Cedar Brush track head to Basin Campsite
Awabakal Country

4 h to 6 h

8.6 km
oneway

↑ 447 m
↓ -345 m

Hard track
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Cedar Brush track head and winds up into the Olney State Forest, following bushtracks and service trails down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here, the walk heads south along the Lyre Bird trail to the Basin Campsite. The Basin Campsite provides more than enough space for large groups to camp, as well as a picnic shelter, fire place and a toilet. It is a fair drive around for the car shuffle, but a nice walk into the campsite. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Cedar Brush track head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
track head styles. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek crossing in farm. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Great North Walk campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Tree stripped bare. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Kingtree Ridge road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
int of Walkers ridge forest road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
path down to Basin campsite track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Great North Walk to basin campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Winding down into the basin. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound?. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
int of rock lilly trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Basin campsite table and shelter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
basin campsite facilities. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Basin campsite with open clearing and picnic tables. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.142763,151.2562475)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom George Downes Drive, 33
  • Turn on to Springs Road then drive for 2.5 km
  • Continue onto Greta Road and drive for another 5.2 km
  • Turn left onto Yarramalong Road and drive for another 3.3 km
  • Turn left onto Brush Creek Road and drive for another 7.6 km
Finish (-33.1038846,151.2306714)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the signposted 'Cedar Brush Creek Trackhead' (on Brush Creek Road), this walk crosses the stile and follows the track gently downhill, while following the 'Newcastle' sign. The walk continues for about 220m then crosses a timber and metal bridge. On the other side of the bridge, the walk heads gently uphill, past the 'Please keep on track' sign, then about 100m later this walk comes to 'The Great North Walk Walkers Register' book on a post - a good place to note your intentions. Now in a denser forest, the track begins to wind moderately steeply uphill (crossing over two moist gullies) for about 1.5km until coming to a three-way intersection with Kingtree Ridge Road.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the stile at the start.
After 90 m pass the "Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 1.6 km turn right.
After another 210 m find the "Walkers Rest Area" (15 m on your left).
Walkers Rest Area
Walkers Rest Area

This GNW walkers rest area (signposted) is located beside King Ridge Road, and consists of two benches, a campfire and enough room for four or five tents on a grassy level surface. There is no water is available.
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This GNW walkers rest area (signposted) is located beside King Ridge Road, and consists of two benches, a campfire and enough room for four or five tents on a grassy level surface. There is no water is available.

After another 6 m come to the camp site (70 m on your left).
After another 430 m continue straight.
After another 2.9 km continue straight, to head along Walkers Ridge Road.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Bobs Point Road.
After another 180 m turn right, to head along Walkers Ridge Road.
After another 25 m turn sharp left.
After another 380 m turn left, to head along Cedar Brush Walk.
After another 650 m turn left.
After another 1.6 km continue straight.
After another 270 m cross the bridge
After another 60 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is a picnic table.
About 10 m past the end is a car park.
About 25 m past the end is "Basin Campsite".
Basin Campsite
Basin Campsite

This large campsite sits by Wollombi Brook on the Great North Walk and is accessible by car. The campsite provides a range of facilities such as a pit toilet, picnic tables and chairs, wood BBQs and fireplaces. Water is usually available from the water tank or the nearby creek - treat before use.
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This large campsite sits by Wollombi Brook on the Great North Walk and is accessible by car. The campsite provides a range of facilities such as a pit toilet, picnic tables and chairs, wood BBQs and fireplaces. Water is usually available from the water tank or the nearby creek - treat before use.

About 40 m past the end is a toilet.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Cedar Brush track head to Basin Campsite


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 8.6 km
Time 4 h to 6 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There are 3 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 6.7 km.

Toilet: There is one 8.6 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Campsite
1.9 kmWalkers Rest Area
Camp site
1.9 km[camp site]
Campsite
8.6 kmBasin Campsite
Toilet
8.6 km[toilet]
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