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Cabbage Tree Trail
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.7 km ESE of Somersby
Length: 1.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Strickland State Forest
Climb: 115 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 115 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 beautiful walk from the Banksia picnic area. This walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest, typical of the hilltops in the area, and descends to areas of lush forest, filled with cabbage tree palms and ferns. Some interesting boulder outcrops and the great variety of vegetation just add to the scenery on this excellent walk. (open in app)

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

Map of Walk


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Banksia car park
Banksia picnic area
Int of Cabbage Tree and Stoney Creek trails
Int of Cabbage Tree and Strickland Falls trails
Banksia picnic area
Starting point for this hiking track: Banksia car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

Banksia picnic area
Banksia picnic area +
Tall dry forest
Tall dry forest +
Broken rocks
Broken rocks +

Open forest
Open forest +
Helpful signs
Helpful signs +
Trees and boulders
Trees and boulders +

Lush forest track
Lush forest track +
Through the forest
Through the forest +
Cabbage tree palms
Cabbage tree palms +

Beautiful scenery
Beautiful scenery +
Ferns and palms
Ferns and palms +
Tumbling +

Boulder scenery
Boulder scenery +
Fern filled
Fern filled +
Lush and green
Lush and green +

Small cliffs
Small cliffs +
Up the steps
Up the steps +
Views toward Gosford
Views toward Gosford +


Cross sectional view of the Cabbage Tree Trail bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cabbage Tree Trail bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cabbage Tree Trail bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cabbage Tree 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 1.7km
Time 1 Hr

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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.
1.1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 510m has short steep hills. The remaining (95m) 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 95m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

This whole walk, 1.7km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 510m requires some bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 1.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 1.5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 270m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Drive to Banksia 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

Banksia Picnic Area Alt = 151 m
This picnic area is in the Strickland State Forest, on the NSW Central Coast. The facilities include picnic tables, pit toilets, BBQ fire places, garbage bins and tank water. A few bush walking tracks start from the picnic area.

(0 km) Banksia car park to Banksia picnic area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 48 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
From the car park (near the end of Strickland Rd in the Strickland State Forest), this walk passes around the gate and goes across the picnic area to the track intersection at the opposite end. There is a track signpost ('Strickland Falls Loop Trail') a little to the left.

(0.05 km) Banksia picnic area to Int of Cabbage Tree and Stoney Creek trails
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.12 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -106 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Cabbage Tree Walk Trail' arrow along the bush track, leaving the 'Gosford Lookout' sign behind, to the right. The walk initially passes through relatively dry forest, with signs naming some of the trees, before descending through moist forest, filled with cabbage palms. After a while the track reaches the intersection signposted 'Stoney Creek Trail'.[4]

Cabbage-Tree Palm Alt = 93 m
The Cabbage-Tree Palm (Livistona australis) is a tall, slender palm growing up to about 25 m in height and 0.35 m diameter. It is found in moist open forest, often in swampy sites and on margins of rainforests or near the sea. It is widely spread along the New South Wales coast and extends north into Queensland and southwards to eastern Victoria, growing further south than any other native Australian palm. [5] More info

(1.17 km) Int of Cabbage Tree and Stoney Creek trails to Int of Cabbage Tree and Strickland Falls trails
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 335 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 57 m Descent = -7 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Cabbage Tree Trail' arrow along the bush track, going up the hill. This section of the walk passes through forest filled with cabbage palms and ferns. The walk also passes some interesting boulders, before reaching an intersection, signposted 'Strickland Falls Trail'.[6]

(1.5 km) Int of Cabbage Tree and Strickland Falls trails to Banksia car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 224 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: Fromt the intersection, the walk follows the 'walker arrow' along the bush track, going up the hill. The vegetation on this section of the walk changes from moist forest, filled with ferns and cabbage palms, to relatively dry forest to as the track climbs. The track climbs, using steps cut into the rock in places, before passing the 'Gosford Lookout' rock platform, to the right. At this lookout point, the track bends to the left, passes a 'Gosford Lookout' signpost and immediately arrives at the intersection at the end of the Banksia picnic area.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk goes across the picnic area, and passes around the gate, into the car park (near the end of Strickland Rd in the Strickland State Forest).

Drive from Banksia 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

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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)
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 4.7 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 4.7 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 6.1 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 9.1 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 11.5 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cabbage Tree Trail.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cabbage Tree Trail
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 8 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 32 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 7 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.
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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