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Monkey Face lookout

Watagans National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Monkey Face lookout.

Getting there and parking

Monkey Face lookout is in the north-eastern section of Watagans National Park. To get there:

  • Take Mount Faulk Road past the entrance of the park and continue north
  • Turn left into Monkey Face Road
  • The lookout is at the end of the road, after veering left past the turnoff to Gap Creek lookout.

Road quality

  • Roads to Monkey Face lookout are narrow, so please be careful of oncoming traffic around blind corners.
  • Check the forecast before you set out as roads may become impassable after heavy rain. For up to date information on road closures, visit the OEH website.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather


Parking is available for the lookout at the adjacent picnic area.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Watagans National Park.


Camp at Gap Creek or Bangalow campground and enjoy a campfire as the sun sets.


Cooling off at Boarding House Dam is especially popular during summer months Enjoy the moist and cool Circuit walking track .


Late winter sees the bloom of Illawara flame trees which can be seen across the valley from Gap Creek lookout Check out the views from the various lookouts, while the air is crisp and clean .

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


16°C and 30°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


5°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



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

Picnic tables


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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).



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


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Monkey Face lookout

Park info

  • in Watagans National Park in the North Coast region
  • Watagans National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather, roads closures or high fire danger.