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Great North walk - Watagans National Park

Watagans National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Great North walk - Watagans National Park.

Track grading

Grade 5

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    2 - 3hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    10km one-way

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Very experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Great North walk is on Georges Road in the northern precinct of Watagans National Park. To get there:

    • Take Mount Faulk Road for approximately 8km from the park boundary
    • Turn left onto Georges Road

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is limited, as Georges Road is a narrow road. The most appropriate access is via walking the broader Great North walk.

    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

    You'll need to bring your own drinking and cooking water

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    • Check the weather before you set out. It can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you're well-prepared for your visit.
    • Georges Road can become slippery when it rains
    • There's limited mobile reception in this park.

    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.

    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).

    Permitted

    You're encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves if you're planning to cook, especially in summer during fire season.

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park

    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.

    Great North walk - Watagans National Park

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    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.

    Great North walk, Watagans National Park. Photo: John Spencer