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Great North walk in short sections


The Great North Walk can be enjoyed as a series of shorter days walks. This list of walks covers the entire main spine of the Great North Walk starting from Sydney to Newcastle. Some walks are only a few hours and others take much of the day. This is a great way to explore this wonderful walk. The walks in Sydney have great Public Transport access points as do the last few walks through Newcastle. The walks in the middle will require some planning for transport, but it is well worth the little effort.
Happy Walking






Sydney to Boronia Park
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km NNE of Sydney
Length: 6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Hunters Hill(LGA)
Climb: 176 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 176 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walkThere is a ferry stop near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk is the southern most stretch of the Great North Walk and spends much of the time exploring the scenic and historic urban areas around Woolwich and Hunters Hill. Starting at the birth place of modern Sydney you soon enjoy a ferry ride across the world renowned harbour, passing the Opera House and heading under the Harbour Bridge. Once on dry land again you will explore the streets and some lovely pockets of remnant bushland of this peninsula. There are a few chances to stop at a cafe along the way before coming to open area at Boronia Park. (open in app)


Boronia Park to North Ryde
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.7 km NNW of Hunters Hill
Length: 7.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 7.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 231 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 231 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk gives you the chance to explore the bush and wetlands alongside the Lane Cove River, from Boronia Park to the new underground train station at North Ryde. You will visit several mangrove wetlands, some dry eucalypt forests and have the opportunity to rest and fill up your water bottle at a few well maintained parks. This walk follows the GNW most of the way, until soon after passing under Epping Road where you take a detour up through the Riverside Corporate Park to Delhi Rd and the train station. (open in app)


North Ryde Fairyland circuit
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.6 km E of North Ryde
Length: 6.9 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 6.9 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 193 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 193 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

Starting at North Ryde train station this walk explores a stretch of the Lane Cove River, visiting the historic Fairlylands Pleasure Grounds along the way. The walk starts by wandering through the Riverside Corporate Park and soon comes alongside the Lane Cove River to join the Great North Walk. Here we follows the GNW though Fairylands before exploring a few streets in Chatswood West. After the weir, this walk leaves the main spine of the Great North Walk to explore the lovely River Side Track, through many picnic areas and up to the Lane Cove Tourist Park. Here the you wander along the roads back to the train station. (open in app)


Roseville to Macquarie Park
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km WSW of Roseville
Length: 8.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 8.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 290 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 290 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk starts at Roseville station and explores the streets and alleyways of Roseville before joining the main spine of the Great North Walk at Fullers Bridge. Here you head deeper into the bush to explore the eastern bank on the Lane Cove River. There is a great diversity of mostly dry forest and some great sandstone rock formation, as well as a side trip to Blue Hole to enjoy. Soon after Blue hole you leave the river (and GNW) to cross over De Burghs Bridge, past a few cafes and restaurants to find Macquarie Park railway station. (open in app)


Macquarie Park to Thornleigh
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km NE of North Ryde
Length: 11.5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 11.5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 413 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 413 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Starting from the Macquarie Park train station, you wander down Lane Cove Rd and over De Burghs Bridge to join the main spine of the Great North Walk in the Lane Cove Valley. Here the walk heads under De Burghs bridge then explores the dry grass tree and eucalypt forest along the side of the ridge. The track soon leads you down into the ferny and moist valley beside Lane Cove River. Near the top of the valley, you walk up some stone steps built during the depression to find some rock engravings with 1930's style political satire, Conscript Pass. The side trip provides access to the scout campsite, where the main walk continues leads up through the streets to find Thornleigh train station. (open in app)


Thornleigh to Hornsby
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km WNW of Thornleigh
Length: 10.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 10.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 526 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 526 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Starting at Thornleigh station you walk through suburban streets for a short while before diving into the bush at the southern end of Berowra Valley Regional Park. Soon after visiting the site of the historic Zig Zag railway you start wandering through the Berowra Creek valley, passing a few cascading creeks. The track undulates along the side of the valley visiting a range of environments from moist fern forest to the drier grass tree and eucalypt forests of the ridge. There is a short side trip to visit the Westleigh engravings and a chance to pop down to fishponds, before climbing up the depression era stone steps to Hornsby station. (open in app)


