Rainforest Walk
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 3 h

3 km
return

↑ 171 m
↓ -171 m

Hard track
A great walk through some beautiful pockets of rainforest in the Rumbalara Reserve. Parts of the track are quite steep, although the well-formed track with plenty of steps makes the walking easier. As well as the beautiful rainforest scenery, this walk includes some glimpses into an old quarry at Cappers Gully and an optional side trip to one of the Rumbalara bronze sculptures. Plenty of variety and a beautiful walk. 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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Trackhead with information board. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking behind the houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Old management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Metal stairs on the Rainforest walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Narrow track through lush forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Rainforest track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful green forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Vines and thick undergrowth. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glimpses into the old quarry. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cappers Gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track junction. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Well formed tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Metal footbridge on the Rainforest walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Up through the ferns. | 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.
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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 (-33.4336879,151.3468586)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom York Street, A49
  • Turn on to Henry Parry Drive then drive for 570 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the trackhead at the intersection of Frederick St and Henry Parry Dr, Gosford, this walk follows the 'Cappers Gully' arrow (Rainforest Track sign) along the bush track, away from the road. After a short distance, the walk bends to the left, at a track arrow marker post, crosses a small gully and arrives at an intersection with a management trail near a gate and car park, to the left.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Peace Park (about 20 m back from the start).
After another 160 m turn right.
After another 185 m cross the bridge (about 70 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 55 m long)
Then head up the steps (about 55 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 40 m long)
Then head up the steps (about 40 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
Then head up the steps (about 25 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Then head up the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 190 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 145 m veer right.
After another 75 m find the "Cappers Gully quarry" (7 m on your right).
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.

Continue straight, to head along Rainforest Track.
After another 285 m continue straight, to head along Rainforest Track.
After another 360 m come to "Statue".
Continue another 15 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.5 km to get back to the start.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 60 m come to "Casuarina".
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'.

The end.
About 15 m past the end is "Statue".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 60 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Rainforest Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 3 h
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)
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