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Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point
Time: 2 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km NE of Somersby
Length: 26.7 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 26.7 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Jilliby State Conservation Area
Climb: 1201 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1201 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This section of the Great North Walk starts form the Somersby General Store and follows the Great North Walk north into the Jilliby State Conservation Area to Stringy Bark Point campsite. On day two, the walk continues north through the forest and around the back of some farmland to Cherry Lane, and along the Bumble Hill Dray track, to Yarramalong village. (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 Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point

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Somersby Store
End of Kilkenny Road
creek crossing
Palm Grove Campsite intersection
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
Int of GNW and Tooheys Road north
Powerline tower west of Dead Horse Creek
Int of Great North Walk and Cherry Lane
Int of Greta Road and Cherry Lane
Int of Greta Road and power line service trail
Bumble Hill Dray track tower
Int of Great North Walk and Bumble Hill Road
Starting point for this hiking track: Somersby Store

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Somersby Store
 
Somersby Store +
 
The Great North Walk
 
The Great North Walk +
 
Kilkenny road
 
Kilkenny road +

 
winding through the bush
 
winding through the bush +
 
Ourimba Creek road
 
Ourimba Creek road +
 
Hidden Valley
 
Hidden Valley +

 
Following the Ourimbah creek road
 
Following the Ourimbah creek road +
 
Stringy Bark Campsite
 
Stringy Bark Campsite +
 
Following teh Great North Walk arrows
 
Following teh Great North Walk arrows +

 
Archery warning sign
 
Archery warning sign +
 
track winding below powerlines
 
track winding below powerlines +
 
Cherry lane
 
Cherry lane +

 
Great North Walk
 
Great North Walk +
 
down through the bush
 
down through the bush +
 
Bumble Hill Dray track
 
Bumble Hill Dray track +

 
Bumble Hill Dray track
 
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Yarramalong Track Head
 
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Yarramalong General Store
 
Yarramalong General Store +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 27km
Time 2 Days
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
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 Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
10km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 10km is very steep. The remaining (6km) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
10km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 4.8km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 4.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
16km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 7km is clearly signposted. The remaining (4.3km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 11km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (4.8km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
18km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (1.9km) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
13km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 11km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (3.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Somersby Store
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk 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. Timetable
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Somersby Store Alt = 282 m
Somersby Store offers a good place to have lunch or pick up the basic food supplies. The store serves hot food including burgers, chips, pies etc and cold drinks. Opening hours are 6am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 6.30am to 4pm on Saturdays (closed Sundays). There is a pay phone and a bus stop however services are limited to two buses a day. Contact details are (02)4372 1269, at 841 Wisemans Ferry Road Somersby, NSW 2250. The store owners are happy for you to phone ahead. If you are a large group you can order ahead to save the stress. I always encourage people to use local stores like this on track, but since it is a small store it is worth phoning ahead to see what they have what you want in stock.

(0 km) Somersby Store to End of Kilkenny Road
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 2.63 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -69 m
From the Somersby Store[1], this walk heads north, gently downhill along the side of 'Wisemans Ferry Rd', past the public toilet[2]. After about 120m, this walk crosses an on-ramp[3] then heads over the bridge[4] crossing Peats Ridge Road, then past another on-ramp[5]. The walk continues along Wisemans Ferry Rd for about 700m to then turn sharp right at the three-way intersection[6], onto 'Dog Trap Rd'[7]. Just over 100m along Dog Trap Rd, this walk turns left into 'Kilkenny Rd'[8]. The walk follows Kilkenny Rd past the rural properties[9] for about 1.2km, where the walk continues along the now dirt road[10]. About 50m after becoming dirt, the road leads across a rock ford[11] that can be extremely slippery when wet. The walk continues up along the dirt road[12] for another 300m to come to the end of the road and a 'Great North Walk' sign[13], beside 'Illawong' (farm).

(2.63 km) End of Kilkenny Road to creek crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.38 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -207 m
Continue straight: From the northern end of Kilkenny Road next to 'Illawong' (farm)[14], this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[15] along the management trail, between the two farms[16]. After about 300m, the trail leads to a clearing[17], where this walk turns right to follow the GNW arrow post along track beside the fence line[18] (keeping the paddock on your right) for about 70m. The walk then turns left and follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[19] down the hill. The track leads steeply at first[20] and become progressively less steep as the walk heads down the ridge line, until almost flattening out[21] about 400m after leaving the farm. The track then bends left and winds steeply down the side of the ridge, down a series of rock steps[22] for about 600m, leading into a dense moist rain forest. The track passes some wonderful examples of bird's nest ferns (Asplenium australasicum)[23] before the last little walk down to the rocky intermittent creek[24]. This walk then crosses the creek in the mossy, cool and moist valley[25].

