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Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
13.6 km N of Cooranbong
Length: 5.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 5.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 336 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 336 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

This loop track starts from the Hunter Lookout picnic area and follows the Great North Walk around the edge of the ridge via the Macleans Lookout, Rocky Creek gully and the cliffs around the eastern edge of the ridge. This walk provides great views across the valley and much of the Hunter to the north. On the return, the walk takes a leisurely stroll along the dirt roads, passing the pines plantation area and the rocky creek camping area. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop
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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 Hammonds Road and Great North Walk bushtrack
Int of Hammonds and Fosters Roads
Int of Hammonds and Hermits Roads
Int of Hammonds and Rockey Creek Roads
Int of Rockey Creek and Hermits Roads
Rockey Creek Rest Area
Int of Bakers & Rocky Creek Roads
Int of Bakers & Glen Roads
Int of Bakers Road and Hunter Lookout track.
Starting point for this hiking track: Hunter Lookout picnic area

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

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

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 Quorrobolong 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91322S 
 Cessnock 1:50 000 Map Series CW-91322 
 Cessnock 1:100 000 Map Series 9132 

Photo Gallery

 
Hunter Lookout
 
Hunter Lookout +
 
Hunter Lookout picnic area
 
Hunter Lookout picnic area +
 
Bakers road
 
Bakers road +

 
Macleans Lookout
 
Macleans Lookout +
 
View from track
 
View from track +
 
Great North Walk bushtrack
 
Great North Walk bushtrack +

 
View from bushtrack
 
View from bushtrack +
 
looking out across a gully
 
looking out across a gully +
 
track heading under a long rock overhang
 
track heading under a long rock overhang +

 
path heading up out of the gully
 
path heading up out of the gully +
 
end of Hammonds road
 
end of Hammonds road +
 
Hammonds road
 
Hammonds road +

 
Pines plantation
 
Pines plantation +
 
rocky creek
 
rocky creek +
 
rocky creek camping area
 
rocky creek camping area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop 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 6km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
3.6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (1000m) is very steep.

Quality of track
3.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.7km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (720m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 2.9km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 2.8km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
3.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (900m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.4km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (530m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Hunter Lookout picnic area
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
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Hunter Lookout Alt = 435 m
Hunter Lookout[1] can be found on Bakers Road, along the Great North Walk. This fenced lookout has everything you will need snack-stop, including toilets[2], picnic tables, chairs and wood-fired barbecues[3]. This lookout has fantastic views[4] over much of the Hunter region[5]. In 2010, a series of vandalism attacks occurred on the water tank, so water is no longer available at Hunter Lookout.

(0 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
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[6] (on Bakers Road), this walk follows Bakers Road north and gently downhill[7], while keeping Hunter Lookout on your left. The walk continues for about 400m until coming to a Y-intersection[8] (Bakers Road loop).
Continue straight: From the intersection[9] (Bakers Road Loop), this walk follows the track gently uphill[10], 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[11].

Mcleans Lookout Alt = 445 m
McLeans Lookout[12] offers magnificent views of the valleys[13] in Heaton State Forest. Located on Bakers Road, this fenced lookout also has picnic facilities including tables with seats[14] and open grassy areas.

(0.7 km) Maclean Lookout to Int of GNW track AND Glen Road
Track: Hard - road,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 668 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -86 m
Veer right: From Mcleans Lookout[15], 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[16] with a wide track and GNW arrow marker (on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[17], this walk follows the trail gently downhill[18], 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[19] with a track on the left.
Turn sharp right: From the intersection[20], this walk follows the track moderately steeply downhill[21], while keeping the GNW arrow marker on your left. The walk continues (descending moderately steeply into[22] and out[23] of a gully) for about 150m, until coming to a three-way intersection, Glen Road[24].

(1.37 km) Int of GNW track & Glen Road to Int of GNW track & a narrow road
Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 856 m Time = 25 mins
Climb = 87 m Descent = -67 m
Turn left: From the intersection[25], this walk follows the track gently downhill[26], while keeping the 'Glenn Rd' sign[27] on your right. The walk continues through forest[28] for about 120m, until coming to a three-way intersection[29] with a track and GNW arrow marker (on the left).
Turn left : From the intersection[30], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker[31] moderately steeply down along the track[32]. The walk continues for about 100m, to find a forested mossy creek[33] where the track bend right and continues close to the creek[34] 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[35]. The walk then continues moderately steeply uphill[36] for about 200m until coming to a T-intersection[37] with a wide trail and GNW arrow marker[38].

