Watagan Creek Rd to Flat Rock (GNW)

New South Wales
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This walk starts on Watagan Creek Road and soon crosses the lovely Watagan Creek. From this point, the walk leaves the Watagan valley and climbs steeply up the bush track through forest. The walk then travels on dirt road, passing a campsite and rest area, before arriving soon afterwards at the unfenced Flat Rock Lookout. Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. An enjoyable walk, offering pleasant walking through forest and an outstanding viewpoint.

511m
Maximum Elevation
550m
Total Climb

Getting there

Start at (around 1522 - 1560) Watagan Creek Rd, Laguna NSW. 

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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/watagans/watagan-creek-road-to-flat-rock.html

https://youtu.be/H8G9cnEYWdM

 

Comments

This is a nice country walk and Flatrock is a very beautiful lookout, however I ran into an issue accessing this the start of the walk. Initially I tried driving down Watagan Creek Rd from the East / Olney Watagan side. My standard 2WD has been able to handle the main unpaved roads of Olney / Watagan but the state of Watagan Creek Rd on this end was absolutely horrible and incredibly dangerous (several blows to the undercarriage, surprised it came out in one piece). When I was almost at the bottom I came across a 4WD heading up (I wasn't the only one who headed down the road). The driver stated the bridge was down and impassable, apparently a boulder is also obstructing access. After almost an hour drive around the valley, the road was clear through the Laguna end. Upon returning and doing an Internet search, it appears bureaucratic and cost issues are preventing the road and bridge from being repaired. Since these repairs do not seem part of the foreseeable future I have lodged a request for the department to at least install additional warning signage on the Olney / Watagan side. Hope this helps others avoid that route.

rob.bushman on 16 Apr, 2016

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