Sydney Train Walks

From Gosford via Rumbalara 3h / 12km to Lisarow

About this walk

This walk covers Rumbalara Reserve.

It takes about 3 hours to complete the full 12 kilometre walk, but plan extra for plenty of breaks and photography stops. Consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Gosford using Plan your return trip from Lisarow at

Along the way

From the station follow Mann Street towards the lake and take Donnison Street up to the entrance of Rumbala Reserve.

Follow the walking trail to the right and then up to the top of the hill.

+ 0.5h / 1km Optionally follow the Casuarina track around the picnic area.

Near the top of the hill, past the Rain Forest track, start following the Flannel Flower track.

The Flanel Flower track ends at a picnic area and lookout.

On the side of the road, past the lookout, the walking trail continues on the left.

One of the remaining statues of explorer is left along the trail.

The trail ends at a picnic area and lookout of Katandra Reserve.

From the reserve follow Atkinson Road to the Taylor Road firetrail at the end.

Follow the Taylor Road firetrail across Mount Elliot.

From the intersection follow The Ridgeway left to Lisarow station.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.