(0km) Basin Campsite → Int of GNW tracks AND Lyrebird Trail
Continue straight: From the intersection at the edge of the saddle, this walk follows the GNW arrow east and gently downhill. The track leads downhill to come close to Wollombi Brook (on your left), where the track gently undulates as it leads into the dense vine and mossy forest for about 1.2km. Then over the next 700m or so, the track leads past a few sandstone caves and crosses a few small creeks to come to a signposted three-way intersection with ‘The Great North Walk’ and the ‘Lyrebird Trail’ track, where a sign points back to ‘Basin Camping Area’.
(2.2km) Int of GNW AND Lyrebird trail → Int of Murrays Forest Road and the Fire Tower trail
3 hrs 5 mins
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker moderately steeply up along the eroded management trail. The walk continues through the forest for about 400m, become less steep as it climbs, until coming to a T-intersection with a trail in a small clearing.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the dirt road, away from the face of ‘The Great North Walk’ sign. The walk continues through forest (ignoring side roads as it leads over a gently rise for about 400m, then comes to a T-intersection, with Walkers Ridge Road, marked with another ‘The Great North Walk’ sign.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads east along Walkers Ridge Road over a hill, coming down the other side to the intersection with Kingtree Ridge Road.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the road along the ridge to the ‘Y’ intersection with Pig and Sow Ridge Road, marked with a Great North Walk arrow.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north along Walkers Ridge Road until coming to the intersection with Murrays Forest Road.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west along Murrays Forest Road, following the Great North Walk arrow down the hill then back up the other side, winding to the top and on to the intersection with the Fire Tower trail. Now Turn right to rejoin the main walk .
(2.2km) Int of GNW tracks & Lyrebird Trail → Wollombi Brook Pool
Wollombi Brook Pool
(2.48km) Wollombi Brook Pool → Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd
1 hr 23 mins
Continue straight: From the end of Wild Boar Road (aka Piglet Point Road), this walk follows the dirt road fairly gently uphill to the north. The roads leads distinctly uphill for about 500m, and then gently undulates along the ridge through forest for about 2.5km. Here the walk comes to a clear and signposted four-way intersection with ‘Walkers Ridge Road’ route and ‘The Great North Walk’ track.
(6.08km) Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd → End of Kangaroo Point Road
(7.04km) End of Kangaroo Point Road → Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road
(8.33km) Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road → Int of Murrays Forest Road & GNW track
(8.47km) Int of Murrays Forest Road and the Great North Walk → Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail
Continue straight: From the rest area, this walk follows the track down along the ridge line. The track winds steeply down into a saddle, where the track flattens out to lead through thicker green forest to the intersection with the narrow Bar Trail.
(9.36km) Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail → Int of Bar trail and Warrawolong Road
(10.21km) Int of Bar trail and Warrawolong Road → Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads
(10.57km) Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads → Mt Warrawolong Fire Tower
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the upper trail past the ‘Authorised Vehicles Only’ sign. After about 200m, the walk heads around a locked gate then continues moderately steeply uphill, winding up the hill for about 1.5km to come to a large flat clearing and the tall fire tower at the top of Mt Warrawolong. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Veer left.
(10.57km) Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads → Signposted Rest Area
Watagan Creek Campsite
(12.91km) Signposted Rest Area → Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(southside)
(13.01km) Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(eastside) → Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road (westside)
(13.05km) Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road (westside) → Great North Walk Paddock Gate
(13.24km) Great North Walk Paddock Gate → End of Langans Road
Continue straight: From the paddock gate in the Watagan Valley, this walk follows the track moderately steeply uphill. The walk heads through the wooded forest, up a series of timber and rock steps as the track winds up the hill. About 1km after leaving the open farmland, this track leads to an intersection with the turning area at the end of the dirt Langans Road.
(14.51km) End of Langans Rd → Walkers Rest Area
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north-west along the dirt road, initially keeping Cabans Road on your right. The walk continues, gently undulating up along the top of the ridge for about 1.4km, until coming to the signposted ‘Walkers Rest Area’.
End of day 1
(16.71km) Walkers Rest Area → Flat Rock Lookout
Flat Rock Lookout
(17.06km) Flat Rock Lookout → Congewai Communications Tower
1 hr 25 mins
(21.05km) Congewai Communications Tower Management Trail → Paddock Gate
1 hr 11 mins
(24.03km) Paddock Gate → Int of GNW track AND sealed rd
(24.72km) Int of GNW AND Eglinford La → Lonely Goat Olives
Lonely Goat Olives
(24.72km) Int of GNW track & sealed road → Congewai Valley west trackhead
(25.66km) Congewai Valley west trackhead → Congewai Valley east trackhead
1 hr 28 mins
(30.85km) Congewai Valley east trackhead → Property Gate
Continue straight: From here, this walk climbs over the fence using the stile and follows the track gently uphill, keeping the more open farmland on your left. The walk continues for about 300m to an intersection with a wide dirt trail, just before a vehicular gate, marked with a GNW arrow post.
