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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)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite

Map of Walk

Location

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Cedar Brush Track Head
Int of GNW track & Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
GNW rest area
Int of Kingtree Ridge and Walkers Ridge Roads
Int of GNW & Walkers Ridge Road
Int of GNW AND an unsealed road
Int of GNW track AND a rocky trail
Int of GNW tracks AND Lyrebird Trail
Int of Rock Lilly and Lyrebird trails
Starting point for this hiking track: Cedar Brush Track Head

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

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 Murrays Run 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91314N 
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 Morisset 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91311N 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Cedar Brush track head
 
Cedar Brush track head +
 
Cedar Brush Creek Trackhead sign
 
Cedar Brush Creek Trackhead sign +
 
Stile at Cedar Brush track head
 
Stile at Cedar Brush track head +

 
Farmland near Cedar Brush Creek
 
Farmland near Cedar Brush Creek +
 
Bridge north of Cedar Brush track head
 
Bridge north of Cedar Brush track head +
 
Farmland near Cedar Brush track head
 
Farmland near Cedar Brush track head +

 
GNW sign - Please keep on track
 
GNW sign - Please keep on track +
 
Shady trail north of Cedar Brush track head
 
Shady trail north of Cedar Brush track head +
 
Fence line beside GNW walkers register
 
Fence line beside GNW walkers register +

 
GNW walkers register
 
GNW walkers register +
 
Steep hill but gentle track north of Cedar Brush track head
 
Steep hill but gentle track north of Cedar Brush track head +
 
Forest north of Cedar Brush track head
 
Forest north of Cedar Brush track head +

 
Moist gully north of Cedar Brush track head
 
Moist gully north of Cedar Brush track head +
 
Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii)
 
Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii) +
 
Tree stripped bare
 
Tree stripped bare +

 
Cooler creek crossing south of Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
 
Cooler creek crossing south of Kingtree Ridge Fire Road +
 
Dende forest south of Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
 
Dende forest south of Kingtree Ridge Fire Road +
 
GNW sign south of  Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
 
GNW sign south of Kingtree Ridge Fire Road +

 
Wide trail south of Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
 
Wide trail south of Kingtree Ridge Fire Road +
 
Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
 
Kingtree Ridge Fire Road +
 
Walkers rest area on Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
 
Walkers rest area on Kingtree Ridge Fire Road +

 
Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
 
Kingtree Ridge Fire Road +
 
Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
 
Kingtree Ridge Fire Road +
 
Intersection of Kingtree Ridge and Walkers Ridge Roads
 
Intersection of Kingtree Ridge and Walkers Ridge Roads +

 
Walkers Rest Area sign at Walkers Ridge Road
 
Walkers Rest Area sign at Walkers Ridge Road +
 
Along the ridge, Walkers Ridge Road
 
Along the ridge, Walkers Ridge Road +
 
Meeting an unsealed trail on Walkers Ridge Road
 
Meeting an unsealed trail on Walkers Ridge Road +

 
An unsealed trail meets Walkers Ridge Road
 
An unsealed trail meets Walkers Ridge Road +
 
Unsealed road along the ridge
 
Unsealed road along the ridge +
 
Intersection with the unsealed road
 
Intersection with the unsealed road +

 
Walking the trail, Olney State Forest
 
Walking the trail, Olney State Forest +
 
Ridgetop trail, Olney State Forest
 
Ridgetop trail, Olney State Forest +
 
Traversing the ridge, Olney State Forest
 
Traversing the ridge, Olney State Forest +

 
Following GNW arrow posts, Olney State Forest
 
Following GNW arrow posts, Olney State Forest +
 
A rocky trail, east of Wollombi Brook
 
A rocky trail, east of Wollombi Brook +
 
Crossing a rocky trail, east of Wollombi Brook
 
Crossing a rocky trail, east of Wollombi Brook +

 
Rocky tracks and fallen branches, east of Wollombi Brook
 
Rocky tracks and fallen branches, east of Wollombi Brook +
 
Narrow track east of Wollombi Brook
 
Narrow track east of Wollombi Brook +
 
Hairpin bends east of Wollombi Brook
 
Hairpin bends east of Wollombi Brook +

 
Heading downhill east of Wollombi Brook
 
Heading downhill east of Wollombi Brook +
 
Timber steps east of Wollombi Brook
 
Timber steps east of Wollombi Brook +
 
Stone steps east of Wollombi Brook
 
Stone steps east of Wollombi Brook +

 
GNW sign on the Lyrebird Trail
 
GNW sign on the Lyrebird Trail +
 
Approaching the Lyrebird Trail
 
Approaching the Lyrebird Trail +
 
Dense forest, heading south alongside Wollombi Brook
 
Dense forest, heading south alongside Wollombi Brook +

 
Caves alongside Wollombi Brook
 
Caves alongside Wollombi Brook +
 
Rock overhang alongside Wollombi Brook
 
Rock overhang alongside Wollombi Brook +
 
Fallen tree across trail alongside Wollombi Brook
 
Fallen tree across trail alongside Wollombi Brook +

 
Intriguing landscapes alongside Wollombi Brook
 
Intriguing landscapes alongside Wollombi Brook +
 
Crossing a  tributary of Wollombi Brook
 
Crossing a tributary of Wollombi Brook +
 
Meandering track alongside Wollombi Brook
 
Meandering track alongside Wollombi Brook +

 
False Sarsaparilla (Hardenbergia violacea)
 
