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Strangler Fig Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.5 km SW of Holgate
Length: 2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Katandra Reserve
Climb: 96 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 96 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
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

Starting from the Katandra Rd Picnic Area, you will head past Seymour Pond and along Toomey Walk to the Strangler Fig platform. You will see two magnificent examples of Strangler Fig trees - one growing on a large rock and the other forming a knotted tubular structure. A lovely walk through the dense forest, along a well-formed track. If you have a little extra time, the Watermans walk is a great addition to your visit to the valley. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Strangler Fig Walk
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Katandra Rd picnic area
Int of Waterman walk and Katandra Rd track
Seymour Pond Picnic area
Waterman View
Seymour Pond Picnic area
Int of Waterman and Toomey walks
Strangler Fig Tube
Starting point for this hiking track: Katandra Rd picnic area

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)

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Photo Gallery

 
Katandra Rd Picnic Area info sign
 
Katandra Rd Picnic Area info sign +
 
Katandra Rd Picnic Area toilets
 
Katandra Rd Picnic Area toilets +
 
Rangers House
 
Rangers House +

 
Walking track sign
 
Walking track sign +
 
walking track near Katandra Rd Picnic Area
 
walking track near Katandra Rd Picnic Area +
 
Plenty of shade here from the palms
 
Plenty of shade here from the palms +

 
Information post 5
 
Information post 5 +
 
Signposted Waterman Walk
 
Signposted Waterman Walk +
 
Seymour Pond Picnic Area
 
Seymour Pond Picnic Area +

 
Seymour Pond
 
Seymour Pond +
 
Signposted intersection Waterman and Toomey walks
 
Signposted intersection Waterman and Toomey walks +
 
Track markers
 
Track markers +

 
Seymour Pond from Waterman View
 
Seymour Pond from Waterman View +
 
Intersection of Toomey and waterman walks
 
Intersection of Toomey and waterman walks +
 
Steps beside fig tree tube
 
Steps beside fig tree tube +

 
Strangler Fig Tube beside track
 
Strangler Fig Tube beside track +
 
Fungus growing on  a Turpentine Tree
 
Fungus growing on a Turpentine Tree +
 
Post 3 a large Turpentine Tree
 
Post 3 a large Turpentine Tree +

 
walking through the valley floor
 
walking through the valley floor +
 
lovely shaded forest
 
lovely shaded forest +
 
Small bridges over the little creeks
 
Small bridges over the little creeks +

 
Strangler Fig over a boulder
 
Strangler Fig over a boulder +
 
Strangler Fig growing over a boulder
 
Strangler Fig growing over a boulder +
 
Strangler Fig and platform
 
Strangler Fig and platform +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Strangler Fig Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Strangler Fig Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Strangler Fig Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Strangler Fig 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 2km
Time 1 Hr
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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
500m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 420m has short steep hills. The remaining (70m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 990m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 990m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 990m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 990m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 990m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Katandra Rd picnic area
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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive to Katandra Rd picnic area
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|

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 km) Katandra Rd picnic area to Int of Waterman walk and Katandra Rd track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 141 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -14 m
From the picnic area, this walk follows the 'Seymour Pond' and 'Waterman Walk' signs north-east along the clear track. The track soon heads down a series of steps and, shortly after turning right (at a locked gate), this walk comes to a three-way intersection marked with two blue/white arrows on a post.

(0.14 km) Int of Waterman walk and Katandra Rd track to Seymour Pond Picnic area
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 304 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -29 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper arrow down the hill, keeping the fence and house to the right. The track heads down the hill then steps down into a palm-filled valley. Here, the walk climbs some steps and passes the 'Commemorating 10 years of bushcaring in Katandra Reserve' plaque[1], then bends right and around a sharp left-hand bend and past the number '5' post (and old Wombat Hole). The track continues around the gully to cross a few small bridges and come to a picnic area and a 'Seymour Pond' sign.

