|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|
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)|
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.
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
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