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The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap
Time: 4 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
19 km W of Cooranbong
Length: 60.5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 60.5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Olney State Forest
Climb: 3206 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 3206 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 four day walk starts at the Basin Campsite, in the Olney State Forest, and follows the Great North Walk, heading north. The walk passes through to the Watagan State Forest and into the Congewai Valley, continuing east into the Watagan National Park and all the way through to Heaton Gap. The three campsites can be found along the ridgeline before dropping down into the Congewai Valley, at the Barraba campsite, and at the Watagan Forestry H.Q campsite on the corner of Watagan and Bakers Roads in the Watagan National Park. (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 The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap

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Basin Campsite
Int of Rock Lilly AND Lyrebird trails
Int of GNW AND Lyrebird trail
Int of GNW track AND a rocky trail
Int of GNW & an unsealed road
Int of Great North Walk and Walkers Ridge Road
Int of Kingtree Ridge and Walkers Ridge Roads
Int of Pig and Sow Ridge and Walkers Ridge Roads
Int of Walkers Ridge and Murrays Forest Roads
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
Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(eastside)
Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road (westside)
Great North Walk Paddock Gate
Back Paddock Gate
End of Langans Rd
Int of Langans Rd & Cabans Road
Walkers Rest Area
Flat Rock Lookout
Congewai Communications Tower Management Trail
Paddock Gate
Int of GNW AND Eglinford La
Int of GNW track & sealed road
Congewai Valley west trackhead
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
Forestry H.Q campsite
Int of Bakers & Rocky Creek Roads
Int of Bakers & Glen Roads
Int of Bakers Road and Hunter Lookout track.
Hunter Lookout picnic area
Int of Bakers Road & Hunter Lookout picnic area
Bakers Road Loop Intersection
Maclean Lookout
Int of GNW track & Bakers Road
Int of GNW track AND a wide track
Int of GNW track & Glen Road
Int of GNW track & a wide bushtrack
Int of GNW track & a wide track
Int of GNW track and a narrow road
Int of GNW track and Fosters Road south
Int of GNW track and Hammonds Road
Creek Crossing
Int of GNW track and Wallis Creek
Int of GNW track and Barniers Road
Heaton Lookout.
Heaton Communications Tower
Heaton Gap Lookout
Int of GNW track and Freemans Drive trail
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

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 Wollombi 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91323S 
 Quorrobolong 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91322S 
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 Morisset 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91311N 
 Wollombi 1:50 000 Map Series CW-91323 
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Photo Gallery

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

 
path up from valley
 
path up from valley +
 
following the ridge
 
following the ridge +
 
Flora Reserve Ridge rest area
 
Flora Reserve Ridge rest area +

 
view from path up Mt Warramalong
 
view from path up Mt Warramalong +
 
Fire tower on top of Mt Warrawolong
 
Fire tower on top of Mt Warrawolong +
 
following the dirt roads
 
following the dirt roads +

 
Watagan creek GNW campsite
 
Watagan creek GNW campsite +
 
Crossing paddock from Watagan Creek Road
 
Crossing paddock from Watagan Creek Road +
 
Crossing Watagan Creek
 
Crossing Watagan Creek +

 
Crossing the paddock fence
 
Crossing the paddock fence +
 
Winding up the side of the valley
 
Winding up the side of the valley +
 
Flat Rock Lookout
 
Flat Rock Lookout +

 
View from Flat Rock Lookout
 
View from Flat Rock Lookout +
 
following the dirt roads
 
following the dirt roads +
 
Flatrock com tower
 
Flatrock com tower +

 
Track down to the Congewai
 
Track down to the Congewai +
 
Following the edge of a property
 
Following the edge of a property +
 
Almost through
 
Almost through +

 
a slow down warning sign for cars
 
a slow down warning sign for cars +
 
Watch out for the locals
 
Watch out for the locals +
 
the congewai west track head
 
the congewai west track head +

 
scattered gum trees lining the road
 
scattered gum trees lining the road +
 
more views from the road
 
more views from the road +
 
the congewai east track head
 
the congewai east track head +

 
property's service trail
 
property's service trail +
 
track up to the top of the main ridge
 
track up to the top of the main ridge +
 
coming down to Georges road
 
coming down to Georges road +

 
Old Loggers Hut
 
Old Loggers Hut +
 
nearing the Berraba campsite
 
nearing the Berraba campsite +
 
Barraba campsite
 
Barraba campsite +

 
Styles climbing over private property fence
 
Styles climbing over private property fence +
 
Georges road
 
Georges road +
 
125r lookout track intersection
 
125r lookout track intersection +

 
view from 125r lookout clearing
 
view from 125r lookout clearing +
 
Georges road
 
Georges road +
 
dry weather roads only!
 
