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Strickland Falls
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
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 return style walk, the 1.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Strickland State Forest
Climb: 87 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 87 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This walk from the Banksia picnic area, to the Strickland Falls, includes a fantastic variety of forest scenery. The falls themselves are often just a trickle, although the scenery in the area makes the walk well worthwhile. The cliff lines and boulders around the falls are interesting and there are pockets of rainforest in the shaded valleys, dominated by cabbage palm trees. (open in app)

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

Map of Walk


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Map of Strickland Falls
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Banksia car park
Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd

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

Photo Gallery

Banksia picnic area
Banksia picnic area +
Along the road
Along the road +
The track to Strickland falls
The track to Strickland falls +

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

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

Lookout point
Lookout point +
Impressive overhang
Impressive overhang +
Steps +

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


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Strickland Falls bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Strickland Falls bushwalking track

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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Strickland Falls 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.
Length 1.7km
Time 45 mins

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.
Around 740m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 95m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 740m 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, 830m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 740m of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 95m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Around 740m of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 95m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 740m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 95m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
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 Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 93 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
From the car park, the walk follows the road away from the picnic area and soon reaches an intersection with a bush track, signposted 'Strickland Falls', '40 Minute Easy Walk'.

(0.09 km) Int of Strickland Falls trail and Strickland Rd to Strickland Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 739 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -49 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows a bush track away from the road, passing the 'Strickland Falls' signpost, to the left. The track initially passes through quite dry forest. After a while, the walk passes some nice rock overhangs and descends through increasingly moist forest and boulders, to reach 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.

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:

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

Walker Feedback

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Simon - Walk review | 2011-05-04 07:06:18
Did this short walk today. Nice walk, rich with birdlife, black cockatoos, lyre birds and of course the bell birds that the valley is known for. Track winds its way through some of the best stands of cabbage ferns we've seen. Picnic/BBQ area is well maintained with wood fireplaces (BYO fuel), freshly repainted solid timber picnic benches and clean loos. (Non potable) water supply available in tank.

Recommend taking salt/penknife along to deal with the occasional leech, especially at this time of year.
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