Newcastle Cycleways map outlines existing cycleways, recommended connecting routes and some of our proposed future works for the whole local government area. Pick up a paper copy from Newcastle libraries, bike shops, the Visitor Information Centre and City Administration Centre.
Bathers Way loops
- Approximately 20km loop - Bathers Way, Foreshore and Hamilton
- Approximately 10km loop - Bathers Way, Foreshore and Cooks Hill
Breakwall to breakwall
- Approximately 25km
- Scenic flat ride on shared pathways and quiet back streets
Newcastle City to Belmont (R1)
- Approximately 22km
- Includes 16km Fernleigh Track
- Low to moderate difficulty
Kotara South to Mayfield, TAFE and University (R4)
- Approximately 8km
- Off-road cycleway except for approximately 2km
- Intersects with cycleways to Newcastle City, University and TAFE
Newcastle City to University (Callaghan) (R6)
- 11km north route through Wickham, Maryville, Mayfield and Waratah
- The route follows shared pathways and mostly quiet back-streets
- Easy, except for the crossing of Maud Street
John Hunter Hospital to University (Callaghan) via Jesmond Park
- Off-road cycleway except for 300m of quiet back-streets
- From Jesmond, runs parallel with the Newcastle Inner City Bypass
- Easy (off road) but steep in parts
Newcastle City to Wallsend (R1, R5)
- Continue on from Wallsend to Glendale on the Tramway Track (3.6km)
- Mostly easy, some sections of moderate difficulty
- Runs from Ganney Street, Wallsend to Frederick Street, Glendale
- 15km shared path along former rail corridor
- Connects Adamstown and Belmont
Riding on the road:
- On-road symbols - these are used partly to alert drivers to the presence of cyclists and partly for indicating where riders should position themselves on the road.
- Bike lanes - these are visually separated marked spaces on roads for use by bike riders. At major intersections, they are often highlighted by the use of green paint. In this situation, they indicate a clear path of travel for the rider through the intersection. If there is a signed and marked bike lane, riders should use it unless it is impractical to do so.
- Bike-only contra-flow lane - these lanes allow riders two-way travel on roads that are marked one-way for other vehicles.
City of Newcastle provides bicycle racks at key locations throughout the local government area. The Newcastle Development Control Plan requires that new development provide end of trip facilities, such as lockers and showers. Secure bike lockers are available for hire at various train stations throughout NSW. For details, visit the Transport NSW website.
Bikes on public transport
If you are using an Opal card, you can take your bike on a Sydney or Intercity train for free at any time.
Folding bikes ride on Sydney and Intercity trains free of charge at all times and are also permitted on the Stockton Ferry free of charge. Check with the crew for location of the bike storage area.
Bikes cannot be taken on buses in NSW.