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This section of the Great North Walk makes a good walk to a comfortable campsite with the section along the Lyrebird Trail by the Wollombi Brook being particularly recommended. From the Cedar Brush track head the walk winds up into the Olney State Forest through bushland (crossing over two moist gullies). Once most of your height is gained this walk follows unsealed road before dropping down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here the walk follows bush tracks along Lyrebird Trail and to the Basin Campsite.
About the region
Olney State Forest is a popular visitor area and part of the beautiful State Forests of the Watagan Mountains. Located west of Lake Macquarie, Olney is bordered by Wyong State Forest, Watagan State Forest and Watagan National Park. Along with adjacent Heaton State Forest, Olney State Forest is the main area for visitors to State Forests on the Central Coast. Forests in this area have been harvested for timber for many decades, more than 100 years. The forests you see today are regrowth forests, having been harvested many times over and grown back. Today's forest management practices protect biodiversity, soil and water quality and cultural heritage sites while also allowing for sustainable timber production.