dry weather roads only! +

 
lookout on side of road
 
lookout on side of road +
 
following the dirt roads
 
following the dirt roads +
 
Watagan Forestry HQ campsite
 
Watagan Forestry HQ campsite +

 
winding around to the lookouts
 
winding around to the lookouts +
 
Hunter Lookout
 
Hunter Lookout +
 
Bakers road
 
Bakers road +

 
View from bushtrack
 
View from bushtrack +
 
track heading under a long rock overhang
 
track heading under a long rock overhang +
 
winding through the watagans
 
winding through the watagans +

 
path heading up out of the gully
 
path heading up out of the gully +
 
end of Hammonds road
 
end of Hammonds road +
 
looking out across the valley
 
looking out across the valley +

 
tree growing up the rock face
 
tree growing up the rock face +
 
out of place wooden fence on the great north walk
 
out of place wooden fence on the great north walk +
 
Heaton lookout
 
Heaton lookout +

 
Heaton communications tower
 
Heaton communications tower +
 
heading down from the communications tower
 
heading down from the communications tower +
 
view from heaton gap lookout
 
view from heaton gap lookout +

 
Track above Heaton Gap
 
Track above Heaton Gap +
 
winding down the ridge
 
winding down the ridge +
 
Watagan Forest Motel
 
Watagan Forest Motel +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap 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 61km
Time 4 Days
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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 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)
*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
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.

Signs
51km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 6km is clearly signposted. The remaining (3.7km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
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.

Weather
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.

Infrastructure
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).

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 GNW tracks AND Lyrebird Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.2 km Time = 54 mins
Climb = 180 m Descent = -129 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).
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 AND Lyrebird trail to Int of Murrays Forest Road and the Fire Tower trail
Alternate Route: Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail,road,road,road,road ( Show detail)
Length = 8.72 km Time = 3 hrs 5 mins
Climb = 531 m Descent = -225 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection[25], this walk follows 'The Great North Walk' sign[26] steeply up the timber steps. The walk continues up, using a series of timber[27] and rock steps[28]) for about 140m. The walk then continues along the side of the hill for about 700m, until a climbing steeply again to an intersection with a trail[29]. Here the walk crosses the trail and follows another short track that bends right to come to an intersection[30] back at the trail (a little further uphill).
Turn left: From the intersection[31][32][33], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker moderately steeply up[34] along the eroded management trail. The walk continues through the forest for about 400m, become less steep as it climbs[35], until coming to a T-intersection[36][37] with a trail in a small clearing[38].
Turn right: From the intersection[39][40], this walk follows the dirt road, away from the face of 'The Great North Walk' sign[41]. The walk continues through forest (ignoring side roads[42][43] as it leads over a gently rise for about 400m, then comes to a T-intersection[44][45], with Walkers Ridge Road[46], marked with another 'The Great North Walk' sign[47].
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.
Turn right to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 8.47km 'Int of Murrays Forest Road and the Great North Walk'.

(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[48][49], this walk follows the 'Lyrebird Trail' & 'The Great North Walk' sign [50], north along the track whilst keeping the valley to your left. The walk leads through the dense forest[51] for about 250m, until crossing a mossy creek with many small boulders[52]. 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[53][54] (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 Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 3.6 km Time = 1 hr 23 mins
Climb = 256 m Descent = -65 m
Turn right: From Wollombi Brook Pool[55][56], this walk follows GNW arrow post north-east steeply uphill[57], initially keeping the main pool behind and to the left. The walk zigzags up through dense forest[58], up a series of timber[59] and rock steps[60] 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[61].
Continue straight: From the end of Wild Boar Road[62][63] (aka Piglet Point Road), this walk follows the dirt road fairly gently uphill[64][65] to the north. The roads leads distinctly uphill for about 500m, and then gently undulates along the ridge through forest[66] for about 2.5km. Here the walk comes to a clear and signposted four-way intersection[67][68] 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[69], this walk follows 'The Great North Walk' sign[70] north along the track that heads moderately steeply downhill. The walk continues through forest[71](with occasional timber[72] and rock steps[73]) for about 500m, to cross the usually small Wollombi Brook[74]. Then the walk climbs moderately steeply uphill[75] for about 400m, until coming to the end of the dirt Kangaroo Point Road[76][77].

(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[78], this walk follows the GNW arrow post north, gently uphill along Kangaroo Point Road[79]. The walk continues through forest (with the road gradually widening[80]) for about 1.3km, until coming to a signposted four-way intersection[81] with Murrays Forest Road[82] (and a wide trail[83] directly ahead).

(8.33 km) Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road to Int of Murrays Forest Road & GNW track
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 140 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection[84], this walk follows the dirt Murray Forest Road north-east, gently uphill[85] and directly away from the face of the 'Kangaroo Pt' sign[86]. After about 150m, this walk comes to a signposted three-way intersection[87] with the 'Great North Walk' trail (on your left).

(8.47 km) Int of Murrays Forest Road and the Great North Walk to Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 881 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -93 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[88] north along the dirt road for about 20m to another intersection with a 'The Great North Walk' sign[89]. 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[90] for about 300m, to find an unsignposted area that has been used as a campsite[91], at the end of a mostly flat section.
Continue straight: From the rest area[92], 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[93][94].

(9.35 km) Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail to Int of Bar trail and Warrawolong Road
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 855 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = -54 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[95] north-east along the narrow, overgrown trail[96]. The trail begins to widen and after about 800m, this walk turns left to follow a 'The Great North Walk' sign[97] down for about 20m to an intersection[98] with the wide dirt Warrawolong Road.

(10.21 km) Int of Bar trail and Warrawolong Road to Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 362 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -12 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[99] 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[100].

