Watagans National Park
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 Lake Macquarie.
Magnificent red cedar and Illawarra flame trees line the walk to Gap Creek Falls, where the lookout provides marvellous views of rainforest gullies, while Monkey Face Lookout sits above the Martinsville Valley. Boarding House Dam picnic area, set among large blackbutt and blue gum trees, offers rainforest walks along the creek, or a paddle on a hot summer's day. Car-based camping is available at the small Bangalow and Gap Creek camping areas adjacent to Bangalow Road, 3.8 km and 4.8 km respectively from the Mt Faulk Road intersection.
150 km north of Sydney, 30 km south-west of Newcastle. Enter via Martinsville Road (unpaved) from Cooranbong, Mt Faulk Road (unpaved) from Freemans Waterhole, or Watagan Road (unpaved) from Cessnock. All roads are 2WD accessible in dry weather only.
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service