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Sandringham Circuit
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.5 km ESE of Erina
Length: 2.9 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.9 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Climb: 201 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 201 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

Starting from Sandringham Close, this walk follows the Sandringham Track up the hill to the views from Colin Watters Lookout. After enjoying the views, you walk past the tower to the other side of the hill to the much less spectacular Nyari Lookout. From here, you follow a wide management trail down the hill, back to the start of the walk. An enjoyable circuit walk for those who do not mind hills, worthwhile for the views from Colin Watters Lookout. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Sandringham Circuit
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End of Sandringham Cl
Sandringham intersection
Sandringham Track clearing
Tower intersection
Colin Watters Lookout
Watters intersection
Tower clearing
Nyari Lookout
Sandringham Track clearing
Blue Hill intersection
Sandringham intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Sandringham intersection

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
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Photo Gallery

 
Looking up steps at the end of Sandringham Cl
 
Looking up steps at the end of Sandringham Cl +
 
Sandringham Cl
 
Sandringham Cl +
 
Track behind Sandringham Cl
 
Track behind Sandringham Cl +

 
Intersection above Sandringham Cl
 
Intersection above Sandringham Cl +
 
Track through the open forest
 
Track through the open forest +
 
Steps leading up the hill
 
Steps leading up the hill +

 
Sandringham Track
 
Sandringham Track +
 
Great boulders scatter the ridge
 
Great boulders scatter the ridge +
 
walking along the ridge
 
walking along the ridge +

 
District view between the trees
 
District view between the trees +
 
The boulders can be quite interesting on there own
 
The boulders can be quite interesting on there own +
 
Large boulders along the track
 
Large boulders along the track +

 
on Sandringham track
 
on Sandringham track +
 
Track between Colin Watters Lookout and the tower
 
Track between Colin Watters Lookout and the tower +
 
View from Colin Watters Lookout
 
View from Colin Watters Lookout +

 
View from Colin Watters Lookout
 
View from Colin Watters Lookout +
 
view from Colin Watters Lookout
 
view from Colin Watters Lookout +
 
Colin Watters Lookout
 
Colin Watters Lookout +

 
Information about Colin Watters Lookout
 
Information about Colin Watters Lookout +
 
Information sign near Colin Watters Lookout
 
Information sign near Colin Watters Lookout +
 
Sign to Colin Watters Lookout
 
Sign to Colin Watters Lookout +

 
Picnic table next to tower
 
Picnic table next to tower +
 
Sign to Nyari Lookout
 
Sign to Nyari Lookout +
 
Track between tower and Nayari Lookout
 
Track between tower and Nayari Lookout +

 
The limited from Nyari Lookout
 
The limited from Nyari Lookout +
 
Management trail north east of Nyari Lookout
 
Management trail north east of Nyari Lookout +
 
Blue Hill trail
 
Blue Hill trail +

 
Trail leading through the tall forest
 
Trail leading through the tall forest +
 
Rocky outcrop beside trail
 
Rocky outcrop beside trail +
 
Trail near Sandringham Close
 
Trail near Sandringham Close +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Sandringham Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Sandringham Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Sandringham Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Sandringham Circuit 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 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
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
1.7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 860m is very steep. The remaining (390m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.8km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 1.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
2.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 170m has minimal directional signs. The remaining (150m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
2.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 170m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (150m) 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
This whole walk, 2.9km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to End of Sandringham Cl
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 End of Sandringham Cl
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) End of Sandringham Cl to Sandringham intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 135 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 33 m Descent = 0 m
From the end of Sandringham Cl, this walk heads up the concrete steps and path between houses number 7 and 9. At the back of the houses, the walk continues up the hill along the track and timber steps and, before long, the track passes between two timber barriers, coming to a wide management trail and a five-way intersection (just to the left).

(0.14 km) Sandringham intersection to Sandringham Track clearing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 689 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 70 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads past the No Dogs sign and up the timbers steps, following the track up the spur away from the houses. The track heads steeply at first and then, at the top of the stairs, the track bends right and flattens out. After about 150m, the track starts to head uphill again and, just past a large dead tree, the walk turns left at a 'T' intersection to head up along the ridge. After another 120m, the walk ignores a side track (on the right) and continues up the ridge for just over 100m to a small clearing and intersection with a management trail.

