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Dust off those hiking boots and get exploring around town

We can all smell and feel that beautiful warm weather in the air and if it means one thing, it’s that we’re yearning to spend all our time outside. With so many beautiful spots around town and beyond, we’re not short of places to explore.

If you’re thinking about stretching those legs and breathing in the fresh spring air, we’ve compiled the ultimate walking and hiking tracks around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Happy exploring!

Newcastle 

Yuelarbah Walking Track 

This is one of Lake Macquarie’s classic walking trails, kicking off from a car park at Kahibah with a boardwalk above Glenrock State Conservation Area’s forest floor, and ending in the sand of Glenrock Lagoon and a wonderfully secluded beach.

If you’re feeling adventurous (and the tides are low) you can even walk all the way around the point to Merewether Ocean Baths!

*HUNTERhunter tip – keep an eye out for wildlife. Glenrock is known for its Goannas and snakes!

Start Point: Carpark (Burwood Rd, Kahibah)
Length: 6.8km (return) 

Merewether Baths to Anzac Memorial

The much-loved bather’s way walk takes in some of Newcastle’s most iconic views. From Merewether Ocean Baths, past Merewether Beach, Dudley Beach, and Bar Beach up towards the winding staircase to the top of Anzac Memorial; this walk is probably Newcastle’s most scenic (and most popular).

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Start Point: Strzelecki Lookout
Length: 3km (one-way) 

Strzelecki Lookout to Nobbys Beach 

Still got some energy? Keep on walking and making your way winding down through King Edward Park and enjoy the other side of Newcastle. Overlook the harbour and the city as you make your way towards Newcastle Beach, past Newcastle Ocean Baths, and towards Nobbys.

Start Point: Strzelecki Lookout
Length: 3km (one-way) 

Nobbys Beach – Newcastle Breakwall – Wickham

If you’re keen to REALLY get your hike on, just keep on walking once you reach Nobby’s Beach out onto the Newcastle Breakwall before turning around and heading right towards Honeysuckle.

With the city on your left and the harbour on your right, the flat walk is perfect for picking up that pace as you creep towards Wickham. Make it to the end? Treat yourself to a meal and a good coffee at Wickham Boatshed! 

Start Point: Nobbys Beach
Length: 4km (one-way) 

Scotts Point Walk 

Leading you through the heart of Hunter Wetlands National Park, the 2km track allows you to explore the area; rich in history and nature. Wander down the boardwalk as you keep an eye out for the array of birds in the area.

Make sure to pack a picnic because once you reach the end you can set up at the well-established Riverside picnic area on the banks of the Hunter River. 

Start Point: Carpark (Scotts Way, Kooragang)
Length: 2km (one-way) 

Shipwreck Walk

Live on the other side of Newcastle? Or keen to catch the ferry over to Newcastle? Get those feet moving and see Newcastle from a different perspective as you make the 2km walk along Stockton’s breakwall or as the locals call it ‘Shipwreck Walk’. 

Start Point: King St, Stockton
Length: 2km (one-way) 

Fernleigh Track

The mighty popular walking and cycling track that connects Newcastle and Lake Macquarie is one of our area’s coolest tracks. The peaceful and scenic track takes you right past residential communities and through a stunning bushland setting with nods to the tracks past, including old railways and of course the Fernleigh tunnel! 

Start Point: Belmont (Railway Pde) or Adamstown (Train Station)
Length: 15km (one-way) 

Lake Macquarie

Swansea Bridge to Coon Island 

Head south and enjoy the beautiful waterways of Lake Macquarie. Park the car near Swansea’s Swim Centre and start walking along the path towards Coon Island. Make your way through the carpark at Swansea Boat ramp before turning right over the wooden bridge towards Coon Island.

Feeling adventurous? Keep following the path before you make your way out to the point where you’ll be greeted with beautiful views looking over to the other side of the lake. 

Start Point: Channel St, Swansea
Length: 2.5km (one-way) 

Warners Bay to Speers Point

The mostly flat track from Eleebana Boat Ramp to Speers Point Park is popular amongst Lake Macquarie locals. Walk on water as your take on the 360m over-water Red Bluff Walkway before making your way towards Warner’s Bay Foreshore. Take in the public art installations and workout some more with the outdoor fitness equipment. Keep on keeping on as you make your way around ‘stinky corner’ and towards Speers Point Park.

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Start Point: Eleebana Boat Ramp
Length: 5.6km (one-way) 

Boarding House Dam

On the doorstep of Lake Macquarie, Watagans National Park boasts some of the best rainforest scenery in NSW. Explore one of the prettiest spots, Boarding House Dam; a picturesque former logging camp. The starting point takes you on the 700m circuit walk through a storybook forest of impossibly green trees, shrubs, and moss-covered rocks and logs. 

Start Point: Watagans National Park
Length: 700m (circuit)

Nine Mile Beach

Known at Nine Mile Beach, the stretch between Redhead to Blacksmiths Beach only actually covers seven! Tackle the sandy walk and take in coastal lagoons, rarely frequented stretch of dunes, wetlands, and oceans teeming with fish and other marine life. 

Start Point: Redhead Beach
Length: 10.4km (one-way) 

Mount Sugarloaf Northern Track

Park the car at the Mount Sugarloaf carpark, right where a number of hiking tracks start. This particular walk will take you away from the summit, to visit a quieter viewpoint. 

Start Point: Mount Sugarloaf Carpark
Length: 3.8km (circuit)