Congewai Valley Trackhead (East) to Watagan Headquarters (GNW)

New South Wales
Many walks are currently closed due to COVID-19. Please,
  • check the walk's official website to confirm if the track is open
  • turn back if it looks like the track is too busy when you get there

This full day walk starts from the Congewai valley trackhead (east) and follows the Great North Walk up into the Watagan National Park. Winding east along Georges road for the most part, this walk also passes many great lookouts and gives the option of a side trip down to the 125r lookout, which provides a great view to the south and nice spot for lunch. The walk finishes at the Watagan Headquarters campsite, which has a fire place and a picnic table.

551m
Maximum Elevation
783m
Total Climb

Getting there

Start at the Great North Walk trackhead on (around street number 1231) Congewai Valley Road, Congewai NSW.  You can also do the track in reverse by starting at Watagan Headquarters (campsite) located corner of Heatons Rd and Bakers Rd Quorrobolong NSW.

As half of the track is fairly smooth unsealed road it is possible to 4WD it half-way, 2WD at your own risk. 

It is possible to mountain bike your way through this trail if the track is done in reverse (starting Watagan HQ), but you'll need to stop at the abandoned logger huts.  Be warned if riding there are quite a few rock gardens to navigate on the later half of the track. 

Maps

Which maps cover the area?

Route/Trail notes

See link below or attached GPS for more info.

Permits/Costs

NIL

Other References

http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/hunter-region/congewai-track-head-east-to-watagan-headquarters.html

https://youtu.be/NV6i36gNNQM

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Guided-tours/classic-great-north-walk-newcastle-to-sydney

http://www.thegreatnorthwalk.com/home

Comments

A long one but it has arguably the most beautiful views of the Great North Walk. The 125r lookout deserves a special mention, this is an off-shoot from the main track but well worth the extra 15 minutes. The first 3km of the track is quite steep but it's pretty flat for the rest. Plenty of wildlife to see, saw a few echidnas and lyrebirds.

The only problem with this walk is access. There's no public transport around the area. Unless you have organised a car shuffle (40 minutes drive one-way) at the start/end of the walk then you're going to have to do this walk return (34km).

rob.bushman on 5 Mar, 2016

Where

Click here to load this map.

Nearby Walks

Done this walk?

This walk has been ticked 1 times

Aussie Bushwalking can keep track of your bushwalks.

Login/signup to tick this walk off.

Tick walks to keep track of where you've been. You must Login to tick walks. Accounts are 100% free so sign up if you don't have one.