(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[101], initially keeping the 'Mt Warrawolong' sign[102] 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[103] with the Mt Warrawolong trail (on your left).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the upper trail[104] past the 'Authorised Vehicles Only' sign[105]. After about 200m, the walk heads around a locked gate[106] then continues moderately steeply uphill, winding up the hill[107] for about 1.5km to come to a large flat clearing[108] and the tall fire tower[109] at the top of Mt Warrawolong[110].
(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[111], (away from face of the 'Mt Warrawolong' sign[112]) to head east along the dirt Turners Road. After about 150m, this walk turn left at another 'The Great North Walk' sign[113] 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[114] and find the signposted rest area, where a 'Sydney Cove' sign[115] 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[116], this walk follows 'Newcastle' sign[117] gently downhill[118] towards the valley, along the narrow track. The track leads downhill for almost 100m, coming to a T-intersection[119] with the dirt Watagan Creek Road[120], marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign[121] pointing back uphill.

(13.01 km) Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(eastside) to Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road (westside)
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 38 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Veer left: From the intersection[122], this walk follows the GNW arrow along the dirt Watagans Creek Road over the small rise[123], while keeping the main valley to your right. The road soon come to an intersection[124], marked with a GNW arrowpost with a track and paddock gate[125] (with 'Laguna' sign[126]) on the right.

(13.05 km) Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road (westside) to Great North Walk Paddock Gate
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 187 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -31 m
Veer right: From the intersection[127], this walk follows the GNW arrow post down the short but steep road embankment, and passes through the paddock gate[128] (with a 'Laguna' sign[129] on it). The walk continues gently downhill[130] across farmland for about 200m, until coming to, and heading through, a paddock gate[131] with a 'Great North Walk' sign (and a yellow electric fence box[132]).

(13.23 km) Great North Walk Paddock Gate to End of Langans Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.28 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 243 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the paddock gate[133] (with the yellow electric fence box[134]), this walk follows GNW arrow down the moderately steep grassy bank[135] towards the creek. After about 10m, the walk crosses the creek[136], usually just over ankle deep. This creek maybe impassible after rain. The walk continues following GNW arrow markers[137] along the fence for about 100m, passing through two more paddock gates[138]), until heading through another paddock gate[139] with a 'Please Shut Gate' sign[140], just before the forest.
Continue straight: From the paddock gate[141] in the Watagan Valley[142], this walk follows the track moderately steeply uphill[143]. The walk heads through the wooded forest, up a series of timber[144] and rock steps[145] 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[146].

(14.51 km) End of Langans Rd to Walkers Rest Area
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.2 km Time = 47 mins
Climb = 129 m Descent = -28 m
Turn right: From the turning area at the end of Langans Road[147], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[148] gently uphill along the dirt road[149]. The walk continues generally uphill for about 800m and comes to a three-way intersection[150] with the signposted 'Cabans Road'[151] (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection[152], this walk follows the GNW arrow post north-west along the dirt[153] road, initially keeping Cabans Road[154] 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'[155].

Great North Walk Campsite Alt = 468 m
This neat little signposted[156] campsite consists of a brick fireplace[157] with a couple of basic wooden seats[158] and some room for a few tents. There is no water available at this campsite.

Overnight stay Goto day 2 notes

Day 2


(16.71 km) Walkers Rest Area to Flat Rock Lookout
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 348 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the 'Walkers Rest Area'[159], this walk follows the trail west, initially keeping the rest area on your left. The walk continues to gently undulate for about 250m, until coming to the unfenced signposted 'Flat Rock Lookout'[160] (on your right).

Flat Rock Lookout Alt = 455 m
Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. There are, however, no fences or safety railings at the lookout, so walkers will need to exercise extra caution.

(17.06 km) Flat Rock Lookout to Congewai Communications Tower
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 3.99 km Time = 1 hr 25 mins
Climb = 182 m Descent = -142 m
Continue straight: From 'Flat Rock Lookout'[161], this walk follows the trail north west, initially keeping the lookout[162] on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 800m, to find a three-way intersection[163] with 'Langans Road'[164] (on the left). Here, this walk turns right and continues for about 3km (ignoring many side trails) to find a significant and wide intersection[165] with 'Cedar Ridge Road'[166]. The walk veers right to walk along the dirt road for about 40m to find a large 'The Great North Walk' sign pointing back to 'Sydney Cove'[167].

(21.05 km) Congewai Communications Tower Management Trail to Paddock Gate
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.99 km Time = 1 hr 11 mins
Climb = 71 m Descent = -373 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Congewai Valley' arrow on the large 'Great North Walk' sign up hill along the trail, following the ridge line for about 100m to the end of the trail, beisde the Congewai Communication Tower[168]. This walk now follows the track and GNW arrow marker[169], keeping the tower and metal fence on your left. Near the end of the fence, this walk follows the GNW arrow right and steeply downhill[170]. Then the walk continues steeply downhill (rocky[171] and eroded[172] in places) for about 900m, to find a level section[173] of track (where the track[174] bends right). The walk then continues undulating moderately steeply (mostley downhill) for about 1.5km, to find an intersection[175] with a GNW arrow post[176]. The walk then continues, gently uphill for about 150m, across the open farm land to a paddock gate[177] (with a fence[178] on your right).

