Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head (GNW)

New South Wales
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Starting from the grand views of Flat Rock Lookout high on the range, you will walk down into the Congewai Valley below. On the first section of this walk, you will explore a little used dirt road to the Congewai Communication Tower. From here you follow a series of tracks that wind down, steeply in places, through the tall open forest with a scattering of grass trees to the bottom of the range. Now the walk guides you through open farmland before following Congewai Road along main valley to the trackhead near Brown Muir Farm.

511m
Maximum Elevation
180m
Total Climb

Getting there

You can start at either Flat Rock or Congewai Rd end.  Congewai Rd is a dirt road but suitable for 2WD.  The drive to Flat Rock is along remote dirt forest roads. Turn off Wollombi Rd on to Hayes Rd at Millfield. Drive along Hayes Rd for 5.2km (staying right at 2km point), then continue straight along Trig Rd. After another 5km the road bends left and becomes Cabans Rd, where you drive for another 2.5km, to pass the Communications tower, (waypoint 2). Veer left (still on Cabans Rd) for another 3km, then turn left and follow Langans Rd for 800m to find the signposted Flat Rock lookout on your left.

The Lonely Goat Olives section to Congewai Rd is rideable by mountain bike.  Sections of this walk are on private land so please be mindful stay on the track, not litter or make too much noise.  

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Route/Trail notes

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Permits/Costs

NIL

Other References

http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/watagans/flat-rock-to-congewai-valley-east-track-head.html#tn

https://youtu.be/HmsF9KsOzp8

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

http://www.thegreatnorthwalk.com/home

Comments

Quite steep in some areas. Some nice country scenery. Getting to this walk is a bit of a hassle.

Watch out for the red bull ant (Myrmecia gulosa) nest just past the grass gully. These are very aggressive bull ants so if you see one immediately check your surrounding area and your shoes (they will climb up your shoes to sting you). The pain can last over a day.

rob.bushman on 12 Mar, 2016

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