Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout


4 hrs

8.1 km One way

571 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout 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 Headquarters to Heaton Lookout bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout

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 8.1 km
Time 4 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

3.6km of this walk is very steep and another 2.7km has short steep hills. The remaining (1.8km) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

3.2km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 2.8km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (2.1km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs

Around 4.4km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.7km has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

3km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 2.6km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (2.6km) requires no previous bushwalking experience.

weather

Around 6km 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

4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 3.9km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (270m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout 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 Headquarters to Heaton Lookout ends at the Int of GNW track and Heaton Lookout (gps: -32.983668, 151.45483)
Your main transport option to Int of GNW track and Heaton Lookout 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

 


Short URL = http://wild.tl/whthl


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 :)