4 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Teralba Train Station → Teralba Lakeside Caravan Park on Anzac Parade
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath alongside Anzac Parade gently downhill, past ‘Teralba Fire Station’ (on your left). The walk follows the footpath for about 80m to pass ‘Anzac Park’ (and toilets opposite the road on your right), then continues straight ahead for about 200m crossing York and Margaret St, to come beside ‘Teralba Lakeside Caravan Park’ (on your left).
Teralba Lakeside Caravan Park on Anzac Parade
(0.36km) Teralba Lakeside Caravan Park on Anzac Parade → Int of Five Islands Rd & Speers Point footpaths
Continue straight: From the end of Lake Crescent, this walk follows the footpath, keeping the large Five Islands Rd up to your right. The walk follows the footpath for about 250m, until coming to a T-intersection with another footpath (beside the ‘Raymond Smith’ concrete monument).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the footpath and through the underpass. Just after the underpass, this walk heads gently up the ramp to come beside Five Islands Rd. Here, the walk turns right to follow a footpath for about 900m, crossing over a two bridges and an island (two arms of Cockle Creek). On the far side the second bridge (Watkins Bridge), this walk comes to the intersection with another footpath, marked by a GNW arrow post.
(1.89km) Int of Five Islands Rd & Speers Point footpaths → Int of Warners Bay footpath & The Esplanade footpath
1 hr 6 mins
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follow the GNW arrow post across Creek Reserve Rd and follows the footpath through Speers Point Park passing the ‘Walk Safe’ sign (on your right). The walk continues through Speers Point Park for about 500m, past picnic shelters, a stage, a wharf to then cross the road beside ‘Speers Point Swimming Pool’. The walk continues on the footpath, with the water on the right for about 300m to pass the War Memorial. Here the walk continues along the waters edge for 2.5km to pass a car park then cross ‘North Creek’ on the road bridge. Continue for another 100m, through the park, then just past the toilet block the footpath leads to a large ‘Great North Walk – Warners Bay Trackhead’ sign, beside the traffic lights.
(5.93km) Int of Warners Bay footpath AND The Esplanade footpath → Queen St (near King Street crossing)
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath gently uphill alongside ‘King St’, heading directly away from the water. The walk follows King St (passing traffic lights and a roundabout) and heads towards Cardiff for about 300m, to find a set of traffic lights, at the Caltex Servo. Here the walk crosses King St (using the pedestrian lights) and follows the footpath through the nature strip to find Queen St and a GNW arrow post (Queen St is a minor street running parallel to King St) .
(6.43km) Queen St (near King Street Crossing) → Int of Myles Avenue AND Vermont Place
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the grassy verge beside Myles Rd gently uphill, initially keeping Yorston St on your right. This walk continues to follow Myles Rd and GNW arrow posts for about 700m, first crossing ‘Bonarius St’, then crossing a few few more side streets until coming to an intersection, with ‘Vermont Place’ (on the right).
(7.95km) Int of Myles Avenue AND Vermont Place → End of Vermont Place
(8.05km) End of Vermont place → Int of GNW AND Charlestown Golf Course Tracks
Turn right: From the edge of the park, this walk follows the ‘The Great North Walk’ sign through the locked gate heading moderately steeply uphill along the management trail, through forest. The walk follows GNW arrow markers (ignoring side tracks) for about 350m, to an intersection, with a track on the right.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post east gently uphill along the eroded track. The walk continues for about 220m, to find an open area with overhead power lines. This walk then crosses underneath the power lines (following the GNW arrow markers) and leads gently downhill for about 500m, until coming to an intersection, with a track on the left (about 10m after a deeply eroded section of track).
(9.25km) Int of GNW & Charlestown Golf Course Tracks → Int of Charlestown Golf Course Track & E K Ave
(11.46km) Int of Charlestown golf course track AND E K Avenue → Int of Park Street and GNW Arrow Post
Turn right: From the bus stop, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, across E K Ave to then follow the indistinct track alongside a new development (on your left). The walk follows the forested creek (on your right) and the edge of the development for about 160m, to veer right at an intersection marked with a GNW arrow post. The walk follows this track gently downhill for about 120m, to cross a timber footbridge, then continues alongside the creek for almost 200m, to find the end of Park St.
Continue straight: From the end of Park St, this walk follows the footpath gently uphill for about 70m, past three houses to come to an intersection with a track (between the houses), on your right, marked with a GNW arrow post.
(12.03km) Int of Park Street & GNW Arrow Marker → Int of Anjon St & GNW Arrow Post
(12.78km) Int of Anjon St & GNW Arrow Post → Charelstown Park
Maps for the Teralba to Charlestown Park track head walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Wallsend||1:25 000 Map Series||92323S WALLSEND||NSW-92323S|
|Newcastle||1:100 000 Map Series||9232 NEWCASTLE||9232|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||4 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
8km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 3.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (1.1km) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (1.1km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 9km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 4.4km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 12km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.4km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 12km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
This walk follows the most northern section of the Great North Walk, from the Teralba station along Macquarie lake, to Warners Bay. Most of the walking is along footpaths, through park land, or along the road side. After Charlestown, the walk heads through the bush to the old Belmont railway and along Flaggy creek to the Glenrock Scout Camp. On day two, the walk heads along the beaches past Merewether baths, and up to the top of Shephards hill, through King Edwards park to the obelisk and down to the cities train station.
