5 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Charlestown Park → End of Milson Street
(0.75km) End of Milson Street → Int of Flaggy Creek track & Guna Street
(1.46km) Int of Flaggy Creek track & Guna Street → Yuelarbah carpark
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the shared Fernleigh Track footpath gently uphill, initially keeping the railing on your right. The walk follows the sealed path for about 110m to find Burwood Rd and a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights. Here the walk crosses Burwood Rd and comes to an intersection, marked with a ‘Great North Walk’ sign.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Great North Walk – Newcastle’ sign gently downhill along the footpath, keeping the safety barrier and Burwood Rd to your right. After about 70m, the path leads across a bridge (over Flaggy Creek) and then after another 30m, the walk turns left into the signposted ‘Yuelarbah car park’.
Yuelarbah car park
(3.19km) Yuelarbah carpark → Int of Yuelarbah track & Glenrock scoutcamp track
(3.76km) Int of Yuelarbah track & Glenrock scoutcamp track → Glenrock Beach (north of lagoon)
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the road moderately steeply downhill, while keeping the eroded track on your left (heading towards the bright yellow sign on the road). The walk continues for about 130m (turning sharply to the right) to find a locked gate and ‘Please Shut Gate’ sign. The walk passes around the gate and continues gently downhill for about 70m, to find a three-way intersection with a ‘Scouting Centenary 1908-2008’ sign. The walk turns left, gently downhill (towards lower buildings) for about 15m, until coming to a locked chained gate and ‘Emergency Assembly Point’ sign (on the right) and Glenrock Scout Camp.
Turn right: From the locked chain gate and ‘Emergency Assembly Point’ sign, this walk passes over the gate, heading towards the ocean. The walk continues gently downhill over a large grassed area, towards the lagoon, passing the camping area and camp kitchen after about 150m. The walk continues across the grassy area for 100m, past the ‘This is Scout property’ sign, to then follow the sandy track over the sand dune for about 280m, until coming to Glenrock Beach (with the end of the lagoon on your left).
Veer left: From Glenrock Beach (south of the lagoon), this walk follows the beach north (keeping the ocean on your right) for about 70m. There is a possibility of getting wet feet when crossing the lagoon outlet stream, depending on conditions. Once past the lagoon, this walk heads up to the intersection marked with a GNW arrow post at the bottom of the vegetated bank. Now Continue straight to rejoin the main walk .
Glenrock Scout Camp
(3.76km) Int of Yuelarbah track & Glenrock scoutcamp track → Int of Yuelarbah track & powerlines
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track gently downhill, initially keeping the bridge and Flaggy Creek on your right. The walk heads down along the footpath, past the bench seat and down a few timber steps for about 150m, until coming to an intersection under the power lines, just past the ‘Yuelarbah Track’ sign.
(3.95km) Int of Yuelarbah AND powerline tracks → Leichhardts Lookout
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the rocky track moderately steeply downhill, towards the timber bridge. At the bottom of the timber steps, this walk crosses the timber bridge over Little Flaggy Creek. Here the walk leads up some timber steps then winds moderately steeply up along the track for about 70m, coming to a three-way intersection beside the raised timber platform, signposted as ‘Leichhardts Lookout’.
(4.25km) Leichhardts Lookout → Int of Yuelarbah AND Glenrock Beach
(5.5km) Glenrock Beach (north of lagoon) → Merewether Baths
Continue straight: From the intersection (below the information shelter), this walk follows the beach north, while keeping the ocean on your right. The walk soon heads over a series of attractive rock platforms at the base of a large cliff and headland, and after about 1km, comes to the Merewether Ocean Baths. If there is a light to moderate onshore breeze, then you might also enjoy the view of some hanggliders and paragliders flying above. Take care along the rock platforms, especially during high tides and high seas – during particularly high tides this section may become unsafe to pass.
(7.55km) Merewether Baths → Merewether SLSC
(7.92km) Swell Cafe → Bar Beach car park
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 .
(9.36km) Bar Beach car park → Strzelecki Lookout
(10.31km) Strzelecki Lookout → King Edward Park (southern entrance)
(10.47km) King Edward Park (southern entrance) → Int of Reserve Road AND The Terrace
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’.
(10.84km) Int of Reserve Road AND The Terrace → The Obelisk
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.
(11.09km) 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 Charlestown Park trackhead to Newcastle station 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.
|Time||5 hrs 30 mins|
|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||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|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
6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3km is flat with no steps. The remaining (2.7km) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 3.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 180m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 7km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 4.6km has directional signs at most intersection.
10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.4km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (1km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
Around 11km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.
Around 10km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.4km 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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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/1f
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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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