(24.03 km) Paddock Gate to Int of GNW track AND sealed rd
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 690 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -48 m
Continue straight: From here, walk through the paddock gate[179], this walk follows the trail gently uphill, while following the fence on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 450m, then crosses a small creek[180]. Then the walk continues for about 60m and crosses a stile[181] at a closed gate[182]. The walk then continues for about 200m until coming to an intersection[183] with a sealed road.

(24.72 km) Int of GNW AND Eglinford La to Lonely Goat Olives
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 929 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 76 m Descent = -18 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads steeply uphill following the sealed Eglinford La to the west. The road leads steeply uphill[184] for about 180m to the top of the rise, where the road becomes dirt[185]. Over the next 500m, this walk stays on the dirt road as it leads down across a gully[186] beside farmland to head uphill again to the timber fence[187] and signposted entrance to 'Ffynnon Garw' AND 'Lonely Goat Olives'[188]. Turn left here and follow the driveway[189] for almost 300m to find the large workshop building[190]. There is a bell to attract your hosts' attention. The accommodation is over the small rise on the left.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Lonely Goat Olives Alt = 215 m
Lonely Goat Olives is a tranquil country cottage in Congewai Valley, about 900m from the GNW. The cottage has two separate bedrooms[191][192], both with en-suites[193]. The bedrooms open on to a veranda[194] with views over the gorgeous valley and the Tuscan style olive groves[195]. The cottage has an outdoor BBQ kitchen[196] and both rooms have a satellite TV, Wi-Fi Internet access, bar fridge[197], toaster and kettle. Rooms are from $202 a night including breakfast, meal packs are also available. A two night min. stay is normal, but chat with Keith about mid-week and other options. Your friendly host is also happy to pick you up or drop you off at Watagan Creek Rd for about $75. Ph 02 4998 1693

(24.72 km) Int of GNW track & sealed road to Congewai Valley west trackhead
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 932 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -30 m
Veer right: From the intersection[198], follows the GNW arrow marker[199] gently downhill along the sealed road[200]. The road becomes unsealed after about 50m as the dirt road then undulates gently through farmland[201] for about 900m to a T-intersection[202] with Congewai Valley Road[203] at the Congewai Valley west trackhead[204], just past the cattle grate.

(25.65 km) Congewai Valley west trackhead to Congewai Valley east trackhead
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 5.19 km Time = 1 hr 28 mins
Climb = 71 m Descent = -60 m
Turn right: From the Congewai Valley west trackhead[205], this walk follows 'Barraba Trig' sign south along the unsealed road[206]. The walk continues (undulating gently) for about 4.4km (part of the road is sealed[207]), to cross a timber bridge[208]. Here the walk continues through farmland[209] for about 500m, to a signposted intersection[210], at the Congewai Valley east trackhead, where a sign points back to 'Congewai Valley'[211] and where there is a stile[212] (on the left) (and some wetlands on the right).

(30.85 km) Congewai Valley east trackhead to Property Gate
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 762 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left: From the Congewai Valley east trackhead[213], this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign[214] over the stile[215]. Here the walk follows the track gently uphill[216] through the open forest, leaving the Congewai Valley Road behind. After about 500m, this walk comes to a stile[217] (with farmland[218] and a fence on the left).
Continue straight: From here[219], this walk climbs over the fence using the stile and follows the track gently uphill[220], keeping the more open farmland[221] on your left. The walk continues for about 300m to an intersection with a wide dirt trail, just before a vehicular gate[222], marked with a GNW arrow post.

(31.61 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[223] up along the wide trail, away from the gate. The trail leads gently uphill for about 150m before coming to a large clearing[224] with a hut[225] and water tank[226].
(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[227] and hut[228] on the 'Brown Muir' farm. The water tank[229] 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[230], some tables[231], seating and some beds[232], although best to sleep in your tent. There is an old pit toilet on the side of the clearing[233]. A sign reminds visitors not to light fires[234], this is a fuel stove only area. Wave and say hello to the owners Jill and Martin if you see them.

(31.61 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[235], and into the signposted 'Edwin Crawford Conservation Area'. The trail bends right, then starts to lead gently uphill[236] for about 1.2km, until coming to a faint three-way intersection[237] with a track[238] (on the right), marked with a couple of GNW arrow posts[239].

(32.81 km) Int on GNW bushtrack to Int of Georges Rd & GNW bushtrack
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.73 km Time = 52 mins
Climb = 239 m Descent = -36 m
Turn left: From the intersection[240], this walk follows the GNW arrow post uphill[241][242]. 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[243], 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[244] with the dirt Georges Road marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign.

(34.54 km) Int of Georges Rd AND GNW track to Old Loggers Hut
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 127 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Turn right: From the intersection[245], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker gently downhill[246] along the dirt road. After 80m, this walk passes a small dam[247] and comes to an old tin hut[248] (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[249] and wooden[250] hut has a dirt floor[251] 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[252]. The hut was once used by loggers harvesting timber from these hills[253]

(34.66 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[254], 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[255][256].

Georges Road Rest Area Alt = 501 m
This campsite is located above Wallaby Gully, off Georges Road. The clearing has a scattering of trees[257], and has awesome views of Wallaby Gully[258]. There is room for a few tents and small campfire[259].

