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Beautiful drive to lookouts easy accessible as we did this with my 80 year old mum.
Monkey lookout, Heaton & Mc Claines lookout. Heaton is the best as you can see the central coast and Newcastle. It also has bbq facilities and a public toilet
We visited the Watagans primarily to go 4WDing. However there are loads of bush walking tracks and other attractions i.e.;
look outs, dams, etc.
We also saw lots of goannas, wallabies and different birds. This is a beautiful place to visit.
Headed up to the Pines Picnic Ground for a picnic lunch with my other half. Have had plenty of outdoor lunches but none in a place like this! The scenery was gorgeous and he short bush walk after was perfect. This is the nicest National...More
Stayed overnight in the free Gap camp ground in the national park. Remember to take a carrot for the very tame wallaby that visited looking for something to eat. Just about climbed on my wife's lap! Toilets, free gas bbq, pit fires and dozen odd...More
This is a serene and beautiful part of the landscape surrounding Lake Maquarie.
If you've never been I would highly recommend the Pines picnic/camping area for some short walks and well kept camping grounds (but can get a bit crowded during holidays or weekends).
If you want to camp with friendly wildlife I would recommend coming here. The wallabies aren't afraid of campers, bush turkeys roam around freely and goannas just cruising along. Make sure you get to the site early as this little spot fills up quite quickly....More
The campsite is easily accessed with 2wd vehicle (it was dry weather) and is an enjoyable drive. The campsite is well maintained with pit toilets which, did not smell, gas BBQ, 4 picnic tables and fire pit. Although rated as 3 campsites our group had...More
A wonderful place for a day trip or even an overnighter camping. Close to both the Central Coast and Newcastle it boasts spectacular views from the escarpment looking east towards the sea and lake macquarie. Pick your day though and don't head up there after...More
The Watagan Mountains are a large tract of bushland around 1 hour west of Newcastle. They consist of state forest and national park. National Park attractions include Gap Creek including a waterfall within a natural amphitheatre and Boarding House Dam while State Forests include the...More