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Strickland Falls Loop Trail
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.7 km ESE of Somersby
Length: 1.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Strickland State Forest
Climb: 133 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 133 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 loop walk with plenty of excellent scenery. The walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia Picnic Area and soon descends into lush green rainforest remnants, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. The walk includes some great scenery along the base of the cliff line and around the falls, although the falls themselves are often just a trickle. A great walk to experience a slice of the beautiful scenery of the Strickland State Forest. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Strickland Falls Loop Trail
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Banksia car park
Banksia picnic area
Int of Cabbage Tree and Strickland Falls trails
Strickland Falls
Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd
Starting point for this hiking track: Banksia car park

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

Photo Gallery

 
Banksia picnic area
 
Banksia picnic area +
 
Views toward Gosford
 
Views toward Gosford +
 
Timber steps
 
Timber steps +

 
Cut steps
 
Cut steps +
 
Around the boulders
 
Around the boulders +
 
Palm fronds
 
Palm fronds +

 
Great boulder scenery
 
Great boulder scenery +
 
Cabbage tree palms
 
Cabbage tree palms +
 
Along the base of the cliff line
 
Along the base of the cliff line +

 
Looking up at the cliffs
 
Looking up at the cliffs +
 
Steps
 
Steps +
 
Impressive overhang
 
Impressive overhang +

 
Lush forest near Strickland Falls
 
Lush forest near Strickland Falls +
 
Beneath Strickland Falls
 
Beneath Strickland Falls +
 
Strickland Falls
 
Strickland Falls +

 
View above the canopy
 
View above the canopy +
 
Along the cliffline
 
Along the cliffline +
 
Grasstrees by the track
 
Grasstrees by the track +

 
Greenery
 
Greenery +
 
Rock caves
 
Rock caves +
 
Twisted trees
 
Twisted trees +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Strickland Falls Loop Trail bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Strickland Falls Loop Trail bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Strickland Falls 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 1.8km
Time 1 Hr
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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 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
1.4km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 180m has short steep hills. The remaining (140m) 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 140m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.8km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 140m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 1km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 740m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 1.4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 320m 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

(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.

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.

(0.05 km) Banksia picnic area to Strickland Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 874 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 82 m Descent = -95 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track past the 'Gosford Lookout' sign, towards the rock platform (the lookout). At the rock platform lookout, the track bends to the right and descends gently, using steps cut into the rock in places. The vegetation on this section of the walk changes from relatively dry forest at the picnic area to moist forest filled with ferns and cabbage palms as the track descends. After a short distance, the walk arrives at an intersection signposted 'Cabbage Tree Trail'.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Strickland Falls Trail' arrow along the bush track, keeping the valley to the left. The track meanders through some beautiful scenery with ferns, cabbage palms and boulders. A cliff line is often visible through the trees to the right. After a while, the walk crosses a gully below some imposing cliffs and continues further before reaching the signposted 'Strickland Falls'.

Strickland Falls Alt = 139 m
Strickland Falls are a short walk from the Banksia Picnic Area in the Strickland State Forest, Central Coast, NSW. The falls are often just a trickle, but will be more impressive after good rain. The scenery around the falls is still beautiful with moist rainforest scenery to enjoy.

(0.92 km) Strickland Falls to Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 739 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 49 m Descent = -35 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Banksia Picnic Area' arrow along the bush track, going up the steps. The walk climbs up through a series of boulders, with some nice overhangs along the way. The vegetation becomes much drier as the walk climbs out of the valley. After a while the track comes to an intersection with the road, signposted 'Strickland Falls'.

(1.66 km) Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd to Banksia car park
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 93 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the road to the gate in the car park , just before the picnic area.

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 Strickland Falls Loop Trail.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Strickland Falls Loop 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 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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