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Newcastle by bike

Why not jump on your bike and discover Newcastle's hidden trails and neighborhoods on two wheels. From the beach to the suburbs, Newcastle has plenty of cycle friendly routes to explore, with plenty of coffee pit stops along the way.

Fernleigh Track
Starting at Adamstown the Fernleigh Track is a 15km shared pathway along a disused train line. It will take you all the way from Adamstown, through Kotara to Whitebridge, Redhead, Jewells and finally Belmont. Along the way expect to see lush bushland, scenic wetlands, and keep your eyes peeled for native birds and wildlife. Because it's an old train line the incline is super easy, so before you know it you'll be at Redhead – where you can pop off the track from a dip at Redhead Beach and a bite to eat the Redhead Beach Café. Or for the more adventurous mountain bikers the Fernleigh Track links up with the Glenrock State Conservation Area which boasts 34km of trails.
The Fernleigh Track is picturesque, you can easily forget you're in the middle of suburbia with plenty of flora and fauna to feast your eyes upon.

Breakwall to Honeysuckle
Taking in Newcastle's most iconic landmarks this cycleway will take you from the end of the Breakwall at the entrance of Newcastle Harbour, past Nobbys Lighthouse and Beach, past the pooches at Horseshoe Beach, along the Foreshore, through the bustling Honeysuckle precinct to the Marina. It is a flat, family friendly ride, completely off the roads along a shared pathway.
Along the route you'll be entertained by Newcastle's working harbour as the mammoth bulk carriers manoeuvre their way into the harbour. There's also plenty of places for a pit stop like the Queens Wharf Hotel, Nagisa or The Dockyard at Honeysuckle. Whilst the newly opened Wickham Boatshed at the Marina is great for a relaxing breakfast or lunch.

Honeysuckle to Carrington
As an extension to the Breakwall to Honeysuckle route, why not continue riding and head over the bridge to Carrington where you'll find award-winning pub grub at Carrington Place, a Japanese fusion café, Café Inu (dogs welcome), Ground Up Espresso (super family friendly with their huge courtyard) or el Mexicano street food at Antojitos.
After lunch continue to head north to Arnold Street turn left towards the banks of the Hunter River, then over to Elizabeth Street and through the mangroves, before completing the loop back to the marina.

City to Merewether, via Cooks Hill and The Junction
Starting in Wheeler Place, cut across Civic Park to Laman Street. Continue along Laman Street, before turning left up Corlette Street. Take in the character-filled architecture of the terraces in Cooks Hill, stop off for a coffee at Welsh Blacks or a burger and beer at Lowlands Bowlo (in Centennial Park).
At the end of Corlette Street you'll find yourself in The Junction, where you can grab a notorious Dougheads doughnut, a famous Talulah's brekky or a coffee at The Hood. From here cross Glebe Road onto Watkins Street, which will take you all the way to the golden sands of Merewether Beach. Where you can take a dip, wander along Bathers Way or even enjoy a cocktail or two at Surfhouse or The Beaches Hotel.


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