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Watagans
Abbotts Falls Walking Track
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.3 km WNW of Cooranbong
Length: 7.3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 7.3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Olney State Forest
Climb: 329 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 329 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 circuit takes you through both dry and moist forest, using a combination of walking trails and wider tracks. The side trip to the dammed pool is recommended, to see the deep Aboriginal carved grooves by the pool. This walk travels through open forest with wild flowers (in season) to descend into a moist rainforest environment near Abbotts Falls. This is great place to cool off on a hot summer’s day. (open in app) more...

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

This varied walk travels north through the Watagans. Leaving the Basin campsite behind, the walk traverses the Wollombi Brook via the Lyrebird trail. The Wollombi Brook Pool is a great spot to stop (and take a swim) on a hot day. From the pool, the walk climbs into the Warrawolong Flora Reserve using a combination of bush tracks and dirt roads. Along the way, a side trip to Mt Warrawolong offers views on the way to the highest point in the area. This walk finishes by descending into the beautiful Watagan Valley. (open in app) more...

 
Boarding House Dam Circuit
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.8 km NNW of Cooranbong
Length: 0.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Watagans National Park
Climb: 36 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 36 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: Moderate

This a cool walk on a on a hot day. Take your time exploring the rock formations along the creek, before finding the moss wall. Walk alongside the moss wall to its end, and then follow a track through moist rainforest back to the dam. A pleasant relaxed walk starting and finishing from the Boarding House Dam picnic area. (open in app) more...

 
Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
10.4 km NNW of Yarramalong
Length: 9.7 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 9.7 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Olney State Forest
Climb: 590 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 590 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This section of the Great North Walk makes a good walk to a comfortable campsite, with the section along the Lyrebird Trail by the Wollombi Brook being particularly recommended. From the Cedar Brush track head, the walk winds up into the Olney State Forest through bushland (crossing over two moist gullies). Once most of your height is gained, this walk follows unsealed road before dropping down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here, the walk follows bush tracks along Lyrebird Trail and to the Basin Campsite. (open in app) more...

 
Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head
Time: 5 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
20.3 km SSW of Cessnock
Length: 13.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Watagan 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: One way
Track: Hard

Starting from the grand views of Flat Rock Lookout high on the range, you will walk down into the Congewai Valley below. On the first section of this walk, you will explore a little used dirt road to the Congewai Communication Tower. From here you follow a series of tracks that wind down, steeply in places, through the tall open forest with a scattering of grass trees to the bottom of the range. Now the walk guides you through open farmland before following Congewai Road along main valley to the trackhead near Brown Muir Farm. (open in app) more...

 
Gap Creek Falls Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.8 km N of Cooranbong
Length: 1.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Watagans National Park
Climb: 162 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 162 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This walk leads to one of the best waterfalls in the Hunter area and is highly recommended. The walk travels through dense rainforest, before descending to an inspiring amphitheatre of rock with the dramatic Gap Creek Falls. Spend some time looking around the base of the falls, particularly behind the falls on the narrow unfenced ledge. This walk is particularly good on a hot day, where the cooling spray off the waterfall is appreciated. (open in app) more...

 
Gap Creek Rainforest Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.8 km N of Cooranbong
Length: 1.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Watagans National Park
Climb: 111 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 111 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: Return
Track: Hard

This walk takes you deep into moist rainforest and is well worthwhile. The walk is mostly flat and travels through a varied and healthy rainforest, with strangler fig vines, large older trees and lots of wildlife. If you are lucky, you could find the protected yabbies in the creek at the end of the walk. This walk is a must do, particularly on a hot day. (open in app) more...

 
Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
13.6 km NNW of Morisset
Length: 4.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 153 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 153 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This section of the Great North Walk start from grand views at Heaton Lookout in Heaton state forest and leads to the picnic area and motel at Heaton Gap. The first section of this walk follows the dirt road to a communication tower before passing another lookout and expansive valley views. Here you start the steep decent along a rocky track and passing a lovely grove of grass trees. From here you follow a grassy trail and powerlines before the narrow track leads down and across the road at Heaton Gap. (open in app) more...

 
Monkey Face Circuit
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.5 km N of Cooranbong
Length: 1.3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Watagans National Park
Climb: 74 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 74 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: Moderate

This short and scenic walk offers two lookouts and a forest walk. Gap Creek viewpoint gives views of dense forest, while the Monkey Face viewpoint gives views of forested farmland in the Gap Creek valley. The short forest walk between these two viewpoints is amongst large rocks and offers views of its own. The cliffs between the viewpoints are used by rock climbers and abseiling parties, so do not dislodge rocks from the top of the cliffs. This is a recommended and scenic walk. (open in app) more...

