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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)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head
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Flat Rock Lookout
Congewai Communications Tower Management Trail
Paddock Gate
Int of GNW AND Eglinford La
Int of GNW track & sealed road
Congewai Valley west trackhead
Starting point for this hiking track: Flat Rock Lookout

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
 Wollombi 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91323S 
 Quorrobolong 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91322S 
 Murrays Run 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91314N 
 Morisset 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91311N 
 Wollombi 1:50 000 Map Series CW-91323 
 Cessnock 1:50 000 Map Series CW-91322 
 Cessnock 1:100 000 Map Series 9132 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Flat Rock Lookout
 
Flat Rock Lookout +
 
View from Flat Rock Lookout
 
View from Flat Rock Lookout +
 
Behind Flat Rock Lookout
 
Behind Flat Rock Lookout +

 
Langans Rd, north of Flat Rock Lookout
 
Langans Rd, north of Flat Rock Lookout +
 
Langans Rd, Watagan State Forest
 
Langans Rd, Watagan State Forest +
 
Wide clear roads, Watagan State Forest
 
Wide clear roads, Watagan State Forest +

 
Old road signs in Watagan State Forest
 
Old road signs in Watagan State Forest +
 
GNW signage near the communication tower
 
GNW signage near the communication tower +
 
Intersection with Cedar Ridge Rd
 
Intersection with Cedar Ridge Rd +

 
Congewai Communications Tower, Watagan State Forest
 
Congewai Communications Tower, Watagan State Forest +
 
Congewai Communications Tower
 
Congewai Communications Tower +
 
Steps in track, east of communications tower
 
Steps in track, east of communications tower +

 
Open forest in Watagan State Forest
 
Open forest in Watagan State Forest +
 
Ancient grass trees in Watagan State Forest
 
Ancient grass trees in Watagan State Forest +
 
Wide trails in Watagan State Forest
 
Wide trails in Watagan State Forest +

 
Some dense forest in Watagan State Forest
 
Some dense forest in Watagan State Forest +
 
Sign on track between Congewai Tower and Valley
 
Sign on track between Congewai Tower and Valley +
 
Walking along the ridge on the western side of Congewai Valley
 
Walking along the ridge on the western side of Congewai Valley +

 
Pleasent grassy flat
 
Pleasent grassy flat +
 
Following the GNW arrow post
 
Following the GNW arrow post +
 
GNW sign post in Open forest on western side of Congewai Valley
 
GNW sign post in Open forest on western side of Congewai Valley +

 
Walking through the open forest
 
Walking through the open forest +
 
Edge of farm land on the western side of Congewai Valley
 
Edge of farm land on the western side of Congewai Valley +
 
Great North Walk sign post in tall wooded forest
 
Great North Walk sign post in tall wooded forest +

 
GNW heading through the open farm land
 
GNW heading through the open farm land +
 
Remember to shut the gates as you walk across the farms
 
Remember to shut the gates as you walk across the farms +
 
Walking across the farm on a sunny morning
 
Walking across the farm on a sunny morning +

 
Stile in Congewai Valley
 
Stile in Congewai Valley +
 
Dirt trail on farm in Congewai Valley
 
Dirt trail on farm in Congewai Valley +
 
Walking through farm land in Congewai Valley
 
Walking through farm land in Congewai Valley +

 
Friendly beast in Congewai Valley
 
Friendly beast in Congewai Valley +
 
Walking through farm land in Congewai Valley
 
Walking through farm land in Congewai Valley +
 
Near the Congewai Valley West trackhead
 
Near the Congewai Valley West trackhead +

 
the congewai west track head
 
the congewai west track head +
 
Congewai Valley Rd
 
Congewai Valley Rd +
 
Walking along the Congewai Valley Rd
 
Walking along the Congewai Valley Rd +

 
Gums lineing the Congewai Valley Rd
 
Gums lineing the Congewai Valley Rd +
 
Road Bridge on Congewai Valley Rd
 
Road Bridge on Congewai Valley Rd +
 
Congewai Valley after good rain fall
 
Congewai Valley after good rain fall +

 
Congewai Valley East Track head
 
Congewai Valley East Track head +
 
Rainbow from Congewai Valley East trackhead
 
Rainbow from Congewai Valley East trackhead +
 
Looking over the lagoon from Congewai Valley East trackhead
 
Looking over the lagoon from Congewai Valley East trackhead +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head 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 14km
Time 5 hrs
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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, 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
5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 4.9km has short steep hills. The remaining (3.7km) is very steep.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (3.7km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.7km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 14km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 10km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Flat Rock Lookout
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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Flat Rock Lookout Alt = 455 m
Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. There are, however, no fences or safety railings at the lookout, so walkers will need to exercise extra caution.

(0 km) Flat Rock Lookout to Congewai Communications Tower
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 3.99 km Time = 1 hr 25 mins
Climb = 182 m Descent = -142 m
From 'Flat Rock Lookout'[1], this walk follows the trail north west, initially keeping the lookout[2] on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 800m, to find a three-way intersection[3] with 'Langans Road'[4] (on the left). Here, this walk turns right and continues for about 3km (ignoring many side trails) to find a significant and wide intersection[5] with 'Cedar Ridge Road'[6]. The walk veers right to walk along the dirt road for about 40m to find a large 'The Great North Walk' sign pointing back to 'Sydney Cove'[7].

