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Guringai Walk
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.4 km SE of Lisarow
Length: 1.2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Katandra Reserve
Climb: 80 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 80 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: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This is a surprisingly spectacular walk, following the base of the cliff below St Johns Lookout. From the car park, you will follow a gentle track through the bush before heading down some stairs to the cliff face. Handrails and timber walkways have been installed to make this walk more accessible. You will pass some large Angophora, Blackbutts and plenty of fern trees. A highlight of the walk comes when you follow the ledge next right next to the cliff. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Guringai Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Guringai Walk
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St Johns Lookout car park
Southern end of Guringai walk
Post 8
Int of Toomey and Guringai Walks
Upper Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track
Toilet block
Toilet block
Starting point for this hiking track: Southern end of Guringai walk

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
 Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91312S 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
St Johns Lookout car park
 
St Johns Lookout car park +
 
Walking though the clearing
 
Walking though the clearing +
 
sign at the Southern end of Guringai walk
 
sign at the Southern end of Guringai walk +

 
Looking up from the Southern end of Guringai walk
 
Looking up from the Southern end of Guringai walk +
 
On the Guringai walk
 
On the Guringai walk +
 
New growth
 
New growth +

 
Guringai walking track
 
Guringai walking track +
 
Common Brown Butterflys in early summer
 
Common Brown Butterflys in early summer +
 
Walking down some stairs
 
Walking down some stairs +

 
Butterfly
 
Butterfly +
 
Walking along the base of the cliff
 
Walking along the base of the cliff +
 
Steps and handrails in places
 
Steps and handrails in places +

 
Marked Blackbutt
 
Marked Blackbutt +
 
Track at base of cliff
 
Track at base of cliff +
 
well formed path
 
well formed path +

 
Lovely fern filled forest
 
Lovely fern filled forest +
 
Looking further into the valley
 
Looking further into the valley +
 
following the Guringai Walk
 
following the Guringai Walk +

 
Fern Tree on the Guringai Walk
 
Fern Tree on the Guringai Walk +
 
Walking beside the slab on Guringai Walk
 
Walking beside the slab on Guringai Walk +
 
Right up close to the base of the cliff
 
Right up close to the base of the cliff +

 
Steps at the base of the cliff on the Guringai Walk
 
Steps at the base of the cliff on the Guringai Walk +
 
Guringai Walk
 
Guringai Walk +
 
Fern sprouting
 
Fern sprouting +

 
Close up of Ferns Leaf
 
Close up of Ferns Leaf +
 
Passing under tree on the Guringai Walk
 
Passing under tree on the Guringai Walk +
 
Timber steps on the Guringai Walk
 
Timber steps on the Guringai Walk +

 
Frond
 
Frond +
 
Signpost point to Lookout
 
Signpost point to Lookout +
 
Walking through the cleft in the rock
 
Walking through the cleft in the rock +

 
Signpost Guringai Walk
 
Signpost Guringai Walk +
 
Posts to stop horse
 
Posts to stop horse +
 
Sign posts near toilets St Johns Lookout picnic area
 
Sign posts near toilets St Johns Lookout picnic area +

 
Toilet block at St Johns Lookout picnic area
 
Toilet block at St Johns Lookout picnic area +
 
St Johns Lookout
 
St Johns Lookout +
 
St Johns Lookout picnic area
 
St Johns Lookout picnic area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Guringai Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Guringai Walk  bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Guringai Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Guringai Walk  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 45 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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
790m of this walk has short steep hills and another 240m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (210m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 1.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.2km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to St Johns Lookout 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) St Johns Lookout car park to Southern end of Guringai walk
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 81 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
From the car park, this walk heads across the clearing away from the main picnic area (keeping the road up the hill to the right). The walk soon comes to an intersection and a 'Guringai walk' sign.

(0.08 km) Southern end of Guringai walk to Post 8
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 424 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -47 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Guringai Walk' sign down the gentle hill. The walk passes some grass trees and angophoras as is zigzags down the hill. Soon after the track crosses a small timber bridge, the walk follows the base of the cliff until coming to the number '8' post marking a large Blackbutt tree[1].

Blackbutt Alt = 171 m
This Blackbutt tree is found at the base of the cliff next to post 8 on Guringai walk. The Eucalyptus pilularis is the scientific name for this tree that can grow as high as 70m. The tree has a brown fibrous bark on the lower half then a smooth grey bark at the top. The trees name 'pilularis' is Latin for small pill, referring to the tree's fruit[2]

(0.51 km) Post 8 to Int of Toomey and Guringai Walks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 362 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -22 m
Continue straight: From post '8', this walk heads down along the track, keeping the valley to the right. The track follows the base of the cliff and, soon after climbing over a rise and coming very close to the cliff, the walk passes a section with broken glass (this is directly below St Johns Lookout). The walk continues along the base of the cliff then up a series of stairs. Just after flattening out, the track comes to a signposted intersection, with a sign pointing back along 'Guringai Walk'.

(0.87 km) Int of Toomey and Guringai Walks to Upper Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 68 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lookout' sign up the stairs and turns left. The track soon bends sharply right and then leads past some timber posts, coming to an intersection with the Katandra Horse track.

(0.94 km) Upper Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track to Toilet block
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 167 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill and through the gap in the fence to a 'Toomey walk' sign, pointing back down the hill. At this sign, the walk turns left and heads through the picnic area, passed another sign (again pointing back to 'Toomey walk') and comes to a footpath in front of a toilet block.

(1.1 km) Toilet block to St Johns Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 41 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -12 m
Veer left: From the toilet block, this walk follows the footpath past the information sign to the fenced and signposted 'St Johns Lookout'
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

St Johns Lookout Alt = 182 m
This fenced lookout is found at the top of Katandra Reserve, near the toilets. The lookout was upgraded by Gosford Council in September 2009[3] and now provides a safer platform and easier access. From the lookout, there are extensive views south-east over Matcham, Erina Heights and Terrigal, out to the ocean. The Guringai Walk passes below the lookout - please take extra care to not drop anything from the platform.

(1.1 km) Toilet block to St Johns Lookout car park
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 128 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the toilet block, this walk heads across the picnic area, passing the BBQ and keeping the lookout to the left. The walk soon comes to a information sign and car park (signposted as Katandra on Toomeys Rd).

Drive from St Johns Lookout 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
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 3.5 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 3.8 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 5.4 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 4.9 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 10.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Guringai Walk .
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Guringai Walk
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3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 7 km (to the ENE)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 9 km (to the WSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 33 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
45 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 52 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 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      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Katandra Reserve The Katandra Reserve is a protected area of bushland east of Gosford City and north of Erina. The area is part of the Hornsby Sandstone Plateau and is home to some diverse flora and fauna. There are two main picnic areas and a few great walking and horse riding tracks in the reserve as well as the St Johns Lookout. Katandra is an aborginal word meaning 'Song of Birds', the name suits this place well, with the diverse forest been home to many birds happy to share their songs with walkers.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Fiona - Closed IP:120.18.28.xxx | 2011-12-04 06:57:35
Was up here yesterday this walk is currently closed (for how long the sign did not say)
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