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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)


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 Boarding House Dam Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Boarding House Dam Circuit bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Boarding House Dam Circuit
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Boarding House Dam Picnic Area
Int of Boarding House Dam loop
Moss wall Bridge
Int of Boarding House Dam loop
Starting point for this hiking track: Boarding House Dam 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)

Print a map and track notes here
 Quorrobolong 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91322S 
 Morisset 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91311N 
 Cessnock 1:50 000 Map Series CW-91322 
 Cessnock 1:100 000 Map Series 9132 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Boarding House Dam Picnic area near Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans
 
Boarding House Dam Picnic area near Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans +
 
Large tree stump at Board House Dam, near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans
 
Large tree stump at Board House Dam, near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans +
 
Track towards Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans
 
Track towards Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans +

 
Looking at Boarding House Dam Picnic area near Watagans Forest road in the Watagans
 
Looking at Boarding House Dam Picnic area near Watagans Forest road in the Watagans +
 
Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans
 
Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans +
 
Creek near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Creek near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +

 
Boarding House Dam Picnic area in the Watagans
 
Boarding House Dam Picnic area in the Watagans +
 
Boarding House dam in the Watagans
 
Boarding House dam in the Watagans +
 
Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans
 
Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans +

 
Creek and rock formations in Boarding House Creek in the Watagans
 
Creek and rock formations in Boarding House Creek in the Watagans +
 
Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Boarding House dam creek and timber bridge in the Watagans
 
Boarding House dam creek and timber bridge in the Watagans +

 
Timber bridge across creek at Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Timber bridge across creek at Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Rock formations and creek in the Boarding House Creek in the Watagans
 
Rock formations and creek in the Boarding House Creek in the Watagans +
 
Small waterfall in the Boarding House Dam Creek in the Watagans.
 
Small waterfall in the Boarding House Dam Creek in the Watagans. +

 
Rock with creek beyond, near Watagan Forest Rd
 
Rock with creek beyond, near Watagan Forest Rd +
 
Rock formations and a small waterfall near the Boarding House Dam picnic area
 
Rock formations and a small waterfall near the Boarding House Dam picnic area +
 
Track near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Track near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +

 
Timber track marker near the moss wall in the Watagans
 
Timber track marker near the moss wall in the Watagans +
 
Moist forest near the Moss Wall in the Watagans
 
Moist forest near the Moss Wall in the Watagans +
 
Forest near the Moss Wall, close to Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans
 
Forest near the Moss Wall, close to Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans +

 
Moss Wall near the Board House Dam in the Watagans
 
Moss Wall near the Board House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +

 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +

 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Timber bridge near the Moss Wall in the Watagans
 
Timber bridge near the Moss Wall in the Watagans +
 
Timber bridge in the Watagans
 
Timber bridge in the Watagans +

 
Close up of moss on the moss wall near Boarding House Dam near Watagan Forest Road in the Watagans
 
Close up of moss on the moss wall near Boarding House Dam near Watagan Forest Road in the Watagans +
 
Timber bridge near the creek and moss wall in the Watagans
 
Timber bridge near the creek and moss wall in the Watagans +
 
Creek and pool underneath the moss wall in the Watagans
 
Creek and pool underneath the moss wall in the Watagans +

 
Timber bridge over the Boarding House Creek near the Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans
 
Timber bridge over the Boarding House Creek near the Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans +
 
Timber steps close to Moss Wall, near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Timber steps close to Moss Wall, near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Timber steps and bridge near the Moss Wall in the Watagans
 
Timber steps and bridge near the Moss Wall in the Watagans +

 
View of Boarding House Dam from bridge
 
View of Boarding House Dam from bridge +
 
Rock formations and creek near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Rock formations and creek near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +
 
Timber bridge near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans
 
Timber bridge near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Boarding House Dam Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Boarding House Dam Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Boarding House Dam Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Boarding House Dam Circuit 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 720m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 720m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 520m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 200m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 560m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 160m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 560m of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 160m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 720m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 360m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 360m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Boarding House Dam 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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Boarding House Dam Picnic Area Alt = 315 m
The boarding house dam picnic area in the Watagans National Park offers a relaxed spot to have a picnic amongst large gum trees[1], combined with a walk to the dam and moss wall. The picnic area is surrounded by a wide, sleepy creek that has been widened by the dam. There are a number of sheltered picnic tables, barbeques, a toilet[2], and water (treat water before use - water maybe unavailable).
The dam was built in 1952 for fire fighting and recreational use. The area was established in the 1850s as a logging camp, as part of the Barnier Timber Lease.[3] Now it is a great picnic area,

(0 km) Boarding House Dam Picnic Area to Int of Boarding House Dam loop
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 99 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -4 m
From the boarding house dam picnic area[4], this walk follows the track gently up timber steps[5], keeping the very large tree stump[6] and dam[7] on your right. This walk follows the track (with a concrete dam[8] on the right) for about 45m, before descending gently on a track and timber steps[9] for about 30m, until coming to a three-way intersection[10], with a track (on the left) and footbridge[11] (on the right).

