Rumbalara Explorer
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

2 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min

5.9 km
circuit

↑ 276 m
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Hard track
Pretty well the grand tour of the Rumbalara Reserve, this walk takes in much of the great scenery the reserve has to offer. The walk covers both the lower and upper sections of the reserve and passes through the great variety of forest on show. The walk also passes three of the four bronze sculptures in the reserve. Yaruga picnic area would be a great spot to stop for lunch with it's facilities and excellent views. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Walking trail signpost. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Into Rumbalara. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Easing the way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandstone steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking on the White St firetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rumbalara scenery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Vines and thick undergrowth. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful green forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Rainforest track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Metal steps and walkway on the rainforest walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stone plinth with plaque. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking behind the houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trackhead on Henry Parry Dr. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The end of White St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Easy walking in great forest scenery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Firetrail through nice forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Well formed tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Old quarry at Cappers Gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steep section on the Rainforest walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful and lush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Well signposted tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful scenery in the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great scenery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tough as. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Climbing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Drier forest on the ridgetop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Charles Sturt immortalised. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views over Gosford. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bushfire scars. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps where needed. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Hillside walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Yaruga picnic area lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Free electric BBQs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A bit of road walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grasstrees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Meander through the rocks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Away from the roads. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Flannel Flower walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track junction. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Dry forest along the trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bronze sculpture of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Across the Nurrunga Picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sculpture of Matthew Flinders. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Meandering through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps for easier walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views over Gosford area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from Ouraka Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps below Ouraka Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking information board and signpost. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.4277235,151.3476128)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Melbourne Street
  • Turn on to York Street, A49 then drive for 40 m
  • Turn right onto Henry Parry Drive and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Turn right onto Donnison Street and drive for another 260 m
  • Keep left onto Henry Wheeler Place and drive for another 35 m
  • Continue and drive for another 30 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk follows the 'Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre' arrow along the paved foopath to the trackhead at the back of the buildings, signposted 'Walking Trail'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 2 m turn right.
After 70 m find the "Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre" (20 m on your right).
Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre
Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre

This centre is 'a New South Wales Department of Education and Training facility that provides environmental education and field work opportunities to students, teachers and the community of the Central Coast' . The centre is at the end of Donnison St, Gosford and is a good access point to some of the walking tracks in the adjoining Rumbalara Reserve.
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This centre is 'a New South Wales Department of Education and Training facility that provides environmental education and field work opportunities to students, teachers and the community of the Central Coast' . The centre is at the end of Donnison St, Gosford and is a good access point to some of the walking tracks in the adjoining Rumbalara Reserve.

After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 25 m continue straight.
Then head down the steps (about 70 m long)
Veer right.
After another 45 m turn sharp left.
After another 55 m head through/around the gate.
After another 330 m turn sharp right.
After another 145 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 190 m cross the bridge (about 70 m long)
Then head down the steps (about 55 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
Then head down the steps (about 45 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 45 m long)
Then head down the steps (about 30 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
Then head down the steps (about 15 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 185 m turn left.
After another 155 m turn left.
After another 40 m pass the "Peace Park" (20 m on your right).
After another 100 m turn left, to head along White Street.
After another 270 m head through/around the gate.
After another 450 m turn right, to head along Rainforest Track.
After another 30 m find the "Cappers Gully quarry" (30 m on your left).
Cappers Gully quarry
Cappers Gully quarry

This old quarry site is beside Cappers Gully in the Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford. The area is fenced off for safety reasons. The neat, square-cut walls of the quarry make an interesting sight on the walks in the area.
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This old quarry site is beside Cappers Gully in the Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford. The area is fenced off for safety reasons. The neat, square-cut walls of the quarry make an interesting sight on the walks in the area.

After another 255 m continue straight, to head along Rainforest Track.
After another 360 m turn right.
After another 70 m find the "Casuarina" (15 m on your left).
Casuarina
Casuarina

Commonly known as the she-oak, sheoak, ironwood, or beefwood, casuarinas have 'delicate, slender ultimate branches and leaves that are no more than scales, making the tree look more like a wispy conifer'. There are 17 species of Casuarina 'native to Australasia, southeastern Asia, and islands of the western Pacific Ocean'.
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Commonly known as the she-oak, sheoak, ironwood, or beefwood, casuarinas have 'delicate, slender ultimate branches and leaves that are no more than scales, making the tree look more like a wispy conifer'. There are 17 species of Casuarina 'native to Australasia, southeastern Asia, and islands of the western Pacific Ocean'.

After another 55 m pass the "Statue" (6 m on your right).
After another 60 m veer right.
After another 30 m turn right, to head along Flannel Flower walk.
After another 65 m find the "Flannel Flower" (10 m on your left).
Flannel Flower
Flannel Flower

Actinotus helianthi, popularly known as the Sydney flannel flower, is frequently spotted by spring-time bushwalkers in the Sydney region. Generally growing up to 50 cm, the stem, branches and leaves of the plant are a pale grey in colour, covered in downy hair (rather like flannel in texture).
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Actinotus helianthi, popularly known as the Sydney flannel flower, is frequently spotted by spring-time bushwalkers in the Sydney region. Generally growing up to 50 cm, the stem, branches and leaves of the plant are a pale grey in colour, covered in downy hair (rather like flannel in texture).

