Kincumber to Terrigal (via Glasson's Trail)

2 h to 4 h

4.3 km
oneway

↑ 179 m
↓ -183 m

Hard track
This walk explores the main highlights of Kincumber Mountain Regional Reserve. Starting on the Glasson's trail, the walk explores a variety of forests along the way to Honeman's Rock and picnic area. After a rest, you visit a large cave on Kanning Walk and continue to the views at Colin Watters Lookout. You then follow a track down the ridge, passing some interesting rocky outcrops before arriving at the end of Sandringham Close, Terrigal. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Glasson's Car Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking north of Glasson's Car Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Up the stairs beside the water reservoir. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Water reservoir. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glasson's Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tall trees line the trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View at bend in trail into the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glasson's Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glasson's trail just south of the lower road crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gate at road crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs near the road crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cicada Shell. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Burnt tree recovered. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grass trees on ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Red gum. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gum tree and boulders. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cicada on tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track heading down the ridge to the road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glasson's Track just south of the overflow car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Picnic shelter in overflow car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps between main picnic area and the overflow car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
looking up to the mud brick building. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Honeman's Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Mud brick building 'kiosk'. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Start of the Kanning Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Kanning Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Native Parsnip flower (Platysace lanceolata). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track passing beside rockface. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps beside rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Smaller cave west of the main cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Smaller cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Metal path. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Entrance to cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Inside looking out of the cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking along tunnel at the back of the cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Side of the cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking north of the cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Fan flower (Scaevola ramosissima). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Needlebush (Hakea sericea). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign at the intersection of of Kanning and Yanina walks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
looking along Kanning walk to Yanina walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking along Yanina Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tree and fern. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A large angophera. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Int of Nyari and Colin Watters lookout trails. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tower clearing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track to Colin Watters Lookout near the tower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Colin Watters Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Colin Watters Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Colin Watters Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track between Colin Watters Lookout and the tower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocky outcrop north of the tower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Large boulders along the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
District view between the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The boulders can be quite interesting on there own. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
walking along the ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track through the open forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps at the lower end of Sandringham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection above Sandringham Cl. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking along track to houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Between houses at Sandringham Cl. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandringham Cl. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up steps at the end of Sandringham Cl. | 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 (-33.4636267,151.3793369)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom The Entrance Road, A49
  • Turn on to Avoca Drive then drive for 930 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Avoca Drive and drive for another 3.2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Avoca Drive and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Turn left onto Island View Drive and drive for another 180 m
  • Turn slight left onto Panorama Parade and drive for another 145 m
  • Turn left onto Waterford Boulevard and drive for another 55 m
  • Turn left onto Kincumber Street and drive for another 330 m
Finish (-33.4446587,151.4067869)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park (about 230m from the end of Kincumber St past the 'Kincumber Mountain Regional Reserve' sign), this walk heads to the back of the car park, through the gap in the fence and turns right. The walk follows the track, keeping the water tank up the hill to the right. The walk leads up some timber steps through the rocks and, soon after passing the water tank, the track comes to a 'T' intersection with a management trail.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide management trail away from the water tank and gently down the hill, keeping the valley to the left. The trail meanders through the bush for about 300m, rounding a wide sweeping right-hand bend - during this bend, the walk comes to a rocky outcrop with a view into the valley (on the left). From here, the walk continues around the bend and up the hill. As the walk enters a more lush section of forest, the trail becomes narrower for a while. The trail then begins to climb again as it widens back out, before coming to a locked gate and road. The walk crosses the road, coming to a small clearing on the other side.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 890 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Island View Drive.
After another 135 m find the "Glasson's Trail Picnic Area" (30 m on your left).
Glasson's Trail Picnic Area
Glasson's Trail Picnic Area

At the lower end of the overflow car park, near the top of Glasson's Trail, is a single picnic table and shelter. There are no other facilities here. A short distance from the main picnic area, this is an alternative spot for those wanting a picnic table amongst more native trees.
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At the lower end of the overflow car park, near the top of Glasson's Trail, is a single picnic table and shelter. There are no other facilities here. A short distance from the main picnic area, this is an alternative spot for those wanting a picnic table amongst more native trees.

