This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Yarramalong general store and follows the roads to the Cedar Brush track head. From here the walk heads north through the Olney State Forest to the Basin Campsite. On day two, the walk continues north, through the State Forest, to Mt Warrawolong, where there is a side trip to the peak. The walk finishes by heading down the ridge to Watagan creek road.
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Cross sectional view of the Yarramalong to Watagan Creek via Basin Campsite bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Yarramalong to Watagan Creek via Basin Campsite 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.
Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
16km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 11km has short steep hills. The remaining (6km) is very steep.
Quality of track
13km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 13km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (8km) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 22km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 12km is clearly signposted.
17km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 17km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (280m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 34km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
19km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 12km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (2.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
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Catch the bus to Yarramalong Track Head
A bus School service runs along Yarramalong Rd from Wyong. Since this is a school bus service it only heads into Yarramalong twice a day. Phone Busway on (02) 4392 6666 to organise a pick up (they are happy to take passengers. Timetable
Yarramalong Store is good place to have lunch or pick up the basic food supplies. The store serves hot food including burgers, chips, pies etc as well as cold drinks. The store is open 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. There is a pay phone outside and a tap to refill water, and the store has its own fuel pump. Phone on (02)4356 1222. The address is 1625 Yarramalong Rd, Yarramalong NSW 2259. I always encourage people to use local stores like this on track, but since it is a small store it is worth phoning ahead to see what they have what you want in stock. It is a small store so choice is limited.
Alt = 30 m
Yarramalong Manor offers accommodation and a restaurant in the picturesque Yarramalong Valley. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast & lunch (10am weekdays and 9am weekends) daily, and dinner Friday and Saturday. Yarramalong Manor has 6 guest rooms, each with ensuite, TV, fridge and tea & coffee making facilities. Tariffs for bed and breakfast start at $95 - single, $75/person - twin share. ph:(02) 4356 1066. More info
Yarramalong Track Head
Int of Brush Creek and Ravensdale Roads Walk: Easy - road
Length = 3.3 km
Time = 57 mins
Climb = 48 m
Descent = -53 m
From the 'Yarramalong Trackhead' (at the intersection of Yarramalong and Bumble Hill Roads), this walk follows the 'Cedar Brush Creek' sign along Yarramalong Road, away from Yarramalong Store. This walk continues through Yarramalong for about 400m, to cross a bridge over the Wyong River. Then this walk continues straight ahead past farm properties, undulating gently, for just shy of 3km, until coming to a three-way intersection, with 'Brush Creek Road' and a GNW 'Cedar Brush' sign on the left.
Int of Brush Creek and Ravensdale Roads
Cedar Brush Track Head Walk: Easy - road
Length = 7.66 km
Time = 2 hrs 21 mins
Climb = 193 m
Descent = -145 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker and Brush Creek Road gently downhill, while keeping Ravensdale Road on your right. This walk continues gently uphill, passing numerous farm properties for about 300m, then crossing a timber bridge. Then this walk continues on gravel road (with occasional sealed sections) amongst more farm properties for about 6.7km, crossing over a timber bridge to find a four-way intersection with 'Kingtree Ln' and 'Misty Valley Ln'. This walk continues straight ahead for another 600m, until coming to an intersection with the 'Cedar Brush Trackhead' sign and track on the right.
Cedar Brush Track Head
Int of GNW track & Kingtree Ridge Fire Road Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.98 km
Time = 58 mins
Climb = 266 m
Descent = -38 m
Turn right: From the signposted 'Cedar Brush Creek Trackhead' (on Brush Creek Road), this walk crosses the stile and follows the track gently downhill, while following the 'Newcastle' sign. The walk continues for about 220m then crosses a timber and metal bridge. On the other side of the bridge, the walk heads gently uphill, past the 'Please keep on track' sign, then about 100m later this walk comes to 'The Great North Walk Walkers Register' book on a post - a good place to note your intentions. Now in a denser forest, the track begins to wind moderately steeply uphill (crossing over two moist gullies) for about 1.5km until coming to a three-way intersection with Kingtree Ridge Road.
