Watagan Forest Motel
(0km) Watagan Forest Motel → Int of Gap Road and GNW track
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, gently uphill along the dirt road, initially passing the ‘Sugarloaf State Conservation Area’ sign on your right. The walk continues for about 700m (with one steep uphill section), until leading down to an intersection with a track and GNW arrow marker, and a couple of timber fence posts (on the left).
(1.13km) Int of Gap Road AND GNW → Int of GNW AND Brunkerville trail
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the grassy trail east, gently uphill. The trail leads up along the ridge for about 300m to where the trail widens and become much clearer. The walk continues along this trail for just over 200m to come to an intersection with a dirt road, where a there is a ‘The Great North Walk’ sign on the left.
(3.13km) Int of GNW track and Brunkerville trail → Int of Brunkerville and Sugarloaf Range trail
(4.28km) Int of Brunkerville and Sugarloaf Range trail → Int of Sugarloaf Range and Wakefield Forest Roads
(4.64km) Int of Sugarloaf Range and Wakefield Forest Roads → Int of GNW track AND Aubs Ridge Road
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post moderately steeply down along the dirt road, following the ridge line east. After just shy of 500m, this walk comes to an intersection with ‘Aubs Ridge Road’ (on the right).
(5.75km) Int of GNW track and Aubs Ridge Road → Int of Archery Road and GNW track
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently downhill along the wide dirt road, directly away from the face of the ‘Sugarloaf State Conservation Area’ sign. The walk continues down the road for 230m, until coming to a wide intersection with a number of trails, just past a ‘Warning Mine Subsidence…’ sign (facing away from you).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently downhill along the wide dirt road, directly away from face of the ‘Mine Subsidence’ sign. The road bends right (passing a private driveway) then leads under two Sydney/Newcastle Freeway bridges. The road then leads gently uphill (ignoring side roads) for about 350m to the top of the hill (just past the second power pole and the ‘Lake Macqurie Field Archers Inc’ sign to find an intersection, marked with a ‘The Great North Walk’ sign.
(7.68km) Int of Archery Road and the GNW track → Int of GNW track and Wakefield Road
(8.94km) Int of Great North Walk and Wakefield Road → Eddie Peterson Memorial Park
Eddie Peterson Memorial Park
(9.17km) Eddie Peterson Memorial Park → Int of Wakefield and Rhondda Roads
(11.29km) Int of Wakefield and Rhondda Roads → Teralba Station
1 hr 9 mins
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently up along ‘Railway Rd’. The walk follows Railway Rd for just shy of 250m, to another GNW arrow marker and turns right. Here the walk heads up the steps on the railway pedestrian bridge to find ‘Teralba’ railway station.
Maps for the Heaton Gap to Teralba station 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.
|Wallsend||1:25 000 Map Series||92323S WALLSEND||NSW-92323S|
|Quorrobolong||1:25 000 Map Series||91322S QUORROBOLONG||NSW-91322S|
|Cessnock||1:50 000 Map Series||91322 CESSNOCK||CW-91322|
|Newcastle||1:100 000 Map Series||9232 NEWCASTLE||9232|
|Cessnock||1:100 000 Map Series||9132 CESSNOCK||9132|
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||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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3.2km has short steep hills. Whilst another 2.9km is flat with no steps and the remaining 2.2km is very steep.
Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 3.6km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (2.2km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 7km is clearly signposted.
Around 13km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.2km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 15km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (1.4km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
Other Nearby walks
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.
Total climbing: 153m
4.3 km One way
This loop track starts from the Hunter Lookout picnic area and follows the Great North Walk around the edge of the ridge via the Macleans Lookout, Rocky Creek gully and the cliffs around the eastern edge of the ridge. This walk provides great views across the valley and much of the Hunter to the north. On the return, the walk takes a leisurely stroll along the dirt roads, passing the pines plantation area and the rocky creek camping area.
Total climbing: 336m
5.6 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This loop walk starts from the Hunter Lookout picnic area. The walk provides great views across the valley and winds around the edge of the ridge line, passing Macleans lookout, also with great views. The walk continues along a short section of the Great North Walk, through an open forest to the end of Glen road. From here the walk follows the dirt roads back to the Hunter Lookout.
Total climbing: 138m
2.5 km Circuit
This walk starts from the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite and follows the Great North Walk through the Watagan State Forest. The walk then heads out to Heaton lookout and down the long descent into Heaton Gap, passing several more fantastic lookouts and picnic areas on the way. The walk finishes at Heaton Gap on Freemans drive, just opposite the Watagan Forest Motel.
Total climbing: 729m
12.5 km One way
This scenic walk includes dramatic lookouts and time spent in moist cool forest. The walk initially travels on dirt road past Hunter and MacLean’s Lookout, before descending into the Wallis Creek catchment. Here the walk traverses underneath many cliffs before crossing Wallis Creek and arriving at Heaton Lookout. A recommended walk with car access either end.
Total climbing: 571m
8.1 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Teralba train station and winds down and around the edge of Lake Macquarie. The walk passes through the Cockle reserve, and continues to Warners bay and up along the roads, before cutting through the bush to Charlestown, where it winds around the golf course and finishes at the Charlestown Park track head.
Total climbing: 220m
13.3 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows the most northern section of the Great North Walk, from the Teralba station along Macquarie lake, to Warners Bay. Most of the walking is along footpaths, through park land, or along the road side. After Charlestown, the walk heads through the bush to the old Belmont railway and along Flaggy creek to the Glenrock Scout Camp. On day two, the walk heads along the beaches past Merewether baths, and up to the top of Shephards hill, through King Edwards park to the obelisk and down to the cities train station.
Total climbing: 487m
25.6 km One way
This a cool walk on a on a hot day. Take your time exploring the rock formations along the creek, before finding the moss wall. Walk alongside the moss wall to its end, and then follow a track through moist rainforest back to the dam. A pleasant relaxed walk starting and finishing from the Boarding House Dam picnic area.
Total climbing: 36m
718 m Circuit
A gentle walk past the Boarding House dam and through moist rainforest to a long straight moss covered wall. Spend some time exploring the creek and pools beside the moss wall before retracing your steps back to the Boarding House dam picnic area and car park. A cool sheltered spot to relax, particularly on a hot summer day.
Total climbing: 22m
516 m Return
This walk leads to one of the best waterfalls in the Hunter area and is highly recommended. The walk travels through dense rainforest, before descending to an inspiring amphitheatre of rock with the dramatic Gap Creek Falls. Spend some time looking around the base of the falls, particularly behind the falls on the narrow unfenced ledge. This walk is particularly good on a hot day, where the cooling spray off the waterfall is appreciated.
Total climbing: 162m
1.5 km Return
This walk takes you deep into moist rainforest and is well worthwhile. The walk is mostly flat and travels through a varied and healthy rainforest, with strangler fig vines, large older trees and lots of wildlife. If you are lucky, you could find the protected yabbies in the creek at the end of the walk. This walk is a must do, particularly on a hot day.
Total climbing: 111m
1.7 km Return
This return walk starts from a nice rest area on Georges Road and follows the road along the ridge, passing several great lookout points across the valley, to the quiet little 125r lookout, which provides a nice open clearing that just screams lunch time. Please note that Watagan and Georges Roads are dry weather roads only, if you are unsure, check with the park office before heading out. This walk can be made shorter by driving further along Georges Rd.
Total climbing: 209m
4.4 km Return
3 hrs 30 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/hgtts
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.