Wetland Trail to Rainforest
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 1 h 45 min

4.6 km
oneway

↑ 62 m
↓ -51 m

Moderate track
A great one-way walk covering some of the highlights of this part of Wyrrabalong National Park. The walk starts off through some beautiful wetland forest, before passing through areas of fantastic, twisted Sydney Redgums and Burrawang cycads. A couple a lookouts provide great views and spots to relax before the walk drops to the edge of Tuggerah lake. Towards the end, the walk passes through some beautiful rainforest with towering cabbage palms. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks. 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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Into the wetlands. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking through the wetland forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wooden bridge in the wetlands. | 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 views. | 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.
Beautiful forest walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Erosion control board walk. | 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.
Walking along the edge of Tuggerah lake. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lovely vista across Tuggerah lake. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
In the rainforest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful cabbage palm forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice mixed forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Distant glimpses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wide sandy track. | 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 (-33.2823863,151.5508738)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Special (A bus service runs from Lake Haven to Evans Rd. The service only runs a few times a day. Please check timetable for more info or Phone Busway on (02) 4392 6666 (route 91) More info)
DirectionsFrom Wilfred Barrett Drive, A49
  • Turn on to Oleander Street then drive for 820 m
  • Turn left onto Evans Road and drive for another 940 m
Finish (-33.2999761,151.5331854)
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 end of Evans Rd, Toukley, the walk passes around a gate, passes an information board and 'Wyrrabalong National Park' sign, and follows the bush track. The track winds through the swampy forest for a while, crossing a small wooden bridge, before passing a 'Wetlands' information board, on the right. The track then meanders through the forest for some time, passing a 'Wetlands Trail' sign, to the right. The forest becomes drier and the track becomes wider and sandy as it undulates through the forest to reach the intersection with the 'Red Gum Track'.
From the intersection, the walk follows the right arrow on the 'Red Gum Trail' sign, along the sandy bush track. The track immediately drops through a gully and meanders up the other side. This section of the walk climbs and drops a little as it passes through very nice forest, with twisted tree branches leaning over the trail. The track passes a 'Red Gum Forest' information board, to the left, and continues for while to reach a wooden lookout platform with atmospheric views to the north and north-east.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 980 m (at the intersection of Red Gum Trail & Wetland Trail) continue straight, 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) turn right, to head along Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail.
After another 1.1 km find the "Tuggerah Lake vista" (15 m on your right).
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 95 m find the "Lilly Pilly loop rainforest" (30 m on your left).
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.

After another 580 m turn right.
After another 115 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Wetland Trail to Rainforest


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.6 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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 1.5 km apart with the largest gap of 2.2 km.


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