(0.82 km) Sandringham Track clearing to Tower intersection
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 173 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow track up the ridge (initially keeping the management trail below and to the right). The track heads towards the rocky outcrop and bends left, keeping the rocks on the right. The track leads between the gums and grass trees, with filtered views to the left. The track makes its way around the rock to a flat area at the top. From here, the track continues gently up the hill along to top of the ridge for about 60m, to a four-way intersection near the large tower.

(1 km) Tower intersection to Colin Watters Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 114 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads south-east away from the tower and gently down hill. The track soon ignores another track (on the left) and gently bends to the right, coming to the fenced and signposted 'Colin Watters Lookout'[1].

Colin Watters Lookout Alt = 174 m
A plaque[2] explains that this lookout was named in 1992 in honour of the Colin D Watters, who was Senior Parks Supervisor with Gosford Council. The fenced[3] lookout provides great view south-east, down Picketts Valley to Avoca Lake and Beach[4]. The lookout is also home to an information board[5], bench seat[6], picnic table and garbage bin[7]. This lookout offers one of the best views in the park and makes a great spot to stop and rest.


(1.11 km) Colin Watters Lookout to Watters intersection
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 88 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the lookout, this walk heads away from the view, following the wider trail past the 'Colin Watters Lookout'[8] and past the sheltered information board. Ignoring the shortcut track (on the left), the trail comes to 'T' intersection near the tower (about 40m past the information board).

(1.2 km) Watters intersection to Tower clearing
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 58 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail, keeping the tower on the right. The trail bends right and comes to a clearing and a 'Colin Watters Lookout' sign[9] point back along the trail.

Tower Clearing Alt = 186 m
This clearing is found between Nyari and Colin Watters Lookouts. The clearing is next to a large communication repeater tower[10]. There is some natural shade and a solitary picnic table[11] on the northern side.

(1.26 km) Tower clearing to Nyari Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 131 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses the clearing (keeping the tower behind and to the right), then follows the 'Nyari Lookout' sign[12] back into the bush. The track gently winds through the ferns and soon comes to a 'T' intersection with a management trail, and 'Nyari Lookout' on the otherside side of the trail[13].

Nyari Lookout Alt = 175 m
The signposted[14] and unfenced Nyari Lookout is found beside the Sandringham Trail and is also know as Nyari Point[15]. The views from this point are filtered through the trees and extend north-west over Erina and a small section of the Brisbane Water to Rumbalara Reserve[16]. Not the greatest views around.

(1.39 km) Nyari Lookout to Sandringham Track clearing
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 224 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -25 m
Turn right: From the lookout, this walk follows the wide management trail downhill. The trail passes a track (on the right) and bends right, then heads more gently down around the side of the steep gully. The trail bends left and just after passing a rocky outcrop (up to the right), the trail comes to a small clearing at the top of the ridge. This is an unsignposted four-way intersection with the Sandringham track.

(1.61 km) Sandringham Track clearing to Blue Hill intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 370 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -49 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide management trail as it heads downhill fairly steeply, keeping the valley to the left. The trail soon becomes much less steep and passes a couple of informal tracks (on the right) before coming to a distinct three-way intersection with another wide management trail (on the right).

(1.98 km) Blue Hill intersection to Sandringham intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 808 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 48 m Descent = -71 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail north and downhill and immediately turns right, keeping the other trail uphill to the right. The walk continues down the hill, keeping the valley on the left. Soon after passing a rocky outcrop (close to the trail), the walk comes to views of houses in the valley. The trail continues gently downhill, passing a wide informal track (on the left) - this walk continues along the wider trail, keeping the houses to the left for a while. In time, the trail comes to a five-way intersection, notable for a timber barrier guarding the track on the left, and steps heading up to the right.

(2.79 km) Sandringham intersection to End of Sandringham Cl
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 135 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -33 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrower track downhill between the timber barriers, towards the houses. The track leads down a series of timber steps and then down a concrete path (and steps) between two houses, coming to the end of Sandringham Cl.

Catch the bus from End of Sandringham Cl
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 End of Sandringham Cl
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
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
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


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 2.3 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 6.4 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 6.7 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 7.6 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 14.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Sandringham Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Sandringham Circuit
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3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 9 km (to the NE)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 10 km (to the W)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 31 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
43 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 56 km (to the N)

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

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Anthony IP:121.218.222.xxx | 2012-06-24 02:35:40
Great beginner walk - good views. A little challenging at the start with a steep climb but overall quite easy.
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