(3.99 km) Congewai Communications Tower Management Trail to Paddock Gate
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.99 km Time = 1 hr 11 mins
Climb = 71 m Descent = -373 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Congewai Valley' arrow on the large 'Great North Walk' sign up hill along the trail, following the ridge line for about 100m to the end of the trail, beisde the Congewai Communication Tower[8]. This walk now follows the track and GNW arrow marker[9], keeping the tower and metal fence on your left. Near the end of the fence, this walk follows the GNW arrow right and steeply downhill[10]. Then the walk continues steeply downhill (rocky[11] and eroded[12] in places) for about 900m, to find a level section[13] of track (where the track[14] bends right). The walk then continues undulating moderately steeply (mostley downhill) for about 1.5km, to find an intersection[15] with a GNW arrow post[16]. The walk then continues, gently uphill for about 150m, across the open farm land to a paddock gate[17] (with a fence[18] on your right).

(6.97 km) Paddock Gate to Int of GNW track AND sealed rd
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 690 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -48 m
Continue straight: From here, walk through the paddock gate[19], this walk follows the trail gently uphill, while following the fence on your right. The walk continues, undulating gently for about 450m, then crosses a small creek[20]. Then the walk continues for about 60m and crosses a stile[21] at a closed gate[22]. The walk then continues for about 200m until coming to an intersection[23] with a sealed road.

(7.66 km) Int of GNW AND Eglinford La to Lonely Goat Olives
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 929 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 76 m Descent = -18 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads steeply uphill following the sealed Eglinford La to the west. The road leads steeply uphill[24] for about 180m to the top of the rise, where the road becomes dirt[25]. Over the next 500m, this walk stays on the dirt road as it leads down across a gully[26] beside farmland to head uphill again to the timber fence[27] and signposted entrance to 'Ffynnon Garw' AND 'Lonely Goat Olives'[28]. Turn left here and follow the driveway[29] for almost 300m to find the large workshop building[30]. There is a bell to attract your hosts' attention. The accommodation is over the small rise on the left.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Lonely Goat Olives Alt = 215 m
Lonely Goat Olives is a tranquil country cottage in Congewai Valley, about 900m from the GNW. The cottage has two separate bedrooms[31][32], both with en-suites[33]. The bedrooms open on to a veranda[34] with views over the gorgeous valley and the Tuscan style olive groves[35]. The cottage has an outdoor BBQ kitchen[36] and both rooms have a satellite TV, Wi-Fi Internet access, bar fridge[37], toaster and kettle. Rooms are from $202 a night including breakfast, meal packs are also available. A two night min. stay is normal, but chat with Keith about mid-week and other options. Your friendly host is also happy to pick you up or drop you off at Watagan Creek Rd for about $75. Ph 02 4998 1693

(7.66 km) Int of GNW track & sealed road to Congewai Valley west trackhead
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 932 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -30 m
Veer right: From the intersection[38], follows the GNW arrow marker[39] gently downhill along the sealed road[40]. The road becomes unsealed after about 50m as the dirt road then undulates gently through farmland[41] for about 900m to a T-intersection[42] with Congewai Valley Road[43] at the Congewai Valley west trackhead[44], just past the cattle grate.

(8.59 km) Congewai Valley west trackhead to Congewai Valley east trackhead
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 5.19 km Time = 1 hr 28 mins
Climb = 71 m Descent = -60 m
Turn right: From the Congewai Valley west trackhead[45], this walk follows 'Barraba Trig' sign south along the unsealed road[46]. The walk continues (undulating gently) for about 4.4km (part of the road is sealed[47]), to cross a timber bridge[48]. Here the walk continues through farmland[49] for about 500m, to a signposted intersection[50], at the Congewai Valley east trackhead, where a sign points back to 'Congewai Valley'[51] and where there is a stile[52] (on the left) (and some wetlands on the right).

Drive from Congewai Valley east trackhead
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

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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 20.1 km
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 22.6 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 29.1 km
Camping Country 401 Pacific Hwy, Belmont North (02) 4945 1555 36.7 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 35.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head
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6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 24 km (to the ENE)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 24 km (to the ENE)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 40 km (to the E)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
40 km (to the E)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 46 km (to the SSE)

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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Watagan State Forest Watagan State Forest is a large section of mostly native bushland west of Lake Macquarie.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


Corrabare State Forest Corrabare State Forest is a large section of mostly native bushland west of Lake Macquarie.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Peter - 8th of September 2012 hike IP:110.143.35.xxx | 2012-08-29 21:40:58
Hi all, I am doing this walk if anyone is interested.

https://www.facebook.com/events/458582687496541/

Pete
alanm - Very nice valley IP:125.254.75.xxx | 2013-11-23 22:00:01
The views are great and the climb down quite slippery in places as I walked it just after some heavy rain.

The valley is very pretty, although there is a lot of road walking.

I called in at Lonely Goat Olives - looks like a nice place to stay.

Video of my walk at
http://youtu.be/HmsF9KsOzp8
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