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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)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap
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Heaton Lookout.
Heaton Communications Tower
Heaton Gap Lookout
Int of GNW track and Freemans Drive trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Heaton Lookout.

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

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Photo Gallery

 
View From Heaton Lookout
 
View From Heaton Lookout +
 
Road beside Heaton Lookout
 
Road beside Heaton Lookout +
 
Heaton lookout
 
Heaton lookout +

 
Heaton Lookout
 
Heaton Lookout +
 
Toilets just north of Heaton Lookout
 
Toilets just north of Heaton Lookout +
 
Walking along the road north of Heaton Lookout
 
Walking along the road north of Heaton Lookout +

 
Y-intersectin north of Heaton Lookout
 
Y-intersectin north of Heaton Lookout +
 
Signpost for the Heaton Loop trail beside the Great North Walk
 
Signpost for the Heaton Loop trail beside the Great North Walk +
 
Walking along the road between Heaton Lookout and Tower
 
Walking along the road between Heaton Lookout and Tower +

 
Road south of Heaton Comms tower
 
Road south of Heaton Comms tower +
 
Pleasent walk among the tall trees
 
Pleasent walk among the tall trees +
 
Heaton communications tower
 
Heaton communications tower +

 
Road beside Heaton Communications Tower
 
Road beside Heaton Communications Tower +
 
Heaton Communications tower
 
Heaton Communications tower +
 
GNW arrow post near Heaton tower
 
GNW arrow post near Heaton tower +

 
Trail east of Heaton Tower
 
Trail east of Heaton Tower +
 
The Great North Walk near Mt Heaton Communications tower
 
The Great North Walk near Mt Heaton Communications tower +
 
Trail west of Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Trail west of Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Heaton Gap Lookout +
 
view from heaton gap lookout
 
view from heaton gap lookout +
 
View From Heaton Gap Lookout
 
View From Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Heaton Gap Lookout +
 
Track above Heaton Gap
 
Track above Heaton Gap +
 
Steps just below Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Steps just below Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
View from platform near Heaton Gap Lookout
 
View from platform near Heaton Gap Lookout +
 
Walkers Register box near Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Walkers Register box near Heaton Gap Lookout +
 
Steep track east of Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Steep track east of Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
Looking down the track near Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Looking down the track near Heaton Gap Lookout +
 
Track winding down near Heaton Gap
 
Track winding down near Heaton Gap +
 
Grass trees on the Great North Walk below Heaton Gap Lookout
 
Grass trees on the Great North Walk below Heaton Gap Lookout +

 
Flowers on The Great North Walk
 
Flowers on The Great North Walk +
 
Trail west of Heaton Gap
 
Trail west of Heaton Gap +
 
Steep section of trail between Heaton Gap Lookout and Heaton Gap
 
Steep section of trail between Heaton Gap Lookout and Heaton Gap +

 
Trail near Heaton Gap
 
Trail near Heaton Gap +
 
Looking down powerline clearing near Heaton Gap
 
Looking down powerline clearing near Heaton Gap +
 
GNW track leading through the forest above Heaton Gap
 
GNW track leading through the forest above Heaton Gap +

 
Just above Heaton Gap
 
Just above Heaton Gap +
 
Steps and sign at Heaton Gap
 
Steps and sign at Heaton Gap +
 
Motel at Heaton Gap
 
Motel at Heaton Gap +

 
Grassy area beside motel and petrol staion
 
Grassy area beside motel and petrol staion +
 
Rooms at the Watagn Forest Motel
 
Rooms at the Watagn Forest Motel +
 
Inside Watagan Forest Motel
 
Inside Watagan Forest Motel +

 
Picnic area near Watagan forest Motel
 
Picnic area near Watagan forest Motel +
 
Nigel Michael Memorial Rest area
 
Nigel Michael Memorial Rest area +
 
Heaton Gap Track Head sign
 
Heaton Gap Track Head sign +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Heaton Lookout  to Heaton Gap bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Heaton Lookout  to Heaton Gap 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 4.3km
Time 2 hrs
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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 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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
Around 3.1km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 1.2km is very steep.

Quality of track
2.4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 980m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (860m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
This whole walk, 4.3km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 4.3km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 4.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Heaton 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
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Heaton Lookout Alt = 379 m
Heaton Lookout[1] is one of the larger lookouts located on Heaton Road. This fenced lookout faces south-east. There are wood fired barbecues[2], picnic tables[3] and a pit toilet[4]. Heaton Lookout is a great place to stop for a snack, and the amazing view[5] feels like a bonus. This lookout was named after Richard Heaton, a timber cutter who came to Australia as a convict[6]. There is a water tank here, due to vandalism in the area this is not a reliable water source.