Hornsby to Galston Gorge
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.4 km SSW of Hornsby
Length: 8.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 8.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 436 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 436 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Starting at Hornsby station, you soon head into the bush and down the steep depression era stone steps through the volcanic Old Mans Valley, to a picnic area at the end of Rosemead Rd. Here you follow the Blue Gum walk through one of Sydney’s rare Blue Gum Forest stands to then cross Berowra Creek a few times at Fishponds waterhole. After exploring the edge of the valley you will cross the Steele Military Bridge before climbing to Tunks Ridge rest area. Not far from here the walk starts to lead steeply down enjoying more sandstone caves to cross under Galston Road to find the Galston trackhead. (open in app)


Galston Gorge to Mt Kuring-gai
Time: 5 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.3 km NNW of Hornsby
Length: 12.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 12.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 844 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 844 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the end of this walk There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Walk CLOSED Bridge out at Calna Creek - Ferry service also cancelled.
This walk follows the eastern side of the steep Berowra Creek valley from Galston Gorge to Crosslands and then heads over the ridge to follow Lyrbird Gully up to the train station at Mt Kuring-gai. This enjoyable section of The Great North Walk spends most of the time enjoying the wide tidal creeks in the deep valleys. There are many grass trees and sandstone caves to enjoy as well as several lovely places to camp. Crosslands provides road access, a chance to fill up the water bottle and an optional side trip to motel style accommodation at Crosslands Conventions centre. (open in app)


Mt Kuring-gai Track to Berowra station
Time: 4 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.6 km SSW of Berowra
Length: 9.7 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 9.7 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 553 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 553 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk explores three valleys, with great displays of wild flowers in spring, and some nice sandstone overhangs. The section between Mt Kuring-gai and the end of Calna Creek is particularly nice, and Naa Badu Lookout is well worth the small side trip. Take the time to enjoy the many creek side rest areas along the way. (open in app)


Berowra to Berowra Waters
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km NNE of Berowra
Length: 5.7 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.7 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 287 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 287 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This pleasant walk follows the Great North Walk from Berowra Station down to Berowra Waters. On this walk you will spend much of the time on ridges enjoying scattered views across the Berowra Creek Valley, there are especially good views from Naa Badu Lookout. The walk crosses a few moist and cool gullies and scrambles for a few rocky outcrops. There are some steep climbs, and some pleasant strolls alongside the Berowra Creek. A short side trip at the end of the walk uses the ferry to cross the creek, to a cafe where you can grab a well deserved ice cream or lunch. (open in app)


Berowra Waters to Cowan Station
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.3 km NNW of Berowra
Length: 7.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 7.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Muogamarra Nature Reserve
Climb: 597 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 597 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This is a hilly walk out of the beautiful Berowra Waters valley to Cowan Station. There are many wide views across Berowra Creek providing some great excuses for well deserved rest stops. Take your time to enjoy the views, and rock formations, and creek crossings along the way as the track leads a nearly direct route to Cowan Station, through a wonderfully remote section of bushland. (open in app)


Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn)
Time: 5 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.8 km NNE of Berowra
Length: 13.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 654 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 654 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This Cowan to Brooklyn Station walk is a popular section of the Great North Walk, with scenery ranging from foreshore to ridge top lookouts. You will follow the Great North Walk from Cowan Station down to the picturesque Jerusalem Bay, then climb up over a series of ridges before descending into Brooklyn. This walk is a great one-way trip from station to station with numerous water views, including a circumnavigation of Brooklyn Dam whilst enjoying a wonderful diversity of flora along the way. (open in app)


Patonga to Wondabyne station via Mt Wondabyne
Time: 7 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
14.8 km SSW of Gosford
Length: 19.5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 19.5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 861 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 861 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk There is a train station near the end of this walkThere is a ferry stop near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk explores some grand views, pleasant cascades, varied bushland and remote areas of Brisbane Waters National Park. From Patonga you will walk up the ridge and take a short side trip to enjoy the wonderful views from Warrah Lookout, before following a series of dirt roads and management trails to Patonga Creek in the heart of the national park. The walk then leads along a mix of trails and tracks mostly passing Mt Wondabyne, a worthwhile side trip, before crossing a few gullies with cool creeks and cascades. Past Myron Brook you will walk back down the waters edge at the remote and unique Wondabyne Train Station. (open in app)


