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Great North walk – Watagans National Park is a 10km, grade 5 one way hike, located in the Watagans National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 2.5hrs to complete.
Great North walk is a much-loved, iconic bushwalk that was created in order to celebrate the Bicentennial year of 1988. It travels all the way from Sydney to Newcastle, following through not only Watagans National Park, but also Jilliby State Conservation Area and Brisbane Water National Park. Walkers can opt to enjoy short sections of it or do the entire thing in around 14 days.
The section that falls within the Watagans travels along Georges Road in the northern section of the park. Here, you can enjoy astonishing views to the north from Narrow Place lookout out over Quorrobolong to Ellalong, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri and a section of bushland alive with wonderful birdlife. The walk is best suited to experienced hikers.
A nearby campsite on private property, known as Barraba Trig, is available to walkers. Just be sure to bring your own firewood.
About the region
Watagans National Park
To Heaton Road access. Great North walk is on Georges Road in the northern precinct of Watagans National Park. To get there:Take Mount Faulk Road for approximately 8km from the park boundaryTurn left onto Georges Road Park entry points Heaton Road access See on map Watagan Forest HQ See on map Parking Parking is limited, as Georges Road is a narrow road. The most appropriate access is via walking the broader Great North walk.
It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
Check the weather before you set out as Georges Road can become slippery when it rains
The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
There is limited mobile reception in this park
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.