Int of GNW track & Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
GNW rest area Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 117 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m
Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently uphill along the dirt Kingtree Ridge Road . The walk heads north along the dirt road for about 130m, coming to a flat GNW rest area with a couple of simple bench seats (on your left).
Walkers Rest Area
Alt = 309 m
This GNW walkers rest area (signposted) is located beside King Ridge Road, and consists of two benches, a campfire and enough room for four or five tents on a grassy level surface. There is no water is available.
GNW rest area
Int of Kingtree Ridge & Walkers Ridge Roads Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 3.38 km
Time = 1 hr 4 mins
Climb = 115 m
Descent = -44 m
Continue straight: From the GNW rest area, this walk follows the dirt Kingtree Ridge Road gently uphill, whilst initially keeping the rest area on your left. The walk follows the series of GNW arrow markers, ignoring a few side roads for about 3.4km, until coming to a T-intersection with the dirt Walkers Ridge Road, marked with a 'Walkers Rest Area 3.4 km' sign pointing back along the road.
Int of Kingtree Ridge and Walkers Ridge Roads
Int of Great North Walk and Walkers Ridge Road Track: Moderate - road
Length = 373 m
Time = 8 mins
Climb = 11 m
Descent = -20 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads along Walkers Ridge Road, following the Great North Walk arrow west over the hill, past Bobs Point Rd (on the left) and coming down the other side to the signposted intersection on the Great North Walk.
Int of GNW & Walkers Ridge Road
Int of GNW & an unsealed road Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 369 m
Time = 7 mins
Climb = 12 m
Descent = -5 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows 'The Great North Walk' sign and GNW arrow marker north east along the dirt road. The walk continues through forest (ignoring side roads) as it leads over a gentle rise for about 400m, then comes to a three-way intersection with a trail (on the left) marked with 'The Great North Walk' sign.
Int of GNW AND an unsealed road
Int of GNW AND Lyrebird trail Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.28 km
Time = 34 mins
Climb = 49 m
Descent = -200 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign south-west, gently downhill along the fairly wide trail. The walk continues down for about 400m, becoming moderately steep partway , to come to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow marker (pointing right). Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post east along the narrow track, which soon bends left and crosses the trail (just below the last intersection). Here, this walk follows the GNW arrow post moderately steeply downhill along the track, and down some stone steps for about 50m. The walk continues for about 700m along the side of the hill. Here the track leads steeply downhill, down a series of timber and rock steps for another 150m, to find a T-intersection with the 'Lyrebird Trail', also marked with a 'Basin camping area' sign.
Int of GNW tracks AND Lyrebird Trail
Basin Campsite Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.2 km
Time = 54 mins
Climb = 129 m
Descent = -180 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Basin Camping Area' sign along the track, while keeping Wollombi Brook on your right. The walk continues through dense vine and mossy forest as the track gently undulates along the side of the gully. Over the first 700m, the track leads past a few sandstone caves and crosses over several small creeks. The walk then continues for another 1.2km, where the track enters a more open forest on a saddle. At the edge of this saddle is an intersection with the Rock Lilly trail (signposted 'The Basin Camping Area' sign on the right) and a GNW arrow marker pointing directly ahead (also leading to the Basin campsite). Continue straight: From the intersection on the saddle, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker gently downhill heading west (directly away from 'The Basin Camping Area' sign). The walk continues through tall open forest for about 300m, until coming to the large open clearing and Basin campsite.
Alt = 176 m
This large campsite sits by Wollombi Brook on the Great North Walk and is accessible by car. The campsite provides a range of facilities such as a pit toilet, picnic tables and chairs, wood BBQs and fireplaces. Water is usually available from the water tank or the nearby creek - treat before use.
Wollombi Brook Pool Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.48 km
Time = 1 hr 1 mins
Climb = 199 m
Descent = -156 m
Turn around: From the Basin campsite, this walk follows 'The Great North walk' sign, gently uphill , initially keeping the campsite on your right. The walk continues through tall open forest for about 300m, until coming to a saddle, with a GNW arrow marker (pointing ahead) and a 'The Basin Camping Area' sign (Rock Lilly Trail, on the left). Continue straight: From the intersection at the edge of the saddle, this walk follows the GNW arrow east and gently downhill. The track leads downhill to come close to Wollombi Brook (on your left), where the track gently undulates as it leads into the dense vine and mossy forest for about 1.2km. Then over the next 700m or so, the track leads past a few sandstone caves and crosses a few small creeks to come to a signposted three-way intersection with 'The Great North Walk' and the 'Lyrebird Trail' track, where a sign points back to 'Basin Camping Area'. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lyrebird Trail' & 'The Great North Walk' sign , north along the track whilst keeping the valley to your left. The walk leads through the dense forest for about 250m, until crossing a mossy creek with many small boulders. 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 (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.
