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 9 hours to complete the full 35 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 Teralba 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. Stock up on supplies at the shopping arcade.
Along the main road follow the sign to Warners Bay to the left.
This will lead you to the lakefront. Follow the footpaths to the right along the lake.
From the final viewing platform along the lakefront, follow the footpath up the hill.
Turn left into Ross Street at the intersection and keep following it to its end.
At the end of Ross Street enter the entrance to the reserve.
From there the lakeside footpath resumes. Follow it through Green Point Foreshore Reserve.
Along the footpath a staircase leads up to several lookout. Watch for the signs.
Follow the staircase up to the lookouts.
From the intersection with the lookouts the footpath eventually turns into a dirt trail.
Keep following the trail along the lakefront. Taking the branches closest to the shore.
The trail finally ends on an urban street. Follow it to the reserve on the left.
From the reserve follow Dilkera Avenue all the way up to the main road.
Follow Macquarie Drive to the left and cross the bridge across Sheppards Creek.
Enter the park on the left side of the road and follow the footpath back to the lakefront.
The footpath eventually leads to a carpark, picnic area, and a boat ramp.
On the far side of the car park a bike path continues between the main road and the shore.
The bike path ends at a suburban street. Follow it up to the main road.
Turn left at Bareki Road and follow the narrow bike line around the corner.
Instead you can also cross the road, climb the embankment, and go through the suburb.
Eventhough it is marked as a bike path, it is dangerously close to the traffic. Be bery careful.
Enter the reserve on the left to find another path along the lakefront.
The path along the lake turns into a boardwalk across the water for some distance.
After the boardwalk continue along the lakefront to Warners Bay's shops.
From the reserve at Warners Bay, the bike path continues along the shore of the lake.
Eventually the bike path ends in a reserve at Cockle Creek.
Follow the road up Cockle Creek, past the stadium, to the highway.
Take the ramp up to the highway and follow it to the left along the bike path.
After crossing Cockle Creek watch for a sign to Teralba Station.
Take the off ramp on the left and follow it under the bridge.
On the other side of the bridge, follow the Great North Walk markers to the left.
The bike path ends at Anzac Parade, follow it to the right away from the highway.
Follow Anzac parade up to Teralba's shops.
Anzac Parade eventually ends at Teralba Station.
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.