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Matcham to Gosford
Time: 3 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.9 km W of Matcham
Length: 8.5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 8.5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Katandra Reserve
Climb: 381 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 381 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 and end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk starts at the bottom of Katandra Reserve and heads up the hill, exploring the ridge on the way to Gosford Station. You will visit a wide variety of plant communities and some lovely vistas over the surrounding towns and water. Along some of the secluded sections, you may forget that you are so close to houses. You will also find a few picnic areas and lookouts along the way, providing great places to rest. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Map of Walk

Location

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Katandra Rd Gate
Katandra Rd picnic area
Behind the Rangers Residence
Mid junction of Graves walk and Katandra Horse Trail
Int of Graves and Mouat Walks
Southern end of Guringai walk
St Johns Lookout car park
Toilet block
Int of Graves and Mouat Walks
Int of Graves Walk and Maidens Brush management trail
Int of Mouat and Toomeys Rd Trails
Top of Clyde Rd trail
Pond intersection
Erina Trig
Int of trig track and Toomeys Rd trail
Locked gate
Mouat trail picnic table
Locked gate
Saddle intersection
130 Picnic table
Int west of 130
Top of Bradys Gully Trail
Powerline intersection
Sculpture of Edward John Eyre
Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk
Wannagan Lookout
Int of Flannel Flower track and Tottenham track
Int of Flannel Flower walk and Red Gum walk
Int of Flannel Flower walk and Jarret St fire trail
Western int of Flannel Flower walk and Dolly Ave
Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks
Int of Casuarina walk and Flannel Flower walk
Sculpture of Charles Sturt
Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk
Ouraka Point
Bottom of Ouraka Pt path
Int of Casuarina track and Casuarina link trail
Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail
Int of Casuarina track and Rumbalara EEC access track
Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead
Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park
Starting point for this hiking track: Katandra Rd Gate

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Photo Gallery

 
Katandra Reserve entrance at Katandra Rd
 
Katandra Reserve entrance at Katandra Rd +
 
Katandra Rd Picnic area drive way
 
Katandra Rd Picnic area drive way +
 
Toilets at Katandra Rd Picnic area
 
Toilets at Katandra Rd Picnic area +

 
Katandra Rd Picnic area
 
Katandra Rd Picnic area +
 
Katandra Rd Picnic Area info sign
 
Katandra Rd Picnic Area info sign +
 
signs at the Katandra Rd Picnic area
 
signs at the Katandra Rd Picnic area +

 
Lower end of Graves Walk
 
Lower end of Graves Walk +
 
Shaded section on Graves Walk
 
Shaded section on Graves Walk +
 
Steps on Graves Walk
 
Steps on Graves Walk +

 
Track marker on Graves Walk
 
Track marker on Graves Walk +
 
walking along Graves Walk
 
walking along Graves Walk +
 
Top of Graves Walk
 
Top of Graves Walk +

 
St Johns Lookout picnic area
 
St Johns Lookout picnic area +
 
St Johns Lookout
 
St Johns Lookout +
 
Mouat Walk
 
Mouat Walk +

 
Ferns and tall trees on the Mouat Walk
 
Ferns and tall trees on the Mouat Walk +
 
Steep cliff beside Mouat Walk
 
Steep cliff beside Mouat Walk +
 
Intersection of Mouat and Toomeys Rd Trails
 
Intersection of Mouat and Toomeys Rd Trails +

 
Toomeys Rd Trail near dirt and rock stock pile
 
Toomeys Rd Trail near dirt and rock stock pile +
 
Private gate on Toomeys Rd Trail
 
Private gate on Toomeys Rd Trail +
 
North of Erina Trig
 
North of Erina Trig +

 
Erina Trig
 
Erina Trig +
 
locked gate beside walk
 
locked gate beside walk +
 
Banksia
 
Banksia +

 
Old Picnic Table and bench
 
Old Picnic Table and bench +
 
Track near the Mouat trail picnic table
 
Track near the Mouat trail picnic table +
 
trail crossing a long saddle
 
trail crossing a long saddle +

 
Dipodium punctatum (Hyacinth orchid)
 
