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Address: Bangalow Road | Cooranbong, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

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Camping and Leg Day in one

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
jennifer y
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. The Gap Creek Fall walk is a fantastic walk, but make sure you wear proper... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Hiking tracks are beautiful so much to see so many lookouts, Gap creek Falls is absolutely beautiful Great for the family Excellent work out

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St Marys, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

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 6 tents and 4 swags with plenty of space in between. The carpark was full... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

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 a storm, heavy rain or strong winds as there will be trees down and road... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

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 Basin (great for camping) and Heaton Lookout (views over the Lake Macquarie region). Well worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

1st Jan this year my partner wanted to do something nice for me. So, he took me to Watagans national park. The dirt road is so skinny, one side is a deep Valley and one side is a dirt wall! So, if you fall, that's it. To be honest the forest wslk way is beautiful, tiring though. After 45 min... More 

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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

The Watagan Mountains provide the western boundary backdrop to beautiful Lake Macquarie. It is a perfect forest escape for those seeking to bond with our natural environment. The access roads are unsealed and cane be a little challenging in places with ruts, corrugations and potholes. The destination is truly worth the drive.

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New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

Most of the best locations in the Watagans are in Olney or Heaton State Forests. Watagan National Park is OK, but The Pines Picnic Area, the 3 best lookouts (Heaton, Hunter and Mcleans) and all the free camping areas are in State Forest. Dogs are OK to bring too, nice for a family camping trip.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

We drove up and looked at the amazing view. There are some awesome bush walks up there which we enjoyed and the flora is just beautiful. Lovely place for a picnic.

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Hazelwood Park
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

I live not far from here and enjoy everytime I go up the mountains as everytime will be different there is so much to explore and very old carvings dating back 100's of years ago with awesome views over the newcastle/ lake macquarie area.

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