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Toomeys Walk
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.4 km SE of Lisarow
Length: 2.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 2.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Katandra Reserve
Climb: 135 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 135 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 end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk is a great way to explore the diverse forests of Katandra Reserve. Starting with the views from St Johns Lookout, this walk heads through the open forest, past many mossy rocks, then heads into the valley and rainforest. On the valley floor, the walk gently meanders past some great examples of Strangler Figs on the way to Seymour Pond. From the pond, you walk through another palm-filled valley and then open forest, before arriving at the Katandra Rd Picnic Area. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Toomeys Walk
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St Johns Lookout car park
Toilet block
Toilet block
Upper Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track
Int of Toomey and Guringai Walks
Lower Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track
End of Ridgeway Rd trail
Strangler Fig platform
Strangler Fig Tube
Int of Waterman and Toomey walks
Seymour Pond Picnic area
Int of Waterman walk and Katandra Rd track
Katandra Rd picnic area
Starting point for this hiking track: St Johns Lookout car park

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

 
St Johns Lookout car park
 
St Johns Lookout car park +
 
St Johns Lookout picnic area
 
St Johns Lookout picnic area +
 
Info sign near St Johns Lookout
 
Info sign near St Johns Lookout +

 
Sign about Toomeys walk
 
Sign about Toomeys walk +
 
Path through picnic area
 
Path through picnic area +
 
St Johns Lookout
 
St Johns Lookout +

 
Walking track signs
 
Walking track signs +
 
Top of Tommey Walk
 
Top of Tommey Walk +
 
Toomey Walk
 
Toomey Walk +

 
Palm
 
Palm +
 
Toomeys Walk
 
Toomeys Walk +
 
Track intersection signs
 
Track intersection signs +

 
Following Tommey walk sign
 
Following Tommey walk sign +
 
Walking through the cleft in the rock
 
Walking through the cleft in the rock +
 
Following Toomey Walk
 
Following Toomey Walk +

 
Mossy rocks
 
Mossy rocks +
 
Tree grasping a rock
 
Tree grasping a rock +
 
Ferns growing on rock
 
Ferns growing on rock +

 
Mossy section of track
 
Mossy section of track +
 
Toomey walk
 
Toomey walk +
 
Toomey walk sign
 
Toomey walk sign +

 
Toomey walk at the end of Ridgeway Rd trail
 
Toomey walk at the end of Ridgeway Rd trail +
 
looking down the stairs and around the rock
 
looking down the stairs and around the rock +
 
Toomey Walk
 
Toomey Walk +

 
Flat section of Toomey Walk
 
Flat section of Toomey Walk +
 
Palms on Toomey Walk
 
Palms on Toomey Walk +
 
Walking along Toomey walk
 
Walking along Toomey walk +

 
Rain forest section
 
Rain forest section +
 
Dense forest
 
Dense forest +
 
Leafy forest
 
Leafy forest +

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

 
Small bridges over the little creeks
 
Small bridges over the little creeks +
 
Toomey Walk on the valley floor
 
Toomey Walk on the valley floor +
 
Post 3 a large Turpentine Tree
 
Post 3 a large Turpentine Tree +

 
Through the shaded forest
 
Through the shaded forest +
 
Strangler Fig
 
Strangler Fig +
 
Closeup of the Strangler Fig Tube
 
Closeup of the Strangler Fig Tube +

 
Inside the Strangler Fig Tube
 
Inside the Strangler Fig Tube +
 
Intersection of Toomey and waterman walks
 
Intersection of Toomey and waterman walks +
 
Crossing a bridge at Seymour Pond
 
Crossing a bridge at Seymour Pond +

 
Track markers
 
Track markers +
 
Table at Seymour Pond picnic area
 
Table at Seymour Pond picnic area +
 
Seymour Pond
 
Seymour Pond +

 
Cicada shell at Seymour Pond
 
Cicada shell at Seymour Pond +
 
Sign at Seymour Pond
 
Sign at Seymour Pond +
 
Information post 5
 
Information post 5 +

 
Winding through palms in valley
 
Winding through palms in valley +
 
Shade here from the palms
 
Shade here from the palms +
 
Track east of Katandra Rd picnic area
 
Track east of Katandra Rd picnic area +

 
Katandra Rd Picnic Area info sign
 
Katandra Rd Picnic Area info sign +
 
Katandra Rd Picnic area
 
Katandra Rd Picnic area +
 
Toilets at Katandra Rd Picnic area
 
Toilets at Katandra Rd Picnic area +

 
Car park at Katandra Rd Picnic area
 
Car park at Katandra Rd Picnic area +
 
Katandra Rd Picnic area drive way
 
Katandra Rd Picnic area drive way +
 
Katandra Reserve entrance at Katandra Rd
 
Katandra Reserve entrance at Katandra Rd +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Toomeys Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Toomeys Walk bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Toomeys 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 2.9km
Time 1 hr 30 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 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
1.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.3km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (200m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.8km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 70m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 2.9km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.4km 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
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(0 km) St Johns Lookout car park to Toilet block
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 128 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -3 m
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.