After another 15 m pass the car park (20 m on your left).
After another 180 m find the "Honeman's Rock" (40 m on your left).
Honeman's Rock
Honeman's Rock

Honeman's Rock (aka Honeyman's Rock) is a large rock outcrop in front of the mud brick building, in the Honeman's Rock Picnic area. The exposed section of rock is 60m long and about 30m wide, with the western side having a significant unfenced drop. The rock is named after Cecil Lyle Honeman who became a lease holder on the mountain in 1962. The rock has a large depression that once filled with water, and a drain has been dug to keep the pool empty and clear of rubbish.
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Honeman's Rock (aka Honeyman's Rock) is a large rock outcrop in front of the mud brick building, in the Honeman's Rock Picnic area. The exposed section of rock is 60m long and about 30m wide, with the western side having a significant unfenced drop. The rock is named after Cecil Lyle Honeman who became a lease holder on the mountain in 1962. The rock has a large depression that once filled with water, and a drain has been dug to keep the pool empty and clear of rubbish.

Continue straight, to head along Island View Drive.
After another 50 m find the "Mud Brick Building" (10 m on your left).
Mud Brick Building
Mud Brick Building

The mud brick building is a landmark in the main picnic area at Kincumber Mountain, and is a popular spot to gather. Also known as 'Kincumber Mountain Information Centre', 'The Kiosk', 'Kincumber Kiosk' and 'Kincumber Mountain Kiosk', the building was constructed in 1986 with funding from Community Employment Programme. The building is generally locked but can be booked through the local Lions Club for special events. The building has a rain water tank, small kitchen and one main large room. The verandah also provides good shelter.
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The mud brick building is a landmark in the main picnic area at Kincumber Mountain, and is a popular spot to gather. Also known as 'Kincumber Mountain Information Centre', 'The Kiosk', 'Kincumber Kiosk' and 'Kincumber Mountain Kiosk', the building was constructed in 1986 with funding from Community Employment Programme. The building is generally locked but can be booked through the local Lions Club for special events. The building has a rain water tank, small kitchen and one main large room. The verandah also provides good shelter.

After another 20 m pass the "Kincumba Mountain Kiosk" (30 m on your left).
After another 45 m find the "Honeman's Rock picnic area" (45 m on your left).
Honeman's Rock picnic area
Honeman's Rock picnic area

Honeman's Rock picnic area is a large picnic area at the top end of Island View Drive. This picnic area has a couple of large grassy areas, composting toilets, free electric BBQs, picnic tables, shelters, garbage bins, drinking water and information signs. The picnic area is home to a mud brick building (available for hire) and Honeman's Rock, from which the area derives its name. There is a fair amount of parking available next the picnic area, and some extra spaces a few hundred meters down the road.
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Honeman's Rock picnic area is a large picnic area at the top end of Island View Drive. This picnic area has a couple of large grassy areas, composting toilets, free electric BBQs, picnic tables, shelters, garbage bins, drinking water and information signs. The picnic area is home to a mud brick building (available for hire) and Honeman's Rock, from which the area derives its name. There is a fair amount of parking available next the picnic area, and some extra spaces a few hundred meters down the road.

After another 4 m turn sharp right, to head along Island View Drive.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Island View Drive & Kanning Walk) turn left, to head along Kanning Walk (a walking track).
After another 6 m head through/around the gate.
After another 245 m cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
Then head up the 12 metal steps (about 35 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Then head up the 12 metal steps (about 15 m long)
After another 65 m find the "Kanning Walk Cave" (10 m on your left).
Kanning Walk Cave
Kanning Walk Cave

The main cave on Kanning Walk is surprising large for a sandstone environment. The cave has two main sections. There is a large cabin about 7m wide and 9m deep. A small tunnel extends about 10m further to a small chamber at the back. The entrance to the cave is behind two large boulders, providing extra shelter. It is believed that A. A. Glasson lived in the cave in the early 1930's, which was not uncommon during the depression. The cave has proved to be a great place to rest on hot days.
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The main cave on Kanning Walk is surprising large for a sandstone environment. The cave has two main sections. There is a large cabin about 7m wide and 9m deep. A small tunnel extends about 10m further to a small chamber at the back. The entrance to the cave is behind two large boulders, providing extra shelter. It is believed that A. A. Glasson lived in the cave in the early 1930's, which was not uncommon during the depression. The cave has proved to be a great place to rest on hot days.

