(0km) Bottom end of Western Commission Track → Dam
1 hr 45 mins
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the main management trail up the hill, keeping the valley to the right. After about 400m the trail passes between two small old dams. About another 800 meters on the trail bends sharply to the right, where there are good views across the valley on the left. Further up the hill the trail passes the 165-166 trail on the right. The trail now flattens out and passes 4 high tension electrical tower, with filtered distant views. Soon after the 4th tower the trail leads to a large clearing and dam on the right.
Western Commission track Dam
(4.44km) Dam → Int of WCT and OGNR
2 hrs 39 mins
(11.94km) Int of WCT and OGNR → Southern end of the Wat Trail
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the OGNR as it head downhill, bending to the right (keeping the valley on the right). Soon, there are some nice views to the left and the trail heads uphill. Near the top of the hill, this walk ignores the ‘144-147’ trail (on the right) and heads across the sandstone cutting. As the trail bends around the gully, there are some cuttings in the rock on the right. Where the trail bends sharply right, there is an intersection with the gated Wat track (on the left).
(13.81km) Southern end of the Wat Trail → Wat Buddha Dhamma
Wat Buddha Dhamma
(15.11km) Wat Buddha Dhamma → Ten Mile Hollow
Ten Mile Hollow
(15.73km) Ten Mile Hollow → Clares Bridge
End of day 1
(15.73km) Ten Mile Hollow → Simpsons Cave
(18.23km) Simpsons Cave → Int of Ten Mile Hollow Rd and Simpsons track
(20.6km) Int of Ten Mile Hollow Rd and Simpsons track → Int below Fairview Homestead
(23.15km) Int below Fairview Homestead → Fairview Homestead
(23.15km) Int below Fairview Homestead → Int of Ten Mile Hollow Rd and Donnys track
(23.96km) Int of Ten Mile Hollow Rd and Donnys track → Upper Mangrove cemetery
Upper Mangrove Cemetery
(24.7km) Upper Mangrove cemetery → Int of Dubbo Gully Rd and Upper Mangrove Creek Rd
(25.81km) Int of Dubbo Gully Rd and Upper Mangrove Creek Rd → Dubbo Gully Rd car park
1 hr 2 mins
Maps for the Western Commission Track to Dubbo Gully walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Gunderman||1:25 000 Map Series||91313S GUNDERMAN||NSW-91313S|
|Mangrove||1:25 000 Map Series||91313N MANGROVE||NSW-91313N|
|Gosford||1:100 000 Map Series||9131 GOSFORD||9131|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)|
|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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 16km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 12km has short steep hills.
Quality of track
This whole walk, 28km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 24km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4.3km is clearly signposted.
Around 16km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 12km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 28km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 21km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
An interesting walk with some great scenery, going to the small and interesting, historic cemetery at Upper Mangrove. Evidence of Aboriginal activity in the area stretches back at least 5000 years. Early European settlement in the area was concerned with timber, and produce farming, before the area also became established as a stop-off for travelers on the Great North Road.
Total climbing: 450m
7.2 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
This two day (or ten hour) walk follows several historic roads, now closed to traffic. Starting with a walk down to Dubbo Gully and past an old cemetery, you will then explore some old farms before coming to Simpsons Track. Here, head up the hill to come to the Ten Mile Hollow Campsite. The next day you will follow the Old Great North Road to Clare’s Bridge (second oldest bridge on mainland Australia). A bit further along the Old Great North Road, you then head down Donny’s track and return to the start via Dubbo Gully. A great way to explore the history and beauty of the area.
Total climbing: 1117m
24.3 km Circuit
This walk follows a section of the Old Great North Road along the borders of the rugged Yengo and Dharug National Parks, to then visit more historic sites in Dubbo Gully. This is more of a historic journey than you typical bushwalk. There is a campsite at Ten Mile Hollow providing a comfortable place for the night before visiting the Historic Clare’s Bridge. Soon after Clare’s Bridge this walk leaves the old Great North Road to follow Donny’s Track down into Dubbo gully were you get to explore this historic farming area before walking out to Upper Mangrove. This walk is mostly on wide trails and therefore can also be done as a mountain bike ride.
Total climbing: 1372m
27.3 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This pleasant walk follows part of the historic Finchs Line road, the original route for the Great North Road up the hills just north of Wisemans Ferry. The walk starts in moist, fern covered scenery and climbs to drier forest and some stunning views over the Hawkesbury river and Wisemans Ferry area from the unfenced Finchs Line viewpoint. There are other great views along the way too.
