Strickland Falls and Cabbage Tree Loop
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 3 h

1.8 km
circuit

↑ 116 m
↓ -116 m

Moderate track
This excellent loop walk combines the Strickland Falls and Cabbage Tree Loop walks. The walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia Picnic Area and soon descends into lush green rainforest remnants, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. The walk includes some great scenery along the base of the cliff line and around the falls, although the falls themselves are often just a trickle. A great way to see some of the beautiful scenery of the Strickland State Forest. 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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Along the road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The track to Strickland falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Twisted trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock caves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grasstrees by the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View above the canopy. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Impressive overhang. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Strickland Falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up at the cliffs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the base of the cliff line. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Solid and tall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cabbage tree palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tumbling. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful scenery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lush forest track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Through the forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cabbage tree palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tall dry forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Broken rocks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Open forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Banksia Picnic Area. | 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 (-33.3732652,151.3224975)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Peats Ridge Road Offramp
  • Turn on to Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp then drive for 190 m
  • Keep right onto Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp and drive for another 30 m
  • Turn right onto Wisemans Ferry Road and drive for another 800 m
  • Turn right onto Dog Trap Road and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn right onto Mangrove Road and drive for another 240 m
  • Turn right onto Strickland Forest Road and drive for another 1.4 km
  • Keep right and drive for another 205 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
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'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
There is a toilet (about 20 m back from the start).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 50 m turn left, to head along Strickland Falls Trail.
There is a shelter (about 20 m back from the start).
After another 670 m turn sharp left, to head along Strickland Falls Trail.
After another 40 m find the "Strickland Falls" (20 m on your left).
Strickland Falls
Strickland Falls

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.
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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.

After another 650 m (at the intersection of Cabbage Tree Trail & Strickland Falls Trail) veer left, to head along Strickland Falls Trail.
After another 185 m come to the "Gosford Lookout".
At the intersection of Cabbage Tree Trail & Strickland Falls Trail turn left.
After another 35 m find the "Banksia Picnic Area" (8 m on your left).
Banksia Picnic Area
Banksia Picnic Area

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.
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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.

Continue straight.
After another 30 m come to a shelter.
About 10 m past the end is a sign.
The end.
About 15 m past the end is "Strickland State Forest".
Strickland State Forest
Strickland State Forest

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'. The 'Friends of Strickland' 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)
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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'. The 'Friends of Strickland' 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)

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Terrain
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Strickland Falls and Cabbage Tree Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.8 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 590 m apart with the largest gap of 1.6 km.

Toilet: There is one 20 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
20 m[toilet]
Shelter
160 m[shelter]
Shelter
1.8 km[shelter]
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