5 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road (westside) → End of Langans Road
Continue straight: From the paddock gate (with the yellow electric fence box), this walk follows GNW arrow down the moderately steep grassy bank towards the creek. After about 10m, the walk crosses the creek, usually just over ankle deep. This creek maybe impassible after rain. The walk continues following GNW arrow markers along the fence for about 100m, passing through two more paddock gates), until heading through another paddock gate with a ‘Please Shut Gate’ sign, just before the forest.
Continue straight: From the paddock gate in the Watagan Valley, this walk follows the track moderately steeply uphill. The walk heads through the wooded forest, up a series of timber and rock steps 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.
(1.47km) End of Langans Rd → Walkers Rest Area
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north-west along the dirt road, initially keeping Cabans Road 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’.
(3.67km) Walkers Rest Area → Flat Rock Lookout
Flat Rock Lookout
(4.01km) Flat Rock Lookout → Congewai Communications Tower
1 hr 25 mins
(8km) Congewai Communications Tower Management Trail → Paddock Gate
1 hr 11 mins
(10.99km) Paddock Gate → Int of GNW track AND sealed rd
(11.68km) Int of GNW AND Eglinford La → Lonely Goat Olives
Lonely Goat Olives
(11.68km) Int of GNW track & sealed road → Congewai Valley west trackhead
Maps for the Watagan Creek Road to Congewai Valley Track Head (West) 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.
|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|
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.
|Time||5 hrs 30 mins|
|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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 8km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 4.7km is very steep.
Quality of track
7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4.9km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 930m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 230m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
This whole walk, 13km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 6km requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 12km 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.
Around 8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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.
Total climbing: 384m
4.1 km One way
Starting from the grand views of Flat Rock Lookout high on the range, you will walk down into the Congewai Valley below. On the first section of this walk, you will explore a little used dirt road to the Congewai Communication Tower. From here you follow a series of tracks that wind down, steeply in places, through the tall open forest with a scattering of grass trees to the bottom of the range. Now the walk guides you through open farmland before following Congewai Road along main valley to the trackhead near Brown Muir Farm.
Total climbing: 336m
13.8 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk starts from Watagan Creek Road and heads north, up the side of the valley then along the dirt roads to the Congewai communications tower. From the tower, you follow a bush track and wind down into the valley, through some farmland and along to the Congewai west track head. From here, the walk follows the road winding south through rural farmland, past the school, to the Congewai east track head.
Total climbing: 720m
17.8 km One way
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.
Total climbing: 3206m
60.5 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Congewai Valley east track head and heads north up into the Watagan National Park, climbing up to the ridgeline and following the management trails and bush tracks heading east all the way to the Forestry HQ campsite. On day two, the walk continues east, winding all the way around the ridge and past some great lookouts to the Heaton communications tower and down the steep ridgeline to Freemans Drive and the Watagan Forest Motel.
Total climbing: 1702m
29.7 km One way
This full day walk starts from the Congewai valley trackhead (east) and follows the Great North Walk up into the Watagan National Park. Winding east along Georges road for the most part, this walk also passes many great lookouts and gives the option of a side trip down to the 125r lookout, which provides a great view to the south and nice spot for lunch. The walk finishes at the Watagan Headquarters campsite, which has a fire place and a picnic table.
Total climbing: 973m
17.2 km One way
This circuit takes you through both dry and moist forest, using a combination of walking trails and wider tracks. The side trip to the dammed pool is recommended, to see the deep Aboriginal carved grooves by the pool. This walk travels through open forest with wild flowers (in season) to descend into a moist rainforest environment near Abbotts Falls. This is great place to cool off on a hot summer’s day.
Total climbing: 329m
7.3 km Circuit
This short walk takes you into the moist forest around Dora Creek and is recommended. The walk visits a small waterfall and dammed pool then travels through forest, visiting the large open Pines picnic area before returning to the starting point. The section of this walk near Dora Creek is particularly pleasant on a hot day.
Total climbing: 56m
1.7 km Circuit
This short but steep walk to the base of an attractive cliff is worthwhile. The walk travels through open forest with gum trees and Xanthorhoea trees to eventually follow timber steps steeply to the base of the Monkey Face cliff. This cliff is used by rock climbers and abseiling parties, so be aware that people may be above you. Spend some time exploring the base of cliff before returning the same way.
Total climbing: 65m
406 m Return
This short and scenic walk offers two lookouts and a forest walk. Gap Creek viewpoint gives views of dense forest, while the Monkey Face viewpoint gives views of forested farmland in the Gap Creek valley. The short forest walk between these two viewpoints is amongst large rocks and offers views of its own. The cliffs between the viewpoints are used by rock climbers and abseiling parties, so do not dislodge rocks from the top of the cliffs. This is a recommended and scenic walk.
Total climbing: 74m
1.3 km Circuit
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
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 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 section of the Great North Walk starts from the Basin campsite in the Olney State Forest and winds north into the Watagans, via the Warrawolong Flora Reserve. This walk also offers a side trip from Turners Road up to the top of Mt Warrawolong, which is the highest point along the Great North Walk. The walk finishes at the Watagan Creek Road and gives a nice opportunity for that quiet drive in the country.
Total climbing: 784m
13 km One way
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
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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.