Wondabyne to Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead
Time: 4 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.1 km W of Woy Woy
Length: 10.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 10.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 484 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 484 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Starting with a steep climb from Wondabyne Train station you will explore a series of large rock platforms with wide views over the Brisbane Water National Park and visit Scopas Peak. After Scopas walk you cross a few pleasant rocky gullies before crossing Piles Creek on the Phil Houghton suspension foot bridge. Here the walk heads towards Mooney Mooney Creek before walking up to the Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead on the Old Pacific Hwy. A side trip to Camp Kariong is also described if you want to take advantage of the well established camping facilities. (open in app)


Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby
Time: 6 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.1 km W of Gosford
Length: 16.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 16.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 680 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 680 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This enjoyable walk starts from where the old Pacific Hwy where you walk along dirt roads and trails for while alongside the wide Mooney Mooney Creek, and under the huge F3 Mooney Mooney bridge. The wide track continues upstream, passing a few campsites before crossing the wide creek at a pleasant large rock platform. Not too long after crossing the creek you will pass the lower Mooney Mooney Dam where the old trail leads you uphill past another campsite, a quarry to the Somersby Reservoir. The track then leads past some rural properties and across the delightful Robinson Creek among the Gymea Lilies before finishing with a section of road walking to the Somersby Store. (open in app)


Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km NE of Somersby
Length: 6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Gosford(LGA)
Climb: 194 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 194 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Starting with a walk through the streets of urban Somerbsy, you soon leave the farms and head into Palm Grove Nature Reserve. First you will follow the signposted track down the open dry ridge to the dense rainforest. In this valley you can explores the moist rainforest with towering Eucalypts, Strangler Fig trees, Cabbage Palms and a tangle of vines. From here walk up the rocky track to another dry ridge, where you can follow a side trip to a flat clearing and designated campsite. From near the campsite the track winds down through another moist forest and past more Cabbage Palms before coming to the signposted Ourimbah Valley Trackhead on Ourimbah Creek Road. (open in app)


Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Greta Road
Time: 5 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.7 km NNE of Somersby
Length: 15 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 15 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Jilliby State Conservation Area
Climb: 730 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 730 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This pleasant walk explores the rural valleys and a beautiful section of Jilliby State Conservation Area. Starting at Ourimbah Valley Trackhead you walk into Hidden valley along the dirt road, to then follow a trail beside Ourimbah Creek to Stringy Bark Point. This is a pleasant mossy area with many ferns and near a wide sandy section of Ourimbah Creek. A bit further on you cross Ourimbah Creek then walk up the ridge to the dirt Tooheys Road. After turning off the old Tooheys Rd the Great North Walk leads along a narrow track and across the mossy and delightful Dead Horse Creek. The track then meanders through a heath and scribbly gum forest to Cherry Lane. After about a 1.5km road slog this walk leads you to a GNW trackhead on Great Rd. (open in app)


Bumble Hill Dray track (Greta Rd to Forest Road to Yarramalong)
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.4 km WSW of Yarramalong
Length: 5.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Wyong(LGA)
Climb: 277 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 277 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This section of the Great North Walk explores a section of the historic Bumble Hill Dray track. You will walk along the edge of ridge mostly through an open dry eucalypt forests and occasionally through moist ferny gullies as well as alongside the base of a tall rock wall. Bumble Hill Dray track was cut during the mid 1800’s to allow teams of bullocks to haul felled cedar to Mangrove Creek, where a barge would take it to Sydney. The oxen are now long gone, but this is a great way to lead into the small Yarramalong township. (open in app)


Yarramalong to Cedar Brush
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.1 km NNW of Yarramalong
Length: 11 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 11 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Wyong(LGA)
Climb: 241 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 241 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk
Style: One way
Walk: Easy

Starting at the quaint Yarramalong township, this walk follows a couple of rural roads to the Cedar Brush Trackhead. This is the longest road stretch on the Great North Walk. Some people see this is a road slog and either grab a lift or power walk it, others see it as an opportunity to stroll through the country side. However you choose to undertake this section of the walk I encourage you to enjoy the valley views and soak up the vibe on the semi secluded rural valley community. (open in app)


Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
10.4 km NNW of Yarramalong
Length: 9.7 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 9.7 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Olney State Forest
Climb: 590 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 590 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This section of the Great North Walk makes a good walk to a comfortable campsite, with the section along the Lyrebird Trail by the Wollombi Brook being particularly recommended. From the Cedar Brush track head, the walk winds up into the Olney State Forest through bushland (crossing over two moist gullies). Once most of your height is gained, this walk follows unsealed road before dropping down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here, the walk follows bush tracks along Lyrebird Trail and to the Basin Campsite. (open in app)


Basin campsite to Watagan Valley
Time: 6 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
15.2 km NNW of Yarramalong
Length: 13 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Olney State Forest
Climb: 784 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 784 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This varied walk travels north through the Watagans. Leaving the Basin campsite behind, the walk traverses the Wollombi Brook via the Lyrebird trail. The Wollombi Brook Pool is a great spot to stop (and take a swim) on a hot day. From the pool, the walk climbs into the Warrawolong Flora Reserve using a combination of bush tracks and dirt roads. Along the way, a side trip to Mt Warrawolong offers views on the way to the highest point in the area. This walk finishes by descending into the beautiful Watagan Valley. (open in app)


Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
22.9 km SSW of Cessnock
Length: 4.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Watagan State Forest
Climb: 384 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 384 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk starts on Watagan Creek Road and soon crosses the lovely Watagan Creek. From this point, the walk leaves the Watagan valley and climbs steeply up the bush track through forest. The walk then travels on dirt road, passing a campsite and rest area, before arriving soon afterwards at the unfenced Flat Rock Lookout. Flat Rock Lookout is a natural rock platform that offers magnificent views across the Congewai Valley to the east and north. An enjoyable walk, offering pleasant walking through forest and an outstanding viewpoint. (open in app)


Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head
Time: 5 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
20.3 km SSW of Cessnock
Length: 13.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Watagan State Forest
Climb: 336 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 336 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Starting from the grand views of Flat Rock Lookout high on the range, you will walk down into the Congewai Valley below. On the first section of this walk, you will explore a little used dirt road to the Congewai Communication Tower. From here you follow a series of tracks that wind down, steeply in places, through the tall open forest with a scattering of grass trees to the bottom of the range. Now the walk guides you through open farmland before following Congewai Road along main valley to the trackhead near Brown Muir Farm. (open in app)


Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters
Time: 7 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.3 km SSE of Paxton
Length: 17.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 17.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Watagans National Park
Climb: 973 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 973 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This full day walk starts from the Congewai valley trackhead (east) and follows the Great North Walk up into the Watagan National Park. Winding east along Georges road for the most part, this walk also passes many great lookouts and gives the option of a side trip down to the 125r lookout, which provides a great view to the south and nice spot for lunch. The walk finishes at the Watagan Headquarters campsite, which has a fire place and a picnic table. (open in app)


Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
16.9 km SSE of Cessnock
Length: 8.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 8.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 571 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 571 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This scenic walk includes dramatic lookouts and time spent in moist cool forest. The walk initially travels on dirt road past Hunter and MacLean’s Lookout, before descending into the Wallis Creek catchment. Here the walk traverses underneath many cliffs before crossing Wallis Creek and arriving at Heaton Lookout. A recommended walk with car access either end. (open in app)


Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
13.6 km NNW of Morisset
Length: 4.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 153 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 153 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This section of the Great North Walk start from grand views at Heaton Lookout in Heaton state forest and leads to the picnic area and motel at Heaton Gap. The first section of this walk follows the dirt road to a communication tower before passing another lookout and expansive valley views. Here you start the steep decent along a rocky track and passing a lovely grove of grass trees. From here you follow a grassy trail and powerlines before the narrow track leads down and across the road at Heaton Gap. (open in app)


Heaton Gap to Teralba station
Time: 6 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
11.3 km W of Teralba
Length: 14.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 14.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Awaba State Forest
Climb: 460 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 460 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the end of this walk There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


Teralba to Charlestown Park track head
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6 km WSW of Charlestown
Length: 13.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lake Macquarie(LGA)
Climb: 220 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 220 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


Charlestown Park track head to Merewether
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.3 km SE of Charlestown
Length: 7.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 7.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Glenrock State Conservation Area
Climb: 181 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 181 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


Merewether to Queens Wharf
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.6 km S of Newcastle
Length: 4.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Newcastle(LGA)
Climb: 104 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 104 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a ferry stop near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)



 
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