Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap


6 hrs

12.5 km One way

729 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Watagan Forestry HQ 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.
Quorrobolong 1:25 000 Map Series 91322S QUORROBOLONG NSW-91322S
Cessnock 1:50 000 Map Series 91322 CESSNOCK CW-91322
Cessnock 1:100 000 Map Series 9132 CESSNOCK 9132

Cross sectional view of the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Watagan Forestry HQ 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 12.5 km
Time 6 hrs
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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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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

6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4.9km is very steep. The remaining (1.9km) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

4.7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (3.8km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs

Around 9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.7km has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 2.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (2.6km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

weather

Around 11km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure

4.8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 3.9km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (3.9km) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap walk starts at the Forestry H.Q campsite (gps: -32.9756, 151.4117)
Your main transport option to Forestry H.Q campsite is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)



The Watagan Forestry HQ campsite to Heaton Gap ends at the Heaton Gap Track Head (gps: -32.965275, 151.47939)
Your transport options to Heaton Gap Track Head are by;
Bus. (get details)
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 :)