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John Whiteway Dr to Tottenham Pl
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.7 km NNW of Gosford
Length: 3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Rumbalara Reserve
Climb: 228 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 228 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: One way
Track: Hard

An excellent walk, crossing the Rumbalara Reserve and covering plenty of the scenic highlights of the reserve. This walk goes through beautiful pockets of rainforest as well as the drier ridgetop forest, showcasing the great variety of scenery in Rumbalara. There is some steep walking along the way, though the well-formed tracks and steps along much of the walk makes the going easier. The descent to Tottenham Pl is on a less well-defined track. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park
Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead
Int of Casuarina track and Rumbalara EEC access track
Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail
Int of Casuarina track and Casuarina link trail
Car park at int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr
Southern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk
Northern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk
Southern Int of Rainforest walk and Bayview firetrail
Northern int of Rainforest walk and Bayview firetrail
Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk
Sculpture of Charles Sturt
Int of Casuarina walk and Flannel Flower walk
Flannel Flower walk signpost
Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
Western int of Red Gum walk and Dolly Ave
Int of Flannel Flower walk and Red Gum walk
Int of Flannel Flower track and Tottenham track.
Starting point for this hiking track: Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park

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

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Photo Gallery

 
Entrance to the Rumbalara EEC
 
Entrance to the Rumbalara EEC +
 
Trackhead at the Rumbalara EEC
 
Trackhead at the Rumbalara EEC +
 
Into Rumbalara
 
Into Rumbalara +

 
Easing the way
 
Easing the way +
 
Walking information board and signpost
 
Walking information board and signpost +
 
Car park beside John Whiteway Dr
 
Car park beside John Whiteway Dr +

 
Beautiful forest walking
 
Beautiful forest walking +
 
Walking on the White St firetrail
 
Walking on the White St firetrail +
 
Glimpses into the old quarry
 
Glimpses into the old quarry +

 
Metal footbridge on the Rainforest walk
 
Metal footbridge on the Rainforest walk +
 
Up through the ferns
 
Up through the ferns +
 
Steep section on the Rainforest walk
 
Steep section on the Rainforest walk +

 
Beautiful and lush
 
Beautiful and lush +
 
Well signposted tracks
 
Well signposted tracks +
 
Great scenery
 
Great scenery +

 
Beautiful scenery in the valley
 
Beautiful scenery in the valley +
 
Some nice boulder scenery
 
Some nice boulder scenery +
 
Climbing
 
Climbing +

 
Charles Sturt immortalised
 
Charles Sturt immortalised +
 
Views over Gosford
 
Views over Gosford +
 
Bushfire scars
 
Bushfire scars +

 
Hillside walk
 
Hillside walk +
 
Through the trees
 
Through the trees +
 
Yaruga picnic area
 
Yaruga picnic area +

 
Big views over the Gosford area
 
Big views over the Gosford area +
 
Free electric BBQs
 
Free electric BBQs +
 
Near the road
 
Near the road +

 
Grasstrees
 
Grasstrees +
 
Meander through the rocks
 
Meander through the rocks +
 
Plenty of steps where required
 
Plenty of steps where required +

 
Very scenic walking
 
Very scenic walking +
 
Old grasstree
 
Old grasstree +
 
Poorly defined track near Tottenham Pl
 
Poorly defined track near Tottenham Pl +

 
Nice scenery on a steep walk
 
Nice scenery on a steep walk +
 
Stepping over the boulders
 
Stepping over the boulders +
 
End of Tottenham Pl
 
End of Tottenham Pl +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the John Whiteway Dr to Tottenham Pl bushwalking track

Cross Section of the John Whiteway Dr to Tottenham Pl bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the John Whiteway Dr to Tottenham Pl bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the John Whiteway Dr to Tottenham Pl 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 3km
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 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
1.7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 890m is very steep. Whilst another 330m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 50m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
1.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (40m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
1.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 940m is clearly signposted. The remaining (470m) has minimal directional signs.

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

Weather
This whole walk, 3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park
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.
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Drive to Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre 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
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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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) Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park to Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 39 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
From the car park, this walk follows the 'Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre' arrow along the paved foopath to the trackhead at the back of the buildings, signposted 'Walking Trail'.

Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre Alt = 39 m
This centre is 'a New South Wales Department of Education and Training facility that provides environmental education and field work opportunities to students, teachers and the community of the Central Coast' [2]. The centre is at the end of Donnison St, Gosford and is a good access point to some of the walking tracks in the adjoining Rumbalara Reserve. More info

(0.04 km) Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead to Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 135 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the trackhead at the back of the Rumbalara EEC, this walk follows the 'Walking Trail' arrow up the steps and along the track. The track crosses a small wooden bridge and bends to the right, then climbs a little to an intersection with a management trail.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently up the hill, leaving the bush track steps behind to the right. The trail goes gently up the hill for a short distance to an intersection at the bottom of a metal staircase, signposted 'Casuarina Track'.

(0.17 km) Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail to Car park at int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr
Track: Moderate - footpath,servicetrail
Length = 112 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Picnic Areas' arrow up the staircase. The walk then continues a short distance up the sandstone path and steps to an intersection with a management trail, marked by a track information board and a 'Casuarina Track' signpost pointing back to the 'Field Studies Centre'.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently down the hill, towards the gate. After a short distance, the walk passes a 'Rumbalara Reserve' signpost, to the left, then passes around the gate, arriving in the middle of the parking area near John Whiteway Dr.