Dipodium punctatum (Hyacinth orchid) +
 
View across Brisbane Water
 
View across Brisbane Water +
 
Steps through cleft in the rock
 
Steps through cleft in the rock +

 
Near the powerline intersection
 
Near the powerline intersection +
 
Winding up through the rocks
 
Winding up through the rocks +
 
Grass trees in bloom
 
Grass trees in bloom +

 
Edward John Eyre sculpture
 
Edward John Eyre sculpture +
 
Mouat Track
 
Mouat Track +
 
Steps around the boulders
 
Steps around the boulders +

 
Wannagan lookout
 
Wannagan lookout +
 
Uprooted old tree
 
Uprooted old tree +
 
Old grasstree
 
Old grasstree +

 
Flannel Flower track
 
Flannel Flower track +
 
Nice rock outcrops
 
Nice rock outcrops +
 
Meander through the rocks
 
Meander through the rocks +

 
Very scenic walking
 
Very scenic walking +
 
Along the Flannel Flower walk
 
Along the Flannel Flower walk +
 
Looking up at Dolly Ave
 
Looking up at Dolly Ave +

 
Views over Gosford to the water
 
Views over Gosford to the water +
 
Views over Gosford
 
Views over Gosford +
 
Charles Sturt
 
Charles Sturt +

 
Charles Sturt immortalised
 
Charles Sturt immortalised +
 
View from the Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk
 
View from the Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk +
 
Grass trees and dry forest on ridge
 
Grass trees and dry forest on ridge +

 
Views over Gosford area
 
Views over Gosford area +
 
Views from Ouraka Point
 
Views from Ouraka Point +
 
Views from Ouraka Point
 
Views from Ouraka Point +

 
Steps below Ouraka Point
 
Steps below Ouraka Point +
 
Ouraka Pt path
 
Ouraka Pt path +
 
Walking information board and signpost
 
Walking information board and signpost +

 
Casuarina link trail stairs
 
Casuarina link trail stairs +
 
Rumbalara EEC access track
 
Rumbalara EEC access track +
 
Enviro Center
 
Enviro Center +

 
Rumbalara EEC
 
Rumbalara EEC +
 
Rumbalara EEC
 
Rumbalara EEC +
 
looking down to Donnison St
 
looking down to Donnison St +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Matcham to Gosford bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Matcham to Gosford bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Matcham to Gosford bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Matcham to Gosford 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 8km
Time 3 hrs 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
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
Around 5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 3.3km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
4.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (110m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
4.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 2.7km is clearly signposted. The remaining (1km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.3km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Katandra Rd Gate
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
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Drive to Katandra Rd Gate
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.
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(0 km) Katandra Rd Gate to Katandra Rd picnic area
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 70 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = 0 m
From the gate (at the junction of Katandra Rd and Croton Ave), this walk follows the sealed driveway up the hill, soon coming to the car park and information board.

Katandra Rd Picnic Area Alt = 60 m
The Katandra Road Picnic Area is found at the end of a short driveway (signposted at the intersection of Katandra Rd and Croton Ave, Holgate). The picnic area is in front of the ranger's residence and is open from 7am to 6pm daily. The picnic area provides some toilets, garbage bins, two picnic tables, parking and an information sign.

(0.07 km) Katandra Rd picnic area to Behind the Rangers Residence
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 449 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the picnic area, this walk follows the 'Graves Walk' and 'Lookout 1500m' signs gently downhill, initially keeping the ranger's cottage to the right. The track then heads up a long series of steps, passing a steep trail on the left (that leads to Murina Close). The walk continues up the steps to a large five-way intersection above a 'No Entry Rangers Residence' sign[1] and locked gate.

