(0km) Yarramalong Track Head → Int of Brush Creek and Ravensdale Roads
(3.3km) Int of Brush Creek and Ravensdale Roads → Cedar Brush Track Head
2 hrs 21 mins
(10.96km) Cedar Brush Track Head → Int of GNW track & Kingtree Ridge Fire Road
(12.94km) Int of GNW track & Kingtree Ridge Fire Road → GNW rest area
(13.06km) GNW rest area → Int of Kingtree Ridge & Walkers Ridge Roads
1 hr 4 mins
(16.43km) Int of Kingtree Ridge and Walkers Ridge Roads → Int of Great North Walk and Walkers Ridge Road
(16.81km) Int of GNW & Walkers Ridge Road → Int of GNW & an unsealed road
(17.18km) Int of GNW AND an unsealed road → Int of GNW AND Lyrebird trail
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post east along the narrow track, which soon bends left and crosses the trail (just below the last intersection). Here, this walk follows the GNW arrow post moderately steeply downhill along the track, and down some stone steps for about 50m. The walk continues for about 700m along the side of the hill. Here the track leads steeply downhill, down a series of timber and rock steps for another 150m, to find a T-intersection with the ‘Lyrebird Trail’, also marked with a ‘Basin camping area’ sign.
(18.46km) Int of GNW tracks AND Lyrebird Trail → Basin Campsite
Continue straight: From the intersection on the saddle, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker gently downhill heading west (directly away from ‘The Basin Camping Area’ sign). The walk continues through tall open forest for about 300m, until coming to the large open clearing and Basin campsite.
End of day 1
(20.66km) Basin Campsite → Wollombi Brook Pool
1 hr 1 mins
Continue straight: From the intersection at the edge of the saddle, this walk follows the GNW arrow east and gently downhill. The track leads downhill to come close to Wollombi Brook (on your left), where the track gently undulates as it leads into the dense vine and mossy forest for about 1.2km. Then over the next 700m or so, the track leads past a few sandstone caves and crosses a few small creeks to come to a signposted three-way intersection with ‘The Great North Walk’ and the ‘Lyrebird Trail’ track, where a sign points back to ‘Basin Camping Area’.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Lyrebird Trail’ & ‘The Great North Walk’ sign , north along the track whilst keeping the valley to your left. The walk leads through the dense forest for about 250m, until crossing a mossy creek with many small boulders. This creek may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. On the other side of this side creek, the walk comes to the edge of the delightful Wollombi Brook Pool (on the left, at the junction of this side creek and Wollombi Brook).
Wollombi Brook Pool
(23.14km) Wollombi Brook Pool → End of Wild Boar Road
(23.69km) End of Wild Boar Road → Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd
1 hr 9 mins
(26.73km) Int of GNW track & Pig and Sow Ridge Rd → End of Kangaroo Point Road
(27.7km) End of Kangaroo Point Road → Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road
(28.99km) Int of Kangaroo Point & Murrays Forest Road → Int of Murrays Forest Road & GNW track
(29.13km) Int of Murrays Forest Road and the Great North Walk → Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail
Continue straight: From the rest area, this walk follows the track down along the ridge line. The track winds steeply down into a saddle, where the track flattens out to lead through thicker green forest to the intersection with the narrow Bar Trail.
(30.01km) Int of Great North Walk and Bar trail → Int of Bar trail and Warrawolong Road
(30.87km) Int of Bar trail and Warrawolong Road → Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads
(31.23km) Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads → Mt Warrawolong Fire Tower
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the upper trail past the ‘Authorised Vehicles Only’ sign. After about 200m, the walk heads around a locked gate then continues moderately steeply uphill, winding up the hill for about 1.5km to come to a large flat clearing and the tall fire tower at the top of Mt Warrawolong. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Veer left.
(31.23km) Int of Turners and Warrawolong Roads → Signposted Rest Area
Watagan Creek Campsite
(33.57km) Signposted Rest Area → Int of GNW track & Watagan Creek Road(southside)
Maps for the Yarramalong to Watagan Creek via Basin Campsite walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Murrays Run||1:25 000 Map Series||91314N MURRAYS RUN||NSW-91314N|
|Dooralong||1:25 000 Map Series||91311S DOORALONG||NSW-91311S|
|Morisset||1:25 000 Map Series||91311N MORISSET||NSW-91311N|
|Gosford||1:100 000 Map Series||9131 GOSFORD||9131|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
16km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 11km has short steep hills. The remaining (6km) is very steep.
Quality of track
13km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 13km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (8km) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 22km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 12km is clearly signposted.
