A surprisingly nice fire trail walk. A lot of the forest scenery along this walk is really beautiful. Much of it is very moist forest, filled with ferns. You also get a glimpse of an old quarry at Cappers Gully, adding a little historic interest to the walk.
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Cross sectional view of the White St firetrail bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the White St firetrail bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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 560m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 440m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
This whole walk, 990m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
This whole walk, 990m has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 990m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 990m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 560m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 440m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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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. 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
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.
End of White St
Southern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 534 m
Time = 12 mins
Climb = 31 m
Descent = -17 m
From the end of White St, this walk passes the 'Rumbalara Reserve' signpost, goes around the gate, and follows the 'Cappers Gully' arrow along the management trail. The trail meanders along the hillside for some time. At one point, there are some long thin stone slabs forming a retaining wall, on the right. The trail eventually reaches an intersection, signposted 'Cappers Gully'. Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail gently up the hill, leaving the 'Cappers Gully' signpost behind on the right. After a very short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection, signposted 'Interpretive Centre', beside a fenced area.
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.
Southern int of White St firetrail and Rainforest walk
Car park at int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 436 m
Time = 10 mins
Climb = 34 m
Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Interpretive Centre' arrow along the management trail, going gently up the hill. The trail winds around the hill, climbing gently through a beautiful piece of forest until passing around a gate and climbing a little to the middle of the parking area (near John Whiteway Dr).
Car park at int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr
Int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 21 m
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -1 m
Veer left: From the middle of the parking area, this walk goes a very short distance to the nearby intersection John Whiteway Dr and the White St firetrail (a gravel road on the left, with no gate, beside a chainwire fence, about 250m south of the intersection with Donnison St, Gosford).
Catch the bus from Int of White St firetrail and John Whiteway Dr
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 4 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.
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.