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Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters
Time: 7 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.3 km SSE of Paxton
Length: 17.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 17.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Watagans National Park
Climb: 973 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 973 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 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. (open in app)


There are closures in Watagans National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters

Map of Walk

Location

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Congewai Valley east trackhead
Stile
Property Gate
Property Gate
Int on GNW bushtrack
Int of Georges Rd AND GNW track
Old Loggers Hut
Georges Rd rest area
Int of Georges Rd & Barraba Trig Station track
Barraba Campsite
Int of Georges Road & Barraba Trig Rest Area
The Barbara Lowes gate
Saddle Rest Area
Int of Georges Rd AND Watagans National Park boundary gate
Top of the 125r Lookout trail
Top of the 125r Lookout trail
Northern rest area
Narrow Place Lookout
Int of Georges Road AND Congewai Creek track
Int of Georges & Heaton Rds
Int of Watagan Forest Rd and Bakers Rd
Starting point for this hiking track: Congewai Valley east trackhead

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Photo Gallery

 
Congewai Valley track head
 
Congewai Valley track head +
 
Brown Muir Farm
 
Brown Muir Farm +
 
Great North Walk Path in Congewai Valley
 
Great North Walk Path in Congewai Valley +

 
Congewai Valley Trail on The Great North Walk
 
Congewai Valley Trail on The Great North Walk +
 
Track on the Great North Walk in Congewai Valley
 
Track on the Great North Walk in Congewai Valley +
 
Georges Road trail on The Great North Walk
 
Georges Road trail on The Great North Walk +

 
Trail on Georges Road
 
Trail on Georges Road +
 
Plants On the Great North Walk
 
Plants On the Great North Walk +
 
Looking at Georges Road Trail
 
Looking at Georges Road Trail +

 
Abandoned Shack
 
Abandoned Shack +
 
Geroges Road
 
Geroges Road +
 
Hollow Tree in Near Barraba Trig
 
Hollow Tree in Near Barraba Trig +

 
Barraba Campsite in Congewai Valley
 
Barraba Campsite in Congewai Valley +
 
Barraba Campsite
 
Barraba Campsite +
 
Barraba Campsite in Congewai Valley
 
Barraba Campsite in Congewai Valley +

 
Georges Road Walking Trail
 
Georges Road Walking Trail +
 
Barbara Lowers Private Property Gate
 
Barbara Lowers Private Property Gate +
 
Georges Road Walking Trail
 
Georges Road Walking Trail +

 
View from Georges Road
 
View from Georges Road +
 
Saddle Rest area Dam
 
Saddle Rest area Dam +
 
Saddle Rest Area
 
Saddle Rest Area +

 
Walking Track on Georges Road
 
Walking Track on Georges Road +
 
View from the Great North Walk Rest Area
 
View from the Great North Walk Rest Area +
 
Great North Walk Rest Area
 
Great North Walk Rest Area +

 
Georges Road in Congewai Valley
 
Georges Road in Congewai Valley +
 
Georges Road Walking Trail
 
Georges Road Walking Trail +
 
Georges Road on The Great North Walk
 
Georges Road on The Great North Walk +

 
Northern view point
 
Northern view point +
 
Northern View Point
 
Northern View Point +
 
Georges Road Great North Walk
 
Georges Road Great North Walk +

 
The Great North Walk Campsite
 
The Great North Walk Campsite +
 
Georges Road Watasgans National Park
 
Georges Road Watasgans National Park +
 
Watagans National Park
 
Watagans National Park +

 
Heatons Road Watagan National Park
 
Heatons Road Watagan National Park +
 
Watagan National Park Heatons Road
 
Watagan National Park Heatons Road +
 
Great North Walk sign on Barkers Road, Forestry Head Quarters
 
Great North Walk sign on Barkers Road, Forestry Head Quarters +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 17km
Time 7 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 6km has short steep hills. The remaining (4.8km) is very steep.

