Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road
Awabakal Country

5 h to 6 h
2 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min

12.4 km
oneway

↑ 643 m
↓ -651 m

Hard track
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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Basin campsite with open clearing and picnic tables. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Great North Walk from Basin Campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Wollombi creek Gully track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
path up from Wollombi brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
following the Great North Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
path up from valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
intersection of the Great North Walk and the Bar trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Flora Reserve Ridge rest area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
path up Mt Warramalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
view from path up Mt Warramalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
nearing the top. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fire tower on top of Mt Warrawolong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
trail leading down to Watagan creek road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Watagan creek GNW campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Watagan creek road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.1038846,151.2306714)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom George Downes Drive, 33
  • Turn on to Walkers Ridge Road then drive for 2.2 km
  • Turn left onto Walkers Ridge Road and drive for another 3.7 km
  • Turn left onto Basin Forest Road and drive for another 1.3 km
Finish (-33.0284246,151.2734063)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Basin campsite, this walk follows 'The Great North walk' sign, gently uphill , initially keeping the campsite on your right. The walk continues through tall open forest for about 300m, until coming to a saddle, with a GNW arrow marker (pointing ahead) and a 'The Basin Camping Area' sign (Rock Lilly Trail, on the left).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 10 m pass the car park (10 m on your left).
Then find the "Basin Campsite" (25 m on your left).
Basin Campsite
Basin Campsite

This large campsite sits by Wollombi Brook on the Great North Walk and is accessible by car. The campsite provides a range of facilities such as a pit toilet, picnic tables and chairs, wood BBQs and fireplaces. Water is usually available from the water tank or the nearby creek - treat before use.
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This large campsite sits by Wollombi Brook on the Great North Walk and is accessible by car. The campsite provides a range of facilities such as a pit toilet, picnic tables and chairs, wood BBQs and fireplaces. Water is usually available from the water tank or the nearby creek - treat before use.

Then pass the toilet (40 m on your left).
Then pass the picnic table (15 m on your left).
After another 50 m cross the bridge
After another 270 m continue straight.
After another 1.6 km turn left, to head along Cedar Brush Walk.
After another 660 m find the "Wollombi Brook Pool" (40 m on your left).
Wollombi Brook Pool
Wollombi Brook Pool

The Wollombi Brook pool is located where two creeks come together and is a deep pool surrounded by moist cool forest. On a hot day, this spot would make an ideal resting spot or place for a cooling swim.
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The Wollombi Brook pool is located where two creeks come together and is a deep pool surrounded by moist cool forest. On a hot day, this spot would make an ideal resting spot or place for a cooling swim.

After another 1.4 km (at the intersection of Wild Boar Road & Piglet Point Road) turn left, to head along Wild Boar Road.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Wild Boar Road & Pork Point Road) veer right, to head along Wild Boar Road.
After another 470 m (at the intersection of Wild Boar Road & Bacon Point Road) turn right, to head along Wild Boar Road.
After another 780 m continue straight, to head along Wild Boar Road.
After another 340 m (at the intersection of Kangaroo Point Road & Pig and Sow Ridge Road) continue straight, to head along Kangaroo Point Road.
After another 490 m cross the ford.
After another 1.5 km (at the intersection of Murrays Forest Road & Kangaroo Point Road) turn right, to head along Murrays Forest Road (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Murrays Forest Road.
After another 55 m find the "Mt Warrawolong Campsite" (55 m on your left).
Mt Warrawolong Campsite
Mt Warrawolong Campsite

This relatively small campsite is a flat open clearing a stones throw away from the dirt road with a small fire pit and enough room to comfortably pitch three tents. There is no water available at this campsite so you will need to make sure you have enough to last until you get to the next water source.
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This relatively small campsite is a flat open clearing a stones throw away from the dirt road with a small fire pit and enough room to comfortably pitch three tents. There is no water available at this campsite so you will need to make sure you have enough to last until you get to the next water source.

After another 65 m (at the intersection of Murrays Forest Road & The Bar Trail) continue straight, to head along The Bar Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 75 m veer right.
After another 730 m veer right, to head along The Bar Trail.
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along The Bar Trail.
After another 800 m (at the intersection of Warrawolong Road & The Bar Trail) turn sharp left, to head along Warrawolong Road.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Mt Warrawolong Fire Tower. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn around when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 400 m (at the intersection of Turner's Road & Warrawolong Road) turn right, to head along Turner's Road.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Spinebill Point Road & Turner's Road) veer left, to head along Turner's Road.
After another 710 m continue straight.
After another 490 m come to the viewpoint (20 m on your right).
After another 1 km come to the end.
About 35 m past the end is "Watagan Creek Campsite".
Watagan Creek Campsite
Watagan Creek Campsite

This is a Great North Walk signposted campsite, with plenty of room for a few tents but providing minimal facilities ie. no water, toilets or tables. There is, however, a bench and room for a fire.
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This is a Great North Walk signposted campsite, with plenty of room for a few tents but providing minimal facilities ie. no water, toilets or tables. There is, however, a bench and room for a fire.

About 55 m past the end is "Mt Warrawolong Campsite".

An optional side trip to Mt Warrawolong Fire Tower.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 320 m veer left.
After another 120 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.6 km come to "Mt Warrawolong".
Mt Warrawolong
Mt Warrawolong

At 642m above sea level, Mt Warrawolong is the highest point of the Great North Walk.
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At 642m above sea level, Mt Warrawolong is the highest point of the Great North Walk.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 2.1 km to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 12.4 km
Time 5 h to 6 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 4 on route, on average they are 2.5 km apart with the largest gap of 7.9 km.

Toilet: There is one 10 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Campsite
10 mBasin Campsite
Toilet
10 m[toilet]
Campsite
7.9 kmMt Warrawolong Campsite
Campsite
12.4 kmWatagan Creek Campsite
Camp site
12.5 kmMt Warrawolong Campsite
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