Wootton Historic Railway Walk

New South Wales

Wootton Historical Railway Walk is located in Wang Wauk State Forest just north of Bulahdelah. This six kilometre walk starts off at Sam's Camp Picnic Area, with Wang Wauk Forest Way marking its halfway point. The first section of the walk takes in rainforest and cleared, grassy areas used by logging vehicles in the early 1900s. The walk follows significant remnants of old logging railways and mossy bridges, passing by waterfalls, creeks and through gully rainforest and magnificent regrowth flooded gums, before finishing at the remains of what-was-once a Trestle Bridge.
UPDATE: The second half of the walk is impassable, by car or walking on road only.

Bird Watching
Dogs Permitted
Rainforest

Getting there

Travel along Wootton Way (old paciffic highway) near Bulahdelah. Turn on to Squires road and travel west for 4.5kms to Sam's Camp which is where you'll find the start of the walk.

Maps

Wang Wauk state forest

Route/Trail notes

The first 3kms winds through dry rainforest past creeks, a little waterfall, mossy bridges and an old railway section from the 1900's. Most of the track is easy to differentiate but there are little in the way of markings and you may get wet feet crossing the gullies in the wetter times. There is an abundance of birds and wildlife. A forestry road marks the halfway point. Here you can double back or walk the road back to Sams camp. I strongly suggest you do this. It's a nice little walk!

UPDATE: The second half of the track after the forestry road to the "old trestle bridge" (aka a few mossy collapsed logs) is impassible and can only be done by road. But is not worth it in my opinion.

Permits/Costs

Free

Other References

http://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit/forests/wang-wauk

http://www.wootton.org.au/documents/railway1.pdf

Comments

A beautiful little rainforest walk. About 4.5-5km into walk the track was cut off by a fallen tree. I probably could have continued if I didn't have the kids with me. A great walk for kids and dogs also. The dirt track on the way in would be easily accessible by any car.

Jodii on 27 Sep, 2018

Went back to try the second half of the track by driving to the bridge end of the track. It is completely overgrown and impassible, so the road is the only way to get there. The bridge is just some logs laying in a creek where it use to be so not worth the visit. But the first section to the halfway point road from Sam's camp being 6km return is a nice little dog friendly walk.

Lyric on 10 Apr, 2017

I did this walk on a 40+ degree day but it was much nicer in amongst the trees. I only completed the first 3km section then returned to Sams camp via the road. That part of the track was easy to follow and is clearly at least sometimes maintained as fallen trees had been cleared. I haven't done the second section yet but plan to in future by driving to the halfway point in case that section of track isn't as well maintained. I took my dog with me and we had a great walk.

Lyric on Feb, 2017

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