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Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road
Awabakal country

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

12.4km
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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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.

Getting There
Trackhead (-33.1038846,151.2306714)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsF
Finish (-33.0284246,151.2734063)
Car Shuttle Car (There is free parking available.)

Track Notes

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
Start.
After 10m pass the car park (10m on your left).
Then find the Basin Campsite (25m on your left).
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.
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.
Then pass the toilet (40m on your left).
Then pass the picnic table (15m on your left).
After another 50m cross the bridge
Continue straight
After another 270m continue straight.
Turn left
After another 1.6km turn left, to head along Cedar Brush Walk.
After another 660m find the "Wollombi Brook Pool" entity|rest area (40m on your left).
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.
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.
Turn left
After another 1.4km (at the intersection of Wild Boar Road & Piglet Point Road) turn left, to head along Wild Boar Road.
Veer right
After another 170m (at the intersection of Wild Boar Road & Pork Point Road) veer right, to head along Wild Boar Road.
Turn right
After another 470m (at the intersection of Wild Boar Road & Bacon Point Road) turn right, to head along Wild Boar Road.
After another 780m continue straight, to head along Wild Boar Road.
Continue straight
After another 340m (at the intersection of Kangaroo Point Road & Pig and Sow Ridge Road) continue straight, to head along Kangaroo Point Road.
After another 490m cross the ford.
Turn right
After another 1.5km (at the intersection of Murrays Forest Road & Kangaroo Point Road) turn right, to head along Murrays Forest Road (a vehicle track).
After another 20m continue straight, to head along Murrays Forest Road.
After another 55m find the Mt Warrawolong Campsite (55m on your left).
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.
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.
Continue straight
After another 65m (at the intersection of Murrays Forest Road & The Bar Trail) continue straight, to head along The Bar Trail (a vehicle track).
Veer right
After another 75m veer right.
Veer right
After another 730m veer right, to head along The Bar Trail.
After another 95m continue straight, to head along The Bar Trail.
Turn sharp left
After another 800m (at the intersection of Warrawolong Road & The Bar Trail) turn sharp left, to head along Warrawolong Road.
An optional side trip to Mt Warrawolong Fire Tower. Details below.
Turn right
After another 400m (at the intersection of Turner's Road & Warrawolong Road) turn right, to head along Turner's Road.
Veer left
After another 110m (at the intersection of Spinebill Point Road & Turner's Road) veer left, to head along Turner's Road.
Continue straight
After another 710m continue straight.
After another 490m come to the viewpoint (20m on your right).
The end
Continue another 1km to find the end.
About 35m past the end is 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.
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.
About 55m past the end is "Mt Warrawolong Campsite" camp site

An optional side trip to Mt Warrawolong Fire Tower.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
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Veer left
After another 320m veer left.
After another 120m head through/around the gate.
After another 1.6km come to Mt Warrawolong
Mt Warrawolong
At 642m above sea level, Mt Warrawolong is the highest point of the Great North Walk.
Mt Warrawolong
At 642m above sea level, Mt Warrawolong is the highest point of the Great North Walk.
The end
The end.
Terrain


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 12.4km
Time 5h to 6h
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
Campsite There are 3 on route, on average they are 3.1km apart with the largest gap of 7.9km.

Toilet There is one 10m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Campsite
10mBasin Campsite
Toilet
10m
Campsite
7.9kmMt Warrawolong Campsite
Campsite
12.4kmWatagan Creek Campsite
Camp site
12.5km "Mt Warrawolong Campsite" camp site
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.
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.
Mt Warrawolong
At 642m above sea level, Mt Warrawolong is the highest point of the Great North Walk.
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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