About this walk
The Fernleigh track is an old railway line from Newcastle to Lake Macquarie that has been turned into a bike path. The platforms of the stations are still visible along the way and food and drinks conveniently available nearby every stop.
It takes about 4 hours to complete the full 16 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the train to Adamstown using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Belmont at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Exit the station on the right and head follow Park Avenue.
Cross the road at the intersection to the Fernleigh Track signpost.
Take note of the map and information, then follow the signs down the Fernleigh Track.
The old railway equipment, stretches of track, and tunnels can still be found along the way.
The track crosses several roads at former railway crossings.
First stop along the way is Kahibah Station, of which only the sign remains.
Next along the line it Whitebridge Station.
Leave the track here on the right to visit the shops, cafes, and public restrooms.
Follow the street up from the track and turn left at the intersection.
Turn right after the tennis courts to find a public restrooms block.
Follow the road to the roundabout to find the shops and cafes on the left.
Retrace your steps back and continue along the Fernleigh Track.
The next stop is Redhead Station. The platform is still there and there's some historical information.
After the station there's a turn off to Redhead Beach, which makes a nice side trip if time allows.
The track continues past an industrial estate and a long stretch of wetlands.
After crossing a major road the track continues to Jewwells Station.
Only the station sign remains of Jewells Station. A sign points to nearby shops.
Another long stretch of wetlands follows. Optionally watch for signs on the right to a short wildflower walk.
The Fernleigh Track finally reaches the end of the line at Belmont Station.
From the station continue up the urban streets to the main road.
At the intersection turn right and follow the main road to the shops and the bus stop.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.