Watagans National Park
Watagans National Park
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DougoOz
Sydney, Australia13,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
What a stunning Np this area is. We recently busted parts of the Watagans with a family member... thank goodness he had a 4WD although we did see “ regular” sedans / cars driving up there, some of the roads are definitely not suited for anything other than a 4WD IMO.

We visited lookouts at Monkey Face, Gals Credk Lookout, Heaton’s Lookout for fabulous views over the Lake Macquarie area and also Boarding House Creek Picnic area which was stunning.

The great thing about this NP is that there are camping areas and lookouts so many can visit the Park but you can also have an area with few people there .. it never feels crowded.

We saw several people on trail bikes and several more on mountain bikes too .. something for everyone.
Written November 19, 2021
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Morgan E
Ourimbah, Australia14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Beautiful grassy, open location surrounded by trees. I camped there for 2 nights. There is 3 picnic tables, 1 with shelter, drop toilets are nearby.
It is close to the dirt road that leads to Gap Creek Falls, which is less than a 10 minute walk.
Gap Creek Falls is majestic, well worth the 25min walk from the end of the car park.
There is also other walks to explore near the campsite.
Written January 7, 2021
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Anita T
Forster, Australia11,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We were staying near Kurri Kurri and explored the Watagans National Park for two glorious days.
As long as you stay on the main forest roads the gravel roads are quite suitable for two wheel drives. We did go off adventuring and found ourselves in a very steep slushy mud hole with little chance of turning around. Lucky we were in a 4x4.
We visited the state forest lookouts as well as the ones in the Watagans. We really enjoyed Heaton Lookout with the views over the hinterland.
I am in my mid 60s, quite fit but have dodgy knees. I really wanted to do the Gap Creek Falls walk. It is not so far but very steep especially towards the bottom. I took my time watching my footing stopping to enjoy the magnificent forest trees, the moss covered rock faces and listen to the sounds of all the birds.
I was so elated to make it down, it was so pretty even though, when we were there, the falls were only had a very small flow. Going up was difficult especially in that first section from the bottom but well worth it.
We had lunch at the pretty Boarding House Dam Picnic area, looked at the dam but didn't do the walk.
Written September 5, 2020
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Stamrish1
Newcastle, Australia419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Been to the Watagans a few times. It's a good day trip destination if you live in the Newy area. Plenty of bush walks of all levels
Several free camping grounds and day areas and a few lookouts. Roads are pretty rough but accessible with 2wd during the dry season. Also has several entry points into the park. It is a bit different from a lot of National Parks in the way that there are state forests within the park.There are signposts for the majority of the sites but some are found by luck. The only negative is the fact that being easily accessible it seems to attract a lot of people that don't respect nature and other visitors.
Written August 19, 2019
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Michael S
Lake macquarie, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Watagan Mountains is a wonderful place to get away for the weekend if you love camping. The access roads, although gravel, are relatively well maintained and can be accessed by two wheel drive vehicles. There are a number of camping spots which provide drop toilets serviced by National Park staff. You will, however, need to bring water for your stay as this is bush camping. Panoramic vistas can be viewed from a number of areas with Heaton Lookout the pick.
Written June 12, 2019
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willemb89
Sydney, Australia1,250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Watagans National Park is a great destination for a day of nature, hiking, and fresh air. Usually, there are not too many people in the park which makes it a very relaxing environment.
Written March 23, 2019
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Angie Stern-Lynch 👫
Newcastle, Australia2,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Fantastic spot and not to far away... really easy walks except for the last bit of going down to the creek but gave us a giggle ...
not much water in the waterfall so we will be going back after a rainfall
Great for the kids to explore .....
Lots of nature around topped off with giving water to a wallaby who drank straight from our bottle...
Written March 7, 2019
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I.-.N. -.G. -.R. -.I. -.D
Port Stephens, Australia435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Beautiful drive to lookouts easy accessible as we did this with my 80 year old mum.
Monkey lookout, Heaton & Mc Claines lookout. Heaton is the best as you can see the central coast and Newcastle. It also has bbq facilities and a public toilet
Written July 28, 2018
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Hoots111
Camden49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
We visited the Watagans primarily to go 4WDing. However there are loads of bush walking tracks and other attractions i.e.;
look outs, dams, etc.
We also saw lots of goannas, wallabies and different birds. This is a beautiful place to visit.
Written February 28, 2017
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Samuel C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Headed up to the Pines Picnic Ground for a picnic lunch with my other half. Have had plenty of outdoor lunches but none in a place like this! The scenery was gorgeous and he short bush walk after was perfect. This is the nicest National Park I've been in. Will be camping up there on a regular basis this year!
Written February 14, 2017
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