The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap


4 Days

60.5 km One way

3206 m

Hard track
This four day walk starts at the Basin Campsite, in the Olney State Forest, and follows the Great North Walk, heading north. The walk passes through to the Watagan State Forest and into the Congewai Valley, continuing east into the Watagan National Park and all the way through to Heaton Gap. The three campsites can be found along the ridgeline before dropping down into the Congewai Valley, at the Barraba campsite, and at the Watagan Forestry H.Q campsite on the corner of Watagan and Bakers Roads in the Watagan National Park.

Maps for the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap walk

You 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.
Wollombi 1:25 000 Map Series 91323S WOLLOMBI NSW-91323S
Quorrobolong 1:25 000 Map Series 91322S QUORROBOLONG NSW-91322S
Murrays Run 1:25 000 Map Series 91314N MURRAYS RUN NSW-91314N
Morisset 1:25 000 Map Series 91311N MORISSET NSW-91311N
Wollombi 1:50 000 Map Series 91323 WOLLOMBI CW-91323
Cessnock 1:50 000 Map Series 91322 CESSNOCK CW-91322
Cessnock 1:100 000 Map Series 9132 CESSNOCK 9132
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131

Cross sectional view of the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap

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.

Length 60.5 km
Time 4 Days
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Grade 4/6



Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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

Gradient

27km of this walk has short steep hills and another 18km is very steep. Whilst another 15km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 40m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

27km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 22km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 6km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 4.7km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs

51km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 6km is clearly signposted. The remaining (3.7km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

29km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 28km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (2.8km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

weather

59km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 1.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (230m) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure

38km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 17km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (5km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap walk starts at the Basin Campsite (gps: -33.104008, 151.23088)
Your main transport option to Basin Campsite is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)



The The Basin Campsite to Heaton Gap ends at the Heaton Gap Track Head (gps: -32.965275, 151.47939)
Your main transport option to Heaton Gap Track Head is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)


Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts

Comments

 


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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.
Happy walking
Matt :)