1. Changes have occurred to drinking water/shower conditions on sections of Map 3 The Hawkesbury Track (pdf) and Map 5 The Watagan Track (pdf). For more information contact the track coordinator on T: 02 4920 5074.
2. Forests NSW is planning forest operations near sections of the Great North Walk in Watagan and Heaton State Forests on sections of Map 5 The Watagan Track.
Road works and timber harvesting operations will commence during autumn 2012 along Cabans Road, near Flat Rock Lookout in Watagan State Forest. Download Watagan State Forest Map.
Timber Harvesting Operations will commence during autumn 2012 along Bakers Road, near Macleans Lookout in Heaton State Forest. Download Heaton State Forest Map.
These operations may be active for over 6 months. For safety reasons, walkers are advised to obey all signage in these areas. For further information visit Forests NSW.
Passing through a diverse range of natural habitats and bushland as well as rural and urban settings, including Sydney Harbour, Berowra Valley, Hawkesbury River, Watagan Mountains, Lake Macquarie and the Newcastle coastline, The Great North Walk is a must-see for bushwalkers and nature lovers alike.
Wine lovers are also catered for, with 75 kilometres of link tracks connecting the walk to the Pokolbin vineyards and to the Sydney-Newcastle bus and railway lines.
With camping grounds, water stations and other facilities scattered throughout, the walk boasts lookouts, rainforest, a plethora of diverse native flora and fauna, sandstone ridges, coastal terrain and well-maintained boardwalks.
Shorter walks for all fitness levels can also be undertaken on the track, ranging in length from a few hours to a few days. See our colourful track overview (PDF 669 kb) which details shorter walks available on the Great North Walk and the route the walk takes from Sydney to Newcastle.
For further information or assistance on the Great North Walk track, contact Peter Corrigan, coordinator of the walk, on T: 02 4920 5074 or M: 0428 601 203 or complete our enquiry form.
To help plan and enjoy the Great North Walk, a map kit has been produced to provide general information such as the localities of main and link tracks, public transport, flora, fauna, points of interest, historical background and geology etc.
The kit has six individual maps in easy foldout format, enclosed weatherproof plastic sleeve. The kit also contains details on the six shorter walks available to hikers.
To obtain a Great North Walk Discovery kit ($11.60 plus $5 postage and handling), contact T: 02 9236 7720 or F: 02 9221 5980. You can also use the order form (PDF 998kb) in the Great North Walk discovery brochure.
The Great North Walk was initially constructed as a celebration of Australias Bicentenary in 1988.
In 1981, two walkers from Sydney, Garry McDougall and Leigh Shearer-Heriot, came up with the idea to walk from Sydney to Newcastle. After spending some time identifying an appropriate route, they decided to try and create a formal track.
In 1983 they approached the NSW Bicentennial Committee for support. Minor grants followed and in 1986, the Bicentennial Committee allocated a major grant. The track was then adopted by The Department of Lands and became a reality in 1988.
Crown Lands continues to undertake its maintenance, construction, conservation enhancement and future development.
It is estimated that more than 40,000 local, interstate and international visitors use the walk annually, either taking the challenge of the full 12-16 day hike, or enjoying shorter walks of one or two days in different sections of the walk.