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Walks and Rides

Newcastle offers visitors an extensive network of tracks and trails, perfect for exploring the city, communing with nature, enjoying the outdoors and keeping active. Click on the following links to download your personal guide to the city.

Bathers Way
Stretching from the lighthouse at Nobby headland to Mereweather Ocean Baths, the largest baths in the southern hempishere, Bathers Way is a scenic 5km coastal walk waiting for you to discover. It takes two hours to walk the path or your can stroll short sections and circle back via the city streets.

Fernleigh Track
The shared pathway connets the cities fo Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. A natural asset and popular with walkers and cyclists, the former railway corridor extends 15kms from Park Avenue, Adamstown in Newcastle to Belmont in Lake Macquaire. Originally constructed in the late 1880s to transport coal, the route passes mainly through a range of bushalnd settings, with links to adjoining residential communities. The Fernleigh Tunnel at the Adamstown end, 180m in length and connects the track with Glenrock State Recreation Area which is popularar with bushwalkers and birdwatchers.
 
Shipwreck Walk
Catch the ferry from Queens Wharf to the beachside suburb of Stockton and take in impressive views of the city from across the harbour. From Stockton ferry terminal it's a short walk following the picturesque foreshore to the breakwater. Numerous ships were lost during the 19th and early 20th centuries on a sand bank to the north of Nobbys Island when navigating the entrance to the Hunter River. The remains of timber vessels have not survived but the wrecks and hulks of several iron and steel ships were incorporated into the breakwater during its construction.

Newcastle East Heritage Walk

Bathers Way Loop Map

Breakwall to Breakwall Map

Newcastle City Map

City to University Map

Local Trails Map

Foodies Delight

Harbour to Botanical Gardens

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