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Circuit walking track

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Alerts for Watagans National Park: closed areas


Updated: 01/05/2015 05:08 PM

“The walk is short but terrific. The moss-covered rock wall is particularly stunning and worth the hike alone.”

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.


Getting there

Getting there:

Circuit walking track is in the Boarding House Dam area of Watagans National Park. To get there:

  • Take the Cessnock (Freemans Waterhole) exit off the F3
  • Turn right onto Freemans Drive, Cooranbong, then turn right into Mount Faulk Road.
  • Turn left into Watagans Forest Drive
  • Turn right into Boarding House Dam Road
  • The circuit walking track starts at the Boarding House Dam picnic area

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD (no long vehicle access) - 4WD required in wet weather


Parking is available at the Boarding House Dam picnic area.

Important info


620m (loop)

Time suggested:

30 minutes



You should know:

  • 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

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- Alerts

Watagans National Park

closed areas

This park is closed due to severe storm damage, downed trees and powerlines, and impassable roads. The park is not expected to open until mid-May, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Lakes Area office on (02) 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
(Ends Wednesday 20 May)

Treefall, Watagans National Park