Red Gum Walk
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

40 min to 45 min

1.5 km
circuit

↑ 58 m
↓ -58 m

Hard track
At the time of writing, some or all of the southern leg of the Red Gum Track was closed. The walk described here returns along the road instead. Despite these changes, this is still a worthwhile walk with some nice scenery along the way. Wannagan Lookout has some great views over North Gosford and surrounds. Note that the entrance gate on Dolly Ave, for the upper section of Rumbalara, is locked at 8pm each evening. 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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Big views over the Gosford area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Free electric BBQs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Yaruga picnic area lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Red Gum walk meets the road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Away from the roads. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice rock outcrops. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Plenty of steps where required. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Very scenic walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Old grasstree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wannagan lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Distant glimpses through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps around the boulders. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Forest walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Back to the road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Some road walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Water reservoir in Rumbalara. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Yaruga 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 (-33.4251386,151.3546894)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom York Street, A49
  • Turn on to Wells Street then drive for 360 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Wells Street and drive for another 700 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Wells Street and drive for another 810 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Springfield Road and drive for another 260 m
  • Turn left onto Dolly Avenue and drive for another 345 m
  • Continue onto Dolly Avenue and drive for another 1.4 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the BBQs, this walk goes across the picnic area towards the road and down the steps. The walk veers to the right, following the road gently down the hill for a short distance to an intersection with a bush track, beside a low boulder, on the left (some distance before the nearby water reservoir).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Rumbalara Lookout Road.
There is a toilet (about 40 m back from the start).
After another 45 m pass the car park (15 m on your right).
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 40 m continue straight.
After another 205 m turn right.
After another 255 m find the "Wannagan Lookout" (6 m on your left).
Wannagan Lookout
Wannagan Lookout

The fenced Wannagan Lookout, on the Red Gum Walk, has great views over North Gosford. The fenced lookout sits at the top of a small cliff. Out of sight, beneath the lookout, is some great cliff and overhang scenery.
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The fenced Wannagan Lookout, on the Red Gum Walk, has great views over North Gosford. The fenced lookout sits at the top of a small cliff. Out of sight, beneath the lookout, is some great cliff and overhang scenery.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Sculpture of Edward John Eyre. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 225 m turn right, to head along Mouat Walk.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Rumbalara Lookout Road & Mouat Walk) turn around, to head along Mouat Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Sculpture of Edward John Eyre. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 45 m turn around, to head along Mouat Walk.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Rumbalara Lookout Road & Mouat Walk) veer right, to head along Rumbalara Lookout Road (a vehicle track).
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Rumbalara Lookout Road.
After another 140 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Fire Trail & Rumbalara Lookout Road) continue straight, to head along Rumbalara Lookout Road.
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Rumbalara Lookout Road.
After another 85 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Sculpture of Edward John Eyre.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Mouat Walk.
After 175 m find the "Edward John Eyre" (20 m on your left).
Edward John Eyre
Edward John Eyre

The Sculpture of Edward John Eyre is found near the southern end of the Mouat Trail in Rumbalara Reserve. Commissioned by Sara Lee Kitchens and the State Bicentennial Commission, this 1.25 scale figurative work was sculptured by Carl Merten. A circular inscription at the base declares this to be 'Edward John Eyre 1815-1901'. Eyre is one of Australia's more famous explorers. A father of 5, he was awarded the founder's gold medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 1847. In 1841, Eyre was appointed as resident magistrate and protector of Aborigines. He summed up his work like this - "Moorundie was a District densely populated by Natives and in which prior to 1841 no settler had ventured to locate, and where (before I was stationed there) frightful scenes of bloodshed, rapine and hostility between the Natives and Parties coming overland with Stock had been of very frequent occurrence, but where, from the time of my arrival, and up to the date of my leaving not a single case of serious injury or aggression ever took place on the part of the Natives against the Europeans, whilst the district became rapidly and extensively occupied by Settlers and by Stock". Eyre also served as lieutenant-governor for New Zealand, lieutenant-governor for St Vincent (West Indies), governor for Leeward Islands, governor for Antigua and governor-in-chief for Jamaica.
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The Sculpture of Edward John Eyre is found near the southern end of the Mouat Trail in Rumbalara Reserve. Commissioned by Sara Lee Kitchens and the State Bicentennial Commission, this 1.25 scale figurative work was sculptured by Carl Merten. A circular inscription at the base declares this to be 'Edward John Eyre 1815-1901'. Eyre is one of Australia's more famous explorers. A father of 5, he was awarded the founder's gold medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 1847. In 1841, Eyre was appointed as resident magistrate and protector of Aborigines. He summed up his work like this - "Moorundie was a District densely populated by Natives and in which prior to 1841 no settler had ventured to locate, and where (before I was stationed there) frightful scenes of bloodshed, rapine and hostility between the Natives and Parties coming overland with Stock had been of very frequent occurrence, but where, from the time of my arrival, and up to the date of my leaving not a single case of serious injury or aggression ever took place on the part of the Natives against the Europeans, whilst the district became rapidly and extensively occupied by Settlers and by Stock". Eyre also served as lieutenant-governor for New Zealand, lieutenant-governor for St Vincent (West Indies), governor for Leeward Islands, governor for Antigua and governor-in-chief for Jamaica.

Then pass the "Statue of Edward John Eyre" (45 m on your left).
After another 35 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 210 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Red Gum Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.5 km
Time 40 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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
Toilet: There is one 30 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
30 m[toilet]
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