(0.52 km) Behind the Rangers Residence to Int of Graves and Mouat Walks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 792 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 93 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the stairs up the hill to the rocky outcrop, heading directly away from the locked gate. The track heads through the rocks then along the top of the ridge, passing the number '6' post (Aboriginal markings in the stone). The track continues gently uphill until coming to an intersection with a short link track (leading to the parallel horse track).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the walking track gently uphill, keeping the horse track on the left. The track soon bends right and heads between the timber posts, then zigzags up the hill. The track passes between more posts to a signposted intersection with the 'Mouat Walk' and a sign pointing back along 'Graves Walk'.

(1.31 km) Int of Graves and Mouat Walks to St Johns Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack,footpath
Length = 320 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -17 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows none of the arrows but heads away from the face of the sign gently uphill, keeping the valley to the right. The track soon opens up into a large clearing, passing the 'Mount Mouat walk' and 'Graves Walk' signs[2] and continuing for about 20m to an intersection with the signposted 'Guringai walk'[3].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads through the clearing towards the picnic area, soon coming to the car park and information sign.
Continue straight: From the car park (signposted as 'Katandra' on Toomeys Rd), this walk heads across the picnic area and past the BBQ shelters, keeping the road up the hill to the left. Soon the walk comes to a sandstone footpath in front of the toilet block.
Turn right: 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 continue straight 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[4] 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.

St Johns Lookout picnic area Alt = 200 m
St Johns Lookout picnic area[5] is a large open area found at the top of Katandra Reserve on Toomeys Rd. The picnic area provides wheelchair accessible toilets[6], picnic tables[7], free electric BBQ's[8], parking areas[9] [10] and information boards[11]. There is plenty of open space with some natural shade provided by the surrounding trees. There are garbage bins provided[12] but no drinking water[13].

(1.31 km) Int of Graves and Mouat Walks to Int of Mouat and Toomeys Rd Trails
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.05 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -75 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mouat Walk' and 'To Rumbalara Reserve' signs along the track, keeping the valley to the left. The track soon comes to a four-way intersection, with a 'Graves Track' sign and a gate visible (up the hill to the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track from behind the 'Graves Walk' sign, initially keeping the gate up the hill to the right. The track winds through the bush, crossing a small rock platform (and ignoring the side tracks), then heads down a series of timber steps. The trail winds past a few large rocks then winds up the hill to come into view of (and run parallel to) the Toomeys management trail. The track then passes over another rocky outcrop (beware of the cliff drop on the left), then down some steps to come to the wide Toomeys Management trail and an arrow pointing back up the steps.

(2.36 km) Int of Mouat and Toomeys Rd Trails to Top of Clyde Rd trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 566 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide management trail, keeping the valley down on the right. The trail soon bends left then, approximately 200m later, passes a stockpile of dirt and rocks (on the right). About 250m later, the trail passes a locked gate of a private residence and, just after the gate, comes to an intersection at the top of the Clyde Rd Trail.

(2.93 km) Top of Clyde Rd trail to Erina Trig
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 162 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper trail south, keeping next to the fence on the right. The trail soon bends right, leaving the power lines and coming to an intersection with a track (on the left), near the corner of the fence and above a small pond (on the right).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow up the steps away from the fence. The track gently winds up the hill to the Erina Trig station, surround by trees.

Erina Trig Alt = 170 m
Erina Trig station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970's. The 'Triangulation station' (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker which was once clear of trees and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. There are many such trig stations around Australia, used to help in surveying. Each station has a know position and altitude which allows surveyors to use triangulation to determine another point's location. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been superseded and abandoned. More info

(3.09 km) Erina Trig to Int of trig track and Toomeys Rd trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 119 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the trig point, this walk follows the track south-west down the hill, soon coming to an intersection with Toomeys Rd management trail.