Quality of track
11km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (440m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 17km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 170m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 13km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.5km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 17km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 16km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Congewai Valley east trackhead
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(0 km) Congewai Valley east trackhead to Property Gate
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 762 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -12 m
From the Congewai Valley east trackhead[1], this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign[2] over the stile[3]. Here the walk follows the track gently uphill[4] through the open forest, leaving the Congewai Valley Road behind. After about 500m, this walk comes to a stile[5] (with farmland[6] and a fence on the left).
Continue straight: From here[7], this walk climbs over the fence using the stile and follows the track gently uphill[8], keeping the more open farmland[9] on your left. The walk continues for about 300m to an intersection with a wide dirt trail, just before a vehicular gate[10], marked with a GNW arrow post.

(0.76 km) Property Gate to Crawford Tank AND Hut
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 180 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Drinking Water' sign[11] up along the wide trail, away from the gate. The trail leads gently uphill for about 150m before coming to a large clearing[12] with a hut[13] and water tank[14].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Crawford Tank & Hut Alt = 203 m
This clearing is home to a water tank[15] and hut[16] on the 'Brown Muir' farm. The water tank[17] was installed by LPMA in 2011 for walkers undertaking the Great North Walk. This farm and property have been in the owner's family since original land grants. You are welcome to camp here and use the hut as shelter. The hut is a simple structure with an earth floor[18], some tables[19], seating and some beds[20], although best to sleep in your tent. There is an old pit toilet on the side of the clearing[21]. A sign reminds visitors not to light fires[22], this is a fuel stove only area. Wave and say hello to the owners Jill and Martin if you see them.

(0.76 km) Property Gate to Int on GNW bushtrack
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.2 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 125 m Descent = -1 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide trail gently downhill and through the gate[23], and into the signposted 'Edwin Crawford Conservation Area'. The trail bends right, then starts to lead gently uphill[24] for about 1.2km, until coming to a faint three-way intersection[25] with a track[26] (on the right), marked with a couple of GNW arrow posts[27].

(1.96 km) Int on GNW bushtrack to Old Loggers Hut
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1.85 km Time = 54 mins
Climb = 239 m Descent = -44 m
Turn left: From the intersection[28], this walk follows the GNW arrow post uphill[29][30]. After about 700m, the track becomes narrower and much steeper as it climbs up to, then follows, the main ridge line. After about 600m of mostly steep climbing, the track then leads more gently uphill[31], enjoying the views through trees (on the right). The walk continues gently up this section for another 400m, then heads over a small rise and comes down to a T-intersection[32] with the dirt Georges Road marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign.
Turn right: From the intersection[33], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker gently downhill[34] along the dirt road. After 80m, this walk passes a small dam[35] and comes to an old tin hut[36] (on the left).

Old Loggers Hut Alt = 501 m
This Old Hut found beside Georges Rd, is in a state of disrepair. The corrugated iron[37] and wooden[38] hut has a dirt floor[39] and a simple fire place. The hut's condition is poor and would not provide suitable shelter. Just south of the hut is a small dam[40]. The hut was once used by loggers harvesting timber from these hills[41]

(3.82 km) Old Loggers Hut to Georges Rd rest area
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 302 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the old loggers hut[42], this walk follows the dirt road north-east along the top of the ridge, initially keeping the hut to your left. After about 300m, the trail leads to a large clearing with great views on the left, Georges Road rest area[43][44].

Georges Road Rest Area Alt = 501 m
This campsite is located above Wallaby Gully, off Georges Road. The clearing has a scattering of trees[45], and has awesome views of Wallaby Gully[46]. There is room for a few tents and small campfire[47].

(4.12 km) Georges Rd rest area to Barraba Campsite
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 316 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From Georges Road rest area[48], this walk follows the dirt road gently uphill[49], initially keeping the rest area on your left. The walk continues for about 200m until coming to a three-way intersection[50], marked with a GNW arrow marker.
Continue straight: From the intersection[51], this walk follows the 'Barraba Trig Rest Area' sign[52] north-east, gently uphill along the trail[53]. Following a few GNW arrow markers over about 90m, this trail then comes to a large flat clearing[54][55] signposted as 'Barraba campsite'[56], with some lovely large grass trees[57].

