Hunter Valley Bushwalking around Wollombi
The Wollombi Valley is a great base for short bushwalks or long treks in the Hunter Valley. Bordered by Yengo National Park and the Watagan State Forest / Watagans National Park, a range of walks are available. Topographical maps are available at Wollombi Real Estate.
Wildwalks is a free online bushwalking and camping guide for NSW – they detail many walks in surrounding State Forests and National Parks, such as Heaton State Forest, Olney State Forest, Strickland State Forest, Watagan State Forest, and Watagans National Park.
- Historical Wollombi 1km (Easy) – An easy walk that takes in the historic buildings and surrounds of Wollombi. A map is available at the Wollombi Museum.
- Wollombi Brook 1km (Easy) – A gentle walk that follows the Wollombi Brook, beginnning at the Wollombi road west of cemetry (sign posted).
Yengo National Park
- Circuit Flat Walking Track -This circular walk in the Yengo National Park is a pleasant, reasonably flat walk mostly on 4WD tracks that takes in the convict-built Circuit Flat Bridge. Access this walk via Mogo Creek Campground, 6.5km down Mogo Creek Road from Bucketty. Walk is a 5.5km loop – allow 2 hours.
- Finchley Cultural Walk – An easy walk that can be enjoyed by pretty much everyone, the Finchley cultural walk gives people a real understanding and respect for one of the best Aboriginal sites in Australia, the Finchley Aboriginal engravings.It’s a short walk with informative signs along the way giving insight into the Aboriginal culture of the area. Walk is 1km return – allow 1 hour.
- Yango Walking Track – Following a former logging trail, Yango walking track travels for 6km through some of the most pristine and picturesque wilderness in Yengo National Park. In parts, the track can be a little rough and there are some steep sections, but tackling them ensures ample rewards, including magnificent, uninterrupted views of Yengo and Wollemi wilderness areas from Mount Yengo lookout. Access to this attraction is via a locked gate, and requires a key and prior phone booking with the NPWS Gosford office on (02) 4320 4200. Walk is a 6km loop – allow 3 hours.
- Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock – An enjoyable walk offering pleasant walking through forest and an outstanding viewpoint. Walk is 4.1 kms – allow 2 hours.
- Great North Walk – A iconic bushwalk that was created to celebrate the Bicentennial in 1988. Walkers can opt to enjoy short sections or do the entire thing in 14 days. The section within Watagans National Park is best suited to experienced hikers.
- Turners Walking Track – Starting from Boarding House Dam picnic area, this track winds steeply through rainforest of towering blackbutts and blue gums, before giving way to open eucalypt forest. Walk is 2kms return – allow 2 hours.
- The Narrow Place Lookout – It’s easily accessible by car and is popular with 4WD tourers, or it can be accessed on foot as part of Great North walk. A truly idyllic spot, it’s a favourite with Watagans National Park visitors and offers inspiration for photographers, sightseers and trekkers alike.
- Heaton State Forest – This is part of the Watagans – there are a range of walks and lookouts.
- Olney State Forest – This is part of the Watagans – there are a range of walks and lookouts.
Werakata National Park
- Deadmans Mountain Bike Loop – Deadmans mountain bike loop is a thrilling, active day for the family. Setting out from Astills picnic area, this is an easy, flat ride, flanked by ironbark, spotted gum and flowering shrubs. Ride is 8km loop.
- Astills Trail – Astills trail is an easy loop through important habitat for rare and threatened birds. Local families love the fresh air and greenery which thrives on their doorstep, but bushwalkers and birdwatchers from all over NSW make the journey too. Walk is 2kms – allow 45 minutes.
- Kurri Sand Swamp Woodland Walk – Beginning at Astills picnic area, the bushwalk is a comfortable two hours and is especially beautiful when all the wildflowers bloom in spring. Keep an eye out for kookaburras, swamp wallabies, red-necked wallabies and lots of woodland birds. Walk is 3kms – allow 2 hours.