(34.96 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[260], this walk follows the dirt road gently uphill[261], initially keeping the rest area on your left. The walk continues for about 200m until coming to a three-way intersection[262], marked with a GNW arrow marker.
Continue straight: From the intersection[263], this walk follows the 'Barraba Trig Rest Area' sign[264] north-east, gently uphill along the trail[265]. Following a few GNW arrow markers over about 90m, this trail then comes to a large flat clearing[266][267] signposted as 'Barraba campsite'[268], with some lovely large grass trees[269].

Barraba Campsite Alt = 511 m
Barraba campsite[270], near Georges Road on the Great North Walk, is quiet rest area where campers can stay the night and set up a campfire[271]. The small, semi-secluded campsite is surrounded by lovely large grass trees[272]. The campsite has a 'Walker register' book so you can note your intentions. The campsite has no facilities or water.

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Day 3


(35.28 km) Barraba Campsite to Barbara Lowes gate
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 765 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -94 m
Continue straight: From the Barraba campsite, this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign[273] east, downhill along the grassy trail. After about 220m, the walk heads past the 'Barraba Trig Rest Area' sign[274] (pointing back uphill) to then climb the fence using the stile[275] (beside the gate[276]).
Continue straight: From the locked gate[277], this walk heads downhill along the wide dirt trail, directly away from the 'Barraba Trig' sign[278]. 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[279] using the stile[280]. The walk continues down along this trail for almost 200m to pass 'The Barbara Lowes Conservation area' sign[281]. Here, the walk climbs over the fence using the stile[282] beside the vehicular gate[283]. There are filtered valley views to your left[284].

(36.05 km) The Barbara Lowes gate to Saddle Rest Area
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.05 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 74 m Descent = -70 m
Continue straight: From the locked gate[285], this walk follows the trail gently downhill[286], 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[287], with views on the left and dam[288] on the right.

Saddle Rest Area Alt = 427 m
This rest area consists of a clearing[289] on a saddle, with a small dam nearby[290]. There is space for a number of tents and access to water after rain (treat before use).

(37.09 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[291] on your right for just shy of 300m then after another 400m, just past the 'Private Property/Walkers Only' sign[292], this walk heads over the fence using a stile[293] beside the gate. There are wide valley views[294] from here, and a clearing on the left[295].

Great North Walk Rest Area Alt = 401 m
Located on George Road, this rest area is situated by a steep, unfenced drop[296] with spectacular views[297]. There is space for a few tents and a small campfire[298], there are no facilities or water here.

(37.82 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[299], this walk follows the dirt Georges Road moderately steeply downhill[300] at first, keeping the views[301] 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[302], 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[303] (on the right).

(39.16 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[304], this walk follows the '125r Lookout' sign[305] south gently downhill[306] along the grassy trail. The walk continues through forest[307] for about 900m, until coming to the end of the road[308] and an unfenced lookout with wide valley views[309].
(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[310]. This unfenced clearing[311] is on a cliff edge and has broad views o over the surrounding valleys[312][313]. This small clearing has been used as a campsite[314].

(39.16 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[315], 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[316] for about 400m, where the trail mostly flattens out then comes to the top of the hill. There are views[317] 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.

(40.48 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[318], where there is a short metal post fence[319] and wide valley (on the left).

Narrow Place Lookout Alt = 429 m
Narrow Place Lookout is perched high on an partially-fenced[320] cliff and provides great views north over the farmland and bush towards Cessnock[321]. The lookout is beside a dirt road and a fairly large clearing[322].

(41.99 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[323], this walk follows Georges Road east gently downhill[324], 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[325] (with the Congewai Creek track, on the right), marked with a GNW arrow post[326].
Continue straight: From the intersection[327][328], this walk follows the GNW arrow post east along the dirt Georges Road as it leads gently downhill[329], 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[330] (on your left). The walk continues along this main road for another 600m, coming to a T-intersection[331] with the dirt Heaton Road, marked with a 'Watagans National Park' sign[332].

(46.76 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[333], this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign gently uphill along the dirt Heaton Rd[334]. The road leads up along the ridge through the tall forest for about 1.1km, until coming to a Y-intersection[335] with Bakers Rd and a large sign with many names[336].
Veer left: From the intersection[337], this walk follows the 'Hunters Lookout' sign[338] gently uphill along Bakers Road[339]. The walk continues along this road for a bit over 150m, coming to a three-way intersection[340], just in front of the signposted 'Watagan Headquarters' campsite[341].

Watagan Headquarters Alt = 0 m
Watagan Headsquarters campsite[342] (aka Forestry HQ) is located in the Heaton State Forest, beside Bakers Rd, near Heaton Rd. This campsite has wood fired barbecues[343], picnic tables[344] and a garbage bin[345]. The large, flat, cleared area[346] 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.

Overnight stay Goto day 4 notes

Day 4


(48 km) Forestry H.Q campsite to Hunter Lookout picnic area
Track: Moderate - road,bushtrack
Length = 1.62 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -38 m
Turn left : From the intersection (Forestry H.Q. campsite)[347], this walk follows Bakers Road gently downhill[348], while keeping the GNW arrow marker on your right[349] and the large 'Great North Walk' sign[350] on your left. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 900m until coming to a three-way intersection with Rocky Creek Road[351] (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection[352], 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[353] (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection[354], this walk follows Bakers Road gently uphill[355], while keeping Glen Road on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 250m until coming to Hunter Lookout picnic area[356] (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.

