Great North Walk: Bumble Hill Dray Track (Greta Rd, Forest Road and Yarramalong)
Awabakal Country

2 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min

5.3 km
oneway

↑ 115 m
↓ -416 m

Hard track
This section of the Great North Walk explores a section of the historic Bumble Hill Dray track. You will walk along the edge of a ridge mostly through open, dry eucalypt forests and occasionally through moist ferny gullies as well as alongside the base of a tall rock wall. Bumble Hill Dray track was cut during the mid 1800’s to allow teams of bullocks to haul felled cedar to Mangrove Creek, where a barge would take it to Sydney. The oxen are now long gone, but this is a great way to lead into the small Yarramalong township. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal 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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The Great North Walk signs at Greta Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
GNW trackhead at Greta Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking over the stile. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Following the high tension power lines near Greta Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Winding under powerlines. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
GNW near Greta Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
GNW under the powerlines near Greta Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Small bridge on the Bumble Hill Dray track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along the Bumble Hill Dray track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steep valley side along the Bumble Hill Dray track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Shady section of the GNW on the Bumble Hill Dray track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along the narrow Bumble Hill Dray track south of Yarramalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boardwalk south of Yarramalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock formation on the Bumble Hill Dray track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Small creek on the Bumble Hill Dray track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Valley views from the Bumble Hill Dray track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
A gate on the Bumble Hill Dray track south of Yarramalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking beside Bumble Hill Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking beside Bumble Hill Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steps near Bumble Hill Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The GNW west of Yarramalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along Bumble Hill Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Yarramalong Track Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Yarramalong Trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Yarramalong General Store. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Yarramalong Store. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
David Neat Memorial 1947 ~ 1996 trough Yarramalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Yarramalong Manor. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Outside the Yarramalong Store. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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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 (-33.2401512,151.247872)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Special (A bus School service runs along Yarramalong Rd from Wyong. Since this is a school bus service it only heads into Yarramalong twice a day. Phone Busway on (02) 4392 6666 to organise a pick up (they are happy to take passengers. More info)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to Wyong Road Offramp then drive for 400 m
  • Continue onto Wyong Road Offramp and drive for another 255 m
  • Turn slight left onto Old Maitland Road and drive for another 3.6 km
  • Turn left onto Yarramalong Road and drive for another 15.6 km
  • Turn left onto Bumble Hill Road and drive for another 4.3 km
Finish (-33.2241465,151.2784048)
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 intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign over the fence using the stile. Here the walk follows a wide trail around the large tower, then follows the narrower track straight down the hill. The track crosses a small gully then leads up to follow a trail around the next tall tower. Here a GNW arrow post leads left, away from the trail and steeply downhill across another valley. The track then leads up to, and follows, another trail up to the other side of a third tower, to find an intersection marked with another GNW track on the other side of the tower.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 270 m continue straight.
After another 40 m continue straight.
After another 185 m continue straight.
After another 120 m turn right.
After another 4.1 km continue straight, to head along Bumble Hill Road.
After another 540 m come to "Yarramalong Store".
Yarramalong Store
Yarramalong Store

Yarramalong Store is good place to have lunch or pick up the basic food supplies. The store serves hot food including burgers, chips, pies etc as well as cold drinks. The store is open 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. There is a pay phone outside and a tap to refill water, and the store has its own fuel pump. Phone on (02)4356 1222. The address is 1625 Yarramalong Rd, Yarramalong NSW 2259. I always encourage people to use local stores like this on track, but since it is a small store it is worth phoning ahead to see what they have what you want in stock. It is a small store so choice is limited.
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Yarramalong Store is good place to have lunch or pick up the basic food supplies. The store serves hot food including burgers, chips, pies etc as well as cold drinks. The store is open 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. There is a pay phone outside and a tap to refill water, and the store has its own fuel pump. Phone on (02)4356 1222. The address is 1625 Yarramalong Rd, Yarramalong NSW 2259. I always encourage people to use local stores like this on track, but since it is a small store it is worth phoning ahead to see what they have what you want in stock. It is a small store so choice is limited.

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Terrain
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Great North Walk: Bumble Hill Dray Track (Greta Rd, Forest Road and Yarramalong)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.3 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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