the road leads down across a saddle[52], past the water tank[53] to the front of the 'Tuggerah Lake Field Archers' club house[54]

Archers Club House Alt = 303 m
The Tuggerah Lake Field Archers club house is found on the dirt Tooheys Road in Jilliby State Conservation Area. The club house is used irregularly on weekends, and these facilities should not be relied upon. The club house had some picnic tables under a large covered meeting area[55], a wood fired BBQ[56], toilet[57] and water tank[58][59]. A good place to stop and rest.

(10.09 km) Archers Club House to Int of Forest and Tooheys Rds
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 1.09 km Time = 18 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the club house[60], this walk heads north along the wide sandy road, heading gently uphill[61] (directly away from the front of the club house). The walk continues gently up along the sandy road, ignoring many side tracks[62][63] (archery ranges) for about 400m to then pass the 'Jilliby State Conservation Area' sign[64], as you leave the park. The walk continues up along the dirt road for another 600m, between two farms, ignoring the side gates[65][66] to come to a T-intersection with the sealed Forest Road[67].

(11.18 km) Int of Forest and Tooheys Rds to Forest Park Country Retreat
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - road
Length = 958 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads east gently uphill along the sealed Forest Rd (in the opposite direction to the GNW arrow post). The road gently meanders past a number of rural properties for almost 1km to come to the signposted 'Forest Park Country Retreat', on your left.

Forest Park Country Retreat Alt = 341 m
Forest Park is lovely retreat on Forest Road, a short detour from the Great North Walk. The well presented two bedroom home is set on a large rural block with no visible neighbors. With your exclusive use, you can enjoy such luxuries as a spa bath, a well equipped kitchen, air conditioning, TV and DVD player and a gas log fireplace[68]. Mid-week, a single night is $250[69] - on weekends, there is two night minimum stay. Price includes breakfast and for an extra $20 a head, your hosts can provide a hamper for dinner. The retreat is signposted and found at 252 Forest Road, Kulnura PH (02) 4376 1340.

Drive from Int of Forest and Tooheys Rds
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 11.3 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 11.2 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 11.1 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 12.6 km
Wyong Warehouse & Camping World 59 Howarth St , Wyong (02) 4352 1501 12.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Forest Road.
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Site Distance and dir from Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Forest Road
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 13 km (to the S)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 17 km (to the ESE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 36 km (to the SSW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 46 km (to the NNE)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 49 km (to the NNE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region 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 3 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
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Jilliby State Conservation Area Link to official closures and fire bans page

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Current Park Closure information for Jilliby State Conservation Area
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Safety alerts: Road access within Jilliby SCA
Roads in Jilliby State Conservation Area are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other times. Gates may be temporarily closed on some roads, for roadworks, to prevent damage when wet.

Closed areas: Lemon Tree Forest Road
Lemon Tree Forest Road, between Prickly Ridge Road and Yambo Forest Road, in Jilliby SCA is closed to vehicles until further notice, due to severe erosion. This closure will remain in place indefinitely. Penalties apply for non-compliance.  For more information, please contact NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.



Ourimbah State Forest Ourimbah State Forest is a small parcel of land west of Wyong on the NSW central Coast. The forest in on the southern boarder of Jilliby State forest and is home to a small section of the Great North Walk
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