Werakata National Park
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
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
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.
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.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
18°C and 32°C
5°C and 20°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
There is no mobile reception in this park.
Drinking water is not available in this area so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - hard
- This area can be accessed with some difficulty
- Newcastle office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 4946 4100
- 1 Wetlands Place, Shortland NSW 2307