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Deadmans mountain bike loop

Werakata National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Deadmans mountain bike loop.

Getting there and parking

Deadmans mountain bike loop is in the Astills precinct of Werakata National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Maitland Road (B68) towards Abermain
  • Turn left on Old Maitland Road at East Cessnock 
  • Turn left on Ironbark Lane and follow the signs to Astills picnic area
  • Deadmans mountain bike loop starts here


Parking is available at Astills picnic area.

Best times to visit

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


The days are cooler but still sunny in autumn, making it a fabulous time for hitting the cycle trails of Werakata National Park. The Deadmans Loop trail and Astills trail offer easy flat, fun rides for the family.


There are more than 200 different types of animals recorded in Werakata National Park and the nearby State Conservation Area. Spring is a great time to see them. The wildflower displays during spring are a sight to behold .


Pack a picnic lunch and head for the Astills picnic area with its beautiful canopy of gums.


Winter is a great time for bird watching in the park. Werakata is blessed with a huge number of spotted gums, one of only a few winter-flowering eucalypts found near the New South Wales coast.

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Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.




Illegal dumping is prohibited and penalties apply. If you see illegal dumping activity please help NPWS by reporting it to Environment Line: 131 555.


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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