O’Hares Creek lookout walking track

Dharawal National Park

Overview

Gather the family and head to O’Hares Creek lookout walking track in Dharawal National Park, south of Campbelltown and near Appin. It’s a great getaway with scenic views and birdwatching.

Where
Dharawal National Park
Accessibility
Easy
Distance
2.8km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 1
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching.

If you're looking for a quick getaway amongst pristine bushland without having to travel far, visit O’Hares Creek lookout walking track in Dharawal National Park, just south of Campbelltown. A flat and easy family friendly walk, enjoy a breath of fresh air on a day out, with birdwatching opportunities and scenic gorge views once you reach the end.

Following a flat bitumen track, keep an eye out for goannas and wallabies as you pass through open woodland full of tall scribbly gums and red bloodwoods. This walking track takes you to O'Hares Creek lookout, where you’ll discover deep gorges and a rugged landscape carved from Hawkesbury sandstone.

Spring is a great time to visit; the windswept heathland bursts with colour, attracting nectar-loving birds such as the new Holland honeyeater. Bring along a sandwich and if you’ve worked up an appetite, you can enjoy a light lunch while taking in the scenic views from the lookout.

Take a virtual tour of O’Hares Creek lookout walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/ohares-creek-lookout-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about O’Hares Creek lookout walking track.

Track grading

Grade 1

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

    1hr 30min - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    2.8km return

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Well-formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    O'Hares Creek lookout walking track is in the Wedderburn precinct of Dharawal National Park. To get there:

    • From Appin Road, turn onto Woodland Road at St Helens Park and continue for 1.4km.
    • Turn right onto Karrabul Road and drive for 300m before continuing on Wedderburn Road for 4.6km
    • Turn right onto Minerva Road and follow for 1.2km. Continue on Lysaght Road for 1.2km.
    • Turn left onto Victoria Road and drive for 700m. Park near entrance gate.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available near the entrance gate to O'Hares Creek lookout walking track.

    Best times to visit

    Dharawal National Park is a great place to visit all year round. Head to the park for a refreshing dip during summer, a weekend picnic in the winter sun, some wildflower spotting during spring or an autumn walk or bike ride.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    42°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6°C and 16°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.6°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    254.5mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    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).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - easy

    • The flat bitumen track heads through woodland to a raised steel mesh lookout. It's suitable for wheelchairs, prams, and visitors with limited mobility.
    • There's a seat opposite the start of the track, to rest before or after the walk.

    Easy access is free of obstacles such as steps, rough terrain or significant slopes, and may have ramps or boardwalks.

    Prohibited

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    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.

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in this park. Find out more about pets in parks.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Appin (31 km)

    Follow the 'Burragorang and Bushrangers' drive from Picton through Oakdale, Nattai, The Oaks, Mount Hunter and then via Razorback Lookout to Picton.

    www.sydney.com

    Jindabyne (46 km)

    For those heading to the Snowy Mountains snowfields, Jindabyne is a great place to hire or buy all of your skiing and snowboarding essentials from equipment to fashion.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Tumut (97 km)

    Tumut is a country town on the northern foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The Rolling valleys, mountain streams and alpine mountain ranges make it popular for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    O’Hares Creek lookout walking track is in Dharawal National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A crucial catchment

    10B Management trail, Dharawal National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

    O'Hares Creek catchment, on the Register of the National Estate is home to 17 vulnerable, rare or threatened species, and feeds the park's eucalypt forest, woodland, heathland, and sedgeland habitats. More than 500 plant species occur within the park, providing a home to a wide range of animals, including koalas and long-nosed potoroos, swamp wallabies, eastern wallaroos, New Holland honeyeaters and countless birds.

    • Maddens Falls Enjoy scenic waterfall views at Maddens Falls lookout near Helensburgh, a great reward after a long bushwalk and the perfect place for birdwatching and photography.
    • O’Hares Creek lookout walking track Gather the family and head to O’Hares Creek lookout walking track in Dharawal National Park, south of Campbelltown and near Appin. It’s a great getaway with scenic views and birdwatching.

    Ancient landscapes

    Iluka Creek, Dharawal National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Dharawal National Park is the traditional land of the Dharawal Aboriginal people. Their long connection with this Country; the land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in it feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture and are associated with Dreaming stories and cultural learning that is passed on today. The park protects several ancient Aboriginal sites, including drawings and axe-grinding grooves.

    • Jingga walking track Jingga walking track, in Dharawal National Park, is a short yet challenging walk to a waterhole, offering picnic and birdwatching opportunities.
    • Minerva Pool walking track Minerva Pool walking track winds through the traditional country of the Aboriginal Dharawal People. Enjoy a short bushwalk and then picnic at Minerva Pool, in Dharawal National Park, near Campbelltown.

    Inspiring scenery

    Maddens Falls, Dharawal National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Prepare to be awed by the beautiful dense vegetation and rugged Hawkesbury sandstone that dominates the park's landscape. Set off on a bushwalk to discover eucalypt and shale forests, stunted woodlands and windswept heath. Explore further to find patches of rainforest and extensive sedgeland amongst the scenic terrain.

    • 10B cycling trail 10B cycling trail in Dharawal National Park offers excellent easy cycling for enthusiastic bike riders, with a picturesque picnic spot along the way.
    • Minerva Pool walking track Minerva Pool walking track winds through the traditional country of the Aboriginal Dharawal People. Enjoy a short bushwalk and then picnic at Minerva Pool, in Dharawal National Park, near Campbelltown.
    • O'Hares Creek lookout For great gorge views near Campbelltown and Wollongong in southern Sydney, O'Hares Creek lookout in Dharawal National Park offers breathtaking scenery and birdwatching along a family-friendly walking track.

    Park history

    Maddens Falls, Dharawal National Park. Photo: Lucas Boyd

    Dharawal was proclaimed a national park in 2012 following significant community involvement. Previously, it operated as a state conservation area and, before this, a water catchment area managed by Sydney Water. Seventy years of restricted public access has kept the area largely undisturbed, so pristine surroundings await you on your visit.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

      Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

      The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

    • Peron's tree frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni)

      Peron’s tree frog is found right across NSW. These tree-climbing and ground-dwelling Australian animals can quickly change colour, ranging from pale green-grey by day, to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. The male frog has a drill-like call, which has been described as a 'maniacal cackle’.

    • Sugar glider. Photo: Jeff Betteridge

      Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)

      The sugar glider is a tree-dwelling Australian native marsupial, found in tall eucalypt forests and woodlands along eastern NSW. The nocturnal sugar glider feeds on insects and birds, and satisfies its sweet tooth with nectar and pollens.

    • Southern boobook. Photo: David Cook

      Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)

      The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.

    • Eastern water dragon. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii)

      The eastern water dragon is a subaquatic lizard found in healthy waterways along eastern NSW, from Nowra to halfway up the Cape York Pensinsula. It’s believed to be one of the oldest of Australian reptiles, remaining virtually unchanged for over 20 million years.

    Environments in this park

    Education resources (1)

    O'Hares Creek lookout walking track, Dharawal National Park. Photo: V Harnadi