(0 km) Heaton Lookout. to Heaton Communications Tower
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 2.43 km Time = 54 mins
Climb = 144 m Descent = -54 m
From 'Heaton Lookout'[7], this walk follows the 'Heaton Gap' sign[8] gently uphill along the dirt Heaton Rd[9], past the toilet[10]. After about 250m, the road leads past the 'Heaton Loop Trail' side track[11], then about 250m later (staying left at the Y-intersection) the road passes another section of the same signposted track[12] as the road bends left, enjoying the views over the clearing (on your right). The road now leads gently uphill[13] for about 1.7km, ignoring a series of side tracks until coming to a clear three-way intersection[14] just past the brick building[15] and fenced communication tower[16] (on the right, and a small dam on the left).

(2.43 km) Heaton Communications Tower to Heaton Gap Lookout
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 621 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -69 m
Turn right: From the intersection[17], this walk follows the GNW arrow marker[18] off the main road, heading east along the wide trail, initially keeping the fenced tower[19] on your right. The trail follows the power lines[ref img=359237 for about 600m and then bends right, coming to the Heaton Gap Lookout[20]. The unsignposted and unfenced clearing[21] has wide, uninterrupted views to the south.

Heaton Gap Lookout Alt = 415 m
Heaton Gap lookout is a fantastic spot to stop and catch your breath in Heaton State Forest. This unfenced lookout[22] offers exhilarating views over the valleys towards Tuggerah Lake and Lake Macquarie[23]. this unsignposted view, as with many features in the area, was named after Richard Heaton, a timber cutter who came to Australia as a convict[24]. More info

(3.05 km) Heaton Gap Lookout to Int of GNW and Freemans Drive tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 856 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -190 m
Continue straight: From Heaton Gap Lookout[25], this walk follows the track east, moderately steeply downhill, initially keeping the view from Heaton Gap Lookout[26] on your right. After about 60m, the track leads to a timber platform with more views[27], underneath the power lines. The walk continues past some handrailing for about 20m to come to the 'Great North Walk Walker Register' post[28]. After noting your intentions, the walk continues steeply downhill[29] with stone and timber steps[30] and sections for handrail for about 200m, past the rock boulders and grass trees where the track widens into a narrow grassy trail. Here the walk follows this trail and the power lines downhill, steeply[31] in places, for about 600m, until coming to a level unsignposted three-way intersection[32] with the Freemans Drive trail[33] (on the right).

(3.91 km) Int of GNW track and Freemans Drive trail to Heaton Gap Track Head
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 363 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -82 m
Veer left: From the intersection[34], this walk follows the GNW arrow post and power lines[35] steeply downhill[36] along the trail. The walk continues for about 180m to find a three-way intersection[37], with a GNW arrow marker on the right (where the power line trail bends left). The walk turns right, leaving the power lines and following the GNW arrow marker steeply down a narrower forested track[38]. The track winds down some timber steps, towards the sound of traffic for about 160m then down a timber staircase[39] to the edge of Freemans Drive. Here the walk crosses Freemans Drive[40] (busy road, please be careful to look and listen for traffic) and comes to the Watagan Forest Motel[41], petrol station (on the left), picnic area[42] and signposted 'Heaton Gap Track Head'[43] (on the right).

Watagan Forest Motel Alt = 145 m
Watagan Forest Motel[44] is located on Branxton-Toronto Road. This retro-style motel is located right on the Great North Walk. The motel offers six rooms[45] for around $99 per night - each with a double bed[46] (four rooms also have twin singles), a television[47], bathroom with shower[48], air conditioning[49], and breakfast included. Room service is available. Adjoining the motel is a service station[50], which also offers dining room meals as well as a small grocery selection (bread, milk, bottled water, rice, pasta, etc), open until 8:30pm daily. A rest area is situated next to the motel, with covered picnic tables and garbage bins[51]. For further information, phone (02)4938 0149.

Drive from Heaton Gap Track Head
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 14.7 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 18.6 km
East Lake Refrigeration 511 Lake Rd , Argenton (02) 4958 6255 17.2 km
Camping World 3/ 276 Macquarie Rd , Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 19.1 km
Carneys Sport & Leisure 137 Vincent St , Cessnock (02) 4991 2208 18.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap
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6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 7 km (to the NE)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 9 km (to the NE)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 23 km (to the E)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
23 km (to the E)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 44 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
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Awaba State Forest A large parcel of land west of the northern end of lake Macquarie, Awaba state forest lines the side of part of the Sydney - newcastle freeway. The park is home to mostly native forest
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


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.

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Comments
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alanm - Great lookouts IP:125.254.72.xxx | 2014-01-08 22:07:04
This is a great walk to do out and return. The climb certainly got the heart rate up! The lookouts are great - although this time it was a bit hazy. The walkers register was not there - post only.

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