(31.61km) Property Gate → Crawford Tank AND Hut
Crawford Tank & Hut
(31.61km) Property Gate → Int on GNW bushtrack
(32.81km) Int on GNW bushtrack → Int of Georges Rd & GNW bushtrack
(34.54km) Int of Georges Rd AND GNW track → Old Loggers Hut
Old Loggers Hut
(34.66km) Old Loggers Hut → Georges Rd rest area
(34.97km) Georges Rd rest area → Barraba Campsite
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Barraba Trig Rest Area’ sign north-east, gently uphill along the trail. Following a few GNW arrow markers over about 90m, this trail then comes to a large flat clearing signposted as ‘Barraba campsite’, with some lovely large grass trees.
End of day 2
(35.28km) Barraba Campsite → Barbara Lowes gate
Continue straight: From the locked gate, this walk heads downhill along the wide dirt trail, directly away from the ‘Barraba Trig’ sign. The trail leads down for about 400m, moderately steeply for a while. As the trail mostly flattens out, the walk climbs over another fence beside a locked gate using the stile. The walk continues down along this trail for almost 200m to pass ‘The Barbara Lowes Conservation area’ sign. Here, the walk climbs over the fence using the stile beside the vehicular gate. There are filtered valley views to your left.
(36.05km) The Barbara Lowes gate → Saddle Rest Area
(37.09km) Saddle Rest Area → Int of Georges Rd AND Watagans National Park boundary gate
(37.82km) Int of Georges Rd AND Watagans National Park boundary gate → Top of the 125r Lookout trail
(39.16km) Top of the 125r Lookout trail → 125r Lookout Rest Area
(39.16km) Top of the 125r Lookout trail → Northern rest area
Great North Walk Rest Area
(40.48km) Northern rest area → Narrow Place Lookout
(42km) Narrow Place Lookout → Int of Georges AND Heaton Rds
1 hr 32 mins
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post east along the dirt Georges Road as it leads gently downhill, initially keeping the main valley to your left. The road leads along the ridge among the tall trees, past a few small clearings and side tracks for about 2.2km to pass a gate and timber fence (on your left). The walk continues along this main road for another 600m, coming to a T-intersection with the dirt Heaton Road, marked with a ‘Watagans National Park’ sign.
(46.76km) Int of Georges & Heaton Rds → Forestry H.Q campsite
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Hunters Lookout’ sign gently uphill along Bakers Road. The walk continues along this road for a bit over 150m, coming to a three-way intersection, just in front of the signposted ‘Watagan Headquarters’ campsite.
End of day 3
(48km) Forestry H.Q campsite → Hunter Lookout picnic area
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Bakers Road north and gently uphill, while keeping Rocky Creek Road (no signpost) on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 400m until coming to a three-way intersection with Glen Road (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Bakers Road gently uphill, while keeping Glen Road on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 250m until coming to Hunter Lookout picnic area (on the left).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads off the road and up the hill following the Hunter Lookout picnic area sign, past the wooden gate and the public toilet, to the picnic area area and the lookout.
(49.62km) Hunter Lookout picnic area → Macleans Lookout
Veer left: From the Hunter Lookout picnic area (on Bakers Road), this walk follows Bakers Road north and gently downhill, while keeping Hunter Lookout on your left. The walk continues for about 400m until coming to a Y-intersection (Bakers Road loop).
Continue straight: From the intersection (Bakers Road Loop), this walk follows the track gently uphill, while keeping the other end of Bakers Road Loop to your right, gently downhill. The walk follows the road for about 130m until coming to Macleans Lookout.
(50.32km) Maclean Lookout → Int of GNW track & a wide track
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the trail gently downhill, while keeping the ‘Heaton Lookout’ sign on your right. The walk continues (becoming moderately steep downhill) for about 280m until coming to a three-way intersection with a track on the left.
