Wyrrabalong Figure 8
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

2 h to 2 h 15 min

6.5 km
circuit

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Moderate track
A great walk covering much of the excellent scenery in this area. This walk includes great views over Tuggerah lake, some beautiful areas of littoral rainforest, very picturesque, twisted Sydney Redgums leaning over the track and plenty of Burrawangs (a cycad). The lookouts along the way provide good spots to relax for a while. Much of the walking is on sandy tracks, which will slow you down a little. 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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Wide sandy track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Meandering through the forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Twisted trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Interesting shapes. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Meandering through the redgums. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great scenery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Twisted trees over the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Interesting forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Atmospheric lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Burrawang cycads. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trees leaning over the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great views over Tuggerah lake. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Narrow section of track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lush cabbage palm forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Between the banksias. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Vines and thick forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Covered by vines. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Interesting scenery along the way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Distant glimpses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice mixed forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Under the cabbage palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful cabbage palm forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lovely vista across Tuggerah lake. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Retaining wall on a sandy section of track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great views over Tuggerah lake. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Erosion control board walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful forest walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Narrow sandy track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Burrawang track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Interesting forest scenery. | 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 At the intersection of Wilfred Barrett Drive & Red Gum Trail (-33.2936527,151.5466406)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, A43
  • Turn on to Scenic Drive, A49 then drive for 3.8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Scenic Drive, A49 and drive for another 1.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Scenic Drive, A49 and drive for another 1.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Budgewoi Road, A49 and drive for another 3.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Wilfred Barrett Drive, A49 and drive for another 3.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park on the Central Coast Hwy, aka Wilfred Barret Dr (about 7km north of The Entrance bridge, and about 3km south of the intersection with Main Rd, Noraville. Signposted 'Wyrrabalong National Park'), the walk passes through the timber fence, passing an information board, to the left, and a picnic table, to the right, and follows the sandy management trail. After a very short distance, the trail arrives at the intersection of the 'Red Gum Trail' and the 'Burrawang Walking Track'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Wilfred Barrett Drive & Red Gum Trail Start heading along Red Gum Trail (a vehicle track).
After 50 m head through/around the gate.
After another 25 m to find the car park.
Continue straight, to head along Red Gum Trail.
After another 20 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Red Gum Trail & Burrawang Walking Track) veer right, to head along Red Gum Trail.
After another 470 m (at the intersection of Wetland Trail & Red Gum Trail) turn left, to head along Red Gum Trail.
After another 620 m turn left, to head along Red Gum Trail.
After another 540 m pass a seat (7 m on your right).
Then find the "Redgum lookout" (5 m on your right).
Redgum lookout
Redgum lookout

This unnamed lookout is in the Wyrrabalong National park, north of The Entrance and provides views to the north across part of Tuggerah Lake and Toukley. The lookout is on the Redgum Trail and consists of a fenced wooden platform with a seat. This is a nice, atmospheric spot to take a break on the walk.
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This unnamed lookout is in the Wyrrabalong National park, north of The Entrance and provides views to the north across part of Tuggerah Lake and Toukley. The lookout is on the Redgum Trail and consists of a fenced wooden platform with a seat. This is a nice, atmospheric spot to take a break on the walk.

After another 750 m find the "Tuggerah Lake lookout" (6 m on your right).
Tuggerah Lake lookout
Tuggerah Lake lookout

This unnamed lookout provides views across Tuggerah Lake, north of The Entrance. The lookout is on the Redgum Trail and consists of a fenced wooden platform with a seat. the beautiful views and atmosphere make this a great spot for a break during a walk in the area.
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This unnamed lookout provides views across Tuggerah Lake, north of The Entrance. The lookout is on the Redgum Trail and consists of a fenced wooden platform with a seat. the beautiful views and atmosphere make this a great spot for a break during a walk in the area.

After another 8 m pass a seat (10 m on your right).
After another 325 m (at the intersection of Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail & Red Gum Trail) veer left, to head along Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail.
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail & Burrawang Walking Track) continue straight, to head along Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail.
After another 420 m continue straight, to head along Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail.
After another 720 m continue straight, to head along Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail.
After another 830 m find the "Lilly Pilly loop rainforest" (30 m on your right).
Lilly Pilly loop rainforest
Lilly Pilly loop rainforest

This area of littoral rainforest is on the Lilly Pilly loop walk, in Wyrrabalong National Park, north of The Entrance. This small remnant of rainforest is dominated by cabbage palms, corkwoods and tuckeroos. There are nice views across Tuggerah lake from the edge of the forest as well.
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This area of littoral rainforest is on the Lilly Pilly loop walk, in Wyrrabalong National Park, north of The Entrance. This small remnant of rainforest is dominated by cabbage palms, corkwoods and tuckeroos. There are nice views across Tuggerah lake from the edge of the forest as well.

Then find the "Tuggerah Lake vista" (15 m on your left).
Tuggerah Lake vista
Tuggerah Lake vista

This informal, unnamed spot at the edge of Tuggerah Lake, north of The Entrance, has beautiful views across the lake. These views, combined with the nearby area of rainforest, provide beautiful scenery on walks in the area.
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This informal, unnamed spot at the edge of Tuggerah Lake, north of The Entrance, has beautiful views across the lake. These views, combined with the nearby area of rainforest, provide beautiful scenery on walks in the area.

After another 960 m (at the intersection of Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail & Red Gum Trail) veer right, to head along Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail.
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail & Burrawang Walking Track) turn left, to head along Burrawang Walking Track (a walking track).
After another 910 m (at the intersection of Red Gum Trail & Burrawang Walking Track) veer right, to head along Red Gum Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Red Gum Trail.
After another 25 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Wyrrabalong Figure 8


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 6.5 km
Time 2 h to 2 h 15 min
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 4.6 km.


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