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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)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock
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Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(eastside)
Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road (westside)
Great North Walk Paddock Gate
Back Paddock Gate
End of Langans Rd
Int of Langans Rd & Cabans Road
Walkers Rest Area
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(eastside)

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

Photo Gallery

 
Watagan Creek Road
 
Watagan Creek Road +
 
'Laguna' gate on Watagan Creek Rd
 
'Laguna' gate on Watagan Creek Rd +
 
'Laguna' gate on Watagan Creek Rd
 
'Laguna' gate on Watagan Creek Rd +

 
Passing through farmland, south of Watagan Creek crossing
 
Passing through farmland, south of Watagan Creek crossing +
 
GNW gate and  electric fence box, south of Watagan Creek crossing
 
GNW gate and electric fence box, south of Watagan Creek crossing +
 
Crossing Watagan Creek
 
Crossing Watagan Creek +

 
Crossing Watagan Creek
 
Crossing Watagan Creek +
 
Farmland near Watagan Creek
 
Farmland near Watagan Creek +
 
Watagan Creek
 
Watagan Creek +

 
Please shut the gate, north of Watagan Creek crossing
 
Please shut the gate, north of Watagan Creek crossing +
 
Tree-covered bank near farmland, Watagan Creek valley
 
Tree-covered bank near farmland, Watagan Creek valley +
 
Meandering track, Watagan Creek valley
 
Meandering track, Watagan Creek valley +

 
Clear track on north slope of Watagan Creek valley
 
Clear track on north slope of Watagan Creek valley +
 
Timber steps on a steep hill, Watagan Creek valley
 
Timber steps on a steep hill, Watagan Creek valley +
 
Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea sp) south of Langans Rd, Watagan State Forest
 
Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea sp) south of Langans Rd, Watagan State Forest +

 
Langans Rd, Watagan State Forest
 
Langans Rd, Watagan State Forest +
 
Langans Rd, Watagan State Forest
 
Langans Rd, Watagan State Forest +
 
Langans Rd meets Cabans Rd
 
Langans Rd meets Cabans Rd +

 
Walkers Rest Area, Langans Rd
 
Walkers Rest Area, Langans Rd +
 
BBQ at Walkers Rest Area, Langans Rd
 
BBQ at Walkers Rest Area, Langans Rd +
 
Langans Rd, south of Flat Rock Lookout
 
Langans Rd, south of Flat Rock Lookout +

 
Flat Rock Lookout
 
Flat Rock Lookout +
 
Valley views from Flat Rock Lookout
 
Valley views from Flat Rock Lookout +
 
View from Flat Rock Lookout
 
View from Flat Rock Lookout +

 
The fenced-off cliffs near Flat Rock Lookout
 
The fenced-off cliffs near Flat Rock Lookout +
 
Watagan Creek valley to the north-east, Flat Rock Lookout
 
Watagan Creek valley to the north-east, Flat Rock Lookout +
 
Flat Rock Lookout
 
Flat Rock Lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock 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 4.1km
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 Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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
3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.1km is very steep. The remaining (40m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2.5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.2km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 230m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 40m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 4km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 40m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.1km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 3.8km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 230m is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 3.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 450m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(eastside)
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|

(0 km) Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(eastside) to Great North Walk Paddock Gate
Track: Moderate - road,bushtrack
Length = 225 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -33 m
From the intersection[1], this walk follows the GNW arrow along the dirt Watagans Creek Road over the small rise[2], while keeping the main valley to your right. The road soon come to an intersection[3], marked with a GNW arrowpost with a track and paddock gate[4] (with 'Laguna' sign[5]) on the right.
Veer right: From the intersection[6], this walk follows the GNW arrow post down the short but steep road embankment, and passes through the paddock gate[7] (with a 'Laguna' sign[8] on it). The walk continues gently downhill[9] across farmland for about 200m, until coming to, and heading through, a paddock gate[10] with a 'Great North Walk' sign (and a yellow electric fence box[11]).

(0.23 km) Great North Walk Paddock Gate to Back Paddock Gate
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 226 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the paddock gate[12] (with the yellow electric fence box[13]), this walk follows GNW arrow down the moderately steep grassy bank[14] towards the creek. After about 10m, the walk crosses the creek[15], usually just over ankle deep. This creek maybe impassible after rain. The walk continues following GNW arrow markers[16] along the fence for about 100m, passing through two more paddock gates[17]), until heading through another paddock gate[18] with a 'Please Shut Gate' sign[19], just before the forest.

(0.45 km) Back Paddock Gate to End of Langans Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.05 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 241 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the paddock gate[20] in the Watagan Valley[21], this walk follows the track moderately steeply uphill[22]. The walk heads through the wooded forest, up a series of timber[23] and rock steps[24] as the track winds up the hill. About 1km after leaving the open farmland, this track leads to an intersection with the turning area at the end of the dirt Langans Road[25].

(1.5 km) End of Langans Rd to Int of Langans Rd & Cabans Road
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 842 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 83 m Descent = -8 m
Turn right: From the turning area at the end of Langans Road[26], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[27] gently uphill along the dirt road[28]. The walk continues generally uphill for about 800m and comes to a three-way intersection[29] with the signposted 'Cabans Road'[30] (on the right).

(2.35 km) Int of Langans Rd & Cabans Road to Walkers Rest Area
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.36 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 46 m Descent = -20 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[31], this walk follows the GNW arrow post north-west along the dirt[32] road, initially keeping Cabans Road[33] on your right. The walk continues, gently undulating up along the top of the ridge for about 1.4km, until coming to the signposted 'Walkers Rest Area'[34].

Great North Walk Campsite Alt = 468 m
This neat little signposted[35] campsite consists of a brick fireplace[36] with a couple of basic wooden seats[37] and some room for a few tents. There is no water available at this campsite.

(3.7 km) Walkers Rest Area to Flat Rock Lookout
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 348 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the 'Walkers Rest Area'[38], this walk follows the trail west, initially keeping the rest area on your left. The walk continues to gently undulate for about 250m, until coming to the unfenced signposted 'Flat Rock Lookout'[39] (on your right).

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.

Drive from Flat Rock Lookout
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 --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the end of this walk on this map

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
Since this walk ends on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan from the end.
View the location on a road map here --> See the end of the walk on a map


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 22.7 km
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 20.9 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 26.5 km
Camping Country 401 Pacific Hwy, Belmont North (02) 4945 1555 36.4 km
Wyong Warehouse & Camping World 59 Howarth St , Wyong (02) 4352 1501 31.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock
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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 26 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 43 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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alanm - Nice Rut and Return IP:125.254.74.xxx | 2013-10-31 07:56:17
Good climb out of Watagan Creek and great views from the lookout.

Video of my walk at http://youtu.be/H8G9cnEYWdM
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