Barraba Campsite Alt = 511 m
Barraba campsite[58], near Georges Road on the Great North Walk, is quiet rest area where campers can stay the night and set up a campfire[59]. The small, semi-secluded campsite is surrounded by lovely large grass trees[60]. The campsite has a 'Walker register' book so you can note your intentions. The campsite has no facilities or water.

(4.43 km) Barraba Campsite to Saddle Rest Area
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.81 km Time = 43 mins
Climb = 78 m Descent = -164 m
Continue straight: From the Barraba campsite, this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign[61] east, downhill along the grassy trail. After about 220m, the walk heads past the 'Barraba Trig Rest Area' sign[62] (pointing back uphill) to then climb the fence using the stile[63] (beside the gate[64]).
Continue straight: From the locked gate[65], this walk heads downhill along the wide dirt trail, directly away from the 'Barraba Trig' sign[66]. 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[67] using the stile[68]. The walk continues down along this trail for almost 200m to pass 'The Barbara Lowes Conservation area' sign[69]. Here, the walk climbs over the fence using the stile[70] beside the vehicular gate[71]. There are filtered valley views to your left[72].
Continue straight: From the locked gate[73], this walk follows the trail gently downhill[74], while keeping the views on your left (and ignoring the trail on your left). This walk undulates gently up and down the side of the hill for about 1 km, until coming to a saddle[75], with views on the left and dam[76] on the right.

Saddle Rest Area Alt = 427 m
This rest area consists of a clearing[77] on a saddle, with a small dam nearby[78]. There is space for a number of tents and access to water after rain (treat before use).

(6.25 km) Saddle Rest Area to Int of Georges Rd AND Watagans National Park boundary gate
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 732 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -57 m
Continue straight: From the saddle, this walk follows the trail gently uphill, initially keeping the views on your left and fire dam on your right. The walk continues with the cliffs[79] on your right for just shy of 300m then after another 400m, just past the 'Private Property/Walkers Only' sign[80], this walk heads over the fence using a stile[81] beside the gate. There are wide valley views[82] from here, and a clearing on the left[83].

Great North Walk Rest Area Alt = 401 m
Located on George Road, this rest area is situated by a steep, unfenced drop[84] with spectacular views[85]. There is space for a few tents and a small campfire[86], there are no facilities or water here.

(6.98 km) Int of Georges Rd AND Watagans National Park boundary gate to Top of the 125r Lookout trail
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.34 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 99 m Descent = -53 m
Continue straight: From the locked gate[87], this walk follows the dirt Georges Road moderately steeply downhill[88] at first, keeping the views[89] on your left. The walk undulates, moderately steeply in a couple of places, winding around the side of a few hills for about 1km, and then heads around a sharp left-hand bend (passing a faint roadside clearing[90], on the right). The walk continues for another 500m along the dirt road to come to a three-way intersection, with 125r trail and '125r Lookout' sign[91] (on the right).

(8.31 km) Top of the 125r Lookout trail to 125r Lookout Rest Area
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 860 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -50 m
Veer right: From the intersection[92], this walk follows the '125r Lookout' sign[93] south gently downhill[94] along the grassy trail. The walk continues through forest[95] for about 900m, until coming to the end of the road[96] and an unfenced lookout with wide valley views[97].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

125r Lookout Alt = 418 m
The 125r Lookout, in the Watagan National Park, is located on a track off Georges Road[98]. This unfenced clearing[99] is on a cliff edge and has broad views o over the surrounding valleys[100][101]. This small clearing has been used as a campsite[102].

(8.31 km) Top of the 125r Lookout trail to Northern rest area
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.32 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 76 m Descent = -68 m
Veer left: From the intersection[103], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker east along Georges Road as it first bends left, initially keeping the 125r Lookout track on your right. After about 400m, the road leads down and across a flat saddle, then leads moderately steeply up[104] for about 400m, where the trail mostly flattens out then comes to the top of the hill. There are views[105] from the unfenced cliff here, on the left.