(50.82km) Int of GNW track AND a wide track → Int of GNW track AND Glen Road
(50.99km) Int of GNW track & Glen Road → Int of GNW track & a wide bushtrack
(51.12km) Int of GNW track & a wide bushtrack → Int of GNW track & a narrow road
(51.85km) Int of GNW track & a wide track → Int of GNW track and Fosters Road south
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide track gently downhill, while keeping the ‘Macleans Lookout 2km’ sign on your right. The walk continues for about 140m to a three-way intersection, with Fosters Road on your right and ‘Fosters Road’ sign on your left.
(52.19km) Int of GNW track and Fosters Road south → Creek Crossing
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Heaton Lookout’ sign downhill along the road a few metres, then veers left to follow the GNW arrow down the old trail. The walk leads fairly steeply down for about 180m then passes around a timber barrier. Here the track narrows and continues more steeply downhill through forest for about 250m to a gully and creek crossing (with many fallen dead trees).
(53.1km) Creek Crossing → Int of GNW track and Barniers Road
Continue straight: From here, the walk crosses Wallis Creek, and follows the GNW arrows south gently uphill along the track. The walk continues (crossing over a tree trunk with carved steps) and after about 500m, comes to a creek and a tree trunk with a directional arrow carving. Then the walk follows the track for about 130m (crossing the creek a number of times) to find the track leaving the creek. The track is followed moderately steeply uphill through forest for about 400m, until coming to a level four-way intersection with a ‘Barniers Road/Mt Faulk Road’ sign on your right.
(55.08km) Int of GNW track and Barniers Road → Int of GNW track and Heaton Lookout
(56.27km) Heaton Lookout. → Heaton Communications Tower
(58.71km) Heaton Communications Tower → Heaton Gap Lookout
Heaton Gap Lookout
(59.33km) Heaton Gap Lookout → Int of GNW and Freemans Drive tracks
(60.18km) Int of GNW track and Freemans Drive trail → Heaton Gap Track Head
Watagan Forest Motel
Maps for the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Wollombi||1:25 000 Map Series||91323S WOLLOMBI||NSW-91323S|
|Quorrobolong||1:25 000 Map Series||91322S QUORROBOLONG||NSW-91322S|
|Murrays Run||1:25 000 Map Series||91314N MURRAYS RUN||NSW-91314N|
|Morisset||1:25 000 Map Series||91311N MORISSET||NSW-91311N|
|Wollombi||1:50 000 Map Series||91323 WOLLOMBI||CW-91323|
|Cessnock||1:50 000 Map Series||91322 CESSNOCK||CW-91322|
|Cessnock||1:100 000 Map Series||9132 CESSNOCK||9132|
|Gosford||1:100 000 Map Series||9131 GOSFORD||9131|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
27km of this walk has short steep hills and another 18km is very steep. Whilst another 15km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 40m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
27km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 22km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 6km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 4.7km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
51km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 6km is clearly signposted. The remaining (3.7km) has minimal directional signs.
29km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 28km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (2.8km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
59km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 1.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (230m) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.
38km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 17km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (5km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
This loop walk starts from the Hunter Lookout picnic area. The walk provides great views across the valley and winds around the edge of the ridge line, passing Macleans lookout, also with great views. The walk continues along a short section of the Great North Walk, through an open forest to the end of Glen road. From here the walk follows the dirt roads back to the Hunter Lookout.
Total climbing: 138m
2.5 km Circuit
This walk starts on Watagan Creek Road and soon crosses the lovely Watagan Creek. From this point, the walk leaves the Watagan valley and climbs steeply up the bush track through forest. The walk then travels on dirt road, passing a campsite and rest area, before arriving soon afterwards at the unfenced Flat Rock Lookout. Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. An enjoyable walk, offering pleasant walking through forest and an outstanding viewpoint.
Total climbing: 384m
4.1 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk start from grand views at Heaton Lookout in Heaton state forest and leads to the picnic area and motel at Heaton Gap. The first section of this walk follows the dirt road to a communication tower before passing another lookout and expansive valley views. Here you start the steep decent along a rocky track and passing a lovely grove of grass trees. From here you follow a grassy trail and powerlines before the narrow track leads down and across the road at Heaton Gap.
Total climbing: 153m
4.3 km One way
This return walk starts from a nice rest area on Georges Road and follows the road along the ridge, passing several great lookout points across the valley, to the quiet little 125r lookout, which provides a nice open clearing that just screams lunch time. Please note that Watagan and Georges Roads are dry weather roads only, if you are unsure, check with the park office before heading out. This walk can be made shorter by driving further along Georges Rd.
Total climbing: 209m
4.4 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
This loop track starts from the Hunter Lookout picnic area and follows the Great North Walk around the edge of the ridge via the Macleans Lookout, Rocky Creek gully and the cliffs around the eastern edge of the ridge. This walk provides great views across the valley and much of the Hunter to the north. On the return, the walk takes a leisurely stroll along the dirt roads, passing the pines plantation area and the rocky creek camping area.
