Charlestown Park track head to Merewether


2 hrs 45 mins

7.9 km One way

181 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether

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.

Length 7.9 km
Time 2 hrs 45 mins
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Grade 4/6



Hard track
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

Gradient

4.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.1km is flat with no steps. The remaining (1.4km) has short steep hills.

Quality of track

3.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.2km follows a smooth and hardened path. 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.

Signs

Around 4.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

5km 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.

weather

Around 7km 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.

Infrastructure

Around 6km 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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Charlestown Park track head to Merewether walk starts at the Charlestown Park (gps: -32.967837, 151.69429)
Your transport options to Charlestown Park are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)



The Charlestown Park track head to Merewether ends at the Merewether SLSC (gps: -32.948318, 151.75681)
Your transport options to Merewether SLSC are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)


Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts

Comments

 


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Gallery images
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.
Happy walking
Matt :)