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Circuit walking track

Watagans National Park

Overview

Circuit walking track is an easy walk near Newcastle. Plunging into rainforest, following the creek as it passes a dramatic moss-covered rock wall, this is a great place to visit.

Where
Watagans National Park
Distance
0.620km loop
Time suggested
30min
Grading
Easy
Price
Free
Please note
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Boarding House Dam picnic area is a popular destination for daytrippers, so parking may be limited.
  • Drinking water is not available on the trail, so please bring your own.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park

Starting at the Boarding House Dam picnic area, Circuit walking track offers you an easy hike along the creek as it threads through pristine native rainforest. Stroll beneath blue gums, grey myrtle and turpentine, keeping an eye out for lyrebirds and an ear open for kookaburras. A dramatic rock wall covered entirely in moss makes for a beautiful spectacle on the trail – so don’t forget the camera.

In summer, the rainforest makes for a cool retreat, with trees and ferns shading the trail from the sun. But for an even cooler one, bring your swimmers along and make your way into the creek or dam at the end of the walk for a paddle. Finish up with a long picnic, taking advantage of the free barbecues on offer.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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