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Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road
Time: 6 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
19 km W of Cooranbong
Length: 13 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Olney State Forest
Climb: 784 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 784 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road
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Basin Campsite
Int of Rock Lilly AND Lyrebird trails
Int of GNW tracks & Lyrebird Trail
Wollombi Brook Pool
End of Wild Boar Road
Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd
End of Kangaroo Point Road
Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road
Int of Murrays Forest Road and the Great North Walk
Rest Area
Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail
Int of Bar trail and Warrawolong Road
Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads
Int of Warrawolong Road and Mt Warrawolong trail
Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads
Signposted Rest Area
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Rock Lilly and Lyrebird trails

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Murrays Run 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91314N 
 Morisset 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91311N 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Basin campsite, with open clearing and picnic tables
 
Basin campsite, with open clearing and picnic tables +
 
Great North Walk from Basin Campsite
 
Great North Walk from Basin Campsite +
 
Wollombi creek Gully track
 
Wollombi creek Gully track +

 
path up from Wollombi brook
 
path up from Wollombi brook +
 
following the Great North Walk
 
following the Great North Walk +
 
path up from valley
 
path up from valley +

 
intersection of the Great North Walk and the Bar trail
 
intersection of the Great North Walk and the Bar trail +
 
Flora Reserve Ridge rest area
 
Flora Reserve Ridge rest area +
 
path up Mt Warramalong
 
path up Mt Warramalong +

 
view from path up Mt Warramalong
 
view from path up Mt Warramalong +
 
nearing the top
 
nearing the top +
 
Fire tower on top of Mt Warrawolong
 
Fire tower on top of Mt Warrawolong +

 
trail leading down to Watagan creek road
 
trail leading down to Watagan creek road +
 
Watagan creek GNW campsite
 
Watagan creek GNW campsite +
 
Watagan creek road
 
Watagan creek road +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 13km
Time 6 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.5km is very steep. The remaining (1.8km) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 5km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 13km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 280m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
12km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 930m requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (280m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
11km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.4km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (930m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Basin Campsite
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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Basin Campsite Alt = 176 m
This large campsite sits by Wollombi Brook on the Great North Walk[1] and is accessible by car. The campsite provides a range of facilities such as a pit toilet[2], picnic tables and chairs[3], wood BBQs[4] and fireplaces[5]. Water is usually available from the water tank[6] or the nearby creek[7] - treat before use.

(0 km) Basin Campsite to Int of Rock Lilly and Lyrebird trails
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 336 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = -4 m
From the Basin campsite[8][9], this walk follows 'The Great North walk' sign, gently uphill [10][11], initially keeping the campsite on your right. The walk continues through tall open forest[12][13] for about 300m, until coming to a saddle[14], with a GNW arrow marker[15] (pointing ahead) and a 'The Basin Camping Area' sign[16] (Rock Lilly Trail, on the left).

(0.34 km) Int of Rock Lilly AND Lyrebird trails to Int of GNW tracks AND Lyrebird Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.87 km Time = 47 mins
Climb = 139 m Descent = -125 m
Continue straight: From the intersection at the edge of the saddle[17][18][19], 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[20][21] and crosses a few small creeks to come to a signposted three-way intersection[22][23] with 'The Great North Walk' and the 'Lyrebird Trail' track, where a sign points back to 'Basin Camping Area'[24].

(2.2 km) Int of GNW tracks & Lyrebird Trail to Wollombi Brook Pool
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 276 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -27 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[25][26], this walk follows the 'Lyrebird Trail' & 'The Great North Walk' sign [27], north along the track whilst keeping the valley to your left. The walk leads through the dense forest[28] for about 250m, until crossing a mossy creek with many small boulders[29]. This creek may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. On the other side of this side creek, the walk comes to the edge of the delightful Wollombi Brook Pool[30][31] (on the left, at the junction of this side creek and Wollombi Brook).

Wollombi Brook Pool Alt = 219 m
The Wollombi Brook pool is located where two creeks come together and is a deep pool surrounded by moist cool forest. On a hot day, this spot would make an ideal resting spot or place for a cooling swim.

(2.48 km) Wollombi Brook Pool to End of Wild Boar Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 549 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 52 m Descent = -5 m
Turn right: From Wollombi Brook Pool[32][33], this walk follows GNW arrow post north-east steeply uphill[34], initially keeping the main pool behind and to the left. The walk zigzags up through dense forest[35], up a series of timber[36] and rock steps[37] and past some large rock walls for about 500m, until coming to the the wide and flat area at the end of the dirt Wild Boar Road[38].

(3.03 km) End of Wild Boar Road to Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 3.05 km Time = 1 hr 9 mins
Climb = 204 m Descent = -60 m
Continue straight: From the end of Wild Boar Road[39][40] (aka Piglet Point Road), this walk follows the dirt road fairly gently uphill[41][42] to the north. The roads leads distinctly uphill for about 500m, and then gently undulates along the ridge through forest[43] for about 2.5km. Here the walk comes to a clear and signposted four-way intersection[44][45] with 'Walkers Ridge Road' route and 'The Great North Walk' track.