False Sarsaparilla (Hardenbergia violacea) +
 
Walking through a tree, west of Wollombi Brook
 
Walking through a tree, west of Wollombi Brook +
 
Into the canopy, west of Wollombi Brook
 
Into the canopy, west of Wollombi Brook +

 
Open canopy, west of Wollombi Brook
 
Open canopy, west of Wollombi Brook +
 
Intersection of Lyrebird and Rock Lilly Trails
 
Intersection of Lyrebird and Rock Lilly Trails +
 
Intersection of Lyrebird and Rock Lilly Trails
 
Intersection of Lyrebird and Rock Lilly Trails +

 
Sign at junction of Lyrebird and Rock Lilly Trails
 
Sign at junction of Lyrebird and Rock Lilly Trails +
 
Fern forest on Rock Lilly Trail
 
Fern forest on Rock Lilly Trail +
 
Biodiversity on the Rock Lilly Trail
 
Biodiversity on the Rock Lilly Trail +

 
A small bridge, east of the Basin campsite
 
A small bridge, east of the Basin campsite +
 
The Basin campsite
 
The Basin campsite +
 
Fire scar at the Basin campsite
 
Fire scar at the Basin campsite +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite 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 10km
Time 4 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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 (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
3.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3.1km has short steep hills. The remaining (2.9km) is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 4.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 370m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 4.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 910m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (340m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Cedar Brush Track Head
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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(0 km) Cedar Brush Track Head to Int of GNW track & Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.98 km Time = 58 mins
Climb = 266 m Descent = -38 m
From the signposted 'Cedar Brush Creek Trackhead'[1][2] (on Brush Creek Road[3]), this walk crosses the stile[4] and follows the track gently downhill[5], while following the 'Newcastle' sign[6]. The walk continues for about 220m then crosses a timber and metal bridge[7]. On the other side of the bridge, the walk heads gently uphill[8], past the 'Please keep on track' sign[9], then about 100m later this walk comes to 'The Great North Walk Walkers Register' book on a post[10] - a good place to note your intentions. Now in a denser forest, the track begins to wind moderately steeply uphill[11] (crossing over two moist gullies[12][13]) for about 1.5km until coming to a three-way intersection[14][15] with Kingtree Ridge Road.

(1.98 km) Int of GNW track & Kingtree Ridge Fire Road to GNW rest area
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 117 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection[16][17], this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently uphill along the dirt Kingtree Ridge Road [18]. 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[19][20] (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[21], a campfire and enough room for four or five tents on a grassy level surface[22]. There is no water is available.

(2.1 km) GNW rest area to 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[23][24], this walk follows the dirt Kingtree Ridge Road gently uphill[25], whilst initially keeping the rest area on your left. The walk follows the series of GNW arrow markers, ignoring a few side roads[26] for about 3.4km, until coming to a T-intersection[27][28][29] with the dirt Walkers Ridge Road, marked with a 'Walkers Rest Area 3.4 km' sign[30] pointing back along the road.

(5.47 km) Int of Kingtree Ridge and Walkers Ridge Roads to Int of GNW & an unsealed road
Track: Moderate - road,servicetrail
Length = 742 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -25 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.
Veer right: From the intersection[31][32], this walk follows 'The Great North Walk' sign[33] and GNW arrow marker north east along the dirt road. The walk continues through forest (ignoring side roads[34]) as it leads over a gentle rise for about 400m, then comes to a three-way intersection[35][36] with a trail (on the left) marked with 'The Great North Walk' sign[37].

(6.22 km) Int of GNW AND an unsealed road to 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[38][39], this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[40] south-west, gently downhill[41] along the fairly wide trail. The walk continues down for about 400m, becoming moderately steep partway [42], to come to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow marker[43] (pointing right)[44][45].
Turn right: From the intersection[46][47], 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[48] 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[49] and rock steps[50] for another 150m, to find a T-intersection[51][52] with the 'Lyrebird Trail', also marked with a 'Basin camping area' sign[53].

(7.5 km) Int of GNW tracks AND Lyrebird Trail to Int of Rock Lilly AND Lyrebird trails
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.87 km Time = 47 mins
Climb = 125 m Descent = -139 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection[54], this walk follows the 'Basin Camping Area' sign[55] 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[56][57] 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[58][59]. At the edge of this saddle is an intersection with the Rock Lilly trail (signposted 'The Basin Camping Area' sign[60] on the right) and a GNW arrow marker[61] pointing directly ahead (also leading to the Basin campsite).

(9.36 km) Int of Rock Lilly and Lyrebird trails to Basin Campsite
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 336 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -41 m
Continue straight: From the intersection on the saddle[62][63], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker gently downhill[64] heading west[65] (directly away from 'The Basin Camping Area' sign[66]). The walk continues through tall open forest[67][68] for about 300m, until coming to the large open clearing and Basin campsite[69][70].

Basin Campsite Alt = 176 m
This large campsite sits by Wollombi Brook on the Great North Walk[71] and is accessible by car. The campsite provides a range of facilities such as a pit toilet[72], picnic tables and chairs[73], wood BBQs[74] and fireplaces[75]. Water is usually available from the water tank[76] or the nearby creek[77] - treat before use.

Drive from Basin Campsite
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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Getting there

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Near by



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 20.5 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 17.7 km
Wyong Warehouse & Camping World 59 Howarth St , Wyong (02) 4352 1501 22.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 24.3 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 31.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite
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6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 33 km (to the NE)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 33 km (to the SE)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 33 km (to the S)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 35 km (to the NE)
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.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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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.

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Comments
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AlanM - Rock Orchids Flowering IP:125.254.73.xxx | 2013-09-25 05:27:20
Very nice climb up on to the plateau. My video of the walk is on youtube at
http://youtu.be/TdTIKfb5Xj4
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