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The Narrow Place lookout

Watagans National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about The Narrow Place lookout.

Getting there and parking

The Narrow Place lookout is in the far northern precinct of Watagans National Park. To get there:

From the north:

  • Turn off Sandy Creek Road, at Quorrobolong, onto Heaton Road.
  • Follow Heaton Road south, uphill past the cattle grid, to the top of the hill.
  • Turn right onto Georges Road and follow this unsealed trail for 5.6km to the lookout

From the south:

  • Turn off Freemans Drive, at Cooranbong, onto Mount Faulk Road and follow it uphill onto the gravel road.
  • Veer left, past the turn-off to Heaton lookout.
  • Continue past the junction of Watagan Forest Road, to the left and past the Old Watagan Forest headquarters, to the intersection of Georges Road.
  • Turn left onto Georges Road and follow for 5.6km until you reach the lookout

If you're driving, please ensure you use caution when parking at this location as there is a steep vertical drop to the valley below.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to The Narrow Place lookout can become slippery when it rains

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

There is limited parking available at The Narrow Place lookout.

Best times to visit

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

Spring

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

Summer

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

Winter

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

Average

16°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

44°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded

-6.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

December

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

91.4mm

Facilities

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

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

This park is in a remote location, so please remember to bring appropriate clothing and equipment, and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

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.

  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
  • If you're bushwalking in this park, it's a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

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.

The Narrow Place 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.

The Narrow Place lookout, Watagans National Park. Photo: John Spencer