About this walk
This walk follows the last leg of the Great North Walk from rural Teralba along Lake Macquarie to Newcastle and covers mostly urban environments.
Glenrock is a national park in the middle of suburban Newcastle with bushland, a lagoon and a beach.
It takes about 8 hours to complete the full 28 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 Booragul using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Newcastle at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Exit the train at either Booragul or Teralba and make your way across the suburb towards the shore of Lake Macquarie.
A combined foot and bicycle path follows the shore of the lake.
The footpath joins Five Islands Road across the wetlands.
On the other side of the wetlands this walks follows the last section of the Great North Walk to the centre of Newcastle.
A footpath continues along the shore of the lake, all the way to Warners Bay.
From the roundabout in Warners Bay follow the small white marker poles of the Great North Walk through the suburb.
The trail of markers will lead you to a large reserve with a sports field and a play ground.
At the edge of the reserve a large sign offers directions into the ajoining bushland. Follow the directions to Charlestown and Newcastle.
Follow the Great North Walk markers through the bushland between the golf course and the highway.
The trail crosses the highway at a small tunnel near the far end of the golf course.
On the other side, a trail of small white markers for the Great North Walk leads to the Charlestown Mall
Refreshments are available at the mall, before continuing the Great North Walk in the suburbs across the highway.
The trail of markers leads to dense bushland at the edge of the suburb.
The path through the bushland and at a bike trail near a major road.
After crossing, further signs for the Great North Walk lead to the entrance of Glenrock Sate Conservation Area further up the main road.
From the car park of Glenrock, follow the walking track towards the coast.
At the many intersections of trails, follow the direction to Leichhardts Lookout, Burwood Beach or Newcastle.
All the way down the gully the trail ends at a lagoon and the beach.
Follow the beach north to the next headland.
At low tide it is possibly to follow the shore, otherwise climb up Merewether headland to where the paragliders launch.
From the top of Merewether footpaths and stairways lead down to the beach on the other side.
Follow Merewether Beach to the large car park on the far end.
From there the Great North Walk markers lead to the defence batteries of Shepherds Hill.
After crossing the little valley in the reserve, the walk leads to the Newcastle Obelisk.
The obelisk marks the official end of the Great North walk, but the white markers continue down to the foreshore.
The foreshore has many restaurant and resting spots. From there a shuttle bus to Hamilton Station takes you to the train back to Sydney.
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.