Walking Tracks & Trails

There are easy walking trails and paths in the Newcastle area for you to explore and enjoy.

Bathers Way

Stretching from the commanding lighthouse at Nobbys Headland to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock Reserve and the early coal workings at Burwood Beach, Newcastle's Bathers Way is a scenic 5 kilometre coastal walk waiting for you to discover, play, swim and eat any way you choose.  View the map documents and find out more about coastal revitalisation under links.

Blackbutt Reserve

A popular nature reserve with over 20 kilometres of walking trails and native animal and bird life to observe. Find out more...

Fernleigh Track

The Fernleigh Track is an attractive and popular shared pathway along the route of a former rail line between Adamstown and Belmont.  The paved, 15km gently graded track takes in coastal, wetland and bushland environments and is suitable for people of all fitness levels.  It starts near Adamstown Station and passes through the suburbs of Kotara, Kahiba, Whitebridge, Redhead and Jewells before terminating near Belmont TAFE.

View the Fernleigh Track map in Documents.

Great North Walk

Coastal walking trail stretching from Sydney to Newcastle. Maps are available from the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre located at 3 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle.  Newcastle Visitor Information Centre.

Hunter Regional Botanic Gardens

Over 140 ha of gardens, situated north of Newcastle on the Pacific Highway at Hexham.  For details of opening times, activities, events and exhibits, go to  www.huntergardens.org.au.  The Gardens feature a large expanse of natural bushland with several walking tracks up to 6km in length. The walks provide an opportunity to see local plants and wildlife including numerous birds, goannas, possums, wallabies and koalas.

Kooragang Wetlands

 Experience and explore 15km of boardwalks, cycleways and walking tracks.  For details, visit the
 Kooragang Wetlands website.

Newcastle Town Walk

Encompasses points of interest in the city in particular heritage buildings and coastline. Maps are available from the  Newcastle Visitor Information Centre.

Shipwreck Walk

The Shipwreck Walk is a pleasant 2km walk along the Stockton breakwater (north side of Newcastle Harbour). Maps are available from the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre located at 3 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle.   Newcastle Visitor Information Centre.

Tramway Track (Wallsend to Glendale)

 This shared pathway connects Lake Macquarie residents to bike routes that can take them to the John Hunter Hospital, the University of Newcastle and Tighes Hills TAFE; and Newcastle residents with Glendale TAFE. The gentle gradient of the corridor makes the climb between the two suburbs much easier and safer than the alternate route along Lake Road.

View the Tramway Track map in Documents.