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].

(0.13 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
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 veer right 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[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.

(0.13 km) Toilet block to Upper Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 167 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the toilet block, this walk heads through the clearing away from the lookout and BBQs. The walk follows the 'Toomey Walk' sign past a couple of picnic tables then turns right at the next 'Toomey Walk' sign. Just after passing through the gap in the fence, the walk comes to an intersection with a number of timber posts (on the right).

(0.3 km) Upper Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track to Int of Toomey and Guringai Walks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 68 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -18 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper orange arrow past the timber posts and along the track. The track soon bends sharply left, heading down some stairs and coming to a three-way intersection, and a 'Lookout' sign pointing back up.

(0.36 km) Int of Toomey and Guringai Walks to Lower Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 327 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = -78 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Toomey Walk' sign down the steps and left around the tree and through a cleft in the rock. The track zigzags down the hill and, about 100m past a rock platform with views, the track leads through some timber posts to come to a 'T' intersection with the Katandra Horse Track.

(0.69 km) Lower Int of Toomey walk and Katandra Horse track to End of Ridgeway Rd trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 126 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -3 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows neither arrow but heads gently downhill along the wide horse trail, passing the post with the peach-coloured strip. The trail winds through the bush for a short time before coming to a clearing and signposted intersection with the 'Ridgeway Road' trail.

(0.82 km) End of Ridgeway Rd trail to Strangler Fig platform
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.04 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -121 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the left-hand arrow on the 'Toomey Walk' sign, over a small rise and along a narrow track. The track then heads down a short set of stairs and past a large rock. After a switchback, the track heads down another set of stairs then continues more gently down the hill. After a few more zigzags, the bush becomes more dense and thick vines become prevalent. Once on the valley floor, the walk crosses a couple of small creeks on small timber bridges and soon heads down some stairs, coming to the timber platform and a large 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[11]. More commonly know as a 'Small-leaved Fig' [12], 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

(1.86 km) Strangler Fig platform to Strangler Fig Tube
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 421 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -35 m
Turn left: From the Strangler Fig Tree platform, this walk heads down a step and follows the flat track through the palm-filled valley. The track cross a few small creeks on small timber bridges to come to post '3' (a large Turpentine Tree[13]). From there, the track continues gently downhill. Soon after heading down a long set of timber stairs, the track crosses a small bridge then turns right, coming to the top of more stairs and a number '4' post (a 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[14]. 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[15]. 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

(2.28 km) Strangler Fig Tube to Int of Waterman and Toomey walks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From post '3', this walk heads down the timber stairs and turns left. The walk follows the track and soon moves back onto a boardwalk, coming to a three-way intersection beside a large pond, with a sign pointing back along 'Toomey Walk'.

(2.34 km) Int of Waterman and Toomey walks to Seymour Pond Picnic area
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 69 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows none of the arrows and heads away from the face of the signs, across the bridge, keeping the pond on the right. The track then heads past the picnic tables and comes to an intersection and '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[16]. The small creek was dammed in the early 1900's to provide water for a farm on the south side (growing vegetables)[17]. The pond is home to water birds, large lizards and other wildlife. The council does not allow swimming in the pond[18], 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.

(2.4 km) Seymour Pond Picnic area to Int of Waterman walk and Katandra Rd track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 304 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -2 m
Veer left: From the picnic area, this walk heads away from the pond, following the left-hand 'Waterman walk' arrow (next to the locked gate) into the bush and across a couple of small bridges. The track passes post '5' (an old wombat hole) then sharply bends right, soon passing the 'Commemorating 10 years of bushcaring in Katandra Reserve' plaque[19], where this walk then heads down some stairs. After walking through the palm filled valley for a short distance, the walk heads up the steps and, soon after passing the house and fence (on the left), comes to a three-way intersection marked with a post (with blue and white arrows).

(2.71 km) Int of Waterman walk and Katandra Rd track to Katandra Rd picnic area
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 141 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the lower arrow up the steps and turns left in front of the locked gate. The walk follows these steps up the hill, then soon flattens out as the track comes to a picnic area and car park.

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.

(2.85 km) Katandra Rd picnic area to Katandra Rd Gate
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 70 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the picnic area, this walk heads through the car park and follows the driveway down the hill, soon coming to a gate just above the junction of Katandra Rd and Croton Ave.

Catch the bus from Katandra Rd Gate
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Drive from Katandra Rd Gate
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You can drive or ride from the end of this 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 Toomeys 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 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.
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