Wollombi Brook Pool
End of Wild Boar Road Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 549 m
Time = 14 mins
Climb = 52 m
Descent = -5 m
Turn right: From Wollombi Brook Pool, this walk follows GNW arrow post north-east steeply uphill, initially keeping the main pool behind and to the left. The walk zigzags up through dense forest, up a series of timber and rock steps 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.
End of Wild Boar Road
Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 3.05 km
Time = 1 hr 9 mins
Climb = 204 m
Descent = -60 m
Continue straight: From the end of Wild Boar Road (aka Piglet Point Road), this walk follows the dirt road fairly gently uphill to the north. The roads leads distinctly uphill for about 500m, and then gently undulates along the ridge through forest for about 2.5km. Here the walk comes to a clear and signposted four-way intersection with 'Walkers Ridge Road' route and 'The Great North Walk' track.
Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd
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, this walk follows 'The Great North Walk' sign north along the track that heads moderately steeply downhill. The walk continues through forest(with occasional timber and rock steps) for about 500m, to cross the usually small Wollombi Brook. Then the walk climbs moderately steeply uphill for about 400m, until coming to the end of the dirt Kangaroo Point Road.
End of Kangaroo Point Road
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, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north, gently uphill along Kangaroo Point Road. The walk continues through forest (with the road gradually widening) for about 1.3km, until coming to a signposted four-way intersection with Murrays Forest Road (and a wide trail directly ahead).
Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road
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, this walk follows the dirt Murray Forest Road north-east, gently uphill and directly away from the face of the 'Kangaroo Pt' sign. After about 150m, this walk comes to a signposted three-way intersection with the 'Great North Walk' trail (on your left).
Int of Murrays Forest Road and the Great North Walk
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 north along the dirt road for about 20m to another intersection with a 'The Great North Walk' sign. 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 for about 300m, to find an unsignposted area that has been used as a campsite, at the end of a mostly flat section. Continue straight: From the rest area, this walk follows the track down along the ridge line. The track winds steeply down into a saddle, where the track flattens out to lead through thicker green forest to the intersection with the narrow Bar Trail.
Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail
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 north-east along the narrow, overgrown trail. The trail begins to widen and after about 800m, this walk turns left to follow a 'The Great North Walk' sign down for about 20m to an intersection with the wide dirt Warrawolong Road.
Int of Bar trail and Warrawolong Road
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 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.
Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads
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, initially keeping the 'Mt Warrawolong' sign 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 with the Mt Warrawolong trail (on your left). Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the upper trail past the 'Authorised Vehicles Only' sign. After about 200m, the walk heads around a locked gate then continues moderately steeply uphill, winding up the hill for about 1.5km to come to a large flat clearing and the tall fire tower at the top of Mt Warrawolong. (Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)
Alt = 631 m
At 642m above sea level, Mt Warrawolong is the highest point of the Great North Walk.
Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads
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, (away from face of the 'Mt Warrawolong' sign) to head east along the dirt Turners Road. After about 150m, this walk turn left at another 'The Great North Walk' sign 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 and find the signposted rest area, where a 'Sydney Cove' sign 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.
Signposted Rest Area
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, this walk follows 'Newcastle' sign gently downhill towards the valley, along the narrow track. The track leads downhill for almost 100m, coming to a T-intersection with the dirt Watagan Creek Road, marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign pointing back uphill.
Drive from Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(southside)
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To the start of the walk
Catch a bus to Yarramalong A bus School service runs along Yarramalong Rd from Wyong. Since this is a school bus service it only heads into Yarramalong twice a day. Phone Busway on (02) 4392 6666 to organise a pick up (they are happy to take passengers. Get Timetable
From the end of the walk
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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.