(0km) Teralba Train Station → Int of William Street and Anzac Parade
(0.08km) Int of William Street & Anzac Parade → Teralba Lakeside Caravan Park on Anzac Parade
Teralba Lakeside Caravan Park on Anzac Parade
(0.36km) Teralba Lakeside Caravan Park on Anzac Parade → End of Lake Crescent
(0.7km) End of Lake Crescent → Int of Warners Bay footpath & The Esplanade footpath
1 hr 25 mins
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.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently downhill along the footpath towards the water, while keeping the playing fields on the left. The walk continues on the footpath (beside the bridge), to then bend left and lead along side a small road and Cockle Creek (on your right), until coming to a road crossing with Creek Reserve Rd, on the far side of ‘Macquarie Field’.
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 → Int of The Esplanade AND King Street
(6.08km) Int of The Esplanade AND King Street → End of Vermont Place
Turn left: From the intersection, (near the King Street crossing), this walk follows the footpath beside Queen Street, past the fruit store , keeping King St to your left. The walk continues along Queen St for about 500m, crossing ‘Pring St’ to the grassy area at the end of road. From here the walk follows GNW arrow post along the footpath, along the grassy verge to come to the northern section of ‘Queen St’. The walk follows ‘Queen St’ for another 170m, to turn right and follow ‘Myles Ave’ for about 80m, until coming to a three-way intersection with Yorston St (on the right).
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).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk the footpath down a small dip then gently uphill alongside ‘Vermont Place’ for about 100m, until coming to the end of the street on the edge of of a grassy park.
(8.05km) End of Vermont place → GNW Management Trail (near Vermont Oval)
(8.23km) GNW Management Trail (near Vermont Oval) → Int of GNW Track AND Management Trail
(8.57km) Int of GNW Track AND Management Trail → Int of Charlestown Golf Course Track & E K Ave
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post south, gently downhill along the narrow track. This walk continues to follow the track for about 250m, passing views of the golf course (on the left), to cross a timber footbridge. Here the walk continues alongside the golf course for about 1.3km, to then lead down through the West Charlestown Bypass underpass. On the other side of this road the walk continues gently uphill for about 500m, to an intersection, with E K Ave.
(11.46km) Int of Charlestown golf course track AND E K Avenue → Int of E K Avenue AND Winding Creek Track
(11.52km) Int of E K Avenue AND Winding Creek Track → End of Park Street
(11.96km) End of Park Street → Int of Park Street and 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
(13.33km) Charlestown Park → End of Milson Street
(14.08km) End of Milson Street → Int of Flaggy Creek track & Fernleigh Track
Continue straight: From the intersection, this follows the GNW arrow post across Guna Road then follows the track east, back into the bush. The walk follows the track for about 200m then crosses the usually small creek. The track continues for another 160m and then crosses the now-a-bit-wider creek. The wide track gently winds through forest for about 600m before crossing the creek again on the timber boardwalk and bridge with handrails. The walk then continues to follow the track for a further 170m, to head up the timbers steps and cross a smaller timber bridge. The track continues gently uphill for another 170m, until coming to a T-intersection with the sealed shared Fernleigh Track.
(16.24km) Int of Flaggy Creek track & Fernleigh Track → Int of the Fernleigh Track & Burwood Road
(16.36km) Int of the Fernleigh Track & Burwood Road → Yuelarbah carpark
Yuelarbah car park
(16.52km) Yuelarbah carpark → Int of Yuelarbah track & Glenrock scoutcamp track
(17.09km) Int of Yuelarbah track & Glenrock scoutcamp track → Int of Glenrock scoutcamp track & Scout Camp Road
(18.11km) Int of Glenrock scoutcamp track AND Scout Camp Road → Glenrock Scout Camp
Glenrock Scout Camp
End of day 1
(18.32km) Glenrock Scout Camp → Glenrock Beach (south of lagoon)
(18.84km) Glenrock Beach (south of lagoon) → Int of Burwood Beach & Hickson St track
Continue straight: From the GNW arrow marker, this walk follows the wide beach north, keeping the ocean on your right. This walk follows the beach past attractive cliffs and historical remnants of the coal mine (on the left), then several side tracks, over about 800m to come to an intersection with a timber formed track and information signs(on the left). The walk continues straight along the beach for another 230m until coming to another intersection with a track, beside the sheltered information sign (up the hill to the left).
