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Mouat Trail (Katandra to Rumbalara)
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.4 km SE of Lisarow
Length: 4.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Katandra Reserve
Climb: 139 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 139 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 walk follows a series of tracks and management trails along the top of the ridge between Katandra and Rumbalara Reserves. You will at times think you are a million miles from anywhere and other times enjoy views across the suburbs of the Central Coast and out to sea. In spring and early summer, you will discover many wildflowers. There are a few picnic tables with views, great spots for a snack and a rest on your walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mouat Trail (Katandra to Rumbalara)

Map of Walk

Location

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St Johns Lookout car park
Southern end of Guringai walk
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
Starting point for this hiking track: Southern end of Guringai walk

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Photo Gallery

 
St Johns Picnic area car park
 
St Johns Picnic area car park +
 
St Johns Picnic area car park
 
St Johns Picnic area car park +
 
Walking through clearing
 
Walking through clearing +

 
Signs at southern end of picnic area
 
Signs at southern end of picnic area +
 
Intersection of Graves and Mouat walks
 
Intersection of Graves and Mouat walks +
 
Mouat walk track
 
Mouat walk track +

 
Intersection of Graves Walk and Maidens Brush management trail
 
Intersection of Graves Walk and Maidens Brush management trail +
 
Mouat Walk
 
Mouat Walk +
 
Ferns along Mouat Walk
 
Ferns along Mouat Walk +

 
Gently winding track
 
Gently winding track +
 
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
 
Toomeys Rd Trail +
 
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 +
 
Track south of Erina Trig
 
Track south of Erina Trig +

 
Intersection just south of Erina Trig
 
Intersection just south of Erina Trig +
 
locked gate beside walk
 
locked gate beside walk +
 
View above Marana Rd
 
View above Marana Rd +

 
Banksia
 
Banksia +
 
Track on the ridge
 
Track on the ridge +
 
Old Picnic Table
 
Old Picnic Table +

 
Track winding around the rock
 
Track winding around the rock +
 
Crossing a long saddle
 
Crossing a long saddle +
 
Dipodium punctatum (Hyacinth orchid)
 
Dipodium punctatum (Hyacinth orchid) +

 
Walking along the ridge
 
Walking along the ridge +
 
130 Picnic table
 
130 Picnic table +
 
View across Brisbane Water
 
View across Brisbane Water +

 
Steps through cleft in the rock
 
Steps through cleft in the rock +
 
Int west of 130
 
Int west of 130 +
 
Powerline intersection
 
Powerline intersection +

 
Winding up through the rocks
 
Winding up through the rocks +
 
Walking along the ridge on the Mouat walk
 
Walking along the ridge on the Mouat walk +
 
View from the track
 
View from the track +

 
Dianella Flower in early summer
 
Dianella Flower in early summer +
 
Edward John Eyre sculpture
 
Edward John Eyre sculpture +
 
Southern end of the Mouat Walk
 
Southern end of the Mouat Walk +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mouat Trail (Katandra to Rumbalara) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mouat Trail (Katandra to Rumbalara) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mouat Trail (Katandra to Rumbalara) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mouat Trail (Katandra to Rumbalara) 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 4.1km
Time 2 hrs
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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
3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1km has short steep hills. The remaining (80m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 1.7km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
3.4km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 390m is clearly signposted. The remaining (340m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 2.6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.5km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 610m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

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
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St Johns Lookout picnic area Alt = 200 m
St Johns Lookout picnic area[1] is a large open area found at the top of Katandra Reserve on Toomeys Rd. The picnic area provides wheelchair accessible toilets[2], picnic tables[3], free electric BBQ's[4], parking areas[5] [6] and information boards[7]. There is plenty of open space with some natural shade provided by the surrounding trees. There are garbage bins provided[8] but no drinking water[9].

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[10] 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.

(0 km) St Johns Lookout car park to Int of Graves and Mouat Walks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 151 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -6 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.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads through the clearing towards the 'Mount Mouat Walk' and 'Graves Walk' signs[11]. At these signs, the walk heads left, out of the clearing and down the track for a short distance to the signposted intersection with 'Graves Walk' and 'Mouat Walk'[12].

(0.15 km) Int of Graves and Mouat Walks to Int of Graves Walk and Maidens Brush management trail
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 243 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: 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).

(0.39 km) Int of Graves Walk and Maidens Brush management trail to Int of Mouat and Toomeys Rd Trails
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 807 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -68 m
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.

(1.2 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.

(1.77 km) Top of Clyde Rd trail to Pond intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 75 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 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).

(1.84 km) Pond intersection to Erina Trig
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = 0 m
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

(1.93 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.

(2.05 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.

(2.53 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.

(2.61 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.

(2.8 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.

(2.93 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.

(3.13 km) Int west of 130 to Top of Bradys Gully Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 167 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -20 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).

(3.29 km) Top of Bradys Gully Trail to Powerline intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 189 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -2 m
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.

(3.48 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[13] figurative work was sculptured by Carl Merten[14]. A circular inscription at the base declares this to be 'Edward John Eyre 1815-1901'[15]. 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[16]. 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"[17].
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

(3.92 km) Sculpture of Edward John Eyre to Int of Mouat Walk and Dolly Ave
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 179 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -2 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).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently up the hill towards the gate. The walk passes around the gate to the intersection with Dolly Ave, with a 'Mouat Walk' signpost pointing back to the 'Statue of Edward John Eyre 50 metres'.

Rumbalara Reserve Flora and Fauna Alt = 157 m
The reserve is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. The vegetation types range from the relatively dry 'Coastal Narrabeen Ironbark Forest' to pockets of 'Coastal Warm Temperate Rainforest'. Commonly seen birds include Kookaburras, Eastern Rosellas and Magpies. Rarer birds such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo and Swift Parrot are sometimes sighted here as well. Sugar Gliders, Brush-tailed possums, Blue-tounged lizards and Tree snakes can be seen in the reserve if you are patient and lucky enough.[18]

Drive from Int of Mouat Walk and Dolly Ave
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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 Mouat Trail (Katandra to Rumbalara).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mouat Trail (Katandra to Rumbalara)
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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 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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