Seymour Pond Alt = 18 m
Seymour Pond is medium-sized water body in Katandra Reserve. The pond is fed by a spring coming from the cliffs at the top of the reserve[2]. The small creek was dammed in the early 1900's to provide water for a farm on the south side (growing vegetables)[3]. The pond is home to water birds, large lizards and other wildlife. The council does not allow swimming in the pond[4], helping to maintain the ecosystem that now relies on this pond. There are a few spots beside the pond where you can enjoy the cool climate and the visiting birds.

Seymour Pond Picnic Area Alt = 18 m
The Seymour Pond Picnic Area is found on the dam wall at the eastern end of Seymour Pond in Katandra Reserve. The picnic area provides a couple of picnic tables and a garbage bin. The picnic area is set in a lovely naturally shaded area in view of the Seymour Pond and beside Watermans and Toomeys walks.

(0.45 km) Seymour Pond Picnic area to Int of Waterman and Toomey walks
Alternate Route: Walk: Easy - bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 663 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -21 m
Veer left: From the picnic tables, this walk heads past the 'Seymour Pond' sign (following the right-hand 'Waterman walk' arrow) and follows the track, keeping the pond close by on the right. The track soon leads to a viewing platform with long bench seats - Waterman view.
Turn left: From the pond viewing point, this walk follows the timber track, keeping filtered views of the water to the right. The timber soon stops and the dirt track continues down some stairs, over a few small bridges, and soon crosses a bigger bridge just after a bench seat. From here, the track turns right, down the other side of the gully, where it crosses a few more small bridges before coming to a three-way intersection. The intersection is on timber boardwalk, just after a bridge where a sign points back along 'Waterman Walk'.
Turn left to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 0.51km 'Int of Waterman and Toomey walks'.

(0.45 km) Seymour Pond Picnic area to Int of Waterman and Toomey walks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 69 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the picnic area, this walk heads across the dam wall, keeping the water on the left while passing the two picnic tables. The walk then crosses a timber bridge and comes to a signposted three-way intersection with 'Toomey' and 'Waterman' walks.

(0.51 km) Int of Waterman and Toomey walks to Strangler Fig Tube
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Toomey Walk' sign along the boardwalk, away from the pond. Soon the walk follows the track along the gully then follows the timber steps as they bend right and head up to the number '4' post, next to the Strangler Fig tube.

Strangler Fig Tube Alt = 23 m
This Strangler Fig Tube is found beside Toomey Walk, just north of Seymour Pond. The scientific name of the tree is Ficus obliqua and it is listed on the Significant Tree Register[5]. This Small-leaved Fig has grown around a large fallen log. The log has long-since rotted away, leaving a knotted tubular structure. Strangler Figs often grow from seeds dropped by birds[6]. The seeds may fall on logs or rocks and the roots will make their way to the ground (to provided water, nutrients and a firm anchor), whilst the rest of the tree grows upwards for light. More info

(0.57 km) Strangler Fig Tube to Strangler Fig platform
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 421 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the Number '4' post, this walk heads to the top of the stairs and turns left around the Strangler Fig. The track soon crosses a small creek on a bridge then heads up a long flight of timber stairs. After gently winding through the forest, the track comes to post '3' (a large Turpentine Tree[7]). The track then continues, crossing a few more creeks on small timber bridges and heading along the valley floor to a large timber platform and an even larger Strangler Fig tree.

Strangler Fig platform Alt = 50 m
The Strangler Fig platform on Toomey Walk has been built to help walkers better appreciate this amazing feat of survival. The tree is formally know as Ficus obliqua and is listed on the Significant tree Register[8]. More commonly know as a 'Small-leaved Fig' [9], this tree has an amazing root structure that grasps onto a large mossy boulder before heading underground. The platform is in a lovely shaded spot on the valley floor and the bench seat makes an inviting offer to sit whilst you soak up the surroundings. More info

Catch the bus from Katandra Rd picnic area
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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Katandra Rd picnic area
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

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
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 2.8 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 Strangler Fig Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Strangler Fig 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 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.

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