An excellent walk, spending much of its time in the shaded, rainforest-filled valleys of the Strickland State Forest. From the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia picnic area, the walk soon descends into moist forest, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. You could make this a return walk by retracing your steps, or make it a circuit walk by returning to the Banksia picnic area via the road.
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Cross sectional view of the Stoney Creek Trail bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Stoney Creek Trail 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.
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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 2.1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 50m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 1.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 80m is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 2.2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 2.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 50m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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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'.  The 'Friends of Strickland'  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) More info
Banksia car park
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.
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.
Banksia picnic area
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'.
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. More info
Int of Cabbage Tree and Stoney Creek trails
Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 924 m
Time = 20 mins
Climb = 23 m
Descent = -73 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Stoney Creek Trail' arrow along the bush track, going down the hill. The track descends gently through forest filled with ferns and cabbage palms, before passing a 'Rainforests and Preservation' information sign, and arriving at an intersection with a management trail, beside Stoney  Creek.
Int of Stoney Creek and Bellbird trails
Strickland Lower car park Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 81 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m
Descent = 0 m
Veer left: 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.
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.
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.