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 
Distance108.52 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed20.17 km/hr
Travel Time5 hrs 22 mins
Page Updated: 9 Mar 2021

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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TrekID: 17

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.

TIP

Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.

Permits

No permits are needed for this trek note.

Fuel Usage

There is also fuel available at: Yarramalong and Laguna (not shown on this trek note).
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 15 litres4cyl 11 litres *4cyl 22 litres
6cyl 17 litres6cyl 20 litres6cyl 19 litres
8cyl 17 litres8cyl 18 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

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Directions

Sydney Newcastle Freeway (F3) to Heaton Lookout
Driving: 9.51 km
Heading: 342°
Avg Speed: 8.39 km/hr
EST Time: 01:08:00
  • Drive north on Mount Faulk Road. for: 7.89 km time: 19:11
  • Turn right onto Heaton Road. for: 1.62 km time: 48:48
Heaton Lookout to Sandy Knob
Driving: 13.34 km
Heading: 231°
Avg Speed: 10.41 km/hr
EST Time: 01:16:53
  • Drive south on Heaton Road. for: 1.62 km time: 48:43
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Heaton Road for: 11.72 km time: 28:13
Sandy Knob to The Pines Campground
Driving: 5.38 km
Heading: 235°
Avg Speed: 11.15 km/hr
EST Time: 28:57
  • Drive southwest on Watagan Forest Road. for: 4.79 km time: 11:11
  • Turn left. for: 0.59 km time: 17:46
The Pines Campground to Bar Lookout
Driving: 10.99 km
Heading: 274°
Avg Speed: 12.96 km/hr
EST Time: 50:52
  • Drive west. for: 0.59 km time: 17:45
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Watagan Forest Road for: 0.26 km time: 00:30
  • Turn right onto Wollombi Forest Road. for: 3.6 km time: 06:07
  • Bear left onto Walkers Ridge Road. for: 5 km time: 07:56
  • Turn right onto Murrays Forest Road. for: 1.02 km time: 02:47
  • Turn right onto Bar lookout Road. for: 0.31 km time: 09:18
  • Keep right to stay on Bar lookout Road. for: 0.22 km time: 06:31
Bar Lookout to The Basin Campground
Driving: 10.62 km
Heading: 215°
Avg Speed: 18.39 km/hr
EST Time: 34:38
  • Drive northwest on Bar lookout Road. for: 0.52 km time: 15:41
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Murrays Forest Road for: 1.02 km time: 02:45
  • Turn right onto Walkers Ridge Road. for: 7.79 km time: 12:39
  • Turn right onto Basin Forest Road. for: 1.29 km time: 03:34
The Basin Campground to Bar Lookout
Driving: 10.62 km
Heading: 35°
Avg Speed: 19.22 km/hr
EST Time: 33:09
  • Drive east on Basin Forest Road. for: 1.29 km time: 03:32
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Walkers Ridge Road for: 7.79 km time: 11:08
  • Turn left onto Murrays Forest Road. for: 1.02 km time: 02:40
  • Turn right onto Bar lookout Road. for: 0.31 km time: 09:18
  • Keep right to stay on Bar lookout Road. for: 0.22 km time: 06:31
Bar Lookout to Stoney Ridge Picnic Area
Driving: 21.31 km
Heading: 138°
Avg Speed: 22.55 km/hr
EST Time: 56:42
  • Drive northwest on Bar lookout Road. for: 0.52 km time: 15:41
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Murrays Forest Road for: 1.02 km time: 02:45
  • Turn left onto Walkers Ridge Road. for: 5 km time: 06:17
  • Bear right onto Wollombi Forest Road. for: 3.6 km time: 05:16
  • Bear right onto Watagan Forest Road. for: 11.17 km time: 26:43
Stoney Ridge Picnic Area to Jerrys Point
Driving: 14 km
Heading: 193°
Avg Speed: 24.64 km/hr
EST Time: 34:05
  • Drive south on Watagan Forest Road. for: 7.41 km time: 17:48
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Watagan Forest Road for: 0.04 km time: 00:06
  • Turn left to stay on Watagan Forest Road. for: 6.53 km time: 15:41
  • Turn left onto Jerrys Point Road. for: 0.02 km time: 00:30
Jerrys Point to Jilliby
Driving: 7.1 km
Heading: 114°
Avg Speed: 24.86 km/hr
EST Time: 17:08
  • Drive west on Jerrys Point Road. for: 0.02 km time: 00:30
  • Make a sharp left onto Watagan Forest Road. for: 1.2 km time: 03:00
  • Turn right to stay on Watagan Forest Road. for: 5.88 km time: 13:38
Jilliby to Wyong
Driving: 5.65 km
Heading: 127°
Avg Speed: 49.15 km/hr
EST Time: 06:53
  • Drive east on Watagan Forest Drive. for: 0.1 km time: 00:23
  • Turn right onto Jilliby Road. for: 1.6 km time: 01:34
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Hue Hue Road for: 1.75 km time: 01:35
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Alison Road for: 1.52 km time: 01:42
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Anzac Avenue for: 0.23 km time: 00:22
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Anzac Avenue for: 0.15 km time: 00:17
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Anzac Avenue for: 0.14 km time: 00:23
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Anzac Avenue for: 0.13 km time: 00:27
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Pacific Highway for: 0.04 km time: 00:12
Distance is 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.

What to See

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

Facilities

Where to Stay

Services & Supplies

No Services & Supplies available for this trek

Wildflowers

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