(0.1 km) Int of Boarding House Dam loop to Moss Wall Bridge
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 361 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -22 m
Turn right: From the intersection[12], this walk follows the track down steps and over the footbridge[13], crossing the creek. The walk continues through moist forest for about 50m then crosses a timber footbridge[14]. The track continues gently downhill for about 180m, to find another timber track marker[15] and footbridge[16] (on the left).

Moss Wall Alt = 311 m
This 120m-long stretch of moss-covered rock wall[17] overlooks Boarding House Creek (close to Watagans Forest Rd) and is well worth the walk. The moss wall and surrounding creek side[18] is an enchanting spot to explore, particularly on a hot summer's day.


(0.46 km) Moss wall Bridge to Boarding House Dam Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 258 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left: From the intersection[19], this walk follows the track (at the base of the moss wall[20]) north, with the moss wall on your right. After about 100m, the walk comes to the end of the moss wall. This walk continues to follow the track gently uphill (with the creek on the left and passing a timber track marker[21]) for about 90m, until descending timber steps[22] to a three-way intersection, with a bridge[23] on your left.
Continue straight: From the intersection[24], this walk follows the track gently up timber steps[25], with the creek and dam on your left. This walk follows the track (up timber steps[26] at one stage) for about 30m, to find a high point and views into the dam. This walk continues gently downhill[27] (with occasional timber steps) for about 45m, until coming to the boarding house dam picnic area[28] and car park.

Drive from Boarding House Dam 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.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bangalow camping ground
Gap Creek camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 14.4 km
Carneys Sport & Leisure 137 Vincent St , Cessnock (02) 4991 2208 18.6 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 26.7 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 23.4 km
Camping Country 401 Pacific Hwy, Belmont North (02) 4945 1555 24.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Boarding House Dam Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Boarding House Dam Circuit
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6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 12 km (to the ENE)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 13 km (to the NE)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 27 km (to the E)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
27 km (to the E)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 43 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 2 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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A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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.


Walker Feedback

Comments
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Dissapointed - misinformation IP:143.238.64.xxx | 2010-08-15 07:14:24
Escotts lane ends in an intersection with a closed road and a private property - do not enter. Could not complete step 17 in the directions given. Waste of time and preparation. Never made it to the The Boarding House Dam walk!
admin - re: misinformation Super Administrator | 2010-08-15 21:57:31
Dissapointed wrote:
Escotts lane ends in an intersection with a closed road and a private property - do not enter.

Hi,
Sorry to hear about your trouble, sounds like a frustrating day. Thanks for taking the time to report the issue. As I understand the problem, the issue was with the Google Maps driving directions (not our track notes, If I have this wrong please let me know). I have reported the issue to MapData Sciences (who supply the data to Google) and I hope that they will be able to fix the issue. In the mean time I have changed the walk so that it will not offer directions and that you will need to use the map to work out your own directions. If you try it again (it is a nice walk) then you will have better luck following Slippery Rock Rd from Owens Rd.
Thanks
Matt :)
Chris - Christmas Day bliss IP:202.7.249.xxx | 2010-12-25 11:32:29
Thanks Matt for your wonderful site and the info on it. Decided to do something different for Christmas - explore the Watagans! Mainly drove around - checking out what to come back for :). Spent peaceful 2 hours at Boarding House Dam - picnic and a snooze... Will do using your walk notes etc when I go back to do some of the walks - Gap Creek looks enticing. The care and attention you put into the site/walks is rather humbling and very appealing. Thank God you gave up your corporate job - I think you're serving him (and us) better doing this stuff than you could ever do in any corporate job!! Thanks Matt :-)
admin - re: Christmas Day bliss Super Administrator | 2010-12-28 23:20:07
Chris wrote:
Thanks

Hi Chris, thanks for your kind and generous words. I am glad you had a great time in the Watagans. It is a great place to explore. Glad you are finding the website helpful, thanks for the encouragement.
Matt :)
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