(6.08 km) Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd to End of Kangaroo Point Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 968 m Time = 29 mins
Climb = 91 m Descent = -108 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[46], this walk follows 'The Great North Walk' sign[47] north along the track that heads moderately steeply downhill. The walk continues through forest[48](with occasional timber[49] and rock steps[50]) for about 500m, to cross the usually small Wollombi Brook[51]. Then the walk climbs moderately steeply uphill[52] for about 400m, until coming to the end of the dirt Kangaroo Point Road[53][54].

(7.04 km) End of Kangaroo Point Road to Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.29 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 146 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the end of Kangaroo Point Road[55], this walk follows the GNW arrow post north, gently uphill along Kangaroo Point Road[56]. The walk continues through forest (with the road gradually widening[57]) for about 1.3km, until coming to a signposted four-way intersection[58] with Murrays Forest Road[59] (and a wide trail[60] directly ahead).

(8.33 km) Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road to Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail
Track: Hard - road,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.02 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -94 m
Turn right: From the intersection[61], this walk follows the dirt Murray Forest Road north-east, gently uphill[62] and directly away from the face of the 'Kangaroo Pt' sign[63]. After about 150m, this walk comes to a signposted three-way intersection[64] with the 'Great North Walk' trail (on your left).
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[65] north along the dirt road for about 20m to another intersection with a 'The Great North Walk' sign[66]. Here the walk veers right (following the sign) up along the track until it flattens out and winds down to the top of a ridgeline. The track then follows this ridgeline through an open wooded forest[67] for about 300m, to find an unsignposted area that has been used as a campsite[68], at the end of a mostly flat section.
Continue straight: From the rest area[69], 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[70][71].

(9.35 km) Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail to Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,road
Length = 1.22 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -66 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[72] north-east along the narrow, overgrown trail[73]. The trail begins to widen and after about 800m, this walk turns left to follow a 'The Great North Walk' sign[74] down for about 20m to an intersection[75] with the wide dirt Warrawolong Road.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[76] north, gently down along the the dirt road for about 400m to find the intersection with the dirt Turners Road, just past the 'Mt Warrawolong' sign[77].

(10.57 km) Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads to Mt Warrawolong Fire Tower
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.03 km Time = 56 mins
Climb = 245 m Descent = -31 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west down along the dirt road[78], initially keeping the 'Mt Warrawolong' sign[79] on your left and keeping the valley on your right. The road leads gently downhill along the side of the hill for just over 300m to come to a Y-intersection[80] with the Mt Warrawolong trail (on your left).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the upper trail[81] past the 'Authorised Vehicles Only' sign[82]. After about 200m, the walk heads around a locked gate[83] then continues moderately steeply uphill, winding up the hill[84] for about 1.5km to come to a large flat clearing[85] and the tall fire tower[86] at the top of Mt Warrawolong[87].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Mt Warrawolong Alt = 631 m
At 642m above sea level, Mt Warrawolong is the highest point of the Great North Walk.

(10.57 km) Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads to Signposted Rest Area
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 2.34 km Time = 53 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = -267 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[88], (away from face of the 'Mt Warrawolong' sign[89]) to head east along the dirt Turners Road. After about 150m, this walk turn left at another 'The Great North Walk' sign[90] to follow the trail as it gently undulates along the top of the ridge for just over 1km. Here the trail begins to wind downhill, becoming steeper as it goes, for about 1.1km to head around a rock road block[91] and find the signposted rest area, where a 'Sydney Cove' sign[92] points back up the trail.

Watagan Creek Campsite Alt = 197 m
This is a Great North Walk signposted campsite, with plenty of room for a few tents but providing minimal facilities ie. no water, toilets or tables. There is, however, a bench and room for a fire.

(12.91 km) Signposted Rest Area to Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(southside)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 96 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -25 m
Turn right: From the rest area[93], this walk follows 'Newcastle' sign[94] gently downhill[95] towards the valley, along the narrow track. The track leads downhill for almost 100m, coming to a T-intersection[96] with the dirt Watagan Creek Road[97], marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign[98] pointing back uphill.

Drive from Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(southside)
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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Getting there

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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 22.6 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 22.3 km
Wyong Warehouse & Camping World 59 Howarth St , Wyong (02) 4352 1501 27.1 km
Carneys Sport & Leisure 137 Vincent St , Cessnock (02) 4991 2208 32 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 29.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road
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6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 32 km (to the ENE)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 33 km (to the NE)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 38 km (to the S)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 38 km (to the SE)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 46 km (to the ENE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Hunter fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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Olney State Forest Only State Forest is a section of mostly native bushland just South of Watagan State forest and National parks
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


Watagan State Forest Watagan State Forest is a large section of mostly native bushland west of Lake Macquarie.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Comments
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alanm - Great walk IP:125.254.73.xxx | 2013-09-25 05:23:29
Quite an isolated area, but very enjoyable walk. The last kilometre descends down to Watagen Creek Road and is very eroded and slippery. I managed to fall, rolling my ankle and twisting my knee. First time in many years!
My video of the walk is on youtube at
http://youtu.be/iOmyY9z6LjI
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