After another 80 m head up the 12 earthen steps (about 75 m long)
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Yanina Trail & Kanning Walk) turn right, to head along Yanina Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 760 m (at the intersection of Yanina Trail & Blue Hills West Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Yanina Trail.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Yanina Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A little optional side trip taking you to Nyari Lookout for westerly views. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Yanina Trail.
After another 8 m find the "Tower Clearing" (10 m on your left).
Tower Clearing
Tower Clearing

This clearing is found between Nyari and Colin Watters Lookouts. The clearing is next to a large communication repeater tower. There is some natural shade and a solitary picnic table on the northern side.
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This clearing is found between Nyari and Colin Watters Lookouts. The clearing is next to a large communication repeater tower. There is some natural shade and a solitary picnic table on the northern side.

After another 50 m turn right, to head along Yanina Trail.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Yanina Trail.
After another 40 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 35 m pass a seat (5 m on your right)., has a backrest.
Then find the "Colin Watters Lookout" (20 m on your left).
Colin Watters Lookout
Colin Watters Lookout

A plaque explains that this lookout was named in 1992 in honour of the Colin D Watters, who was Senior Parks Supervisor with Gosford Council. The fenced lookout provides great view south-east, down Picketts Valley to Avoca Lake and Beach. The lookout is also home to an information board, bench seat, picnic table and garbage bin. This lookout offers one of the best views in the park and makes a great spot to stop and rest.
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A plaque explains that this lookout was named in 1992 in honour of the Colin D Watters, who was Senior Parks Supervisor with Gosford Council. The fenced lookout provides great view south-east, down Picketts Valley to Avoca Lake and Beach. The lookout is also home to an information board, bench seat, picnic table and garbage bin. This lookout offers one of the best views in the park and makes a great spot to stop and rest.

Turn left, to head along Yanina Trail.
After another 9 m continue straight, to head along Yanina Trail.
Keep left.
After another 85 m turn right.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 85 m turn right, to head along Blue Hills West Fire Trail.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 650 m turn right.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 40 m turn left.
Then head down the steps
After another 90 m come to the end.

A little optional side trip taking you to Nyari Lookout for westerly views.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Tower Clearing at the start.
Tower Clearing
Tower Clearing

This clearing is found between Nyari and Colin Watters Lookouts. The clearing is next to a large communication repeater tower. There is some natural shade and a solitary picnic table on the northern side.
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This clearing is found between Nyari and Colin Watters Lookouts. The clearing is next to a large communication repeater tower. There is some natural shade and a solitary picnic table on the northern side.

After another 85 m turn left.
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 15 m come to "Nyari Lookout".
Nyari Lookout
Nyari Lookout

The signposted and unfenced Nyari Lookout is found beside the Sandringham Trail and is also know as Nyari Point. The views from this point are filtered through the trees and extend north-west over Erina and a small section of the Brisbane Water to Rumbalara Reserve. Not the greatest views around.
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The signposted and unfenced Nyari Lookout is found beside the Sandringham Trail and is also know as Nyari Point. The views from this point are filtered through the trees and extend north-west over Erina and a small section of the Brisbane Water to Rumbalara Reserve. Not the greatest views around.

A seat., has a backrest.
Continue another 0 m to find Nyari Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 155 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Kincumber to Terrigal (via Glasson's Trail)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.3 km
Time 2 h to 4 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.5 km apart with the largest gap of 3.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
1.6 kmMud Brick Building
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