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Ouraka Point loop
Time: 1 hr 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.7 km NNW of Gosford
Length: 2.1 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.1 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Rumbalara Reserve
Climb: 141 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 141 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

A beautiful walk, taking in some of the scenic highlights of the lower section of the Rumbalara Reserve. The walk covers a great variety of vegetation, from quite dry eucalypt forest through to rainforest. The tracks are well formed, with a lot of steps in the steeper sections, making the walking a little easier. This is a great walk to see some of the excellent scenery in Rumbalara. A very short, optional sidetrip takes you to a sculpture of Charles Sturt, adding some more variety to the walk. The easy access from Gosford train station also makes it a great walk for those using public transport. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Ouraka Point loop
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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
Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk
Ouraka Point
Bottom of Ouraka Pt path
Int of Casuarina track and Casuarina link trail
Int of Casuarina track and JWD link trail
Int of Casuarina track and Rumbalara EEC access track
Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre trackhead
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

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

 
Entrance to the Rumbalara EEC
 
Entrance to the Rumbalara EEC +
 
Trackhead at the Rumbalara EEC
 
Trackhead at the Rumbalara EEC +
 
Walking trail signpost
 
Walking trail signpost +

 
Timber footbridge
 
Timber footbridge +
 
Into Rumbalara
 
Into Rumbalara +
 
Easing the way
 
Easing the way +

 
Sandstone steps
 
Sandstone steps +
 
Walking information board and signpost
 
Walking information board and signpost +
 
White St firetrail
 
White St firetrail +

 
Walking on the White St firetrail
 
Walking on the White St firetrail +
 
Beautiful forest walking
 
Beautiful forest walking +
 
Rumbalara scenery
 
Rumbalara scenery +

 
Glimpses into the old quarry
 
Glimpses into the old quarry +
 
Track junction
 
Track junction +
 
Well formed tracks
 
Well formed tracks +

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

 
Winding track
 
Winding track +
 
Beautiful scenery in the valley
 
Beautiful scenery in the valley +
 
Boulders in the way
 
Boulders in the way +

 
Tough as
 
Tough as +
 
Plenty of steps
 
Plenty of steps +
 
Dry forest on the ridgetop
 
Dry forest on the ridgetop +

 
Views over Gosford area
 
Views over Gosford area +
 
Near Ouraka Point
 
Near Ouraka Point +
 
Sit and enjoy the views
 
Sit and enjoy the views +

 
Views from Ouraka Point
 
Views from Ouraka Point +
 
Steps below Ouraka Point
 
Steps below Ouraka Point +
 
Along the management trail
 
Along the management trail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Ouraka Point loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Ouraka Point loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Ouraka Point loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Ouraka Point 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 2.1km
Time 1 hr 15 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 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
810m of this walk has short steep hills and another 640m is very steep. Whilst another 600m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 50m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
1.4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 640m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (80m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 1.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 450m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.8km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 250m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 680m 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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(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' [1]. 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 Int of Casuarina track and Casuarina link trail
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 55 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 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'.

(0.23 km) Int of Casuarina track and Casuarina link trail to Car park at int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
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.

(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.[2]

(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'[3]. There are 17 species of Casuarina 'native to Australasia, southeastern Asia, and islands of the western Pacific Ocean'[4]. More info

(1.46 km) Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk to Sculpture of Charles Sturt
Optional sidetrip: 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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

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.'[5] 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.'[6]. Smith and Flinders are the most easily reached, at the Nurrunga picnic area. More info

(1.46 km) Int of Rainforest walk and Casuarina walk to Ouraka Point
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 219 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -13 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Ouraka Point' arrow along the management trail, going gently up the hill. After a short distance, the walk passes an informal, unfenced lookout area with obscured but nice views over Gosford, to the right. The walk continues a little further, passing a boulder in the middle of the trail, and arriving at the signposted 'Ouraka Point', with beautiful views over Gosford and the surrounding areas and waterways.

Ouraka Point Alt = 104 m
This picturesque spot with fantastic views over Gosford and the surrounding areas, including Brisbane Waters, is located within the Rumbalara Reserve, along the Casuarina Walk. It is a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the views for a while during a walk in the reserve.

(1.68 km) Ouraka Point to Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,footpath,servicetrail,bushtrack,footpath
Length = 424 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -68 m
Continue straight: From Ouraka Point, this walk goes down the paved steps, keeping the views over Gosford to the right. The walk passes some large boulders (to the right) and continues down the steps before crossing over the end of a management trail and going down a metal staircase, then some sandstone steps, to an intersection with a management trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently down the hill, leaving the steps behind on the right. After a short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection marked by an information board, and a 'Casuarina Track' signpost pointing back to the 'Picnic Areas'.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Field Studies Centre' arrow down the steps. After a short distance, the walk goes down a metal staircase, arriving at an intersection with a management trail, and a 'Casuarina Track' signpost pointing back to the 'Picnic Areas'.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently down the hill, leaving the metal staircase behind on the right. The trail goes gently down the hill for a short distance to an unmarked intersection with a bush track (going down some wooden steps to the left).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track down the steps and immediately bends to the right. After descending a little, the track bends to the left and crosses a small bridge, then goes down some more steps to the trackhead at the back of the Rumbalara EEC buildings, with a 'Walking Trail' arrow pointing back the way you came.
Turn right: From the trackhead, this walk goes across the timber deck and down the paved footpath to the nearby car park.

Catch the bus from Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park
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 Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre car park
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|

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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 Ouraka Point loop.
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Site Distance and dir from Ouraka Point 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 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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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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