1 hr 45 mins
Mount Sugarloaf Car Park
(0km) Mt Sugarloaf Carpark → Yellow Stone Monument
(0.03km) Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd & Yellow Stone Monument → Int of Sugarloaf & Northern Rd
(0.15km) Int of Sugarloaf & Northern Rd → Int of Northern Rd & Green Track
(0.21km) Int of Northern Rd & Green Track → Int of Green & Blue Tracks
(0.73km) Int of Green & Blue Tracks → Western Viewpoint
(0.8km) Western Viewpoint → Int of Blue & Northern Picnic Area Tracks
(1.41km) Int of Blue & Northern Picnic Area Tracks → Int of Blue AND Purple Tracks
Continue straight: From the white metal track marker, this walk follows the track gently downhill (passing a ‘cliff warning’ sign on your left after about 10m). The wide track is followed for about 190m, until coming to a three-way intersection, with a track (on the left).
(1.77km) Int of Blue & Purple Tracks → Northern Viewpoint
(1.77km) Int of Blue AND Purple Tracks → Int of Purple AND Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark Tracks
(3.02km) Int of Purple AND Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark Tracks → Int of Purple Track AND Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
(3.08km) Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd & Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark → Int of Mt Sugarloaf & Sugarloaf Range Rd
(3.6km) Int of Mt Sugarloaf AND Sugarloaf Range Rd → Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd AND Mt Sugarloaf Picnic Area Track
(3.66km) Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd AND Mt Sugarloaf Picnic Area Track → Yellow Stone Monument
(3.79km) Yellow Stone Monument → Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
Maps for the Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track 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.
|Time||1 hr 45 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|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
Around 3.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 140m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
Around 2.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 820m is clearly signposted.
Around 2.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.1km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 3.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 2.1km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.8km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
This summit walk to Mt Sugarloaf offers fabulous 360 degree views and is highly recommended. This short but steep walk follows a wide trail, which narrows to become fenced steps directly to the summit. From the summit, you can see across the surrounding plains, with the views of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the ocean which are quite spectacular. This walk is often enjoyed by families and children and is highly recommended.
Total climbing: 48m
534 m Return
A must do if you’re in the area, this walk travels through particularly attractive forest as it circumnavigates the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. The side trip to the summit of Mt Sugarloaf would best be done first, followed by a leisurely walk along the track. There are many picnic options, either during or at the end of walk. Enjoy the views and attractive forest on this walk.
Total climbing: 43m
800 m Circuit
This longer walk travels though gentle forest, with many opportunities for picnics. Primarily in forest, this walk occasionally offers views out to the surrounding plains. The side trip to the western viewpoint (unfenced) is particularly recommended as the views are fabulous. This walk is mostly flat or gently undulating and therefore would be good for families. A recommended walk.
Total climbing: 73m
1.8 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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
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
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Special Maps/ brochures
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* PDF with Lands Topo map base
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