A great one-way walk covering some of the highlights of this part of Wyrrabalong National Park. The walk starts off through some beautiful wetland forest, before passing through areas of fantastic, twisted Sydney Redgums and Burrawang cycads. A couple a lookouts provide great views and spots to relax before the walk drops to the edge of Tuggerah lake. Towards the end, the walk passes through some beautiful rainforest with towering cabbage palms. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks.
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Cross sectional view of the Wetland trail to Rainforest bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wetland trail to Rainforest 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.
1 hr 45 mins
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
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Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk. Gradient
Around 3.8km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 930m has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
This whole walk, 4.8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 4.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 710m is clearly signposted.
Around 2.8km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 4.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 3km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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Catch the bus to End of Evans Rd
A bus service runs from Lake Haven to Evans Rd. The service only runs a few times a day. Please check timetable for more info or Phone Busway on (02) 4392 6666 (route 91) Timetable
End of Evans Rd
Redgum lookout Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.56 km
Time = 27 mins
Climb = 39 m
Descent = -15 m
From the end of Evans Rd, Toukley, the walk passes around a gate, passes an information board and 'Wyrrabalong National Park' sign, and follows the bush track. The track winds through the swampy forest for a while, crossing a small wooden bridge, before passing a 'Wetlands' information board, on the right. The track then meanders through the forest for some time, passing a 'Wetlands Trail' sign, to the right. The forest becomes drier and the track becomes wider and sandy as it undulates through the forest to reach the intersection with the 'Red Gum Track'. Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the right arrow on the 'Red Gum Trail' sign, along the sandy bush track. The track immediately drops through a gully and meanders up the other side. This section of the walk climbs and drops a little as it passes through very nice forest, with twisted tree branches leaning over the trail. The track passes a 'Red Gum Forest' information board, to the left, and continues for while to reach a wooden lookout platform with atmospheric views to the north and north-east.
Alt = 31 m
This unnamed lookout is in the Wyrrabalong National park, north of The Entrance and provides views to the north across part of Tuggerah Lake and Toukley. The lookout is on the Redgum Trail and consists of a fenced wooden platform with a seat. This is a nice, atmospheric spot to take a break on the walk.
Tuggerah lake lookout Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 713 m
Time = 11 mins
Climb = 4 m
Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the lookout, the walk follows the sandy bush track to the west, leaving the lookout platform behind and to the right. The sandy track undulates through nice forest and bends to the left (south) and continues for some distance, offering glimpses of Tuggerah lake, to the right, and the ocean, to the left. The track then reaches another wooden lookout platform, a little to the right of the track, with great views to the west, over Tuggerah lake.
Tuggerah Lake lookout
Alt = 31 m
This unnamed lookout provides views across Tuggerah Lake, north of The Entrance. The lookout is on the Redgum Trail and consists of a fenced wooden platform with a seat. the beautiful views and atmosphere make this a great spot for a break during a walk in the area.
Tuggerah lake lookout
Tuggerah lake vista Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.6 km
Time = 28 mins
Climb = 17 m
Descent = -46 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, the walk follows the sandy bush track to the south, leaving the lookout platform behind and to the right. This section of the walk also undulates through nice forest on a sandy track. The walk then reaches the intersection with 'The Lilly Pilly Loop Trail'. Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the right arrow on the 'Lilly Pilly Loop Trail' sign, along the sandy bush track, going up the hill. The track undulates through nice forest for some distance, with sections of erosion control board walkway, and timber retaining walls. From here, the track offers great views of the lake, and passes through increasingly moist forest, before dropping a little and running along the edge of Tuggerah lake. After running along the lake edge for a while, the walk reaches a lakeside vista where the track bends sharply to the left (heading away from the lake, into a thick, shaded section of forest).
Tuggerah Lake vista
Alt = 2 m
This informal, unnamed spot at the edge of Tuggerah Lake, north of The Entrance, has beautiful views across the lake. These views, combined with the nearby area of rainforest, provide beautiful scenery on walks in the area.
Lilly Pilly loop rainforest
Alt = 4 m
This area of littoral rainforest is on the Lilly Pilly loop walk, in Wyrrabalong National Park, north of The Entrance. This small remnant of rainforest is dominated by cabbage palms, corkwoods and tuckeroos. There are nice views across Tuggerah lake from the edge of the forest as well.
Tuggerah lake vista
Int of Lilly Pilly loop and Sth Lilly Pilly access trail Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 819 m
Time = 14 mins
Climb = 19 m
Descent = -3 m
Veer left: From the lakeside vista, the walk follows the bush track, going into the thick, shaded forest, away from Tuggerah lake. This beautiful section of the walk passes through an area of littoral rainforest. The walk passes a 'Rainforests' information board, to the right and continues through the forest. As the walk climbs a little, the forest becomes drier. The walk continues along a ridge line for a short distance to reach the intersection signposted 'Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail'.
Int of Lilly Pilly loop and Sth Lilly Pilly access trail
South car park Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 82 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the level, sandy management trail towards the nearby road (opposite direction to the signpost arrow). After a short distance, the trail bends to the right and goes down hill a little. The walk passes an information board and 'Lilly Pilly Loop Trail' sign before going around a gate and arriving at the car park on the Central Coast Hwy, aka Wilfred Barret Dr (about 5.5 km north of The Entrance bridge, and about 4.6km south of the intersection with Main Rd, Noraville. Signposted 'Wyrrabalong National Park').
Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk
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Public Transport Timetables
To the start of the walk
Catch a bus to Lake Haven A bus service runs from Lake Haven to Evans Rd. The service only runs a few times a day. Please check timetable for more info or Phone Busway on (02) 4392 6666 (route 91) Get Timetable
From the end of the walk
Sorry there are no public transport options from the end of this walk
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.
Wyrrabalong National ParkLink to official closures and fire bans page Wyrrabalong National park on the NSW Central Coast is divided into two main sections. The northern section sits between the South Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake (with the Central Coast Hwy cutting up the middle) south of Norah Head. The south section covers a coastal strip from Forresters Beach to Bateau Bay. The park is rich with great views, sandy beaches and the last significant coastal rainforest in the area. A great place for walking, swimming, fishing and relaxing. Region: Sydney & Surrounds Park feesCampingFacilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.