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Forestry Hut

Werakata National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Forestry Hut.

Getting there and parking

Forestry Hut is in the northern precinct of Werakata National Park. To get there:

  • From Cessnock follow Kurri Road towards Abermain
  • Turn left onto Old Maitland Road
  • Forestry Hut is on your left approximately 5km after the Ironbark Road turnoff

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Forestry Hut.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

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.

Spring

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 .

Summer

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

Winter

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.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 32°C

Highest recorded

44.4°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

-4.2°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

148.8mm

Facilities

There is no mobile reception in this park.

Drinking water

Drinking water is not available in this area so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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 + 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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

  •  This area can be accessed with some difficulty

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.

Forestry Hut

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Forestry Hut, Werakata National Park. Photo: John Spencer