Total climbing: 336m
5.6 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This scenic walk includes dramatic lookouts and time spent in moist cool forest. The walk initially travels on dirt road past Hunter and MacLean’s Lookout, before descending into the Wallis Creek catchment. Here the walk traverses underneath many cliffs before crossing Wallis Creek and arriving at Heaton Lookout. A recommended walk with car access either end.
Total climbing: 571m
8.1 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk makes a good walk to a comfortable campsite, with the section along the Lyrebird Trail by the Wollombi Brook being particularly recommended. From the Cedar Brush track head, the walk winds up into the Olney State Forest through bushland (crossing over two moist gullies). Once most of your height is gained, this walk follows unsealed road before dropping down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here, the walk follows bush tracks along Lyrebird Trail and to the Basin Campsite.
Total climbing: 590m
9.7 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Cedar Brush track head and winds up into the Olney State Forest, following bushtracks and service trails down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here, the walk heads south along the Lyre Bird trail to the Basin Campsite. The Basin Campsite provides more than enough space for large groups to camp, as well as a picnic shelter, fire place and a toilet. It is a fair drive around for the car shuffle, but a nice walk into the campsite.
Total climbing: 590m
9.7 km One way
This walk starts from the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite and follows the Great North Walk through the Watagan State Forest. The walk then heads out to Heaton lookout and down the long descent into Heaton Gap, passing several more fantastic lookouts and picnic areas on the way. The walk finishes at Heaton Gap on Freemans drive, just opposite the Watagan Forest Motel.
Total climbing: 729m
12.5 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Watagan Creek Road and winds north across the valley and up into the Watagan State Forest, following the ridge lines around the Flatrock Lookout and down into the Congewai Valley before finishing at the track head at Congewai Valley Road. There are few (and unreliable) water sources in this section, so carrying sufficient supplies is necessary.
Total climbing: 649m
12.6 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Basin campsite in the Olney State Forest and winds north into the Watagans, via the Warrawolong Flora Reserve. This walk also offers a side trip from Turners Road up to the top of Mt Warrawolong, which is the highest point along the Great North Walk. The walk finishes at the Watagan Creek Road and gives a nice opportunity for that quiet drive in the country.
Total climbing: 784m
13 km One way
This varied walk travels north through the Watagans. Leaving the Basin campsite behind, the walk traverses the Wollombi Brook via the Lyrebird trail. The Wollombi Brook Pool is a great spot to stop (and take a swim) on a hot day. From the pool, the walk climbs into the Warrawolong Flora Reserve using a combination of bush tracks and dirt roads. Along the way, a side trip to Mt Warrawolong offers views on the way to the highest point in the area. This walk finishes by descending into the beautiful Watagan Valley.
Total climbing: 784m
13 km One way
Starting from the grand views of Flat Rock Lookout high on the range, you will walk down into the Congewai Valley below. On the first section of this walk, you will explore a little used dirt road to the Congewai Communication Tower. From here you follow a series of tracks that wind down, steeply in places, through the tall open forest with a scattering of grass trees to the bottom of the range. Now the walk guides you through open farmland before following Congewai Road along main valley to the trackhead near Brown Muir Farm.
Total climbing: 336m
13.8 km One way
This full day walk starts from the Congewai valley trackhead (east) and follows the Great North Walk up into the Watagan National Park. Winding east along Georges road for the most part, this walk also passes many great lookouts and gives the option of a side trip down to the 125r lookout, which provides a great view to the south and nice spot for lunch. The walk finishes at the Watagan Headquarters campsite, which has a fire place and a picnic table.
Total climbing: 973m
17.2 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk starts from Watagan Creek Road and heads north, up the side of the valley then along the dirt roads to the Congewai communications tower. From the tower, you follow a bush track and wind down into the valley, through some farmland and along to the Congewai west track head. From here, the walk follows the road winding south through rural farmland, past the school, to the Congewai east track head.
Total climbing: 720m
17.8 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Congewai Valley east track head and heads north up into the Watagan National Park, climbing up to the ridgeline and following the management trails and bush tracks heading east all the way to the Forestry HQ campsite. On day two, the walk continues east, winding all the way around the ridge and past some great lookouts to the Heaton communications tower and down the steep ridgeline to Freemans Drive and the Watagan Forest Motel.