Total climbing: 373m
4.4 km Return
2 hrs 15 mins
This excellent circuit walk offers a lot of beautiful scenery and views. Although shorter than the name suggests, it is a reasonably tough walk, with some steep rocky sections. The sections in the gullies and valleys are mostly very moist with lots of ferns, while the higher sections are through drier forest, so there is quite a bit of variety. There are also some lovely cliffs and boulder scenery at various points around the walk.
Total climbing: 634m
8.2 km Circuit
4 hrs 15 mins
A beautiful walk along part of the 11km Circuit walk, climbing up through a beautiful moist gully before emerging to drier forest and a nice viewpoint. The walk provides a great variety of scenery with a mixture of vegetation and some great boulder and cliff scenery along the way. The climbs and descents are pretty steep at times but not too long.
Total climbing: 382m
4.5 km Return
2 hrs 15 mins
This beautiful circuit walk goes through a range of dry and wet forest along the valley, and offers some great views. There are plenty of grasstrees along the way to add to the scenery and the creek crossings are very picturesque. The optional side trip adds some beautiful rock overhangs to the scenery and gives a taste of the scenery on the longer 11km Circuit walk.
Total climbing: 109m
1.7 km Circuit
A great walk with some really nice scenery and plenty of history. This walk follows the well formed Devines Hill ascent portion of the Old Great North Road. The convict built road is impressive and there are good information signs along the trail. The visible remnants of the Old Great North Road include rock cuttings, stone retaining walls, an old quarry site and Hangmans Rock. It is also worth the very short walk down the hill from the start of the walk to have a look at the historic Thomas James bridge.
Total climbing: 257m
3.6 km Return
A great walk with a mixture of historic remnants of the Old Great North Rd, and some beautiful views over the Hawkesbury river and other valleys. Most of this walk follows parts of the convict built road, and a number of information signs along the way give a good insight into the construction and history of the road, making the walk more interesting. The last section of the walk, along Wisemans Ferry Rd, has some great views of the cliffs above. The historic Thomas James bridge, just before the end of the walk, is the oldest in-use bridge on mainland Australia.
Total climbing: 547m
9.9 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
A relatively short walk with some really nice scenery and some of the historic highlights of the Old Great North Road. This walk climbs part of the well formed Devines Hill ascent. The remnants of the convict built road are impressive and there are good information signs along the trail. The visible remnants of the Old Great North Road include rock cuttings, stone retaining walls, an old quarry site and Hangmans Rock.
Total climbing: 176m
2.2 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
The long, gentle climb along Shepherd’s Gully has some beautiful scenery and some historic remnants of the Old Great North Road. While the remnants of the road construction are not as impressive as those on the main Devines Hill ascent, they are still interesting. The optional side trip to Hangmans Rock takes you past an old convict stockade site and some of the construction remnants on the main Devines Hill ascent.
Total climbing: 244m
4.3 km Return
A great one-way walk which offers some beautiful scenery in the moist and shaded parts of Shepherds Gully, some bigger views on Devines Hill and plenty of Old Great North Road history. There are plenty of information signs along the way giving some good background on the convict build roads, making the walking more interesting. A short walk along Wisemans Ferry Rd from the end of the walk will also get you to the Thomas James Bridge, the oldest in-use bridge on mainland Australia.
Total climbing: 257m
4 km One way
8.3 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
A great circuit walk in Popran National Park, to the beautiful Emerald Pool. This walk passes through a variety of vegetation and offers some great views along the way. Emerald Pool is a really beautiful spot and it is well worth spending some time exploring around the creek. The optional side trips along the 248 trail and to Mt Olive, add to the great views on the walk. If your car has reasonable ground clearance, you could drive to the Ironbark picnic area and start the walk from there.
Total climbing: 344m
10.8 km Circuit
4 hrs 15 mins
This walk, mostly in Popran National Park, passes through a great variety of scenery and beautiful views. The early part of the walk, along a ridgetop, is through relatively dry forest with some great views, while the steep but beautiful descent to Glenworth Valley is through moist, fern filled forest. The cafe at Glenworth Valley is open on weekends. There is also an optional sidetrip for some nice views from Mt Olive.
Total climbing: 492m
10.1 km Return
4 hrs 15 mins
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/wcttdg
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.