17km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 17km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (280m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 34km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
19km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 12km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (2.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
This section of the Great North Walk makes a good walk to a comfortable campsite, with the section along the Lyrebird Trail by the Wollombi Brook being particularly recommended. From the Cedar Brush track head, the walk winds up into the Olney State Forest through bushland (crossing over two moist gullies). Once most of your height is gained, this walk follows unsealed road before dropping down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here, the walk follows bush tracks along Lyrebird Trail and to the Basin Campsite.
Total climbing: 590m
9.7 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Cedar Brush track head and winds up into the Olney State Forest, following bushtracks and service trails down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here, the walk heads south along the Lyre Bird trail to the Basin Campsite. The Basin Campsite provides more than enough space for large groups to camp, as well as a picnic shelter, fire place and a toilet. It is a fair drive around for the car shuffle, but a nice walk into the campsite.
Total climbing: 590m
9.7 km One way
Starting at the quaint Yarramalong township, this walk follows a couple of rural roads to the Cedar Brush Trackhead. This is the longest road stretch on the Great North Walk. Some people see this is a road slog and either grab a lift or power walk it, others see it as an opportunity to stroll through the country side. However you choose to undertake this section of the walk I encourage you to enjoy the valley views and soak up the vibe on the semi secluded rural valley community.
Total climbing: 241m
11 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Basin campsite in the Olney State Forest and winds north into the Watagans, via the Warrawolong Flora Reserve. This walk also offers a side trip from Turners Road up to the top of Mt Warrawolong, which is the highest point along the Great North Walk. The walk finishes at the Watagan Creek Road and gives a nice opportunity for that quiet drive in the country.
Total climbing: 784m
13 km One way
This varied walk travels north through the Watagans. Leaving the Basin campsite behind, the walk traverses the Wollombi Brook via the Lyrebird trail. The Wollombi Brook Pool is a great spot to stop (and take a swim) on a hot day. From the pool, the walk climbs into the Warrawolong Flora Reserve using a combination of bush tracks and dirt roads. Along the way, a side trip to Mt Warrawolong offers views on the way to the highest point in the area. This walk finishes by descending into the beautiful Watagan Valley.
Total climbing: 784m
13 km One way
This walk follows the Great North Walk from Greta road to the Cedar Brush track head, via the Bumble Hill Dray track and the Yarramalong General Store. While most of this walk is on the road, it does provide a good, mostly level bushwalk and a great stroll along a quiet country road, through a pleasant rural community. The Yarramalong general store is a great place to stop for lunch. Yarramalong is worth exploring, and the historic church is worth a look.
Total climbing: 547m
17 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
This three day walk starts at the Somersby General Store and follows the Great North Walk, heading north, into the the Jilliby State Conservation Area where the first nights campsite is at Stringy Bark Point. The walk continues north, out of the Conservation Area, to Yarramalong for the second night, and further north into the Olney State Forest, finishing at the Basin Campsite.
Total climbing: 2032m
47.4 km One way
This four day walk starts at the Basin Campsite, in the Olney State Forest, and follows the Great North Walk, heading north. The walk passes through to the Watagan State Forest and into the Congewai Valley, continuing east into the Watagan National Park and all the way through to Heaton Gap. The three campsites can be found along the ridgeline before dropping down into the Congewai Valley, at the Barraba campsite, and at the Watagan Forestry H.Q campsite on the corner of Watagan and Bakers Roads in the Watagan National Park.
Total climbing: 3206m
60.5 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This section of the Great North Walk explores the rural area of Kulnura as you walk along the roads before heading along the historic Bumble Hill Dray track. This track leads you along the edge of ridge mostly through an open dry eucalypt forests and occasionally through moist ferny gullies as well as leading you alongside the base of a tall rock wall. Bumble Hill Dray track was cut during the mid 1800’s to allow teams of bullocks to haul felled cedar to Mangrove Creek, where a barge would take it to Sydney. The oxen are now long gone, but this is a great way to lead into the small Yarramlong township.
Total climbing: 336m
8.1 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk explores a section of the historic Bumble Hill Dray track. You will walk along the edge of ridge mostly through an open dry eucalypt forests and occasionally through moist ferny gullies as well as alongside the base of a tall rock wall. Bumble Hill Dray track was cut during the mid 1800’s to allow teams of bullocks to haul felled cedar to Mangrove Creek, where a barge would take it to Sydney. The oxen are now long gone, but this is a great way to lead into the small Yarramalong township.