(4.01 km) creek crossing to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.03 km Time = 52 mins
Climb = 129 m Descent = -168 m
Continue straight: From beside the creek[26], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[27] uphill, using the series of rock steps[28]. The track leads uphill, passing some notably large trees[29] over about 120m to then turn right onto a leafy trail[30]. Here the walk crosses an ephemeral creek[31] then continues along the leafy trail in the shaded rainforest[32]. After about 250m, the walk turns left, following the 'Great North Walk' sign[33] gently up along a narrow track for about 60m to pass a large strangler fig tree[34]. Just past the fig, this track begins to climb steeply up a series of rock steps[35] and switch-backs[36] for about 100m to pass along side a rock wall[37] (on your right). Just past the rock wall, this walk ducks under a fallen tree[38] then continues steeply (into the more open forest) up more rock steps[39] and switchback for another 250m, where the track flattens out and comes to the signposted 'Walker Register' tube[40]. After leaving your comments, and having a bit of a read of other people's adventures, this walk turns right and follows the GNW arrow post[41] along the top of the ridge, through a clearing[42]. Here the walk start to lead down along the top of the ridge[43] for about 150m to come to a three-way intersection[44], marked with a couple of GNW arrow posts (just before a campsite[45], ahead).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north-west, gently down off the side of the ridge[46] (initially keeping the campsite track down to your right). The track leads down along the side of the ridge[47] for about 150m before leading much more steeply down a series of rock steps[48] for about 200m. The track mostly flatten out just before passing a tall fig growing over a large boulder[49] (on your right). Here the track winds more gently downhill for about 150m to pass a couple cabbage palms (Livistona australis)[50], then continues to wind fairly steeply down for another 400m where the track mostly flattens out again[51]. Near the end of this 400m, the track leads through a short weedy section before heading down a short embankment[52] to a T-intersection with the dirt Ourimbah Creek Rd[53], marked with a large 'Ourimbah Valley Trackhead' sign[54].

(6.04 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
Turn sharp left: From the 'Ourimbah Valley Trackhead'[55] (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[56] then the road mostly flattens out, winding among the rural properties for almost 300m to pass a 'Palm Grove Nature Reserve' sign[57] and a few 'Hidden Valley' signs[58]. 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)[59] then cross the flat timber road bridge[60]. After about 400m, the road leads under some high tension power lines[61] then after another 150m of winding past the rural properties[62], this walk passes a timber 'Hidden Valley' private property shelter[63] 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[64].

(7.88 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[65]. 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[66], just before the gates of 'Forty Acres' property[67].

(9.86 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[68] north-east along the clear trail. This trail gently undulates along the side of Ourimbah Creek[69] (which is down the steep bank on your right) for about 1.6km, then passes a campsite with a metal fireplace[70] (on your right). Here the walk continues along the trail for about 100m to head past a track[71] (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[72] at the end of the trail (marked with a timber and metal footbridge[73] 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.

Overnight stay Goto day 2 notes

Day 2


(11.68 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[74], this walk heads across the timber and metal footbridge[75] (with a small mossy canyon on your right[76]). Once on the other side of the bridge, the old trail gently undulates west through the bush[77] for about 300m where this walk turns right following a GNW arrow post down a few rock steps[78]. The distinct track leads fairly steeply down to find, then cross, the perennial Ourimbah Creek[79]. 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[80] to then come to a large ant hill[81]. The track now leads uphill for about 250m to pass some cabbage palms (Livistona australis)[82]. The track starts to climb steeply again for about 150m, up some stone steps[83] (and past a rock with a view[84]) 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[85]. Here the walk veers left and follows this old trail steeply uphill[86] for about 130m, before turning left at another GNW arrow post[87]. This track soon bends sharp right and leads up some stone steps[88] then comes to an intersection[89] (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[90] for about 300m and comes to an T-intersection with the dirt Tooheys Rd[91], marked with a 'The Great North Walk' signpost[92].

(13.51 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[93] 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[94]. Just over 100m past this sign, the road leads up to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow post[95], and the signposted GNW track (on your left)

(15.81 km) Int of Old GNW track and Tooheys Rd to Archers Campsite
Optional sidetrip: 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[96] uphill along the wide dirt road. After about 30m, the road bends right[97] (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'[98] (on your left)
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

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[99][100] and shed used for hanging shower water bags[101][102]. The large open camping area has a few existing fire scars[103] and a few flat grassy areas. (There are other facilities 150m further north along the dirt trail at the club house.)

