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Sat, 17 June



Women Embrace Hiking - Rainforest to Ridge and Waterfall Loop, Strickland State Forest

This hike packs a punch and you’ll love hiking in the gorgeous rainforest and old growth arboretum, taking in creek crossings and amazing bush views….all in a nice 10km loop! We’ll carry a home-baked morning tea and we’ll finish with a delicious lunch in the picnic area.

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Women Embrace Hiking - Rainforest to Ridge and Waterfall Loop, Strickland State Forest
Women Embrace Hiking - Rainforest to Ridge and Waterfall Loop, Strickland State Forest

Time & Location

17 June 2023, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Somersby, Somersby NSW 2250, Australia

About The Adventure

Join us to discover the central coast’s hidden gem that is Strickland State Forest. We’ll wander through beautiful old growth rainforest on a trail lined with tall gum trees, mossy rocks and hoop pines. We’ll find a picturesque waterfall and take a look at the fascinating arboretum. There are beautiful bush vistas at every turn on this 10km loop hike, and you’ll love the creek crossings and, for those who enjoy a challenge, perhaps some log-crossings along the way. After we’ve taken in the beautiful forest floor, we’ll make our way gradually up to the ridge and finish with a delicious lunch in the picnic area.


Date: Saturday 17 June 2023

Meeting Time:  7:45 am for 8:00am start

Meeting Point: Banksia Picnic Area-exact meeting location will be sent to you in the confirmation email

Fitness Level: A moderate level of fitness is required 

Experience: no experience is needed but you must have a moderate level of fitness and be confident in walking approx 10 km

About the Walk / grading: This hike is graded level 3 - 4, includes a few hills, some uneven ground, stairs and creek crossings. It will take about 4-5 hours so you will need a moderate level of fitness to comfortably complete the 10 km. Click here for details about grading

Parking: There is a car park at the beginning of the walk 

Toilets: At the satrt and end of the walk.

Cost: $95



  • Eco Pass, Parks Licencing and fees, full insurance coverage
  • Wilderness first aid qualified leader
  • Morning tea, including home-baked goods at the midway mark and a delicious lunch to finish off (we can cater for most dietary requirements so please let us know at the time of registration) 
  • Photos of your adventure will be posted on our Facebook event page for you

How fit do I need to be? This bushwalk covers moderate levels of terrain, with some hills, uneven ground, creek crossings and stairs so we recommend having a moderate level of fitness so you can enjoy your surroundings.  No one gets left behind, with two Women Embrace Adventure guides at this event we will have one at the front and one at the end to support all walkers.  This trail is not handicapped accessible.

What do I need to bring?

-day pack (to carry your personal belongings)

-wear hiking boots, sturdy joggers or trail runners

-sunscreen and sun-protective clothing


-bug spray

-any personal medications you may need (asthma puffer/epi-pen etc)

-waterproof jacket (in case of cold/ wet weather)

-an extra warm layer in case of cold/windy weather

-at least 2 litres of water 

-Bring your swimmers if your keen for a dip in the ocean at the halfway/morning tea point, but please note it is not a patrolled beach. Change rooms, toilets/showers are available.

I'll be coming on my own, is that ok?  

Not a problem at all!  Lots of women come on their own to our adventures. Your Women Embrace Adventure host will make sure everyone is introduced before we set off on our walk. We always have lots of fun; there is no pressure, no judgment, and lots of encouragement from everyone. By the end of the walk you may have just found some new adventure friends!

How many will be on our bushwalk?  We keep our adventures quite personal. On this adventure, there will be no more than 14 women plus your WEA guides.

By making a booking you agree to and accept our terms and conditions, including these Terms and Conditions, our Covid-19 Policy and the Waiver of Liability.

Your booking is final once your payment is processed and a confirmation email is sent to you. No refunds will be given but your can pay it forward to another lady over the age of 18. Please email us at least 24 hours before the adventure and provide her contact details. This is an all-weather event. If cancelled by Women Embrace Adventure, a credit or full refund will be provided.

This is a women's only adventure. Valid for sale until sold out. Advertised prices are per person. Prices are correct as of 13 January 2023 and are subject to availability, withdrawal and change at any time without notice due to fluctuations in charges and currency.

All current government safety and health guidelines at the time of booking and departure must be adhered to, including all Covid-19 requirements. Any additional costs related to but not limited to government travel restrictions are the responsibility of the individual traveller and not Women Embrace Adventure. If this trip is undersubscribed or in circumstances where external events affect the viability or safety of this trip to go ahead, Women Embrace Adventure reserves the right to cancel or reschedule and to exclude/remove any participants from this trip. Your booking is non-transferable.


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