Total climbing: 487m
25.6 km One way
Other Nearby walks
Starting from a small park in Charlestown you will follow the Great North Walk through a few reserves and along a Burwood Beach, past the heads to Merewether Beach. Exploring bush around Glenrock lagoon on the Yuelarbah Track, including the Leichhardt’s Lookout are highlights. From this lookout the track leads down past the edge of the lagoon then along the sandy beach, past Merewether ocean pools. This walk describes a side trip to the scout campsite beside the lagoon for those who have organised to camp there.
Total climbing: 181m
7.9 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Charleston Park track head and winds through the streets and the bush to the Glenrock State Conservation Area. Following a section of the Yuelarbah management trail, this walk also heads to the coast and down to the beaches. From near Glenrock Lagoon, the walk heads north along the beaches passing Merewether baths, and all the way up Shepherds hill and down to Newcastle Station. This track also offers an alternate route through Glenrock, winding down through the scout training camp and out to the beaches.
Total climbing: 287m
12.1 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
This walk visits two lovely foreshore locations on Lake Macquarie, before gaining height and traveling through eucalyptus forest and then finally descending again to the foreshore. The forest walking is mostly along fire trails adjacent to houses and it is possible to shorten the walk by exiting onto Roma or Leichhardt Roads. To finish this walk, you can return over Rocky-high viewpoint or alternatively inland through forest. This walk explores the lesser walked northern half of Green Point Reserve.
Total climbing: 140m
3.8 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This short circuit walk offers elevated views over Lake Macquarie from Rocky-high Viewpoint. This walk offers pleasant walking beside Lake Macquarie, as well as on a quiet track inland through eucalyptus forest. If possible, complete this walk close to sunset to take advantage of the views across the lake. This local walk is recommended, with the highlight being the views from Rocky-high viewpoint.
Total climbing: 27m
666 m Circuit
This section of the Great North Walk starts from Heaton Gap near the Watagan Forest Motel, and winds east, towards Newcastle. The walk passes through the Awaba State Forest and past the Sugarloaf range, down into Wakefield and on to Teralba, a pleasant town on the edge of Lake Macquarie. Accommodation is available at both ends of this day walk.
Total climbing: 460m
14.8 km One way
This walk offers the shortest way of walking to Green Point. Starting from the elevated Leichhardt Road in Valentine, the walk descends through eucalyptus forest with some pleasant clearings on the way. Green Point is a great place for picnics and feels as if you can see the entire Lake Macquarie from the foreshore. A recommended walk.
Total climbing: 84m
2.4 km Return
A must do at Blackbutt Reserve. This wheelchair accessible elevated boardwalk gets you in amongst the trees, as you amble through enclosure after enclosure of native flora and fauna. There are even close encounters with Koalas!. This free walk is open 9am to 5pm every day (closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and until 1pm ANZAC Day). Great for all ages, this easy walk is thoroughly recommended.
Total climbing: 14m
480 m Circuit
This walk follows a wide trail along eucalyptus lined broad ridges as it circumnavigates Black Duck Creek. This walk starts and finishes at Carnley Reserve and while there, why not enjoy a picnic and/or visit to the Wildlife Exhibits. Combined with the excellent facilities at Carnley Reserve, this walk is recommended for everybody, on all but the hottest days of summer.
Total climbing: 92m
2.5 km Circuit
This walk takes the walker into a dense cool rainforest that seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle city. You’re likely to see flying foxes in the trees and, if you’re lucky, a Powerful Owl. Starting and finishing at the Carnley Ave Reserve, this walk can easily be combined with a visit to the Wildlife Exhibits and/or a picnic at Carnley Ave Reserve. A recommended walk.
Total climbing: 99m
2 km Circuit
This quiet and secluded walk is an easy amble through attractive rainforest. This walk circumnavigates Rainforest Creek and takes the walker into cool dense forest. You are likely to see flying foxes in the trees and if you are lucky, a Powerful Owl. Accessed from the quieter Lookout Road car park, this walk escapes the crowds well. A recommended walk, particularly on a hot day.
Total climbing: 104m
1.9 km Circuit
This walk circumnavigates Black Duck Creek by following the shady Blueberry Ash trail. The walk then returns to Carnley Reserve using the Main Ridge Walking Trail. This relatively short walk has a good combination of shady moist forest and more exposed ridge forest. Make sure you visit the Wildlife Exhibit while at Carnley Reserve. A recommended walk.
Total climbing: 89m
2.1 km Circuit
A meandering walk that takes in much of what Blackbutt Reserve has to offer. This walk completes a figure 8 while following the trails around Blackbutt Reserve. The side trip to the Wildlife Exhibits is considered a must see. There are many opportunities to stop along this walk, be it at a seat along the way or at one of the established picnic areas. A recommended classic.
Total climbing: 225m
6 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/ttcpth
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.