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Watagans National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Watagans National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    From Newcastle:

    • Travel south along the F3 Expressway and take the Awaba exit at Ryhope
    • Turn right onto Cessnock Road and then left onto Freemans Drive at Freemans Waterhole
    • Turn right onto Mount Faulk Road from Freemans Drive just after crossing over the F3 expressway for the second time
    • Follow Mount Faulk Road uphill into the park

    From Gosford:

    • Travel north along the F3 Expressway and take the Morriset/Coorangbong exit near Freemans Waterhole
    • Turn left into Freemans Drive, and travel south to Martinsville Road on the left.
    • Follow Martinville Road to Watagan Road on the left and follow uphill to Watagan Forest Road
    • Turn right and follow approximately 6km to the park

    From Cessnock:

    • Travel from Cessnock to Kitchener and Quorrobolong via Quorrobolong Road
    • Turn left into Sandy Creek Road and travel east for 5km
    • Turn right into Heaton Road then onto Watagan Road (unsealed) which will bring you to the northern end of the Watagans

    Park entry points


    Road quality

    The roads in Watagans National Park are unsealed, and only some roads are accessible by 2WD in dry conditions only. For all other roads 4WD vehicles are recommended in all weather conditions. Gates and roads may be temporarily closed to prevent damage when wet. There is no long vehicle access. Please contact Lake Munmorah office on 02 4972 9000 for more information.

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • Most roads require 4WD vehicle

    Weather restrictions

    • Dry weather only

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information

    By public transport

    There is no public transport to Watagans National Park.

    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



    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Basic supplies are available in the local townships of Cooranbong and Morriset.

    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 dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Watagans National Park


    Nearby towns

    Cessnock (18 km)

    Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

    Newcastle (49 km)

    Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

    Gosford (63 km)

    Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.