Cycle, walk or jog this historic rail trail
The historic Fernleigh Track is a unique urban gateway between Newcastle (Adamstown) and the Lake Macquarie suburbs of Redhead, Jewells and Belmont. What was once a rail line in the 1890’s linking the coal mines of Lake Macquarie with the port of Newcastle and the steelworks, is now a busy cycleway and walkway enjoyed by many locals.
The Fernleigh Track stretches 15 kilometres and depending which way you walk, ride or jog it - it starts in Adamstown and ends in Belmont (or vice versa), snaking its way through some beautiful scenery along the way. From the dense bushland in the Glenrock State Conservation Area between Adamstown and Kahibah to wetland forests, coastal heaths and scribbly gum bushland in the Awabakal Nature Reserve.
Sections of the track feel like you are worlds away from suburbia, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie coastal environment.
You can’t overlook the fact that the Fernleigh Track was once a railway line, with many old relics to be spotted along the way such as railway sleepers, lengths of track, old railway stations and of course the railway tunnel underneath the Pacific Highway at Adamstown Kahibah. The beauty is that because this track was built for heavy trains lugging coal to the port, the inclines and declines are very gentle, so there are no steep hills to worry about!
And if you’re in need of a coffee along the way, why not try the Fernleigh Track Café at Adamstown, Pegs at Whitebridge or a little bit of a detour to Redhead Beach Café.