(3.21 km) Int of trig track and Toomeys Rd trail to Mouat trail picnic table
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 478 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -41 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west, down along the management trail, and soon follows a fence, on the right. The trail winds down the hill (steeply in one spot), generally next to the fence, until coming to a locked gate (on the right).
Continue straight: From the gate, this walk follows the narrower track, keeping the fence to the right. The track soon turns right (at the corner fencepost) and continues alongside the fence, passing a bench seat and unfenced view on the left. The track continues to follow the fence and soon passes another locked gate (and passes close to the management trail). Following the fence, the track soon comes to a picnic table and an unfenced view across the valley.

Mouat trail picnic table Alt = 122 m
Mouat trail picnic table is found about halfway along the Mouat trail. There is an old picnic table and bench seat at the top of an unfenced cliff with filtered views over Springfield East Gosford and the Brisbane Water. A nice spot for a snack and rest.

(3.69 km) Mouat trail picnic table to Locked gate
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 86 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the picnic table, this walk follows the track, keeping the fence to the right. The track keeps next to the fence until bending left around a rocky outcrop then down some stairs, coming to a management trail just below a locked gate.

(3.77 km) Locked gate to Saddle intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 184 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -8 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide management trail downhill, away from the gate. The trail soon flattens out and crosses a long saddle, coming to a 'Y' intersection with a walking track (on the left), marked with a timber post.

(3.96 km) Saddle intersection to 130 Picnic table
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 133 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -1 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the walking track west up the hill, keeping the wider trail below to the right. The track winds up the hill through a rock outcrop to find a picnic table next to an unfenced view across East Gosford.

130 Picnic table Alt = 125 m
The 130 Picnic table (informally named based on the height of the hill) provides a spot to stop and rest. There are views from the top of this unfenced cliff across Brisbane Water and East Gosford. The single table has some limited natural shade from the surrounding trees.

(4.09 km) 130 Picnic table to Int west of 130
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 197 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -21 m
Continue straight: From the picnic table, this walk heads west, initially keeping the view to the left. The track heads along the top of the hill and turns left, following the arrow on the post down the hill and stairs through the cleft in the rock. The track continues down the hill, ignoring side tracks (on the right) to come to an intersection with a management trail in a fairly large clearing.

(4.29 km) Int west of 130 to Powerline intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 356 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -22 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail west, gently downhill, away from the rocky outcrop. The trail leads across a saddle and soon comes to an unsignposted 'Y' intersection with Bradys Gully trail (heading downhill on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail south-west up the hill, initially keeping Bradys Gully trail below to the right. The walk soon takes the left fork (ignoring another trail on the right) to another saddle, with power lines running through the middle.

(4.64 km) Powerline intersection to Sculpture of Edward John Eyre
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 435 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper arrow on the post, away from the power line, heading uphill to the south. The walk soon veers left (ignoring the wider trail on the right) and winds up the timber steps, through the rocky outcrop and follows a wire fence for a short time. The track follows the top of the ridge (with some filtered district views) until coming to a bronze sculpture of Edward John Eyre.

Edward John Eyre Alt = 131 m
The Sculpture of Edward John Eyre is found near the southern end of the Mouat Trail in Rumbalara Reserve. Commissioned by Sara Lee Kitchens and the State Bicentennial Commission, this 1.25 scale[14] figurative work was sculptured by Carl Merten[15]. A circular inscription at the base declares this to be 'Edward John Eyre 1815-1901'[16]. Eyre is one of Australia's more famous explorers. A father of 5, he was awarded the founder's gold medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 1847[17]. In 1841, Eyre was appointed as resident magistrate and protector of Aborigines. He summed up his work like this -
"Moorundie was a District densely populated by Natives and in which prior to 1841 no settler had ventured to locate, and where (before I was stationed there) frightful scenes of bloodshed, rapine and hostility between the Natives and Parties coming overland with Stock had been of very frequent occurrence, but where, from the time of my arrival, and up to the date of my leaving not a single case of serious injury or aggression ever took place on the part of the Natives against the Europeans, whilst the district became rapidly and extensively occupied by Settlers and by Stock"[18].
Eyre also served as lieutenant-governor for New Zealand, lieutenant-governor for St Vincent (West Indies), governor for Leeward Islands, governor for Antigua and governor-in-chief for Jamaica. More info

(5.08 km) Sculpture of Edward John Eyre to Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 145 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the sculpture, this walk follows the management trail, leaving the sculpture behind on the left. The trail meanders for a short distance to an intersection with a bush track, on the right (with a gate visible straight ahead).

