Monkey Face Circuit
Awabakal Country

30 min to 45 min

1.3 km
circuit

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Moderate track
This short and scenic walk offers two lookouts and a forest walk. Gap Creek viewpoint gives views of dense forest, while the Monkey Face viewpoint gives views of forested farmland in the Gap Creek valley. The short forest walk between these two viewpoints is amongst large rocks and offers views of its own. The cliffs between the viewpoints are used by rock climbers and abseiling parties, so do not dislodge rocks from the top of the cliffs. This is a recommended and scenic walk. 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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Gap Creek Viewpoint off Monkey Face road in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Gap Creek Viewpoint off Monkey Face road in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Gap Creek Viewpoint on a cloudy day off Monkey Face Road in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock cliffs at Gap Creek Viewpoint off Monkey Face road in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Distant view from Gap Creek Viewpoint off Monkey Face Road in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track in forest near Gap Creek Viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track and rock near Gap Creek viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track and rock near Gap Creek Viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track and track marker near Gap Creek viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Attractive tree near Gap Creek Viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocks and forest near Gap Creek Viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Forest track near Gap Creek viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track amongst forest near Gap Creek viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wide track near Gap Creek viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wide track near Monkey Face viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection near Monkey Face Viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sign to Gap Creek Lookout near Monkey Face Viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sign showing Monkey Face Picnic Area near Monkey Face viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Management trail near Monkey Face viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Afternoon view from Monkey Face viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Monkey Face Lookout in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Monkey Face road near Gap Creek viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Undulating Monkey Face road near Gap Creek viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection on Monkey Face road near Gap Creek viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sign showing Gap Creek Lookout and Monkey Face Lookout on Monkey Face road in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection to Gap Creek viewpoint and Monkey Face viewpoint in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking at intersection on Monkey Face road with Gap Creek viewpoint behind in the Watagans. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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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 Gap Creek Lookout (-33.016273,151.4299358)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to Freemans Drive Exit then drive for 510 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn right onto Freemans Drive and drive for another 4.6 km
  • Turn right onto Mount Faulk Road and drive for another 6.4 km
  • Turn left onto Monkey Face Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 125 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Gaps Creek Viewpoint, this walk follows the track gently downhill, while keeping the cliff on your right. The track continues through rocky scrubby forest (always keeping the cliff on your right) for about 500m, until coming to a three-way intersection with Monkey Face Rd.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Gap Creek Lookout Start (a footpath).
After another 110 m (Trail Head - Decent Gully to Monkey Face Cliffs) veer left.
After another 320 m veer right, to head along Monkey Face Road.
After another 170 m find the "Monkey Face Viewpoint" (8 m on your right).
Monkey Face Viewpoint
Monkey Face Viewpoint

Monkey Face viewpoint, at the end of Monkey Face Road is within the Watagans National Park. This lookout offers good views of the densely forested hill country of the Martinsville Valley. Monkey Face lookout is named after an old lead bullock from the timber-getting days.
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Monkey Face viewpoint, at the end of Monkey Face Road is within the Watagans National Park. This lookout offers good views of the densely forested hill country of the Martinsville Valley. Monkey Face lookout is named after an old lead bullock from the timber-getting days.

After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 460 m turn left.
Continue another 150 m to find Gap Creek Lookout at the end.
"Gaps Creek Viewpoint".
Gaps Creek Viewpoint
Gaps Creek Viewpoint

The Gap Creek viewpoint, just off Monkey Face Road, is within the Watagans National Park. This lookout offers good views of the densely forested hill country of the Martinsville Valley. A short walk from the end of the car park allows more attractive views through gumtrees at an unfenced section of the lookout.
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The Gap Creek viewpoint, just off Monkey Face Road, is within the Watagans National Park. This lookout offers good views of the densely forested hill country of the Martinsville Valley. A short walk from the end of the car park allows more attractive views through gumtrees at an unfenced section of the lookout.

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Terrain
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Monkey Face Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.3 km
Time 30 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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