O’Hares Creek Lookout in Dharawal National Park

Last updated: May 13, 2024

The O’Hares Creek Lookout in Dharawal National Park is a scenic viewing platform with fantastic views of the O’Hares Creek gorge and surrounding scenery.

A short and easy, family-friendly walking track will get you to this lookout that is still a bit of a hidden gem in this beautiful part of Sydney.

O’Hares Creek Lookout Walking Track
Distance: 3 km (return)
Duration: 1 hour
Grade: Easy
Dogs: Not allowed

How to Get There

The walking track to O’Hares Creek Lookout is situated in the north-western part of Dharawal National Park, approximately 60 km south of the Sydney CBD, near Campbelltown.

To get there, follow Victoria Road in the suburb of Wedderburn to the entrance gate to the national park, where Victoria Road evolves into a dirt road (see map location).

Car park at the Victoria Road Trail
Car park on Victoria Road

A reasonably sized car park is located at the national park entrance. A large information board in the car park with maps provides more details about this beautiful area.

The map below shows where the walking track to the O’Hares Creek Lookout is located, starting from the car park on Victoria Road.

Map of the walk to O'Hares Creek Lookout

O’Hares Creek Lookout Walking Track

The walking track to the O’Hares Creek Lookout is very easy and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. What’s great is that the walk is also wheel-friendly.

For the most part, the track follows Victoria Road within the national park and is flat from start to finish.

Road to the O'Hares Creek Lookout
Road to the O’Hares Creek Lookout

Some may even consider this walk a little boring because there isn’t much to see during the walk, but when the trail gets closer to the lookout, it gets a lot better.

Walking path to the O'Hares Creek Lookout
Walking path to the lookout

Towards the end of the walk, you will see a signpost for the lookout, where you need to turn right onto a paved footpath through the bush.

There are also bike racks at this intersection. Cyclists must park their bikes there because bicycles are not allowed onto the paved walking path.

Boardwalk to the O'Hares Creek Lookout
Convenient boardwalk

The path soon evolves into a boardwalk that connects with the O’Hares Creek lookout platform, where the valley opens right in front of you.

O'Hares Creek Lookout platform
Large lookout platform

It’s a large, purpose-built viewing platform with lots of room to move around and enjoy the views from different angles.

Scenic views from the O'Hares Creek Lookout
Scenic views from the lookout

The views of the gorge are pretty impressive, and because this is still a bit of a hidden gem, it never gets overly busy at the lookout.

O'Hares Creek Lookout
O’Hares Creek Lookout

Once you’ve finished admiring the views, retrace your steps back to the car park via the same route.

More Exploring Nearby

The walk to the O’Hares Creek Lookout is quite short, so if you’d like to do more hiking in this area, there are two great walking tracks nearby.

For even more exploring, read our Dharawal National Park highlights, which includes a list with the best hikes and sights to visit.

1. Jingga Track

The Jingga Track is a steep and challenging bushwalk that leads to a beautiful natural swimming hole and a small waterfall. It’s a short walk, but indeed very steep, which you can definitely feel on the way back.

The waterhole is pretty enough to make the effort worthwhile, and even if you’re not planning to go swimming, the rocky areas surrounding the pool make for a great picnic spot.

Read more about the walking track to Jingga Pool here.

2. Minerva Pool

The walking track to Minerva Pool is similar to the Jingga Track but is not as steep. As such, this might be a better option for young children.

Minerva Pool is just as pretty as Jingga Pool, but keep in mind that, in accordance with local Dharawal culture and tradition, only women and children can swim there.

Read more about the walking track to Minerva Pool here.

 

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