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Ironbark Loop
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.1 km N of Gosford
Length: 0.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Rumbalara Reserve
Climb: 29 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 29 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 short, interesting walk in the Rumbalara Reserve, near Gosford. This short circuit walk takes in some nice scenery and a couple of the interesting bronze sculptures found in the reserve. Some short deviations from the walk take you to viewpoints with great views over Gosford and the surrounding areas. 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 Ironbark Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Ironbark Loop
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Map Scale 500 meters
End of Dolly Ave
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture
Northern edge of Nurrunga picnic area
Int of Ironbark Loop and Dolly Ave
Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks
Int of Casuarina and Ironbark tracks
Matthew Flinders sculpture
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Dolly Ave

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

 
At the end of Dolly Ave
 
At the end of Dolly Ave +
 
Nurrunga Picnic Area
 
Nurrunga Picnic Area +
 
Bronze sculpture of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith
 
Bronze sculpture of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith +

 
Rumbalara sculpture plaque
 
Rumbalara sculpture plaque +
 
Views over North Gosford
 
Views over North Gosford +
 
Walking around the Ironbark loop
 
Walking around the Ironbark loop +

 
Dry forest along the trail
 
Dry forest along the trail +
 
Past the facilities
 
Past the facilities +
 
Well signposted tracks
 
Well signposted tracks +

 
Track junction
 
Track junction +
 
Easy walking
 
Easy walking +
 
Closed sidetrack
 
Closed sidetrack +

 
Well worn track
 
Well worn track +
 
Sculpture of Matthew Flinders
 
Sculpture of Matthew Flinders +
 
Plaque for Matthew Flinders
 
Plaque for Matthew Flinders +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Ironbark Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Ironbark Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Ironbark Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Ironbark Loop 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 640m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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 570m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 70m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 530m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 110m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 640m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 640m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 640m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 480m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 160m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to End of Dolly Ave
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

(0 km) End of Dolly Ave to Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 84 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
From the end of Dolly Ave, in the Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford, this walk goes down the steps and rocky track, passing a 'Nurrunga Picnic Area' sign, to the right. The walk goes across the middle of the picnic area for a short distance, to the sculpture of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

Sculptures in Rumbalara Alt = 139 m
There are four bronze figurative sculptures in the Rumbalara Reserve that were 'commissioned in the series "Salute to Famous Australians", which includes Captain Charles Sturt, Edward Eyre, and Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.'[2] Matthew Flinders is the fourth in the series. They were 'commissioned by Sara Lee Kitchens (Australia) Pty Ltd and Gosford City Council for the State Bicentennial Celebrations 1987.'[3]. Smith and Flinders are the most easily reached, at the Nurrunga picnic area. More info

(0.08 km) Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture to Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 253 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -10 m
Turn sharp right: From the sculpture, this walk goes along the edge of the picnic area, in the direction pointed by Sir Charles' raised right elbow, keeping the picnic area to the right. The walk soon arrives at an 'Ironbark Loop' sign on the northern edge of the picnic area.
Continue straight: From this 'Ironbark Loop' sign, this walk follows the 'To Casuarina Track' arrow along the management trail, initially keeping the picnic area to the right. The walk continues, passing a toilet block, to the right, then arrives at a sign, beside the road, pointing back to 'Nurrunga Picnic Area'.
Continue straight: From the 'Ironbark Loop' sign, the walk immediately crosses the road and follows the bush track a little to a track junction with signposts for the 'Ironbark Loop', the 'Casuarina Track' and the 'Flannel Flower Track'

(0.34 km) Junction of Ironbark, Casuarina and Flannel flower walks to Matthew Flinders sculpture
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 183 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -10 m
Turn sharp right: From the track junction, this walk follows the 'Loop to Gosford' arrow (Casuarina Track) along the bush track, directly away from the nearby car park. After a short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection signposted for the 'Casuarina Track' and the 'Ironbark Loop'. At the time of writing, this part of the Casuarina Track, going down the hill, was closed[4].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Nurrunga Picnic Area' arrow (Ironbark Loop sign), along the bush track, keeping the views of Gosford to the left. After a short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection, with an 'Ironbark Loop' signpost pointing back 'To Casuarina Track', beside a sculpture of Matthew Flinders.

(0.52 km) Matthew Flinders sculpture to End of Dolly Ave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 123 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track in the opposite direction to the 'To Casuarina Track' arrow, leaving the sculpture behind on the right. The walk then goes across the end of the picnic area to the sculpture of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.
Turn right: From the sculpture, this walk goes across the middle of the picnic area. After a short distance, the walk goes up a rocky track and some steps, passing a 'Nurrunga Picnic Area' signpost, to the left, arriving at the end of Dolly Ave.

Drive from End of Dolly Ave
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 0.7 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 1.6 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 1.8 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 3.6 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 Ironbark Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Ironbark Loop
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 5 km (to the WSW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 12 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 SSW)
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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