Great North Walk Rest Area Alt = 460 m
This is a small rest area on the side of Georges Road, providing room to rest up and for a small campfire. There are also some nice views through the trees but be careful as this rest area is near a steep drop.

(9.63 km) Northern rest area to Narrow Place Lookout
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.51 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 57 m Descent = -90 m
Continue straight: From the rest area, this walk follows the dirt George Road east, initially keeping the views on your left. The road gently undulates along the ridge for about 1.5km, coming to the unsignposted Narrow Place Lookout[106], where there is a short metal post fence[107] and wide valley (on the left).

Narrow Place Lookout Alt = 429 m
Narrow Place Lookout is perched high on an partially-fenced[108] cliff and provides great views north over the farmland and bush towards Cessnock[109]. The lookout is beside a dirt road and a fairly large clearing[110].

(11.15 km) Narrow Place Lookout to Int of Georges AND Heaton Rds
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 4.77 km Time = 1 hr 32 mins
Climb = 134 m Descent = -153 m
Continue straight: From the Narrow Place lookout[111], this walk follows Georges Road east gently downhill[112], initially keeping the views to your left. The road leads through forest for about 1.8km, ignoring a few smaller side trails until coming to a three-way intersection[113] (with the Congewai Creek track, on the right), marked with a GNW arrow post[114].
Continue straight: From the intersection[115][116], this walk follows the GNW arrow post east along the dirt Georges Road as it leads gently downhill[117], 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[118] (on your left). The walk continues along this main road for another 600m, coming to a T-intersection[119] with the dirt Heaton Road, marked with a 'Watagans National Park' sign[120].

(15.92 km) Int of Georges & Heaton Rds to Forestry H.Q campsite
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 1.24 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 60 m Descent = -7 m
Veer right: From the intersection[121], this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign gently uphill along the dirt Heaton Rd[122]. The road leads up along the ridge through the tall forest for about 1.1km, until coming to a Y-intersection[123] with Bakers Rd and a large sign with many names[124].
Veer left: From the intersection[125], this walk follows the 'Hunters Lookout' sign[126] gently uphill along Bakers Road[127]. The walk continues along this road for a bit over 150m, coming to a three-way intersection[128], just in front of the signposted 'Watagan Headquarters' campsite[129].

Watagan Headquarters Alt = 0 m
Watagan Headsquarters campsite[130] (aka Forestry HQ) is located in the Heaton State Forest, beside Bakers Rd, near Heaton Rd. This campsite has wood fired barbecues[131], picnic tables[132] and a garbage bin[133]. The large, flat, cleared area[134] allows plenty of room to pitch a tent. In 2010, a series of vandalism attacks occurred on the water tank, so there is no longer water available.

Drive from Forestry H.Q campsite
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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bangalow camping ground
Gap Creek camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Carneys Sport & Leisure 137 Vincent St , Cessnock (02) 4991 2208 18.4 km
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 20.9 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 28.8 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 33.1 km
East Lake Refrigeration 511 Lake Rd , Argenton (02) 4958 6255 31.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters.
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Site Distance and dir from Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters
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6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 21 km (to the ENE)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 22 km (to the ENE)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 37 km (to the E)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
37 km (to the E)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 46 km (to the SSE)

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.

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Watagans National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Hunter & Mid North Coast
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Watagans National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road
Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to conditions, once maintenance work is completed. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Lakes area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Safety alerts: Access to park during inclement weather
Roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. 4WD's should be used at all other times. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. Please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah office on (02) 4972 9000 for more information.


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alanm - Loved Barraba Campsite IP:125.254.79.xxx | 2013-12-04 11:06:58
Pleasant walk up from the Congewai Valley. Really liked the Barraba Campsite - beautiful grass trees. Great views most of the way along Georges Road, especially at The Narrow Place".

Nice views from 125r lookout.

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