Total climbing: 1702m
29.7 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Yarramalong general store and follows the roads to the Cedar Brush track head. From here the walk heads north through the Olney State Forest to the Basin Campsite. On day two, the walk continues north, through the State Forest, to Mt Warrawolong, where there is a side trip to the peak. The walk finishes by heading down the ridge to Watagan creek road.
Total climbing: 1615m
33.7 km One way
This three day walk starts at the Somersby General Store and follows the Great North Walk, heading north, into the the Jilliby State Conservation Area where the first nights campsite is at Stringy Bark Point. The walk continues north, out of the Conservation Area, to Yarramalong for the second night, and further north into the Olney State Forest, finishing at the Basin Campsite.
Total climbing: 2032m
47.4 km One way
Other Nearby walks
1.9 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This is a good walk on a hot day. This walk leaves Muirs Lookout and descends through healthy blackbutt and blue gum forest to find a moist rainforest of ferns and mosses. A quiet sit and picnic within the rainforest would be lovely. This walk returns the same way you have come.
Total climbing: 130m
1.5 km Return
This circuit takes you through both dry and moist forest, using a combination of walking trails and wider tracks. The side trip to the dammed pool is recommended, to see the deep Aboriginal carved grooves by the pool. This walk travels through open forest with wild flowers (in season) to descend into a moist rainforest environment near Abbotts Falls. This is great place to cool off on a hot summer’s day.
Total climbing: 329m
7.3 km Circuit
This short walk takes you into the moist forest around Dora Creek and is recommended. The walk visits a small waterfall and dammed pool then travels through forest, visiting the large open Pines picnic area before returning to the starting point. The section of this walk near Dora Creek is particularly pleasant on a hot day.
Total climbing: 56m
1.7 km Circuit
This walk follows the Great North Walk from Greta road to the Cedar Brush track head, via the Bumble Hill Dray track and the Yarramalong General Store. While most of this walk is on the road, it does provide a good, mostly level bushwalk and a great stroll along a quiet country road, through a pleasant rural community. The Yarramalong general store is a great place to stop for lunch. Yarramalong is worth exploring, and the historic church is worth a look.
Total climbing: 547m
17 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
Starting at the quaint Yarramalong township, this walk follows a couple of rural roads to the Cedar Brush Trackhead. This is the longest road stretch on the Great North Walk. Some people see this is a road slog and either grab a lift or power walk it, others see it as an opportunity to stroll through the country side. However you choose to undertake this section of the walk I encourage you to enjoy the valley views and soak up the vibe on the semi secluded rural valley community.
Total climbing: 241m
11 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk explores a section of the historic Bumble Hill Dray track. You will walk along the edge of ridge mostly through an 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.
Total climbing: 277m
5.6 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This section of the Great North Walk explores the rural area of Kulnura as you walk along the roads before heading along the historic Bumble Hill Dray track. This track leads you along the edge of ridge mostly through an open dry eucalypt forests and occasionally through moist ferny gullies as well as leading you 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 Yarramlong township.
Total climbing: 336m
8.1 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This short but steep walk to the base of an attractive cliff is worthwhile. The walk travels through open forest with gum trees and Xanthorhoea trees to eventually follow timber steps steeply to the base of the Monkey Face cliff. This cliff is used by rock climbers and abseiling parties, so be aware that people may be above you. Spend some time exploring the base of cliff before returning the same way.
Total climbing: 65m
406 m Return
This short and scenic walk offers two lookouts and a forest walk. Gap Creek viewpoint gives views of dense forest, while the Monkey Face viewpoint gives views of forested farmland in the Gap Creek valley. The short forest walk between these two viewpoints is amongst large rocks and offers views of its own. The cliffs between the viewpoints are used by rock climbers and abseiling parties, so do not dislodge rocks from the top of the cliffs. This is a recommended and scenic walk.
Total climbing: 74m
1.3 km Circuit
This walk leads to one of the best waterfalls in the Hunter area and is highly recommended. The walk travels through dense rainforest, before descending to an inspiring amphitheatre of rock with the dramatic Gap Creek Falls. Spend some time looking around the base of the falls, particularly behind the falls on the narrow unfenced ledge. This walk is particularly good on a hot day, where the cooling spray off the waterfall is appreciated.
Total climbing: 162m
1.5 km Return
This walk takes you deep into moist rainforest and is well worthwhile. The walk is mostly flat and travels through a varied and healthy rainforest, with strangler fig vines, large older trees and lots of wildlife. If you are lucky, you could find the protected yabbies in the creek at the end of the walk. This walk is a must do, particularly on a hot day.
Total climbing: 111m
1.7 km Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.