Hunter Lookout Alt = 435 m
Hunter Lookout[357] can be found on Bakers Road, along the Great North Walk. This fenced lookout has everything you will need snack-stop, including toilets[358], picnic tables, chairs and wood-fired barbecues[359]. This lookout has fantastic views[360] over much of the Hunter region[361]. In 2010, a series of vandalism attacks occurred on the water tank, so water is no longer available at Hunter Lookout.

(49.62 km) Hunter Lookout picnic area to Macleans Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road,road
Length = 703 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -38 m
Continue straight: From the picnic area, this walk heads north, past the metal gate to the intersection of Bakers Road.
Veer left: From the Hunter Lookout picnic area[362] (on Bakers Road), this walk follows Bakers Road north and gently downhill[363], while keeping Hunter Lookout on your left. The walk continues for about 400m until coming to a Y-intersection[364] (Bakers Road loop).
Continue straight: From the intersection[365] (Bakers Road Loop), this walk follows the track gently uphill[366], 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[367].

Mcleans Lookout Alt = 445 m
McLeans Lookout[368] offers magnificent views of the valleys[369] in Heaton State Forest. Located on Bakers Road, this fenced lookout also has picnic facilities including tables with seats[370] and open grassy areas.

(50.32 km) Maclean Lookout to Int of GNW track & a wide track
Track: Hard - road,servicetrail
Length = 494 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -74 m
Veer right: From Mcleans Lookout[371], this walk follows Bakers Road gently downhill, while keeping Macleans Lookout behind you on your left. The walk continues for about 80m until coming to a three-way intersection[372] with a wide track and GNW arrow marker (on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[373], this walk follows the trail gently downhill[374], 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[375] with a track on the left.

(50.81 km) Int of GNW track AND a wide track to Int of GNW track AND Glen Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 174 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -12 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection[376], this walk follows the track moderately steeply downhill[377], while keeping the GNW arrow marker on your left. The walk continues (descending moderately steeply into[378] and out[379] of a gully) for about 150m, until coming to a three-way intersection, Glen Road[380].

(50.99 km) Int of GNW track & Glen Road to Int of GNW track & a wide bushtrack
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 133 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the intersection[381], this walk follows the track gently downhill[382], while keeping the 'Glenn Rd' sign[383] on your right. The walk continues through forest[384] for about 120m, until coming to a three-way intersection[385] with a track and GNW arrow marker (on the left).

(51.12 km) Int of GNW track & a wide bushtrack to Int of GNW track & a narrow road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 723 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 75 m Descent = -59 m
Turn left : From the intersection[386], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker[387] moderately steeply down along the track[388]. The walk continues for about 100m, to find a forested mossy creek[389] where the track bend right and continues close to the creek[390] for about 70m to then bend left and crossing the creek. The walk now follows the track undulating gently for about 280m before finding a large rock overhang[391]. The walk then continues moderately steeply uphill[392] for about 200m until coming to a T-intersection[393] with a wide trail and GNW arrow marker[394].

(51.84 km) Int of GNW track & a wide track to Int of GNW track and Fosters Road south
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 340 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -17 m
Turn right: From the intersection[395], this walk follows 'Watagan Forest Road' sign[396] uphill[397] along the trail for about 200m to a three-way intersection[398], with another 'Watagan Forest Road' sign[399] (on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[400], this walk follows the wide track gently downhill, while keeping the 'Macleans Lookout 2km' sign[401] on your right. The walk continues for about 140m to a three-way intersection[402], with Fosters Road on your right and 'Fosters Road' sign[403] on your left.

(52.18 km) Int of GNW track and Fosters Road south to Creek Crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 917 m Time = 32 mins
Climb = 79 m Descent = -203 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[404], this walk follows the GNW arrow post down along the wide old trail[405], passing the 'Fosters Road' sign[406] on your left. The walk continues for about 100m, where the wide track then leads moderately steeply downhill[407] for about 150m more. The walk then crosses a gully[408] and heads up[409] over another rise for about 70m to where the track narrows then bends left at a GNW arrow post. About 180m past the post, the walk crosses a gully[410] then heads up the other side, past a termite mound[411] to an unfenced cliff with distance valley views[412]. Here the track bends right and leads up a short distance to a dirt road[413]. The walk turns left and follows the road down for just a few metres to the 'Hammonds Road' sign, where the 'MacLean Lookout' arrow[414] points back along the road.
Continue straight: From the intersection[415], this walk follows the 'Heaton Lookout' sign[416] downhill along the road a few metres, then veers left to follow the GNW arrow down the old trail[417]. The walk leads fairly steeply down for about 180m then passes around a timber barrier[418]. Here the track narrows and continues more steeply downhill[419] through forest for about 250m to a gully and creek crossing[420] (with many fallen dead trees[421]).

