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Stoney Creek Trail
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

50min to 1h

2.2km
oneway

↑ 51 m
↓ -170 m

Moderate track
An excellent walk, spending much of its time in the shaded, rainforest-filled valleys of the Strickland State Forest. From the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia picnic area, the walk soon descends into moist forest, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. You could make this a return walk by retracing your steps, or make it a circuit walk by returning to the Banksia picnic area via the road. 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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Banksia Picnic Area.
Tall dry forest.
Broken rocks.
Open forest.
Trees and boulders.
Great scenery in Strickland.
Lush forest track.
Through the forest.
Cabbage tree palms.
Tall forest and ferns.
Stepping through.
Vines across the track.
At the creek crossing.
Shaded trail.
Lower car park at Strickland.
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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 (-33.3732941,151.3225838)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp
  • Turn on to then drive for 700m
  • Turn right onto Dog Trap Road and drive for another 5km
  • Turn right onto Mangrove Road and drive for another 240m
  • Turn right onto Strickland Forest Road and drive for another 1.4km
  • Keep right and drive for another 205m
Finish (-33.3798881,151.3250737)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park (near the end of Strickland Rd in the Strickland State Forest), this walk passes around the gate and goes across the picnic area to the track intersection at the opposite end. There is a track signpost ('Strickland Falls Loop Trail') a little to the left.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a Strickland State Forest (about 15m back from the start).
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)

After 15m to find the car park.
After another 20m continue straight.
After another 8m pass the toilet (25m on your right).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 8m pass the sign (10m on your right).
After another 15m (at the intersection of Strickland Falls Trail & Cabbage Tree Trail) continue straight, to head along Cabbage Tree Trail.
Then find the Banksia Picnic Area (8m on your right).
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.

After another 25m come to the "Gosford Lookout" viewpoint (20m on your right).
After another 1.1km (at the intersection of Cabbage Tree Trail & Stoney Creek Trail) veer left, to head along Stoney Creek Trail.
After another 60m find the Cabbage-Tree Palm (35m on your right).
Cabbage-Tree Palm
Cabbage-Tree Palm

The Cabbage-Tree Palm (Livistona australis) is a tall, slender palm growing up to about 25 m in height and 0.35 m diameter. It is found in moist open forest, often in swampy sites and on margins of rainforests or near the sea. It is widely spread along the New South Wales coast and extends north into Queensland and southwards to eastern Victoria, growing further south than any other native Australian palm.
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The Cabbage-Tree Palm (Livistona australis) is a tall, slender palm growing up to about 25 m in height and 0.35 m diameter. It is found in moist open forest, often in swampy sites and on margins of rainforests or near the sea. It is widely spread along the New South Wales coast and extends north into Queensland and southwards to eastern Victoria, growing further south than any other native Australian palm.

After another 380m cross the ford.
After another 490m (at the intersection of Arboretum Trail & Stoney Creek Trail) veer left.
After another 80m head through the bollard.
Then to find the Stoney Creek Car Park.
After another 3m (at the intersection of Strickland Forest Road & Ridge To Rainforest Track) continue straight, to head along Strickland Forest Road.
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Terrain
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Stoney Creek Trail


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.2km
Time 50min to 1h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 25m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
25m[toilet]
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