Infowalking distance: 1.5 km
duration: 1:36 h
walking: 0:54 h
elevation diff: 172 m
driving distance: km
driving time: h
Max elevation: 264 m
Min elevation: 148 m
Total climbing: 164 m
Total time: 01:36:01
open street maps have the trail and the waterfall marked – update the gps track
Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to COVID-19 restrictions
Some NPWS campgrounds and accommodation are closed as a result of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions. Find out more on our COVID-19 update webpage.
Closed areas: Lookouts closed for helicopter operation
Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 13 September to Wednesday 22 September due to the helicopter delivery of walking track materials. The closed areas are:
- Monkey Face lookout
- Gap Creek lookout
- The section of walking track between the two lookouts
Closed areas: Gap Creek and Gap Creek Falls walking tracks closed
The three walking tracks from Gap Creek picnic area are currently closed due to storm damage and a planned major upgrade to Gap Creek Falls walking track. Work is currently underway and will continue until the end of October 2021.
Due to the dangerous nature of the work no visitors will be permitted. Alternative bushwalks are located:
- At Boarding House Dam picnic area
- Via Georges Road to Great North walk
- In adjacent State Forest areas.
The aim is to improve and make walking tracks safer for all visitors to Watagans National Park.
For further information please contact the NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.
Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to road damage and landslide
There is no visitor access to Bangalow Road due to significant road damage and a landslide. The following areas are also closed:
- Bangalow campground
- Gap Creek campground
- Gap Creek picnic area
- Gap Creek Falls walking tracks
- The Climbers walking track
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the NPWS Central Coast area office at Lake Munmorah on 02 4972 9000.
Safety alerts: Notice of pest management program
A pest management program using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison will be undertaken between Saturday 1 May to Sunday 31 October 2021.
The program will target the northern side of the park, including some private properties bordering the Congewai Valley. Meat baits will also be delivered by helicopter on one day between the Monday 10 May and Friday 14 May 2021.
All baiting locations will be identified by signs.
Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For further information, please contact the local office on 02 4972 9000.
Safety alerts: Watagan Road - not suitable for 2WD vehicles (Cessnock Council section)
Watagan Road from the cattle grid at the southern end of Heaton Road south, uphill to the second cattle grid at the Watagans National Park boundary, is currently not suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road is rough and steep in sections because of erosion caused by rain and vehicle traffic. Take care and drive safely.
For more information, contact the local NPWS Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000.
Closed areas: Click Creek fire trail and Slippery Rock Road
Click Creek fire trail is closed due to extensive storm damage. The trail will remain closed until maintenance works can be completed. Slippery Rock Road is closed due to eroded surfaces making conditions unsafe. The road will reopen, subject to consent conditions once maintenance work is completed.
Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, contact the NPWS Central Coast Lake Munmorah area office on 02 4972 9000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.