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Upper Rumbalara circuit
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1 km NNE of Gosford
Length: 3.3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 3.3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Rumbalara Reserve
Climb: 176 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 176 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: Hard

A great circuit walk, covering most of the walking tracks and sights in the upper section of the Rumbalara Reserve. There is some really nice forest walking and plenty of spots along the way offer fantastic views across various parts of 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 Upper Rumbalara circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Upper Rumbalara circuit
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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
Int of Casuarina and Ironbark tracks
Matthew Flinders sculpture
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
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
Int of Flannel Flower track and Tottenham track
Wannagan Lookout
Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk
Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk
Int of Mouat Walk and Dolly Ave
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

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

 
Through the trees
 
Through the trees +
 
Hillside walk
 
Hillside walk +
 
Grasstree by the track
 
Grasstree by the track +

 
Bushfire scars
 
Bushfire scars +
 
Views over Gosford
 
Views over Gosford +
 
Steps for easier walking
 
Steps for easier walking +

 
Track junction
 
Track junction +
 
Well defined track
 
Well defined track +
 
Meandering through the trees
 
Meandering through the trees +

 
Sculpture of Matthew Flinders
 
Sculpture of Matthew Flinders +
 
Across the Nurrunga Picnic area
 
Across the Nurrunga Picnic area +
 
Bronze sculpture of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith
 
Bronze sculpture of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith +

 
Walking around the Ironbark loop
 
Walking around the Ironbark loop +
 
Past the facilities
 
Past the facilities +
 
Along the Flannel Flower walk
 
Along the Flannel Flower walk +

 
Powerlines overhead
 
Powerlines overhead +
 
Drier forest
 
Drier forest +
 
Boulders
 
Boulders +

 
Meander through the rocks
 
Meander through the rocks +
 
Plenty of steps where required
 
Plenty of steps where required +
 
Very scenic walking
 
Very scenic walking +

 
Around the boulders
 
Around the boulders +
 
Uprooted old tree
 
Uprooted old tree +
 
Wannagan lookout
 
Wannagan lookout +

 
Distant glimpses through the trees
 
Distant glimpses through the trees +
 
Forest walking
 
Forest walking +
 
Back to the road
 
Back to the road +

 
Some road walking
 
Some road walking +
 
Water reservoir in Rumbalara
 
Water reservoir in Rumbalara +
 
Yaruga picnic area
 
Yaruga picnic area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Upper Rumbalara circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Upper Rumbalara circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Upper Rumbalara circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Upper Rumbalara 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 3.3km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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
1.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.4km has short steep hills. The remaining (70m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
1.8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 720m is clearly signposted. The remaining (700m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 2km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.1km 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 Matthew Flinders sculpture
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 183 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -10 m
Turn left: 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[3].
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.

(1.11 km) Matthew Flinders sculpture to Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 39 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 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.

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.'[4] 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.'[5]. Smith and Flinders are the most easily reached, at the Nurrunga picnic area. More info

(1.15 km) Sir Charles Kingsford Smith sculpture to Western int of Flannel Flower walk and Dolly Ave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 278 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -11 m
Turn 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'
Turn left: 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'.

(1.43 km) Western int of Flannel Flower walk and Dolly Ave to Wannagan Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 956 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 64 m Descent = -71 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.
Turn left: 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).
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track as it goes gently up the hill, immediately bending to the right. The walk meanders through some good scenery for a short distance before reaching the fenced Wannagan Lookout[6], with great views to the north.

Wannagan Lookout Alt = 133 m
The fenced Wannagan Lookout[7], on the Red Gum Walk, has great views over North Gosford. The fenced lookout sits at the top of a small cliff. Out of sight, beneath the lookout, is some great cliff and overhang scenery.

(2.38 km) Wannagan Lookout to Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 285 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track a very short distance up the hill, away from the lookout, then turns left (ignoring the track to the right which goes a short distance up the hill to the road). The walk meanders along the side of the hill for some distance, keeping the valley to the left, going up and down occasional steps before reaching an intersection with a management trail.

(2.67 km) Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk to Sculpture of Edward John Eyre
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 145 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail away from the nearby gate (beside the road). The trail almost immediately bends to the right then meanders for a short distance to the sculpture of Edward John Eyre, on the right.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

(2.67 km) Int of Red Gum walk and Mouat Walk to Yaruga Picnic Area BBQs
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,road,road
Length = 597 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -11 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently up the hill towards the gate. The walk passes around the gate to the intersection with Dolly Ave, with a 'Mouat Walk' signpost pointing back to the 'Statue of Edward John Eyre 50 metres'.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the road gently up the hill, leaving the signposted 'Mouat Walk' behind on the right. After a short distance, the walk passes a small parking area and fenced lookout point, on the left, and continues along the road for some distance, passing a large water reservoir tank, to the right. A little further on the walk reaches an intersection with a bush track, to the right, marked by a low boulder (within sight of the sandstone walled Yaruga picnic area).
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.
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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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 Upper Rumbalara circuit.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Upper Rumbalara circuit
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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 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.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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