(15.81 km) Int of GNW and Tooheys Road north to Powerline tower west of Dead Horse Creek
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.9 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 106 m Descent = -174 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Yarramalong' sign[104] along the narrow track (away from the dirt road) following a small ridge[105]. After about 50m this walk turns right, following a GNW arrow post[106] off the side of the ridge. The track now leads down along the side of the hill through the wooded forest[107] mostly fairly gently downhill for 500m to cross a small (usually dry) gully[108]. The track continues a little steeper down the hill among the gymea Lilie and eucalypt forest[109] for just over 150m to pass a notable termite mound[110]. About 150m past this mound the track starts to zig zag and head more steeply downhill for yet another 150m to come to the cool and mossy Dead Horse Creek[111].
Here the walk crosses Dead Horse Creek[112] (this creek may become impassable after prolonged or heavy rain), then follows the GNW arrow post [113] up the side of the hill. The track initially zig zags steeply
then more gently up as it generally contours north along the side of the hill for about 250m to cross a small gully and often dry side creek[114]. The track continues along the side of the main valley through the cool and dense wooded forest for just over 250m (where there are a few sections of faint track). Here the track starts to veer left and climb the side, of the valley quiet steeply at times for around 400m, where the forest becomes dryer and more open until the track leads to the side of a large high tension power-line tower[115].

(17.72 km) Powerline tower west of Dead Horse Creek to Int of GNW and Cherry Lane
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.55 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 53 m Descent = -26 m
Continue straight: From the high tension powerline tower[116], this walk heads uphill along the widening track[117], initially keeping the tower on your left. After 200m this walk turns left at an intersection[118] marked with a "private Property" sign[119], following a GNW arrow post[120]. This walk continues along the track through the scribbly gum forest[121] for about 70m to then continue straight ahead at four-way intersection[122] (with a wider trail)[123]. From here this walk continues through the wooded forest for another 400m to where the view open up as the track passes through a 150m section of heath[124] (ignoring a few fainter side tracks). Now the track leads back through a lightly wooded forest for another 250m to come to a clear intersection with a wider management trail, at the corner of a fence[125].
From here, this walk continue straight, following the track along the side of the fence (keeping the fence to your right[126]) for 400m where the track leads under a set of high tension power lines[127], beside some farm land[128]. Continuing along the fence line the track soon leads across a section of timber duckboard[129] then after another 100m crosses a small flat timber bridge (over a small sandy creek)[130]. Just another 80m later the track leads
up to a locked gate[131] and to a T-intersection with Cherry Lane, marked with a few GNW arrows[132].

(19.26 km) Int of Great North Walk and Cherry Lane to Int of Greta Road and Cherry Lane
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.39 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the intersection[133], this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently uphill[134] along Cherry Lane, a gravel road. After 800m this walk continues straight ahead passing an intersection at the top of the hill[135]. From here the road leads downhill for about 400m to pass a notable dam close to the road[136] (on your right). Now the walk leads gently up along the gravel road for another 250m to a T-intersection with the sealed 'Greta Rd'[137]
marked with a 'The Great North Walk' signpost[138] (on your right).

(20.65 km) Int of Greta Road and Cherry Lane to Int of Greta Road and power line service trail
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 430 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection[139], this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[140] gently uphill along the grassy verge (under the power lines) keeping Greta Road just to your left[141]. After 120m this walk crosses a driveway[142] and continues along side the road for almost 250m to near the top of the hill, just before the high tension power lines. Here the walk turns left to cross the road to find a 'Great North Walk' signposted[143] intersection beside a locked gate and style[144].

(21.08 km) Int of Greta Road and power line service trail to Bumble Hill Dray track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 668 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -89 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[145] over the fence using the stile[146]. Here the walk follows a wide trail around the large tower[147], then follows the narrower track straight down the hill[148]. The track crosses a small gully then leads up to follow a trail[149] around the next tall tower. Here a GNW arrow post[150] leads left, away from the trail and steeply downhill[151] across another valley. The track then leads up to, and follows, another trail up to the other side of a third tower, to find an intersection marked with another GNW track[152] on the other side of the tower.

(21.75 km) Bumble Hill Dray track tower to Int of Great North Walk and Bumble Hill Road
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 4.64 km Time = 2 hrs
Climb = 270 m Descent = -463 m
Veer right: From the intersection at the base of the tower[153], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[154] steeply downhill for a short distance, then turns right and follow another GNW arrow post[155] into the bush. About 50m after leaving the clearing, this walk crosses a small timber bridge[156] and continues generally downhill for about 200m before the track bends right (away from the view of the power lines[157]). About 300m further down this track, this walk crosses a small intermittent creek[158]. Then over the next 500m, the track descends into the moist forest[159] to the base of a large cliff face[160] (up to your right), then crosses a section of timber boardwalk[161]. Over the next 100m, the track crosses another handful of sections of boardwalk[162] before the track leads along the side of the hill for a further 500m, out of the moist forest[163], passing some large boulders[164] and leading down to an intersection with a wider trail[165].
Here the walk veers right, following the GNW arrow post along the trail[166] and through the casuarina forest[167] for about 500m, then crosses a gully with a small intermittent creek[168]. The old trail leads generally down through the tall forest for another 1.3km then passes under a set of power lines[169]. Here the walk continues along the side of the valley, following an old trail through the tall eucalypt forest[170] for about 500m to pass through a usually closed gate[171] (staying left at the Y-intersection, just before the gate[172]).
The trail now narrows to a track[173] that leads along side the road (which is up to your right[174]), following a fence for about 180m before turning right and heading steeply up[175] to the safety barrier beside the road. Turning left, this walk now steps over a small stile[176] and follows behind the barrier (with the road on your right) for a short distance before veering left and down the steep rocky track[177] towards the house. The track follows the fence (near the house)[178] below the embankment for about 180m before leading back up to the road[179]. Here the walk follows the road a short distance to come to the end of the safety barrier[180], beside Bumble Hill Road.

