This is a really good trek if you are just getting into 4WDing. The driving is easy but the region is beautiful and there are some great camping, walking and swimming spots. Not far from Sydney
, this trek can be done over a weekend or even on one day! If it's been raining, the tracks can be slippery and can even become impassable if the falls have been consistently heavy.
There are some great campsites such as The Basin Camping area which is 4.5km away and is a lovely spot
for a weekend camp. You may see wombats, wallabies and various birds. The camping is on both sides of the track and is well equipped with bbqs, tables, toilets, grassy campsites, walking trails and creek water. The Rock Lily and Lyrebird walking trails from the Basin wind through walls of moss in a rainforest habitat, you may even see the Wollombi
After crossing the causeway
at the Basin, keep to the right and continue along the main track passing the turnoffs to Murrays Forest Road, Glider Point Road, the Great North Walk and Wollombi
Forest Road. You are now approaching The Pines Camping Area
. There are a few other nice spots here too; the Water Tower and Old Mill Picnic areas and the Turpentines and Casuarina camping areas - all have bbqs, toilets, tap water, walking trails and have wide open grassy sites. Make sure if you go off for the day that your tent is secured and foodstuffs locked away tightly. Cheeky possums in the area have been spotted raiding food left unattended! The Pines Track from the Pines Forest Reserve comes to a picturesque fern-lined creek. If you're lucky enough to be doing this trek in Spring, make sure you do the Wildflower Track for spectacular native blooms.
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Fuel Supplies & Usage
There is also fuel available at: Yarramalong and Laguna (not shown on this trek note).
Best Time To Visit
This trek can be travelled all year round, although it may be wise to avoid the area after heavy rains.
Closest Climatic Station
Norah Head Aws
Distance from Trek Mid Point 18.02km SE
Best time to travel Ok time to travel Travel NOT recommended
|Mean Max. °C||25.8||25.9||24.8||22.8||20.0||18.0||17.2||18.8||20.9||22.4||23.5||24.7|
|Mean Min. °C||19.6||20.0||18.7||15.8||13.0||10.9||9.7||10.5||12.8||14.7||16.7||18.3|
|Mean Rain mm||78.5||108.9||105.8||127.1||153.1||144.3||97.3||69.1||66.8||53.9||89.1||67.5|
There are also supplies and facilities available at: Yarramalong, Laguna and Wollombi
(not shown on this trek note).
This list may not be complete for the entire region. Places
listed here are directly located along the plot file associated with this Trek Note. You can locate other nearby Places
by browsing the map or searching Places
There are beautiful forest drives, lookouts, walking trails, as well as great bush camping and picnic spots.
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