(5.22 km) Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk to Wannagan Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 285 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -7 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track down the hill, leaving the nearby gate (beside the road) to the left. The walk meanders along the side of the hill for some distance, keeping the valley to the right, going up and down occasional steps before reaching the fenced Wannagan Lookout[19], with great views to the north.

Wannagan Lookout Alt = 133 m
The fenced Wannagan Lookout[20], on the Red Gum Walk, has great views over North Gosford. The fenced lookout sits at the top of a small cliff. Out of sight, beneath the lookout, is some great cliff and overhang scenery.

(5.51 km) Wannagan Lookout to Int of Flannel Flower walk and Red Gum walk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 417 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = -35 m
Turn left : From the lookout, this walk follows the track along the side of the hill, leaving the lookout behind to the right. The walk meanders through some good scenery for a short distance before reaching an intersection with a faint track, going down the hill to the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the level track, keeping the valley to the right. The track immediately passes a grasstree, to the right, and bends to the left. The track meanders for a while, with occasional steps, before winding steeply up the hill using numerous timber and stone steps. The track bends to the right at the top of a rock outcrop and continues a short distance to an intersection with a management trail.

(5.92 km) Int of Flannel Flower walk and Red Gum walk to Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 564 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -29 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently down the hill, away from the nearby reservoir tank. After a short distance, the walk passes another management trail (to the left) and continues further, to an intersection with a track on the left (just before the management trail bends a little to the right and goes very steeply down the hill).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track, leaving the steep downhill section of the management trail to the right. The track follows under or near some power lines for a short distance, then climbs gently around the side of the hill for a while to an intersection with the road, with a 'Flannel Flower Track' signpost pointing back to 'Loop to Yaruga Picnic Area'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Yaruga Picnic Area' arrow across the road. The walk crosses the small car park, passing between some metal posts to a track junction with signposts for the 'Ironbark Loop', the 'Casuarina Track' and the 'Flannel Flower Track'.

Rumbalara Reserve Alt = 141 m
Rumbalara Reserve lies just to the east of the Gosford CBD and is part of Gosford's Coastal Open Space System (COSS). There is an extensive set of well marked walking tracks within the reserve. Yaruga Picnic Area has free electric BBQs while both Yaruga and Nurrunga picnic areas have toilets, picnic tables, nearby lookouts and proximity to walking tracks. The picnic areas are accessed via Dolly Ave, Springfield, with the gate being locked at 8pm each evening[21]. The Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre, at the end of Donnison St, Gosford, is one of several good access points to the walking tracks in the lower section of the reserve. More info

(6.49 km) Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks to Sculpture of Charles Sturt
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 319 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -24 m
Turn left: From the junction, this walk follows the 'Ouraka Point' arrow (Casuarina Track), along the bush track, going gently down the hill. The track descends gently for a while, taking the right branch at a fork and going down the paved steps to an intersection with a management trail, with a 'Casuarina Track' signpost pointing back to the 'Nurrunga Picnic Area'.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently down the hill, keeping the views of Gosford to the right. After a while, the walk reaches a sculpture of Charles Sturt, to the left.

(6.81 km) Sculpture of Charles Sturt to Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 33 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the sculpture, this walk follows the management trail, keeping the views of Gosford to the right and leaving Charles Sturt behind on the left. After a short distance, the walk reaches an intersection, with a 'Casuarina Track' signpost pointing back to the 'Picnic Areas'.