(26.39 km) Int of Great North Walk and Bumble Hill Road to Yarramalong Track Head
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 310 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -30 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows GNW arrow post[181] gently downhill along the sealed Bumble Hill Rd. The road soon leads past the '60' speed limit sign[182], then the road bends left and leads down for another 120m to a T-intersection[183] with Yarramalong Rd, marked with a large 'Yarramalong Trackhead' sign[184] (with Yarramalong Store just to your right).

Yarramalong Store Alt = 32 m
Yarramalong Store is good place to have lunch or pick up the basic food supplies. The store serves hot food including burgers, chips, pies etc as well as cold drinks. The store is open 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. There is a pay phone outside and a tap to refill water, and the store has its own fuel pump. Phone on (02)4356 1222. The address is 1625 Yarramalong Rd, Yarramalong NSW 2259. I always encourage people to use local stores like this on track, but since it is a small store it is worth phoning ahead to see what they have what you want in stock. It is a small store so choice is limited.

Yarramalong Manor Alt = 30 m
Yarramalong Manor offers accommodation and a restaurant in the picturesque Yarramalong Valley. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast & lunch (10am weekdays and 9am weekends) daily, and dinner Friday and Saturday. Yarramalong Manor has 6 guest rooms, each with ensuite, TV, fridge and tea & coffee making facilities. Tariffs for bed and breakfast start at $95 - single, $75/person - twin share. ph:(02) 4356 1066. More info

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Catch a bus to Somersby
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 Timetable
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Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 7.4 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 7.9 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 8.9 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 12.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 13.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point.
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Site Distance and dir from Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 9 km (to the S)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 16 km (to the E)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 32 km (to the SSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
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46 km (to the SSW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 50 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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Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
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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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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Jason - Ourimbah Creek and Leeches IP:60.225.140.xxx | 2013-04-12 22:53:39
We walked the Somersby to Yarramalong section about a month ago after it had rained for a few days. We knew what we were getting into, though I must admit the leeches were something else. If you are planning to walk this section in anything other than drought conditions make sure you check yourself for leeches and take a small salt shaker.
Also, Ourimbah Creek is as they say in the track notes - definitely impassable after significant rain. We turned back as the creek was so swollen it was about 10m across and flowing dangerously fast. I reckon it was up to 2m deep as well. Not something to mess with.
Karen - Karen IP:110.142.141.xxx | 2013-08-10 10:41:18
We walked Somersby to Yarramalong this week as a day walk. Took two cars and left one at either end. Good signage, beautiful flowering bushland and a wide variety of habitats. We had no problems crossing creeks, but agree with above comments re not to attempt if recent significant rain
Melissa IP:110.20.231.xxx | 2014-03-31 08:27:44
We walked from Somersby to the Cedar Brush Trackhead on the weekend, camping overnight at Archers Campsite. We had a fair bit of rain last week, and the leeches were unbelievable - every time I looked at my boots I had numerous leeches. Bushmans spray, salt and aeroguard seemed to make little difference. Having read Jason's blog (thanks) we knew it would be bad, but were still amazed. Fortunately Ourimbah Creek was only calf deep, and easily crossable, as the campsite just before was crawling with leeches. Archers Campsite had only a few leeches (probably had hitchhiked on our boots). There is still a water tank there, but no water. We skipped the next track section to Yarramolong, and stuck to the road - not pleasant, and we had to be very careful of cars and motorbikes, but when we saw other hikers who had done that section and described it as hell, with leech bites all over their feet, we were relieved. The burgers at the Yarramalong Store were fantastic!
Claire IP:122.106.168.xxx | 2014-05-03 06:16:36
We walked this section over easter and thoroughly enjoyed the forests etc. Leeches incredible. No water at all at Archers campsite but going on slightly down through the gorgeous Angophra forest you come to a tiny creek and fill up. A few of us copped grass tick bites on our return so take care. Someone has driven in an old sofa bed and dumped it at the campsite which is a real eyesore. The section down the old dray track to Yarramalong is absolutely gorgeous and not to be missed for anything.
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