Newcastle boasts a diversity of natural attractions offering ample opportunities for exploration and discovery.
Is the green heart of Newcastle offering 182ha of natural bushland and a range of recreational features such as 10km of walking trails, picnic areas and wildlife exhibits. Be captivated by the native animals in this lush parkland overlooking the city. Featuring bushwalking trails, peaceful picnic settings, a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems and charming wildlife exhibits which are modern, spacious and allow close viewing of the animals.
Glenrock State Conservation Area
Located only ten minutes drive from the Newcastle city centre, Glenrock State Conservation Area offers an astounding array of recreational opportunities.This unique 500 hectare pocket of relatively undisturbed coastal bushland is nestled between Merewether and Dudley Beaches.Glenrock embraces the last surviving pocket of coastal rainforest in the region, home to a range of animals, like bandicoots, bats and gliders. It also protects a number of ancient Aboriginal sites.
One of the city’s most popular beaches lies within the park’s boundaries, but there is much more here than sand and surf. Take your mountain bike and explore the scenic cycling trails, walk the rainforest and waterfall tracks, launch a hang glider off the cliffs or enjoy a spot of fishing
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park provides a delightful day out for Newcastle residents and visitors. In a protected bushland setting, your family and friends can enjoy barbecue areas, play equipment, a maze and plenty of green space to refresh the soul. If you’re feeling active after lunch you can play cricket, go bike riding down one of the many trails or enjoy one of the easy-access walking tracks to check out the mining heritage of the park. Experience nature from a higher perspective with the Tree Top Adventure Park.
The Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia
Extensive walking and bike trails criss-cross the 45 hectare RAMSAR listed Hunter Wetlands site, all of them are graded 'easy', walking and riding. Don't forget to watch out for the fasinating array of birds, animals, reptiles and plants that make these wetlands such a unique and interesting part of the Hunter's ecology. There are five main trails including the sensory trail, boardwalk and rainforest trail. For a unique way to explore the wetlands take a segway tour of the site with East Coast Xpreiences. Segways are electronic transportation devices with two wheels and are controlled by the user;s monement.
Boardwalks, walking tracks and cycleways help you explore the wonders of this intertidal world, glimpse the majesty of once luxuriant rainforest and discover historic ruins.Enjoy wide open spaces and wildlife places beside the river where you can birdwatch, fish, cycle, discover some of the island's past or just relax and take a bushwalk along the walking tracks.
The Stockton & Sand Dunes
Stockton Beach is a short ferry ride away from Newcastle and offers sweeping views across the Stockton Bight to Port Stephens. With the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hempishere, Stockton beach is popular for sand board riding and 4WD tours. The nearby Shipwreak walk along Stockton break wall features a numbers of shipwreacks dating back as far as 1928. Amoung the sand dunes is the famous Tin City, built as a base for shipwrecked sailors. The Tin City was used to shoot a number of scenes in the 1979 movie Mad Max.