Boarding House Dam Circuit
Awabakal Country

30 min to 45 min

1.7 km
circuit

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Moderate track
This is a cool walk on a hot day. Take your time exploring the rock formations along the creek, before finding the moss wall. Walk alongside the moss wall to its end, and then follow a track through moist rainforest back to the dam. A pleasant relaxed walk starting and finishing from the Boarding House Dam picnic area. 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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Boarding House Dam Picnic area near Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Large tree stump at Board House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track towards Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Looking at Boarding House Dam Picnic area near Watagans Forest road in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Boarding House Dam Picnic area in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boarding House dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boarding House Dam near Watagans Forest Rd in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Creek and rock formations in Boarding House Creek in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boarding House dam creek and timber bridge in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Timber bridge across creek at Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock formations and creek in the Boarding House Creek in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Small waterfall in the Boarding House Dam Creek in the Watagans.. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock with creek beyond near Watagan Forest Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rock formations and a small waterfall near the Boarding House Dam picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber track marker near the moss wall in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moist forest near the Moss Wall in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Forest near the Moss Wall close to Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moss Wall near the Board House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber bridge near the Moss Wall in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber bridge in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Close up of moss on the moss wall near Boarding House Dam near Watagan Forest Road in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber bridge near the creek and moss wall in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek and pool underneath the moss wall in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber bridge over the Boarding House Creek near the Watagan Forest Rd in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber steps close to Moss Wall near the Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber steps and bridge near the Moss Wall in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of Boarding House Dam from bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rock formations and creek near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Timber bridge near Boarding House Dam in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
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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 (-32.9982645,151.4056592)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to Freemans Drive Exit then drive for 510 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn right onto Freemans Drive and drive for another 4.6 km
  • Turn right onto Mount Faulk Road and drive for another 10.6 km
  • Continue onto Heaton Road and drive for another 205 m
  • Continue onto Watagan Forest Road and drive for another 2.7 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Boarding House Dam Road and drive for another 630 m
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the boarding house dam picnic area, this walk follows the track gently up timber steps, keeping the very large tree stump and dam on your right. This walk follows the track (with a concrete dam on the right) for about 45m, before descending gently on a track and timber steps for about 30m, until coming to a three-way intersection, with a track (on the left) and footbridge (on the right).....
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Start.
After 35 m find the "Boarding House Dam Picnic Area" (15 m on your left).
Boarding House Dam Picnic Area
Boarding House Dam Picnic Area

The boarding house dam picnic area in the Watagans National Park offers a relaxed spot to have a picnic amongst large gum trees, combined with a walk to the dam and moss wall. The picnic area is surrounded by a wide, sleepy creek that has been widened by the dam. There are a number of sheltered picnic tables, barbeques, a toilet, and water (treat water before use - water maybe unavailable). The dam was built in 1952 for fire fighting and recreational use. The area was established in the 1850s as a logging camp, as part of the Barnier Timber Lease. Now it is a great picnic area,
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The boarding house dam picnic area in the Watagans National Park offers a relaxed spot to have a picnic amongst large gum trees, combined with a walk to the dam and moss wall. The picnic area is surrounded by a wide, sleepy creek that has been widened by the dam. There are a number of sheltered picnic tables, barbeques, a toilet, and water (treat water before use - water maybe unavailable). The dam was built in 1952 for fire fighting and recreational use. The area was established in the 1850s as a logging camp, as part of the Barnier Timber Lease. Now it is a great picnic area,

After another 70 m turn left.
After another 280 m find the "Moss Wall" (15 m on your right).
Moss Wall
Moss Wall

This 120m-long stretch of moss-covered rock wall overlooks Boarding House Creek (close to Watagans Forest Rd) and is well worth the walk. The moss wall and surrounding creek side is an enchanting spot to explore, particularly on a hot summer's day.
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This 120m-long stretch of moss-covered rock wall overlooks Boarding House Creek (close to Watagans Forest Rd) and is well worth the walk. The moss wall and surrounding creek side is an enchanting spot to explore, particularly on a hot summer's day.

After another 220 m turn right.
After another 500 m turn right.
After another 500 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to the end.
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Boarding House Dam Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.7 km
Time 30 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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