Bushwalking in the Wollombi Valley
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.
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 (turn off George Downes Drive, towards St Albans and Wisemans Ferry). Leaving the car here, the walking trail starts at the back of the camping area.
Follow this track, which takes you through the typically dry Yengo National Park terrain. After about 1km, a gradual climb takes you up to Circuit Flat Bridge. Built in the early 1830 (different sources state 1831 and 1833) by convict labour, this bridge was part of the Old Great North Road and remains in good condition.
Continue along the sandy 4WD track back to where it meets Mogo Creek Road (the Mt Manning Intersection). Turn left and walk about 500m along Mogo Creek Road to the Mogo Creek Campground, to complete the circuit.
This walk takes you on part of the Great North Walk, from Watagan Creek Road in the valley up through the Watagan State Forest to a firetrail that follows the ridgeline. It provides views east over the lower Hunter Valley.
Turn onto Watagan Creek Road at Laguna, off George Downes Drive. The Great North Walk crosses Watagan Creek Road approximately 18km from the start of the road in Laguna. Walk north, crossing farmland before climbing about 200m through tall eucalypt forest to the start of Cabans Road, a firetrail closed to traffic. Follow this road about 3km to reach Flat Rock Lookout, a large slab of rock perched over the Congewai Valley below, with views of the lower Hunter Valley towards the Myall Range. This is not currently marked as a lookout, so make sure you don’t walk too far (there is a small “Walkers Rest” area just before you reach the lookout)!
From Flat Rock the Great North Walk continues 30km to Pokolbin or 84km to Newcastle. Return the same route. If you are able to organise transport or a car shuffle, other options are to be picked up where the track meets Congewai Creek Road (a further 9km) or in Paxton (16.5km).
This walk in the Yengo National Park uses 4WD trails, and provides access to remains of the Old Great North Road and views in all directions over the rugged wilderness area from Mt Lockyer.
To get to this walk, take Mogo Creek Road off George Downes Drive, towards St Albans and Wisemans Ferry. After about 6km there is a small clearing on the left, clearly sign-posted as “Mt Manning Intersection”. Park here (you can continue further with a 4WD) and walk towards Circuit Flat Bridge.
A walk of about 2km on a sandy 4WD track takes you to Circuit Flat Bridge, a remnant of a historic bridge that was part of the Old Great North Road. (This the furthest point you can go via 4WD). Continue on about 3km to a 4-way intersection at Sampsons Pass. Here you take the right-hand trail, an old 4WD track which is slightly overgrown at the start, but becomes easier to follow after the first 200m. Continue along this track about 1km, which becomes a narrow walking trail for the last 500m up to a large rock platform. From this point there is excellent view over Yengo National Park, including the flat top of Mt Yengo clearly visible to the north-west.
Continue back the same way. Other options are possible from the 4-way intersection:
- Continue along the Old Great North Road, which continues another 35km or so to Wisemans Ferry. This offers a 3-day walk or 1-2 day cycle tour.
- Take the left-hand track (about 2km) to a lookout overlooking the Mangrove Creek Dam.
This short walk takes you to Aboriginal rock engravings and views over Mt Wareng and Mt Yengo.
Devils Rock is located close to the Boree Track. The access is suitable for 2WD vehicles, although some books will recommend a 4WD:
- From Wollombi, turn right onto Yango Creek Road from the main road shortly after Laguna. Turn left after about 3km onto Boree Road (the sign states “To Boree Track”) and after another 6km bear left onto the Boree Track. Continue about 7.5km to the clearing at Devils Rock.
From the clearing, a short walking trail takes you up to Devils Rock, or Burragurra. This site has many rock engravings of considerable Aboriginal cultural importance. According to Aboriginal legend, the god Biamie stepped from here to Mt Yengo, and then up into the sky after finishing his creative tasks.
The rocky plateau also provides excellent views in all directions, including Mt Wareng to the north and Mt Yengo to the north-west.
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).