Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout (GNW)

New South Wales
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This scenic walk includes dramatic lookouts and time spent in moist cool forest. The walk initially travels on dirt road past Hunter and MacLean’s Lookout, before descending into the Wallis Creek catchment. Here the walk traverses underneath many cliffs before crossing Wallis Creek and arriving at Heaton Lookout. A recommended walk with car access either end.

493m
Maximum Elevation
363m
Total Climb

Getting there

Start at Watagan Headquarters (camp ground) cnr of Heaton Rd and Baker Rd, Olney NSW.

Maps

Which maps cover the area?

Route/Trail notes

See link and attached GPS file.

Permits/Costs

NIL

Other References

http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/watagans/watagan-headquarters-to-heaton-lookout.html

https://youtu.be/1Z-vqck1WXw

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

http://www.thegreatnorthwalk.com/home

Comments

Retried this section today. The problematic area (fallen tree) I experienced last time has been fully cleared, the path is now visible again :-) I'm impressed how quickly the Department resolved the issue.

Please note the walk is difficult to follow (look for the spray painted trees), make sure you bring GPS. As there are a lot of dips and creek crossings I recommend bringing along a set of trekking poles too.

Despite the comments above, this walk has a couple of fantastic views, lush rainforest areas, two waterfalls and diverse plant and wildlife.

rob.bushman on 24 Jan, 2016

Did the track in reverse and got stuck at a massive fallen tree. There were painted orange arrows on the trees but they led me to a dead end. Tried to navigate around the tree but felt I was heading too far of the clear track. Will attempt this track from the other way next time.

I lodged a complaint with the Department regarding the tree and lack of clear signage, hopefully they do something soon.

rob.bushman on 9 Jan, 2016

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