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Flannel Flower Track
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1 km NNE of Gosford
Length: 1.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Rumbalara Reserve
Climb: 88 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 88 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: Circuit
Track: Moderate

A great walk with some spectacular views and nice forest scenery in the Rumbalara Reserve, near Gosford. The tracks are well formed and signposted, and there are plenty of facilities in the reserve, including free electric BBQs. This walk is very accessible from Gosford and a great way to enjoy some of the wonderful scenery and views of the area. Note that the entrance gate on Dolly Ave, for the upper section of Rumbalara, is locked at 8pm each evening. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Flannel Flower Track
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Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
Flannel Flower walk signpost
Int of Casuarina walk and Flannel Flower walk
Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks
Western int of Flannel Flower walk and Dolly Ave
Int of Flannel Flower walk and Jarret St fire trail
Int of Flannel Flower walk and Red Gum walk
Western int of Red Gum walk and Dolly Ave
Starting point for this hiking track: Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs

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
 Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91312S 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Views from Yaruga picnic area lookout
 
Views from Yaruga picnic area lookout +
 
Free electric BBQs
 
Free electric BBQs +
 
Near Yaruga picnic area
 
Near Yaruga picnic area +

 
Well formed track
 
Well formed track +
 
Through the trees
 
Through the trees +
 
Grasstree by the track
 
Grasstree by the track +

 
Hillside walk
 
Hillside walk +
 
Nice walking
 
Nice walking +
 
Steps where needed
 
Steps where needed +

 
Old management trail
 
Old management trail +
 
Views over Gosford
 
Views over Gosford +
 
Sandstone steps
 
Sandstone steps +

 
Great walking scenery
 
Great walking scenery +
 
Powerlines overhead
 
Powerlines overhead +
 
Drier forest
 
Drier forest +

 
Easy walking
 
Easy walking +
 
Boulders
 
Boulders +
 
Near the road
 
Near the road +

 
A bit of road walking
 
A bit of road walking +
 
Yaruga picnic area
 
Yaruga picnic area +
 
Big views
 
Big views +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Flannel Flower Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Flannel Flower Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Flannel Flower Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Flannel Flower Track 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 1.6km
Time 45 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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 940m of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 670m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 450m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 890m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 720m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.3km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 320m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 830m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 780m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
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 --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the start of this walk on this map

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[1]. 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

Yaruga Picnic Area Alt = 153 m
This picnic area is right beside Dolly Ave, within the Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford. The facilities include free electric BBQs, picnic tables, toilets and garbage bins. There are information boards with details of the walking tracks and other features of the reserve. There are a couple of lookout points at the edge of the picnic area with great views out across Gosford and the surrounding areas.

(0 km) Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs to Flannel Flower walk signpost
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 720 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -57 m
From the BBQs, this walk goes across the picnic area, keeping the road to the right. The walk passes the information board, to the left, and follows the paved path toward the nearby toilet block. The walk turns left just before the toilet block and follows the 'Nurrunga Picnic Area' arrow down the paved steps and along the bush track. The walk descends gently for a while with numerous sandstone steps, then meanders around the side of the hill, for some distance. Ignoring a bush track, to the left, and another soon after, to the right, the walk continues for some distance until reaching an intersection with a management trail, with a 'Flannel Flower Track' signpost pointing back to the 'Yaruga Picnic Area'.

Flannel Flower Alt = 127 m
Actinotus helianthi, popularly known as the Sydney flannel flower, is frequently spotted by spring-time bushwalkers in the Sydney region. Generally growing up to 50 cm, the stem, branches and leaves of the plant are a pale grey in colour, covered in downy hair (rather like flannel in texture). More info

(0.72 km) Flannel Flower walk signpost to Int of Casuarina walk and Flannel Flower walk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 28 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail down the hill, towards the views of Gosford. After a very short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection with a paved path, signposted 'Casuarina Track'.

(0.75 km) Int of Casuarina walk and Flannel Flower walk to Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 177 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Nurrunga Picnic Area' arrow along the paved track, keeping the views of Gosford to the left. The walk climbs gently for a short distance before arriving at a track junction with signposts for the 'Ironbark Loop', the 'Casuarina Track' and the 'Flannel Flower Track'.

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.[2]

(0.93 km) Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks to Western int of Flannel Flower walk and Dolly Ave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 25 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Loop to Yaruga Picnic Area' arrow between the metal posts and across the edge of the small car park. The walk immediately crosses the road to an intersection with a track, with a 'Flannel Flower Track' signpost pointing back to 'Yaruga Picnic Area'.

(0.95 km) Western int of Flannel Flower walk and Dolly Ave to Int of Flannel Flower walk and Red Gum walk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 539 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -20 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Loop to Yaruga Picnic Area' arrow along the track, going gently down the hill. The walk meanders gently downhill for a short distance before passing under some power lines and continuing a little further to an intersection with a management trail.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail up the hill, keeping the nearby power lines to the right. After a short distance, the walk passes a management trail (to the right) and continues, passing some sort of underground pipe access point, on the left. After a while, the trail reaches an intersection with tracks to the left and right.

(1.49 km) Int of Flannel Flower walk and Red Gum walk to Western int of Red Gum walk and Dolly Ave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 62 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track up the steps, leaving the nearby water reservoir to the left. The walk climbs gently for a short distance to an intersection with the road.

(1.55 km) Western int of Red Gum walk and Dolly Ave to Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 58 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the road gently up the hill towards the sandstone walls of the nearby Yaruga picnic area. The walk climbs the first set of steps on the left, near the 'Yaruga Picnic Area' signpost, and goes across the picnic area to the nearby electric BBQs.

Drive from Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
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 --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the end of this walk on this map

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

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk
Since this walk starts on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan to the start.
View the location on a road map here --> See the start of the walk on a map
From the end of the walk
Since this walk ends on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan from the end.
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 1.2 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 2 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 2.4 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 3 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 14.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Flannel Flower Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Flannel Flower Track
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 6 km (to the WSW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 11 km (to the ENE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 29 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
42 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 55 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 2 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

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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