Glenrock Lagoon & Reserve
(20.02km) Int of Burwood Beach & the Hickson Street track → Merewether Baths
(21.07km) Merewether Baths → Bar Beach car park
Continue straight: From the Swell cafÃ©, this walk heads up to ‘John Pde’ and turns right. The walk follows the footpath alongside ‘John Parade’ (keeping the beach to your right) for 300m to continue straght into ‘Dixon Park’. Contune up past the ‘Bathers Way’ sign along the footpath for another 200m (to pass alongside the carpark) and come to the picnic shelter outside the ‘Dixon Park SLSC’.
Continue straight: From ‘Dixon Park SLSC’, this walk follows the footpath moderately steeply uphill, keeping the ocean on your right for just over 100m to find Ocean St. Here the walk turns right and continues beyond the end of Ocean St heading downhill for 160m past the end of ‘Kilgour Ave’ to a small car park. The walk veers left across the car park and follows the footpath, past the playing fields (on the left) and alongside the beach for 350m to the ‘Cooks Hill SLSC’ building (on the right). The walk continues straight, beside the road and car park before climbing up some concrete stairs, to find the large Bar Beach car park (opposite the end of Parkway Ave). There are wide ocean views at the end of the car park, on your right .
(22.89km) Bar Beach car park → Strzelecki Lookout
(23.84km) Strzelecki Lookout → King Edward Park (southern entrance)
(24km) King Edward Park (southern entrance) → The Obelisk
Turn left: From the barbeque area, this walk follows the GNW arrow post up along the footpath heading between the BBQ and fountain, away from York Dr. The footpath leads up among the large pine trees for 80m, to Reserve Rd. Here the walk follows the GNW arrow post across the road at the safety island to the footpath on the other side, beside the intersection of ‘Reserve Rd’ and ‘The Terrace’.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the footpath beside ‘Reserve Rd’ keeping the white timber fence on your left. After 30m this walk turns left into ‘Wolfe St’ then after about 110m, this walk crosses ‘Wolfe St’, just before ‘Ordnance St’ to come to a set of concrete steps marked with a GNW arrow post.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post up the concrete stairs with metal hand railing. At the top of the stairs this walk follows the sealed footpath for about 25m to the tall white stone Obelisk and monument.
(24.61km) The Obelisk → Newcastle Train Station
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the Great North Walk marker down Newcomen Street. The walk takes the first right down Church Street, passing the Grand Hotel and Police Station, then turning left onto Watt Street. The walk continues down Watt St until reaching the intersection with Scott St, where the walk reaches Newcastle railway station.
Maps for the Teralba to Newcastle via Glenrock Scout Camp 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||1:25 000 Map Series||92322S NEWCASTLE||NSW-92322S|
|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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)|
|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
12km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 11km is flat with no steps. The remaining (2.7km) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
15km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 8km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 2.2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
16km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 8km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.2km) has minimal directional signs.
22km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 2.5km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (1km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
Around 24km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.2km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.
Around 22km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
Starting from Merewether, you will mostly follow the coast line to Queens Wharf. After exploring some of Newcastle’s (and arguably Australia’s) best beaches, the grand views from Strzelecki Lookout, you then wander through King Edward Park where you can take the optional side trip to the intriguing Bogey Hole. The walk then takes you up to more panoramic views from the The Obelisk, before you stroll through Newcastle CBD and mall to Queens Wharf. There are a few long hills, just take you time and enjoy the salt air.
Total climbing: 104m
4.4 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
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 section of the Great North Walk starts from the Teralba train station and winds down and around the edge of Lake Macquarie. The walk passes through the Cockle reserve, and continues to Warners bay and up along the roads, before cutting through the bush to Charlestown, where it winds around the golf course and finishes at the Charlestown Park track head.
Total climbing: 220m
13.3 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
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
This easy walk, which is wheelchair accessible, travels through open grasslands that are surrounded by healthy eucalyptus forest. The grasslands have two large ponds, with two black swans on the lower pond. Do beware of the swans defending their territory. Richley Reserve is well maintained and makes this walk particularly attractive. This walk is recommended.
Total climbing: 21m
731 m Circuit
This walk is a good longer option walking experience at Blackbutt Reserve. This walk visits the two larger picnic areas of Richley Reserve and Carnley Reserve, as well as the Lily pond and Rain Forest picnic areas. A highlight to this walk is the throughly recommended side trip to the Wildlife Exhibits at Carnley Reserve. This enjoyable walk is highly recommended.
Total climbing: 245m
6.5 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/ttnvgsc
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.