Watagan Mountains

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesSydney Newcastle Freeway (F3)
FinishWyong
DifficultyDifficulty 1.5/5
Suitable For4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance102.45 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed42.35 km/hr
Travel Time2 hrs 25 mins
Page Updated: 17 Aug 2010
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Description

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 Creek.

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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Preparation

MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Permits

No permits are needed for this trek note.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol There is also fuel available at: Yarramalong and Laguna (not shown on this trek note).
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 14 litres4cyl 10 litres *4cyl 20 litres
6cyl 16 litres6cyl 19 litres6cyl 18 litres
8cyl 16 litres8cyl 17 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

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
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C25.825.924.822.820.018.017.218.820.922.423.524.7
Mean Min. °C19.620.018.715.813.010.99.710.512.814.716.718.3
Mean Rain mm78.5108.9105.8127.1153.1144.397.369.166.853.989.167.5
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

There are also supplies and facilities available at: Yarramalong, Laguna and Wollombi (not shown on this trek note).

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What to See

There are beautiful forest drives, lookouts, walking trails, as well as great bush camping and picnic spots.

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Directions

Sydney Newcastle Freeway (F3) to Heaton Lookout
Driving: 9.93 km
Heading: 342°
Avg Speed: 35.85 km/hr
EST Time: 16:37
Heaton Lookout to Sandy Knob
Driving: 13.48 km
Heading: 231°
Avg Speed: 44.88 km/hr
EST Time: 18:01
Sandy Knob to The Pines Campground
Driving: 5.17 km
Heading: 235°
Avg Speed: 59.5 km/hr
EST Time: 05:12
The Pines Campground to Bar Lookout
Driving: 8.77 km
Heading: 274°
Avg Speed: 49.94 km/hr
EST Time: 10:32
Bar Lookout to The Basin Campground
Driving: 9.34 km
Heading: 215°
Avg Speed: 45.85 km/hr
EST Time: 12:13
The Basin Campground to Bar Lookout
Driving: 9.34 km
Heading: 35°
Avg Speed: 45.85 km/hr
EST Time: 12:13
Bar Lookout to Stoney Ridge Picnic Area
Driving: 19.59 km
Heading: 138°
Avg Speed: 36.73 km/hr
EST Time: 32:00
Stoney Ridge Picnic Area to Jerrys Point
Driving: 13.96 km
Heading: 193°
Avg Speed: 25.47 km/hr
EST Time: 32:53
Jerrys Point to Jilliby
Driving: 7.18 km
Heading: 114°
Avg Speed: 22.97 km/hr
EST Time: 18:45
Jilliby to Wyong
Driving: 5.69 km
Heading: 127°
Avg Speed: 56.42 km/hr
EST Time: 06:03
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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