Ouraka Point Loop
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h to 1 h 15 min

1.9 km
circuit

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Hard track
A beautiful walk, taking in some of the scenic highlights of the lower section of the Rumbalara Reserve. The walk covers a great variety of vegetation, from quite dry eucalypt forest through to rainforest. The tracks are well formed, with a lot of steps in the steeper sections, making the walking a little easier. This is a great walk to see some of the excellent scenery in Rumbalara. A very short, optional sidetrip takes you to a sculpture of Charles Sturt, adding some more variety to the walk. The easy access from Gosford train station also makes it a great walk for those using public transport. 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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Entrance to the Rumbalara EEC. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trackhead at the Rumbalara EEC. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking trail signpost. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Timber footbridge. | 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 information board and signpost. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
White St firetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking on the White St firetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful forest walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rumbalara scenery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glimpses into the old quarry. | 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. | 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.
Winding track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful scenery in the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Boulders in the way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tough as. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Plenty of steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Dry forest on the ridgetop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views over Gosford area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Near Ouraka Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sit and enjoy the views. | 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.
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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 (-33.4277016,151.3476176)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom York Street, A49
  • Turn on to Henry Parry Drive then drive for 1.7 km
  • Turn right onto Donnison Street and drive for another 250 m
  • Keep left onto Henry Wheeler Place and drive for another 45 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 footpath to the trackhead at the back of the buildings, signposted 'Walking Trail'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 50 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 65 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 40 m head through/around the gate.
After another 345 m continue straight.
After another 50 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.

After another 6 m continue straight, to head along Rainforest Track.
After another 285 m continue straight, to head along Rainforest Track.
After another 370 m pass the "Statue" (75 m on your right).
After another 6 m find the "Casuarina" (25 m on your right).
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 starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Sculpture of Charles Sturt. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Veer left.
After another 200 m come to the "Ouraka Lookout" (10 m on your right).
Then 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 175 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.

An optional side trip to Sculpture of Charles Sturt.
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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Ouraka Point Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.9 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 15 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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
50 mRumbalara Environmental Education Centre
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