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Watagans National Park

The Watagans National Park is one of the most beautiful reserves in the area with moss-covered boulders and rainforests throughout. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Watagans on a bushwalk, touring by car or having a picnic.

Walk amongst magnificent red cedar and Illawarra flame trees to Gap Creek Falls; enjoy spectacular views of rainforest gullies from Gap Creek and Monkey Face Lookout; or spend time at Boarding House Dam picnic area, set amongst large blackbutt and blue gum trees, and offering rainforest walks along the creek. There is plenty of shade and free gas barbecues.

The Watagan Mountains have a rich cultural heritage: see the many Aboriginal engraving, art sites and shelters as well as the log chutes and old saw mill sites used during past forestry operations.

This park protects the headwaters of the Congewai and Quorrobolong creeks, which flow into the Hunter River, and the Gap and Dora creeks, which feed into Lake Macquarie.

Watagans National Park adjoins Jilliby State Conservation Area to the south. Views across Lake Macquarie to the ocean can be enjoyed from Muirs Lookout and picnic area accessible via Martinsville Road.

Activities

The park is an excellent place for bushwalking (hiking) and has some spectacular lookouts.

Camping

There are two campsites available in the park.

Location

Approximately 50 km from Cessnock.

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