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Arboretum Loop Trail
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.2 km ESE of Somersby
Length: 2.3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Strickland State Forest
Climb: 45 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 45 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 very nice walk through a mixture of native (regrowth) forest and one of Australia's oldest arboretums. The arboretum has both native and exotic trees, with the plantings dating from 1887-1924. This walk takes you along some of the rainforest-clad creeks of Strickland State Forest, before crossing a small suspension bridge and looping through the arboretum with its stands of huge Hoop Pines, Bunya Pines and others. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Arboretum Loop Trail

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Arboretum Loop Trail
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Strickland Lower car park
Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails
Arboretum junction
Suspension bridge intersection
North int of Arboretum Loop and Bellbird trail
Bunya pine grove
South int of Arboretum Loop and Bellbird trail
North int of Arboretum Loop and Bellbird trail
Suspension bridge intersection
Arboretum junction
Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails

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 
 Wyong 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91312N 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Shaded walking in Strickland
 
Shaded walking in Strickland +
 
At the creek crossing
 
At the creek crossing +
 
Through the forest
 
Through the forest +

 
Palms and vines
 
Palms and vines +
 
Surrounded by cabbage tree palms
 
Surrounded by cabbage tree palms +
 
Suspension bridge over Narara creek
 
Suspension bridge over Narara creek +

 
Easy walking
 
Easy walking +
 
Narrow track through beautiful forest
 
Narrow track through beautiful forest +
 
Stepping through
 
Stepping through +

 
Into the arboretum
 
Into the arboretum +
 
Towering Tallowwoods
 
Towering Tallowwoods +
 
A natural bridge
 
A natural bridge +

 
Vines
 
Vines +
 
Solid Bunya pine
 
Solid Bunya pine +
 
Moist and green
 
Moist and green +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Arboretum Loop Trail bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Arboretum Loop Trail bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Arboretum Loop Trail bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Arboretum Loop Trail 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 2.3km
Time 1 Hr
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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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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 1.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 580m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 740m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 160m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 900m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 1.4km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 900m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 2.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 260m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Strickland Lower 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|

Strickland State Forest Alt = 152 m
The Strickland State Forest, managed by State Forests of NSW, is located on the NSW Central Coast, close to the F3. The Strickland State Forest has a wide range of vegetation, including patches of rainforest along the sheltered creeks. The walking tracks take in some beautiful scenery, including a mixture of native forest and the remnants of an old arboretum. 'Strickland is no longer actively harvested and is managed for education and recreation purposes'. [1] The 'Friends of Strickland' [2] undertake projects including the construction of walking tracks. Note: Access into Strickland is during the daytime only with the entrance gate being unlocked between 7am and 5pm (Apr - Oct) and between 7am and 7pm (Nov - Mar) [3] More info

(0 km) Strickland Lower car park to Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 81 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
From the car park, the walk follows the 'Walking Trails' arrow along the management trail. The walk passes an information board, with a map of the walking trails, and continues a short distance to an intersection just before the creek crossing.

(0.08 km) Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails to Arboretum junction
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 450 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -10 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk crosses the creek and follows the 'Arboretum Loop Trail' arrow along the old management trail. The trail meanders through shaded forest, filled with cabbage palms, for some time before reaching a signposted intersection with a bush track.

(0.53 km) Arboretum junction to Suspension bridge intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 128 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Arboretum Trail' arrow down the timber steps and along the overgrown management trail. After a short distance, the walk crosses a suspension bridge over Narara Creek, bends to the left and almost immediately reaches an unmarked intersection with a narrow bush track, to the right.

(0.66 km) Suspension bridge intersection to North int of Arboretum Loop and Bellbird trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 102 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the old management trail away from the suspension bridge. The walk soon arrives at the intersection signposted 'Arboretum Loop Trail'.[4]

Strickland State Forest Arboretum Alt = 9 m
This arboretum is apparently one of the oldest in Australia, with plantings dating from 1887-1924[5]. Numerous signs have been placed along the walking tracks to identify some of the species of trees. There are very tall, and impressive, examples of Hoop Pine, Bunya Pine, Tallow Wood and Red Cedar. More info

(0.76 km) North int of Arboretum Loop and Bellbird trail to Bunya pine grove
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 425 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -2 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Arboretum Loop Trail' arrow along the bush track, away from the old management trail. The walk passes through moist forest, filled with cabbage palms, with the creek visible to the left. The walk crosses over a number of fallen tree trunks with steps cut into them. There are small signs in places identifying some of the trees. After a while the walk passes a track marker arrow, where a large fallen tree trunk spans the creek, to the left. The walk then passes a 'Forest Arboretum' information board and continues, passing a metal box on a post (marked 'Water Research'), and following several track arrows to reach an intersection with a management trail (with a gate visible to the left). There is a grove of tall 'Bunya Pine' trees beside this intersection.[6]

(1.19 km) Bunya pine grove to Strickland Lower car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1.14 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -19 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the old management trail away from the nearby gate, going gently up the hill. After a short distance the walk arrives at an intersection with a bush track, signposted 'Bellbird Trail'.[7]
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Arboretum Trail' arrow along the old management trail, going gently down the hill. After a short distance, the walk arrives at the intersection, signposted 'Arboretum Loop Trail'.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the old management trail, leaving the signposted 'Arboretum Loop Trail' behind on the right. After a short distance, the walk reaches an intersection with a narrow bush track, to the left, just before the suspension bridge.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk crosses the suspension bridge over Narara Creek and follows the overgrown management trail for a short distance to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Return To Carpark' arrow along the old management trail, going up the hill. The trail meanders through shaded forest, filled with cabbage palms, for some time before crossing Stoney Creek to an intersection signposted 'Stoney Creek Walk Trail'.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail up the hill, away from the creek crossing. The walk passes an information board, with a map of the walking trails, and soon reaches the car park.

Drive from Strickland Lower 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|

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

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From the end of the walk

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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 3.9 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 3.9 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 5.3 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 8.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 11.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Arboretum Loop Trail.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Arboretum Loop Trail
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 7 km (to the SSW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 13 km (to the E)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 31 km (to the SSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
45 km (to the SSW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 51 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

Strickland State Forest Strickland State Forest is a small pocket of bushland east of the freeway near the Somersby interchange, on the NSW Central Coast. The well signposted entrance from Mangrove Rd has a gate that is unlocked at 7am and is re-locked at 5pm (7pm Nov-March) every day. The forest has a picnic area with wood-fired BBQs and some good walking tracks. The forest is classified as a Flora Reserve and boasts a wonderful transition from dry to wet sclerophyll and then to rainforest as you move deeper into the valleys.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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