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Picnic Run to Norah Head

This is about a 3 ˝ hr run, including a P&T stop at Wiseman’s Ferry, through beautiful country north of Sydney and out to the coast.  The route takes us from Thompson’s Corner, West Pennant Hills, out through Dural to Wiseman’s Ferry where we stop for a cuppa, then across the ferry and up to Mangrove Mountain, down Bumble Hill to the beautiful Yarramalong valley, and on through Toukley to Norah Head.
The roads are reasonably good, free from traffic, winding and undulating – in other words, good Clubman territory.
Bring a picnic rug and picnic, although food & drink is usually available at Wiseman’s and our lunch spot.

Meeting point: Mt Wilberforce Lookout (Thompson’s Corner) car park on South side of Castle Hill Road, 250m from Pennant Hills Rd.
Timetable: 9:00am Gather at Mt Wilberforce Lookout (Thompson’s Corner)
9:30am - 10:25am Stage 1 - Thompson’s Corner to Wiseman’s Ferry
11:15am – 12:45pm Stage 2 -  Wiseman’s Ferry to Rosetti Lookout, Norah Head

Route Card

Stage 1:  Thompson's Corner to Wiseman’s Ferry – approx 50km – approx 55 mins

bulletLeft out of car park onto Castle Hill Rd
bulletRight at first lights into New Line Rd
bulletStraight on all the way to Wiseman’s Ferry through Dural, Glenorie, Maroota
bulletStop at car park by the ferry for Morning Tea

Stage 2
:  Wiseman’s Ferry to Norah Head – approx 100km – approx 90 mins


Reset Trip Counter (distances off my maps)

bullet0km - Right after crossing ferry, through Spencer to Mangrove Mountain
bullet48km - Left at T-junction into Bloodtree Rd, signposted to Kulnura, Yarramalong & Cessnock. 
(If you miss the turning and reach Central Mangrove, turn left at the crossroads for Kulnura and skip the next instruction.)
bullet52km - Left at T-junction, signposted to Kulnura & Yarramalong.
bullet55km - Right at AMBER PARK STUD T-junction – watch for Paintball Place sign just before the turning.  (If you miss the turning and reach Kulnura, turn right in Kulnura onto Greta Rd then left at stop/give way sign.)
bullet58km - Straight on at Greta Rd (Bumble Hill Gallery on left at junction) down Bumble Hill into Yarramalong
bullet62km - Right at T-junction at bottom of Bumble Hill signposted to Expressway, Wyong.  Past The Manor Hotel 50m on left.
bullet78km – Left into Hue Hue Rd just before bridge over F3 Freeway
bullet84km – Right into Sparks Rd (becomes Warnervale Rd).  Cross bridge between Budgewoy and Tuggerah Lakes, through Toukley to Norahville.
bullet97km – Right at roundabout into Wilfred Barrett Rd.  (Large Hargrave St sign in front of you as you enter roundabout.  Don’t go straight ahead down Hargrave St!!)
bullet97.1km – Left almost immediately into Bungary Rd
bullet98.5km – Left after shops on right and small park on left to picnic spot at Rosetti Lookout.  Loos and food / drink available at kiosk.

Stage 3
:  Norah Head back to Sydney – whenever! 

Suggested route via Old Pacific Hwy, avoiding weekend traffic on Central Coast roads.

bulletRetrace steps through Toukley & Sparks Rd to Expressway
bulletLeft onto Expressway heading for Sydney.
bulletExit at Somersby/Peats Ridge interchange and follow the Old Pacific Hwy to Sydney
bulletAfter passing under expressway, turn right then left almost immediately, staying on Old Pacific Hwy.
bulletAt Calga, left at roundabout then left again, stay on Old Pacific Hwy to Sydney.

Watch speed limits on Old Pacific Hwy – Police patrol the road constantly at weekends.

Have an enjoyable and safe run.

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