Watagans National Park

Watagans National Park, one hour from Newcastle, offers stunning wilderness right on your doorstep: hiking, biking, lookouts, and quiet campgrounds for longer escapes.

Watagans National Park boasts some of the country’s finest rainforest scenery. Moss-covered walls and boulders, towering canopies of red cedar and Illawarra flame trees pepper the walking track to Gap Creek Falls. You can also expect extraordinary views down toward rainforest gullies at Monkey Face and Gap Creek lookouts.

The Watagan Mountains also house a rich cultural heritage; more than 40 Aboriginal sites highlight art and engraving techniques, and remnants from previous forestry operations showcase settlement history in the area.

Bangalow and Gap Creek campgrounds provide overnight comfort for those who wish to continue exploring; you can pitch a tent next to your car and take advantage of the free barbecue areas and picnic tables available to you.

Whether you arrive with a walking, cycling or 4WD tour in mind, remember to bring your sense of adventure as you’ll discover new things to do every time you visit.

Nearby events

  1. Anzac Day Races

    Thursday 25 April 2019 , Cessnock

    They're gearing up for the annual Anzac Day Races at Cessnock Racecourse on Thursday 25 April – ANZAC Day. Enjoy this day of remembrance here at Cessnock Racecourse, where they’ll pay tribute to the contribution of horses in the War, and…

    25 Apr
  2. The Glencore Singleton Festival

    Saturday 27 April 2019 to Sunday 20 October 2019 , Singleton

    The Glencore Singleton Festival 2019 has all things food, wine, music, youth, art and culture. It showcases an action packed programme of events that appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences and experiences. The festival is in its eighth…

    27 Apr - 20 Oct