Great North Walk: Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock
Awabakal Country

1 h 45 min to 2 h

3.8 km
oneway

↑ 348 m
↓ -77 m

Hard track
This walk starts on Watagan Creek Road and soon crosses the lovely Watagan Creek. From this point, the walk leaves the Watagan valley and climbs steeply up the bush track through forest. The walk then travels on dirt road, passing a campsite and rest area, before arriving soon afterwards at the unfenced Flat Rock Lookout. Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. An enjoyable walk, offering pleasant walking through forest and an outstanding viewpoint. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Watagan Creek Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
'Laguna' gate on Watagan Creek Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
'Laguna' gate on Watagan Creek Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Passing through farmland south of Watagan Creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
GNW gate and electric fence box south of Watagan Creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing Watagan Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing Watagan Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Farmland near Watagan Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Watagan Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Please shut the gate north of Watagan Creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Tree-covered bank near farmland Watagan Creek valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Meandering track Watagan Creek valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Clear track on north slope of Watagan Creek valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber steps on a steep hill Watagan Creek valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea sp) south of Langans Rd Watagan State Forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Langans Rd Watagan State Forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Langans Rd Watagan State Forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Langans Rd meets Cabans Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walkers Rest Area Langans Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
BBQ at Walkers Rest Area Langans Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Langans Rd south of Flat Rock Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Flat Rock Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Valley views from Flat Rock Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View from Flat Rock Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The fenced-off cliffs near Flat Rock Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Watagan Creek valley to the north-east Flat Rock Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Flat Rock Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.0284246,151.2734063)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to Mandalong Road Off - Ramp then drive for 460 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Turn right onto Deaves Road and drive for another 3.8 km
  • Turn left onto Freemans Drive and drive for another 970 m
  • Turn left onto Martinsville Road and drive for another 4.5 km
  • Turn left onto Watagan Road and drive for another 7.1 km
  • Turn slight right onto Watagan Forest Road and drive for another 3.5 km
  • Keep left onto Wollombi Forest Road and drive for another 3.6 km
  • Turn right onto Wollombi Forest Road and drive for another 7.9 km
Finish Flat Rock Lookout (-33.0032757,151.2720173)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow along the dirt Watagans Creek Road over the small rise, while keeping the main valley to your right. The road soon come to an intersection, marked with a GNW arrowpost with a track and paddock gate (with 'Laguna' sign) on the right.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post down the short but steep road embankment, and passes through the paddock gate (with a 'Laguna' sign on it). The walk continues gently downhill across farmland for about 200m, until coming to, and heading through, a paddock gate with a 'Great North Walk' sign (and a yellow electric fence box).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Watagan Creek Campsite (about 130 m back from the start).
Watagan Creek Campsite
Watagan Creek Campsite

This is a Great North Walk signposted campsite, with plenty of room for a few tents but providing minimal facilities ie. no water, toilets or tables. There is, however, a bench and room for a fire.
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This is a Great North Walk signposted campsite, with plenty of room for a few tents but providing minimal facilities ie. no water, toilets or tables. There is, however, a bench and room for a fire.

Find the Great North Walk at the start.
Find the Great North Walk at the start.
After another 1.1 km pass the "Great North Walk".
After another 930 m pass the "Great North Walk" (on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 800 m (at the intersection of Langans Road & Hearns Road) continue straight, to head along Langans Road.
After another 560 m pass the "Great North Walk" (5 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (8 m on your left).
After another 80 m find the "Great North Walk Campsite" (10 m on your left).
Great North Walk Campsite
Great North Walk Campsite

This neat little signposted campsite consists of a brick fireplace with a couple of basic wooden seats and some room for a few tents. There is no water available at this campsite.
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This neat little signposted campsite consists of a brick fireplace with a couple of basic wooden seats and some room for a few tents. There is no water available at this campsite.

After another 210 m turn right.
After another 10 m find the "Flat Rock Lookout" (45 m on your left).
Flat Rock Lookout
Flat Rock Lookout

Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. There are, however, no fences or safety railings at the lookout, so walkers will need to exercise extra caution.
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Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. There are, however, no fences or safety railings at the lookout, so walkers will need to exercise extra caution.

After another 9 m come to "Flat Rock Lookout".
Continue another 0 m to find Flat Rock Lookout at the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Great North Walk: Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.8 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 2 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.3 km apart with the largest gap of 3.6 km.

Seat: There is one 3.5 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Campsite
-132 mWatagan Creek Campsite
Campsite
3.6 kmGreat North Walk Campsite
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