Total climbing: 277m
5.6 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This pleasant walk explores the rural valleys and a beautiful section of Jilliby State Conservation Area. Starting at Ourimbah Valley Trackhead you walk into Hidden valley along the dirt road, to then follow a trail beside Ourimbah Creek to Stringy Bark Point. This is a pleasant mossy area with many ferns and near a wide sandy section of Ourimbah Creek. A bit further on you cross Ourimbah Creek then walk up the ridge to the dirt Tooheys Road. From here you walk along the little used dirt road to Forest Road, passing through the tall eucalypt forest and through the Tuggerah Lake Field Archers club area. A side trip at the end of this walk gives you the option of staying at Forest Park.
Total climbing: 528m
11.2 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
This pleasant walk explores the rural valleys and a beautiful section of Jilliby State Conservation Area. Starting at Ourimbah Valley Trackhead you walk into Hidden valley along the dirt road, to then follow a trail beside Ourimbah Creek to Stringy Bark Point. This is a pleasant mossy area with many ferns and near a wide sandy section of Ourimbah Creek. A bit further on you cross Ourimbah Creek then walk up the ridge to the dirt Tooheys Road. After turning off the old Tooheys Rd the Great North Walk leads along a narrow track and across the mossy and delightful Dead Horse Creek. The track then meanders through a heath and scribbly gum forest to Cherry Lane. After about a 1.5km road slog this walk leads you to a GNW trackhead on Great Rd.
Total climbing: 730m
15 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
This two day (or ten hour) walk follows several historic roads, now closed to traffic. Starting with a walk down to Dubbo Gully and past an old cemetery, you will then explore some old farms before coming to Simpsons Track. Here, head up the hill to come to the Ten Mile Hollow Campsite. The next day you will follow the Old Great North Road to Clare’s Bridge (second oldest bridge on mainland Australia). A bit further along the Old Great North Road, you then head down Donny’s track and return to the start via Dubbo Gully. A great way to explore the history and beauty of the area.
Total climbing: 1117m
24.3 km Circuit
An interesting walk with some great scenery, going to the small and interesting, historic cemetery at Upper Mangrove. Evidence of Aboriginal activity in the area stretches back at least 5000 years. Early European settlement in the area was concerned with timber, and produce farming, before the area also became established as a stop-off for travelers on the Great North Road.
Total climbing: 450m
7.2 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
Starting with a walk through the streets of urban Somerbsy, you soon leave the farms and head into Palm Grove Nature Reserve. First you will follow the signposted track down the open dry ridge to the dense rainforest. In this valley you can explores the moist rainforest with towering Eucalypts, Strangler Fig trees, Cabbage Palms and a tangle of vines. From here walk up the rocky track to another dry ridge, where you can follow a side trip to a flat clearing and designated campsite. From near the campsite the track winds down through another moist forest and past more Cabbage Palms before coming to the signposted Ourimbah Valley Trackhead on Ourimbah Creek Road.
Total climbing: 194m
6 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Somersby General Store and winds north, through the Jilliby State Conservation Area, and finishes at the corner of Greta Road and Cherry Lane. At just under 20km, this full day walk explores the Palm Grove, Hidden Valley and Ourimba Creek tracks, winding around the Tuggerah Lake field archery range and following the outside edge of a farming property.
Total climbing: 924m
21.1 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk starts form the Somersby General Store and follows the Great North Walk north into the Jilliby State Conservation Area to Stringy Bark Point campsite. On day two, the walk continues north through the forest and around the back of some farmland to Cherry Lane, and along the Bumble Hill Dray track, to Yarramalong village.
Total climbing: 1201m
26.7 km One way
This walk from the Banksia picnic area, to the Strickland Falls, includes a fantastic variety of forest scenery. The falls themselves are often just a trickle, although the scenery in the area makes the walk well worthwhile. The cliff lines and boulders around the falls are interesting and there are pockets of rainforest in the shaded valleys, dominated by cabbage palm trees.
Total climbing: 87m
1.7 km Return
This excellent loop walk combines the Strickland Falls and Cabbage Tree loop walks. The walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia Picnic Area and soon descends into lush green rainforest remnants, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. The walk includes some great scenery along the base of the cliff line and around the falls, although the falls themselves are often just a trickle. A great way to see some of the beautiful scenery of the Strickland State Forest.
Total climbing: 221m
3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
A beautiful walk from the Banksia picnic area. This walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest, typical of the hilltops in the area, and descends to areas of lush forest, filled with cabbage tree palms and ferns. Some interesting boulder outcrops and the great variety of vegetation just add to the scenery on this excellent walk.
Total climbing: 115m
1.7 km Circuit
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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Special Maps/ brochures
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