Casuarina Alt = 116 m
Commonly known as the she-oak, sheoak, ironwood, or beefwood, casuarinas have 'delicate, slender ultimate branches and leaves that are no more than scales, making the tree look more like a wispy conifer'[22]. There are 17 species of Casuarina 'native to Australasia, southeastern Asia, and islands of the western Pacific Ocean'[23]. More info

(6.84 km) Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk to Ouraka Point
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 219 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Ouraka Point' arrow along the management trail, going gently up the hill. After a short distance, the walk passes an informal, unfenced lookout area with obscured but nice views over Gosford, to the right. The walk continues a little further, passing a boulder in the middle of the trail, and arriving at the signposted 'Ouraka Point', with beautiful views over Gosford and the surrounding areas and waterways.

Ouraka Point Alt = 104 m
This picturesque spot with fantastic views over Gosford and the surrounding areas, including Brisbane Waters, is located within the Rumbalara Reserve, along the Casuarina Walk. It is a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the views for a while during a walk in the reserve.

(7.06 km) Ouraka Point to Int of Casuarina track and Casuarina link trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 195 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -39 m
Continue straight: From Ouraka Point, this walk goes down the paved steps, keeping the views over Gosford to the right. The walk passes some large boulders (to the right) and continues down the steps before crossing over the end of a management trail and going down a metal staircase, then some sandstone steps, to an intersection with a management trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently down the hill, leaving the steps behind on the right. After a short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection marked by an information board, and a 'Casuarina Track' signpost pointing back to the 'Picnic Areas'.

(7.25 km) Int of Casuarina track and Casuarina link trail to Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 55 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Field Studies Centre' arrow down the steps. After a short distance, the walk goes down a metal staircase, arriving at an intersection with a management trail, and a 'Casuarina Track' signpost pointing back to the 'Picnic Areas'.

(7.31 km) Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail to Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 135 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -18 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently down the hill, leaving the metal staircase behind on the right. The trail goes gently down the hill for a short distance to an unmarked intersection with a bush track (going down some wooden steps to the left).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track down the steps and immediately bends to the right. After descending a little, the track bends to the left and crosses a small bridge, then goes down some more steps to the trackhead at the back of the Rumbalara EEC buildings, with a 'Walking Trail' arrow pointing back the way you came.

Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre Alt = 39 m
This centre is 'a New South Wales Department of Education and Training facility that provides environmental education and field work opportunities to students, teachers and the community of the Central Coast' [24]. The centre is at the end of Donnison St, Gosford and is a good access point to some of the walking tracks in the adjoining Rumbalara Reserve. More info

(7.44 km) Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead to Gosford Station
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 1.01 km Time = 19 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -38 m
Turn right: From the trackhead, this walk goes across the timber deck and down the paved footpath to the nearby car park.
Turn left: From the car park, this walk heads downhill along the driveway and along Donnison St footpath (keeping the road on the left). The walk crosses Albany St, then Henry Parry Dr, then heads diagonally through Kibble Park. On the other side of Kibble Park, the walk heads through William St Mall, then turns right to follow the footpath along the Pacific Hwy. Soon after crossing Erina St, this walk heads up the stairs under the glass-covered footbridge, then crosses the bridge and road to Gosford Train Station.

Catch the train to Gosford Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Gosford Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus from Gosford Station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
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Drive from Gosford Station
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.
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Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
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Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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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 2.7 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 4.4 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 5.9 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 5.2 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 11.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Matcham to Gosford.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Matcham to Gosford
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3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 7 km (to the ENE)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 10 km (to the WSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 32 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 53 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
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.


Rumbalara Reserve The Rumbalara Reserve is a protected area of bushland just to the east of Gosford City. The area is part of the Hornsby Sandstone Plateau and is home to some diverse flora and fauna. There are some good picnic areas and great walking in the reserve. Rumbalara is an aborginal word meaning 'rainbow', the name suits this place well, with its great range of colour in the rock and plants.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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