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.[3]

(0.29 km) Car park at int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr to Southern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 436 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -34 m
Turn left: From the middle of the parking area, this walk follows the management trail down the hill, away from John Whiteway Dr, keeping the chain-wire fence to the right. The walk almost immediately levels out and passes around a gate, then follows the 'White St' arrow along the management trail. The trail winds around the hill, descending gently through a beautiful piece of forest until reaching an intersection beside a fenced-off area, with an 'Interpretive Centre' arrow pointing back the way you came.

Cappers Gully quarry Alt = 38 m
This old quarry site is beside Cappers Gully in the Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford. The area is fenced off for safety reasons. The neat, square-cut walls of the quarry make an interesting sight on the walks in the area.[4]

(0.72 km) Southern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk to Southern Int of Rainforest walk and Bayview firetrail
Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 298 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail in the opposite direction to the 'Interpretive Centre' arrow, keeping the fenced area to the right. After a very short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection, signposted 'Cappers Gully'.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Ouraka Point' arrow up the steps and along the bush track. The walk crosses some short metal footbridges and then climbs more steeply, through beautiful forest scenery. The walk climbs a lot of sandstone steps and some sets of metal stairs, and after some time arrives at an intersection, with a 'Rainforest Track' signpost pointing back to 'Cappers Gully'.

(1.02 km) Southern Int of Rainforest walk and Bayview firetrail to Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk
Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 438 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = -13 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail in the opposite direction to the 'Bay View Ave' arrow, leaving the steps of the 'Rainforest Track' behind to the left. After a short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection, with a bush track to the left, signposted 'Rainforest Track'.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Ouraka Point' arrow down the steps and along the bush track. After descending for a short distance, the track bends to the right and levels out. The track meanders for some time through beautiful forest scenery, crossing two short metal footbridges, before climbing a long set of sandstone steps, then a metal staircase, arriving at an intersection with a management trail, with a 'Rainforest Track' signpost pointing back to 'Cappers Gully'.

Casuarina Alt = 116 m
Commonly known as the she-oak, sheoak, ironwood, or beefwood, casuarinas have 'delicate, slender ultimate branches and leaves that are no more than scales, making the tree look more like a wispy conifer'[5]. There are 17 species of Casuarina 'native to Australasia, southeastern Asia, and islands of the western Pacific Ocean'[6]. More info

(1.46 km) Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk to Sculpture of Charles Sturt
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 33 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Picnic Areas' arrow along the management trail, keeping the views of Gosford to the left. After a short distance, the walk arrives at a sculpture of Charles Sturt, to the right.

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.'[7] 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.'[8]. Smith and Flinders are the most easily reached, at the Nurrunga picnic area. More info

(1.49 km) Sculpture of Charles Sturt to Flannel Flower walk signpost
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 170 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the sculpture, this walk follows the management trail, keeping the views of Gosford to the left, and leaving Charles Sturt behind on the right. The walk continues along the trail to an intersection with a paved track, signposted 'Casuarina Track'.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail up the hill leaving the paved 'Casuarina Track' behind on the left. After a very short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection with a bush track, signposted 'Flannel Flower Track'.

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

(1.66 km) Flannel Flower walk signpost to Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 720 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 57 m Descent = -30 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Yaruga Picnic Area' arrow along the bush track, going gently down the hill. The walk meanders along the side of the hill for some time, passing occasional sandstone steps before continuing past an intersection with a bush track (on the left, uphill), and another soon after (on the right, downhill). The walk continues for some distance, climbing gently with numerous steps, before arriving beside the toilet block at Yaruga Picnic Area. The walk turns right and follows the paved path past the information board, then goes across the picnic area, following the 'Lookout' arrow to the electric BBQs.

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.

(2.38 km) Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs to Int of Flannel Flower track and Tottenham track
Track: Hard - road,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 337 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -48 m
Turn left: From the BBQs, this walk goes across the picnic area towards the road and down the steps. The walk veers to the right, following the road gently down the hill for a short distance to an intersection with a bush track, beside a low boulder, on the left (some distance before the nearby water reservoir).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track around the low boulder, to the right, keeping the nearby water reservoir to the right. The walk goes gently downhill for a short distance to an intersection with a management trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track down the steps, leaving the nearby water reservoir to the right. The track soon bends to the left at a rock outcrop, and winds down the hill for a while with plenty of steps. The walk levels out and meanders for a while, with occasional steps, to an intersection with a faint track, going down the hill to the left (just before the main track bends to the right and goes uphill a little).

(2.72 km) Int of Flannel Flower track and Tottenham track. to End of Tottenham Pl
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 250 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -51 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the faint bush track down the hill, towards the valley. The faint track goes steeply down the hill, becoming better defined towards the bottom. After a while the track veers to the left to pass a house, to the right. The walk follows a concrete path beside the house, emerging beside 15 Tottenham Pl, North Gosford.

Catch the bus from End of Tottenham Pl
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.
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Drive from End of Tottenham Pl
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
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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 0.6 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 2.1 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 2 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 3.5 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 14.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to John Whiteway Dr to Tottenham Pl.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from John Whiteway Dr to Tottenham Pl
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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 28 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
41 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 56 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

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.
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