About this walk
From Belmont this walk follows the Fernleigh track through Belmont Wetlands State Park to Redhead.
There the walk follows the coastal track through Awabakal and Glenrock State Conservation Area.
It takes about 6 hours to complete the full 24 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 bus Belmont's shops, and continue along the Pacific Highway.
Cross at the second set of traffic lights and turn left into Gen Street.
Enter the reserve to the right at the corner to the old Belmont train station.
From the old train station platform, follow the signs to Adamstown along the Fernleigh Track.
Cross Kalaroo Road and continue along the Fernleigh track.
At Liles Oval follow the sign to Redhead Beach down Cowlishaw Street.
At the intersection with Elsdon Street follow the sign right to Redhead Beach.
Before the dog park, turn left down Brown Street.
Then immediately right again into Elsdon Street.
After a turn to the left, enter the trailhead on the right of side of the street.
From the trailhead follow the footpath left through the dunes.
At the end of the walkway, turn left to Webb Park Playground.
From the playground follow Beach Road to the right.
Cross Freshwater Creek on the footpath along Beach Road.
At the surf club carpark, turn left into Alison Street.
Follow the right turn down Collier Street.
Enter the trailhead into Awabakal on the left at the top of the hill.
Follow the bushtrail through the coastal heath.
The trail ends at the intersection with the Bluff Trail.
Optinally turn right and follow Bluff Trail to the lookout.
From the intersection, follow Bluff trail to the left to a forested picnic area.
Continue past the picnic table and continue down Ocean Street Trail to the gate.
From the gate follow Ocean Street.
Follow Ocean Street to the intersection with Bombala Street and follow it to the right.
At the end of Bombala Street enter the trailhead.
At the split follow the sign left towards the beach.
From the end of the trail follow the beach towards the next headland.
Find the entrance to the Dudley North Trail near the end of the beach and follow it into the dunes.
Turn right at the worn trail and follow it up the ridge.
At the top of the ridge follow the Goat Trail to the right.
At the lookout overlooking Glenrock Lagoon, follow the staircase down.
Follow the trail down the ridge to Glenrock Lagoon and continue along the beach.
At the next headland continue along the ocean if it's safe or climb the trail up the headland.
From the lookout at the top follow the trail to Hickson Street.
At the carpark follow Hickson Street to the right.
Take the staircase down between the houses.
At the bottom follow Lloyd Street to the left.
Turn right at the intersection and follow Scenic Drive to the Merewether Ocean Bath.
Enter the carpark of the Merewether Ocean Bath and follow the path to the surf club.
From the Merewether Ocean Bath follow the path along the beach past the surf club.
Cross the carpark and continue along Memorial Drive.
Turn right and climb the staircase onto the Memorial Walk
On the other side of the Memorial Walk, continue along Memorial Drive.
At the intersection turn right down Cliff Street past the Shepherds Hill Complex.
At Shepherds Hill Complex, follow the Great North Walk sign to Newcastle.
Cross York Street and follow the path down into King Edward Park.
In the park follow the path left up to Reserve Road.
Cross Reserve Road and turn left into Wolfe Street.
On the right side of Wolfe Street climb the staircase to the Obelisk.
On the other side of the Obelisk follow the staircase down.
At the bottom of the stairs follow Newcomen Street to the left.
At the intersection with Church Street, turn right.
Turn left at the intersection with Bolton Street.
Follow Hunter Street to the left towards the shops.
Find the Great North Walk marker on the right and follow the footpath to Scott Street.
Take tram to Newcastle Interchange from the Queens Wharf 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.