(53.1 km) Creek Crossing to Int of GNW track and Barniers Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.98 km Time = 58 mins
Climb = 236 m Descent = -79 m
Continue straight: This walk crosses the creek[422] and follows the track, while keeping the valley on your left. The walk follows the track steeply up for a short distance, then follows along the base of a cliff[423] for about 120m to pass through a long sandstone cave[424]. The rocky track leads steeply down through the dense rainforest for 700m, following a series of GNW arrow posts to the bottom of the gully beside Wallis Creek[425].
Continue straight: From here, the walk crosses Wallis Creek[426], and follows the GNW arrows south gently uphill along the track. The walk continues (crossing over a tree trunk[427] with carved steps) and after about 500m, comes to a creek and a tree trunk with a directional arrow carving[428]. Then the walk follows the track[429] for about 130m (crossing the creek a number[430] of times) to find the track leaving the creek[431]. The track is followed moderately steeply uphill[432] through forest for about 400m, until coming to a level four-way intersection[433] with a 'Barniers Road/Mt Faulk Road' sign on your right.

(55.08 km) Int of GNW track and Barniers Road to Int of GNW track and Heaton Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.19 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 58 m Descent = -115 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[434], this walk follows the GNW arrow east, directly away from the face of the 'Barniers Road' sign[435]. The walk continues along the old trail for about 450m to find an intersection[436] with a track (on the right). Here the walk turns right, following the 'The Great North Walk' sign[437] moderately steeply down the narrow track[438] for about 220m and then crosses a creek[439]. The walk continues moderately steeply uphill[440] around another gully and after about 500m, comes to a T-intersection[441] with Heaton trail and Heaton Lookout[442] directly ahead.

Heaton Lookout Alt = 379 m
Heaton Lookout[443] is one of the larger lookouts located on Heaton Road. This fenced lookout faces south-east. There are wood fired barbecues[444], picnic tables[445] and a pit toilet[446]. Heaton Lookout is a great place to stop for a snack, and the amazing view[447] feels like a bonus. This lookout was named after Richard Heaton, a timber cutter who came to Australia as a convict[448]. There is a water tank here, due to vandalism in the area this is not a reliable water source.

(56.27 km) Heaton Lookout. to Heaton Communications Tower
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 2.43 km Time = 54 mins
Climb = 144 m Descent = -54 m
Turn left: From 'Heaton Lookout'[449], this walk follows the 'Heaton Gap' sign[450] gently uphill along the dirt Heaton Rd[451], past the toilet[452]. After about 250m, the road leads past the 'Heaton Loop Trail' side track[453], then about 250m later (staying left at the Y-intersection) the road passes another section of the same signposted track[454] as the road bends left, enjoying the views over the clearing (on your right). The road now leads gently uphill[455] for about 1.7km, ignoring a series of side tracks until coming to a clear three-way intersection[456] just past the brick building[457] and fenced communication tower[458] (on the right, and a small dam on the left).

(58.71 km) Heaton Communications Tower to Heaton Gap Lookout
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 621 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -69 m
Turn right: From the intersection[459], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker[460] off the main road, heading east along the wide trail, initially keeping the fenced tower[461] on your right. The trail follows the power lines[ref img=359237 for about 600m and then bends right, coming to the Heaton Gap Lookout[462]. The unsignposted and unfenced clearing[463] has wide, uninterrupted views to the south.

Heaton Gap Lookout Alt = 415 m
Heaton Gap lookout is a fantastic spot to stop and catch your breath in Heaton State Forest. This unfenced lookout[464] offers exhilarating views over the valleys towards Tuggerah Lake and Lake Macquarie[465]. this unsignposted view, as with many features in the area, was named after Richard Heaton, a timber cutter who came to Australia as a convict[466]. More info

(59.33 km) Heaton Gap Lookout to Int of GNW and Freemans Drive tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 856 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -190 m
Continue straight: From Heaton Gap Lookout[467], this walk follows the track east, moderately steeply downhill, initially keeping the view from Heaton Gap Lookout[468] on your right. After about 60m, the track leads to a timber platform with more views[469], underneath the power lines. The walk continues past some handrailing for about 20m to come to the 'Great North Walk Walker Register' post[470]. After noting your intentions, the walk continues steeply downhill[471] with stone and timber steps[472] and sections for handrail for about 200m, past the rock boulders and grass trees where the track widens into a narrow grassy trail. Here the walk follows this trail and the power lines downhill, steeply[473] in places, for about 600m, until coming to a level unsignposted three-way intersection[474] with the Freemans Drive trail[475] (on the right).

(60.18 km) Int of GNW track and Freemans Drive trail to Heaton Gap Track Head
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 363 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -82 m
Veer left: From the intersection[476], this walk follows the GNW arrow post and power lines[477] steeply downhill[478] along the trail. The walk continues for about 180m to find a three-way intersection[479], with a GNW arrow marker on the right (where the power line trail bends left). The walk turns right, leaving the power lines and following the GNW arrow marker steeply down a narrower forested track[480]. The track winds down some timber steps, towards the sound of traffic for about 160m then down a timber staircase[481] to the edge of Freemans Drive. Here the walk crosses Freemans Drive[482] (busy road, please be careful to look and listen for traffic) and comes to the Watagan Forest Motel[483], petrol station (on the left), picnic area[484] and signposted 'Heaton Gap Track Head'[485] (on the right).

