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Hastings Forest Way touring route

Willi Willi National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Hastings Forest Way touring route.

Getting there and parking

Hastings Forest Way is in the eastern part of Werrikimbe National Park and the southern part of Willi Willi National Park. It starts in Wauchope and continues up to Brushy Mountain. To get there:

  • From Wauchope, drive through town to the west along the Oxley Highway, turn right towards Beechwood on Beechwood Road, sign posted as Werrikimbe National Park 63kms.
  • At Beechwood, turn right onto Bellangry Road, signposted as Werrikimbe National Park 56km
  • After 17km the road changes from tar to gravel and becomes known as Hastings Forest Way
  • From the start of the gravel travel 37.7km to the intersection of Cockerawombeeba Road and bear right along Hastings Forest Way for 2km. The entrance for Brushy Mountain is on the right.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as Hastings Forest Way can become boggy when it rains.

Parking

Parking is available along the Hastings Forest Way touring route.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Werrikimbe National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Bathe in warm days and huddle around the campfire on cool nights at one of the remote campgrounds.

Spring

See the bushland burst with colour as the spring wildflowers attract a range of birds.

Summer

Escape the crowds and the coastal heat and enjoy walking in cool temperate rainforest.

Winter

Experience crystal clear days and crisp early morning frosts. Listen out for the night-time territorial calls of large forest owls from your tent.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

42.2°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

-5.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

706.8mm

Facilities

  • You'll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water
  • Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park
  • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

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Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Hastings Forest Way touring route

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Hastings Forest Way touring route, Werrikimbe National Park. Photo: John Spencer