After another 180 m continue straight, to head along Flannel Flower walk.
After another 160 m (Very Steep Rocky path) continue straight, to head along Flannel Flower walk.
After another 315 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
After another 10 m find the "Rumbalara Reserve Flora and Fauna" (20 m on your right).
Rumbalara Reserve Flora and Fauna
Rumbalara Reserve Flora and Fauna

The reserve is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. The vegetation types range from the relatively dry 'Coastal Narrabeen Ironbark Forest' to pockets of 'Coastal Warm Temperate Rainforest'. Commonly seen birds include Kookaburras, Eastern Rosellas and Magpies. Rarer birds such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo and Swift Parrot are sometimes sighted here as well. Sugar Gliders, Brush-tailed possums, Blue-tounged lizards and Tree snakes can be seen in the reserve if you are patient and lucky enough.
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The reserve is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. The vegetation types range from the relatively dry 'Coastal Narrabeen Ironbark Forest' to pockets of 'Coastal Warm Temperate Rainforest'. Commonly seen birds include Kookaburras, Eastern Rosellas and Magpies. Rarer birds such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo and Swift Parrot are sometimes sighted here as well. Sugar Gliders, Brush-tailed possums, Blue-tounged lizards and Tree snakes can be seen in the reserve if you are patient and lucky enough.

Turn right, to head along Rumbalara Lookout Road.
After another 40 m pass the car park (10 m on your right).
After another 45 m turn left.
After another 40 m turn left, to head along Fire Trail.
After another 240 m continue straight, to head along Fire Trail.
After another 135 m veer left.
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 40 m find the "Rumbalara Reserve" (7 m on your left).
Rumbalara Reserve
Rumbalara Reserve

Rumbalara Reserve lies just to the east of the Gosford CBD and is part of Gosford's Coastal Open Space System (COSS). There is an extensive set of well marked walking tracks within the reserve. Yaruga Picnic Area has free electric BBQs while both Yaruga and Nurrunga picnic areas have toilets, picnic tables, nearby lookouts and proximity to walking tracks. The picnic areas are accessed via Dolly Ave, Springfield, with the gate being locked at 8pm each evening. The Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre, at the end of Donnison St, Gosford, is one of several good access points to the walking tracks in the lower section of the reserve.
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Rumbalara Reserve lies just to the east of the Gosford CBD and is part of Gosford's Coastal Open Space System (COSS). There is an extensive set of well marked walking tracks within the reserve. Yaruga Picnic Area has free electric BBQs while both Yaruga and Nurrunga picnic areas have toilets, picnic tables, nearby lookouts and proximity to walking tracks. The picnic areas are accessed via Dolly Ave, Springfield, with the gate being locked at 8pm each evening. The Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre, at the end of Donnison St, Gosford, is one of several good access points to the walking tracks in the lower section of the reserve.

After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 160 m pass the "Statue" (9 m on your left).
After another 50 m come to the "Nurrunga Point" (30 m on your left).
Then find the "Sculptures in Rumbalara" (10 m on your left).
Sculptures in Rumbalara
Sculptures in Rumbalara

There are four bronze figurative sculptures in the Rumbalara Reserve that were 'commissioned in the series "Salute to Famous Australians", which includes Captain Charles Sturt, Edward Eyre, and Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.' Matthew Flinders is the fourth in the series. They were 'commissioned by Sara Lee Kitchens (Australia) Pty Ltd and Gosford City Council for the State Bicentennial Celebrations 1987.'. Smith and Flinders are the most easily reached, at the Nurrunga picnic area.
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There are four bronze figurative sculptures in the Rumbalara Reserve that were 'commissioned in the series "Salute to Famous Australians", which includes Captain Charles Sturt, Edward Eyre, and Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.' Matthew Flinders is the fourth in the series. They were 'commissioned by Sara Lee Kitchens (Australia) Pty Ltd and Gosford City Council for the State Bicentennial Celebrations 1987.'. Smith and Flinders are the most easily reached, at the Nurrunga picnic area.

Then pass the "Statue" (15 m on your left).
After another 105 m pass the toilet (8 m on your right).
After another 85 m continue straight.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 195 m turn right.
After another 390 m head up the steps (about 140 m long)
Then find the "Ouraka Point" (on your left).
Ouraka Point
Ouraka Point

This picturesque spot with fantastic views over Gosford and the surrounding areas, including Brisbane Waters, is located within the Rumbalara Reserve, along the Casuarina Walk. It is a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the views for a while during a walk in the reserve.
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This picturesque spot with fantastic views over Gosford and the surrounding areas, including Brisbane Waters, is located within the Rumbalara Reserve, along the Casuarina Walk. It is a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the views for a while during a walk in the reserve.

After another 170 m turn right.
Then head up the steps (about 70 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 115 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Rumbalara Explorer


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.9 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2 km apart with the largest gap of 3.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
70 mRumbalara Environmental Education Centre
Toilet
3.9 km[toilet]
Toilet
4.8 km[toilet]
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