(2.23 km) Int of GNW track & a wide track to Int of GNW track and Hammonds Road
Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 772 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 89 m Descent = -85 m
Turn right: From the intersection[39], this walk follows 'Watagan Forest Road' sign[40] uphill[41] along the trail for about 200m to a three-way intersection[42], with another 'Watagan Forest Road' sign[43] (on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[44], this walk follows the wide track gently downhill, while keeping the 'Macleans Lookout 2km' sign[45] on your right. The walk continues for about 140m to a three-way intersection[46], with Fosters Road on your right and 'Fosters Road' sign[47] on your left.
Continue straight: From the intersection[48], this walk follows the GNW arrow post down along the wide old trail[49], passing the 'Fosters Road' sign[50] on your left. The walk continues for about 100m, where the wide track then leads moderately steeply downhill[51] for about 150m more. The walk then crosses a gully[52] and heads up[53] 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[54] then heads up the other side, past a termite mound[55] to an unfenced cliff with distance valley views[56]. Here the track bends right and leads up a short distance to a dirt road[57]. The walk turns left and follows the road down for just a few metres to the 'Hammonds Road' sign, where the 'MacLean Lookout' arrow[58] points back along the road.

(3 km) Int of Hammonds Road and Great North Walk bushtrack to Int of Hammonds and Fosters Roads
Track: Moderate - managementtrail
Length = 399 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows Hammonds Road along the management trail and up the steady hill, through thick forest to the intersection with Fosters Road.

(3.4 km) Int of Hammonds and Fosters Roads to Int of Hammonds and Rockey Creek Roads
Track: Hard - road
Length = 586 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -12 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west down the long hill, following Hammonds Road along the edge of the plantation. Soon, the road heads up to the other side of the hill to the intersection with Hermits Road.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads west along Hammonds Road, following the edge of the plantation to the intersection with Rockey Creek Road.

(3.98 km) Int of Hammonds and Rockey Creek Roads to Rockey Creek Rest Area
Track: Hard - road
Length = 509 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -30 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows Rockey Creek Road north-west down the long hill to the intersection with Hermits Road.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill along Rockey Creek Road, crossing a small stream on a rock platform and heading up the other side to the rest area on the north side of the road.

Rocky Creek Campsite Alt = 421 m
This campsite provides ample room for a few tents and a campfire, and there is a small creek a short distance away, which often provides opportunity to boil up some drinking water (may dry out at times).

(4.49 km) Rockey Creek Rest Area to Int of Rockey Creek and Bakers Road
Track: Hard - road
Length = 450 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up Rockey Creek Road, around the sharp left-hand bend and up the long and steady hill to the intersection with Bakers Road.

(4.94 km) Int of Bakers & Rocky Creek Roads to Int of Bakers & Glen Roads
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 404 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection[59], 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[60] (on the right).

(5.35 km) Int of Bakers & Glen Roads to Hunter Lookout picnic area
Track: Moderate - road,bushtrack
Length = 269 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[61], this walk follows Bakers Road gently uphill[62], while keeping Glen Road on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 250m until coming to Hunter Lookout picnic area[63] (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.

Drive from Hunter Lookout picnic area
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
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Near by



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 15.1 km
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 17.9 km
East Lake Refrigeration 511 Lake Rd , Argenton (02) 4958 6255 20.4 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 22.4 km
Camping World 3/ 276 Macquarie Rd , Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 22.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Hunter Lookout and Great North Walk loop
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6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 10 km (to the E)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 11 km (to the ENE)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 26 km (to the E)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
26 km (to the E)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 47 km (to the S)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Hunter fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary wx61242
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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.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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AlanM - Nice Walk - Great Lookouts % O IP:125.254.73.xxx | 2011-10-11 06:43:08
Had a few problems finding the Hunter lookout using Google Maps directions, but well worth the view when you get there. The creeks were superb with plenty of water.
Video of walk at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4OZZrYzmPw

Matt, the tank has been fixed as was full when I was there.
MSch - wow, some do it with a big bac IP:27.32.63.xxx | 2013-06-22 04:54:35
We did this walk when driving to the Hunter Valley - as preparation for a weekend with too many calories to get a few ones burned beforehand.

Yes, the view is fantastic, but quite frankly, the walk isn't. There are steep sections with big steps where I really needed my hands; a path not really visible. Wondering how people on the Great North Walk with big backpacks can do this... oh maybe I am just spoiled. If I ever do the GNW,I will give this section a miss and opt for the firetrails.

Coming from the highway the street is OK for a 2WD; the continuation to Cessnock quite challenging for a normal 2WD sedan - wouldn't want to do it after rain.
Mitch273 - campsite? IP:101.171.213.xxx | 2014-09-29 11:23:13
hi, was wondering if anyone had a Grid or lat/long location for the rocky creek campsite?
Thanks, very good website guys!
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