 
Monkey Face Cliff Walk
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.5 km N of Cooranbong
Length: 0.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Watagans National Park
Climb: 65 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 65 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: Return
Track: Hard

This short but steep walk to the base of an attractive cliff is worthwhile. The walk travels through open forest with gum trees and Xanthorhoea trees to eventually follow timber steps steeply to the base of the Monkey Face cliff. This cliff is used by rock climbers and abseiling parties, so be aware that people may be above you. Spend some time exploring the base of cliff before returning the same way. (open in app) more...

 
Moss Wall Walk
Time: 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.8 km NNW of Cooranbong
Length: 0.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Watagans National Park
Climb: 22 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 22 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: Return
Track: Moderate

A gentle walk past the Boarding House dam and through moist rainforest to a long straight moss covered wall. Spend some time exploring the creek and pools beside the moss wall before retracing your steps back to the Boarding House dam picnic area and car park. A cool sheltered spot to relax, particularly on a hot summer day. (open in app) more...

 
Mt Sugarloaf Green Track
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.2 km WNW of West Wallsend
Length: 1.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 73 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 73 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: Moderate

This longer walk travels though gentle forest, with many opportunities for picnics. Primarily in forest, this walk occasionally offers views out to the surrounding plains. The side trip to the western viewpoint (unfenced) is particularly recommended as the views are fabulous. This walk is mostly flat or gently undulating and therefore would be good for families. A recommended walk. (open in app) more...

 
Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.2 km WNW of West Wallsend
Length: 3.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 3.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 195 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 195 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: Moderate

This walk takes you away from the Mt Sugarloaf summit, to visit a quieter viewpoint. This longer walk initially visits the western viewpoint, before traversing northward to eventually arrive at the northern viewpoint. From here, the walk gradually descends to the Lower Mt Sugarloaf car park and then gradually ascends back up to the Mt Sugarloaf car park. A walk for those with a little bit more time or wanting to find a quieter corner of Mt Sugarloaf. (open in app) more...

 
Mt Sugarloaf Red Track
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.2 km WNW of West Wallsend
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 43 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 43 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: Moderate

A must do if you’re in the area, this walk travels through particularly attractive forest as it circumnavigates the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. The side trip to the summit of Mt Sugarloaf would best be done first, followed by a leisurely walk along the track. There are many picnic options, either during or at the end of walk. Enjoy the views and attractive forest on this walk. (open in app) more...

 
Mt Sugarloaf Summit
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.2 km WNW of West Wallsend
Length: 0.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Lake Macquarie(LGA)
Climb: 48 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 48 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This summit walk to Mt Sugarloaf offers fabulous 360 degree views and is highly recommended. This short but steep walk follows a wide trail, which narrows to become fenced steps directly to the summit. From the summit, you can see across the surrounding plains, with the views of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the ocean which are quite spectacular. This walk is often enjoyed by families and children and is highly recommended. (open in app) more...

 
Muirs Rainforest Circuit Walk
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.3 km WSW of Cooranbong
Length: 1.9 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.9 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Jilliby State Conservation Area
Climb: 160 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 160 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 walk spends time ambling through beautiful rainforest and is an excellent choice on a hot day. This walk descends into rainforest on a narrow track, with the track becoming indistinct midway through the walk. A recommended walk through attractive forest. (open in app) more...

 
Muirs Rainforest Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.3 km WSW of Cooranbong
Length: 1.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Jilliby State Conservation Area
Climb: 130 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 130 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This is a good walk on a hot day. This walk leaves Muirs Lookout and descends through healthy blackbutt and blue gum forest to find a moist rainforest of ferns and mosses. A quiet sit and picnic within the rainforest would be lovely. This walk returns the same way you have come. (open in app) more...

 
Pines Circuit Walk
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.3 km WNW of Cooranbong
Length: 1.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Olney State Forest
Climb: 56 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 56 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: Moderate

This short walk takes you into the moist forest around Dora Creek and is recommended. The walk visits a small waterfall and dammed pool then travels through forest, visiting the large open Pines picnic area before returning to the starting point. The section of this walk near Dora Creek is particularly pleasant on a hot day. (open in app) more...

 
Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
22.9 km SSW of Cessnock
Length: 4.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Watagan State Forest
Climb: 384 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 384 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 walk starts on Watagan Creek Road and soon crosses the lovely Watagan Creek. From this point, the walk leaves the Watagan valley and climbs steeply up the bush track through forest. The walk then travels on dirt road, passing a campsite and rest area, before arriving soon afterwards at the unfenced Flat Rock Lookout. Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. An enjoyable walk, offering pleasant walking through forest and an outstanding viewpoint. (open in app) more...

 
Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
16.9 km SSE of Cessnock
Length: 8.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 8.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 571 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 571 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 scenic walk includes dramatic lookouts and time spent in moist cool forest. The walk initially travels on dirt road past Hunter and MacLean’s Lookout, before descending into the Wallis Creek catchment. Here the walk traverses underneath many cliffs before crossing Wallis Creek and arriving at Heaton Lookout. A recommended walk with car access either end. (open in app) more...

 
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