Lookout Road Recreation Area
(0km) Lookout Road Recreation Area → Int of Rain Forest Walk & Lookout Road
(0.33km) Int of Rain Forest Walk AND Lookout Road → Int of Lookout Trail AND Rain Forest Walk
(0.63km) Int of Lookout Trail & Rain Forest Walk → Int of Rain Forest Walk & Lookout Trail
Rod Earp Rainforest Picnic Area
(0.75km) Int of Rain Forest Walk & Link Track → Main Ridge & Rain Forest Walks
(1.28km) Main Ridge & Rain Forest Walks → Int of Lookout Road & Main Ridge Trail
(1.44km) Int of Lookout Road & Main Ridge Trail → Lookout Road Recreation Area
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk passes through the yellow metal posts and crosses the car park gently uphill, while initially passing the ‘Main Ridge Walk (loop) sign on the right. This walk continues for about 25m, until coming to a three-way intersection with a trail and ‘Sensory Trail (return)’ sign on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the road gently uphill, while initially passing the ‘Sensory Trail (return)’ sign on your left. This walk continues, becoming moderately steeply uphill for about 300m, to pass through a metal gate and into the Lookout Road Recreation Area.
Maps for the Rod Earp Rain Forest Circuit (from Lookout Rd) 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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 650m has short steep hills. The remaining (270m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 980m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 960m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 1.7km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 270m has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 1.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 1.9km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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 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
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
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 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
Other Nearby walks
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 circumnavigates Coal Mine Creek on good trails. The walk starts and finishes at Richley Reserve, which has excellent picnic facilities combined with a lovely outlook over large ponds. The well established eucalyptus forest that this walk travels through surrounds you as you walk along these trail. This is a good walk which is made all the more pleasant by using the excellent facilities of Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve.
Total climbing: 90m
2.8 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
A great family length walk that takes in both of the large reserves in the Blackbutt Park. This walk starts at Richley Reserve and travels to Carnley Reserve and the Wildlife Exhibits before returning a different way to Richley Reserve. Never far from facilities, this walk suits families or those who want to stay on the wider trails. An excellent walk.
Total climbing: 96m
2.9 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
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 is a good walk, a highlight being the delightful Lily Pond picnic area, with its lush vegetation and attractive flowers. This walk travels through eucalyptus forest as well as one section of road walking through a quiet suburban street. The side trip to Richley Park is worthwhile to access the extra facilities there. A recommended walk that doesn’t attract the crowds.
Total climbing: 91m
2.7 km Circuit
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
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
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 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
This walk traverses the Awabakal Nature Reserve. Starting from Dudley in the north, this walk travels south through coastal heath and forest, until coming to Redhead. The vegetation throughout this walk is particularly attractive during the wildflower season of July to October. The side trip out to the Awabakal Viewpoint gives great views to the north along the coastline. A car shuffle would be ideal for this one-way walk. The walking tracks are a little overgrown, but if you like native forest and heath, or simply flowers, then this is the walk for you.
Total climbing: 21m
1.9 km One way
This short walk from the Awabakal car park out to the Awabakal Viewpoint offers a relaxing walk through native forest, with a quiet and secluded viewpoint at the end. The native heath throughout this walk is particularly attractive when in flower (July to October). Why not take a blanket and enjoy a picnic at the viewpoint? This short walk takes you to a lovely viewpoint through native forest and is recommended.
Total climbing: 10m
948 m Return
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/rerfc
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* 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)
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