Watagan Forest Motel Alt = 145 m
Watagan Forest Motel[486] is located on Branxton-Toronto Road. This retro-style motel is located right on the Great North Walk. The motel offers six rooms[487] for around $99 per night - each with a double bed[488] (four rooms also have twin singles), a television[489], bathroom with shower[490], air conditioning[491], and breakfast included. Room service is available. Adjoining the motel is a service station[492], which also offers dining room meals as well as a small grocery selection (bread, milk, bottled water, rice, pasta, etc), open until 8:30pm daily. A rest area is situated next to the motel, with covered picnic tables and garbage bins[493]. For further information, phone (02)4938 0149.

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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 The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap.
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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)
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region 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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Olney State Forest Only State Forest is a section of mostly native bushland just South of Watagan State forest and National parks
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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.
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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


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


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.



Heaton State Forest Boardering Watagan national Park, Heaton State forest is home to many great lookouts. There sre many highpoints with cliff edges giving great views across the Hunter valley and Lake Macquarie.
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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


Awaba State Forest A large parcel of land west of the northern end of lake Macquarie, Awaba state forest lines the side of part of the Sydney - newcastle freeway. The park is home to mostly native forest
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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Peter - Start this walk 7.9.12 IP:110.143.35.xxx | 2012-08-28 03:21:15
Hi all,

I am starting this walk on the 7th of September. My aim is to test out some gear including myself. I recently came to the book launch for the 'Great North Walk' and will be taking to notes with me from this section. I will post up details after the walk :)

Thanks for such a great site Matt
admin - re: Start this walk 7.9.12 Super Administrator | 2012-09-16 22:35:05
Peter wrote:
Hi all,

I am starting this walk on the 7th of September.

Hi Peter
How did you get on with this walking ??

Matt :)
Greg & Julie - Beyond tough IP:110.20.123.xxx | 2015-10-25 06:07:32
Dear readers,
ARRRRGH! is the only fitting description for this section of GNW. Myself and my long suffering wife got a cab from Wyong to the National Parks depot on George Downes Drive, then walked the 7K to The Basin campsite. After a snack is was into The Bush, the walk was fine nothing tougher than sections near Cowan Creek.....but then the leaches appeared, black ones, black and yellow ones and black and orange ones...every type known to man! After 1 hour in leach ville is was up the hill and into drier territory..no more leaches (for a while)...then back down into the valley and the return of the wriggles! Up another climb and onto a saddle which was very nice with lovely view east & west. The next challenge along descent via a very steep deeply rutted track. Across a nice valley and over a stream to a paddock with cow turds the size of platters each one covered in flies, as we walked past the flies decided we were more appealing than cow turds...hence we were nearly lifted up the nice climb by the fly squadrons on our backs. Over the top and onto the Comms tower, the frustration here being we could see our accomodation The Lonely Goat olive farm...but we could touch it, what followed was a challenging descent that seemed to get further and further from tThe Goat. Eventually we made it to the sealed road...what an amazing piece of engineering, to get Tarmac to stick to a sheer incline..truely amazing. After a gentle Himalyan Stroll we made it to The Goat. Elizabeth was lovely ant the accomodation great, just what we needed after 30k's of Bush. Next morning the lovely Keith gave us a sneaky lift to the track head in Congewai Valley (the valley is beautiful). Then up the valley to the old loggers hut, steep a challenging but thankfully leach free. Up and down the rather large undulations until we got flat rock look out. Our natural resistance to climbing over the rope barrier mysteriously deserted us and we foolishly crossed the barrier and perched on a rock 3 metres from he edge, as we finished lunch it happened....I knocked my backpack and in slow mo my bag rolled to the cliff edge...miraculously the bag stopped no more than 10cm from the precipice, I gingerly collected my bag, and prayer end to all recognised deities. Back on track and rock ledge lesson learnt we continued up and over endless undulations until we got to Watagans HQ. Up the road and onto our next clever move...the shortcut Rockey Creek Rd, after 800M the sign No Access really did mean NO ACCESS but not for these Beasts Of The Bush....then ensured 20 minutes of scrambling over fallen trees and Bush Bashing through Brown Snake Town. We eventually made it to Fosters Road. This was the start of the real challenge, we left the turning circle and walked down to the barrier across the track, we initially were not too concerned as other sections of GNW had similar barriers, but the track the other side was steep, Matt I believe you describe it as moderately steep I refer to it as cliff faintly steep. So down the moderately steep track we go, each step becoming more worried as there were no GNW sins nor anything to indicate it was the track. When we made it down to a massive fallen tree that had no sign of a track on the other side we thought we had retreat back up the cliff facingly steep track. Back at the turning circle we reassesed all options and concluded that the cliff face was the way to Heaton Lookout. So once more into the breech...this time over the Giant Redwood and down to the creek...Lordy lord a GNW sign. The next 90 minutes were spent st angering around very tough tracks that were incredibly difficult to follow with very little signage...did I mention leaches...they came back in their multitudes. Eventually we made it out...we must be at Heaton Lookout....No once more into the valley and out at the lookout. There was a bloke having a Barbie he asked me how was the walk, I told him the truth, he couldn't believe me. The final challenge the yellow brick road to Heaton Comms tower, amazing how such a big structure can be hidden in the bush. Then down the very steep descent...but at least this time it was clear were we were going...and there were even steps. At the bottom waited paradise! Never have I been so pleased to stay in such rancid accomodation. Apart from the above challenges, we have a lovely 2 days in The Bush. My advice to readers, think very carefully before taking on this challenge.
Regards Greg & Julie
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