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Main Ridge Circuit Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.6 km WSW of Adamstown
Length: 2.5 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.5 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Newcastle(LGA)
Climb: 92 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 92 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This walk follows a wide trail along eucalyptus lined broad ridges as it circumnavigates Black Duck Creek. This walk starts and finishes at Carnley Reserve and while there, why not enjoy a picnic and/or visit to the Wildlife Exhibits. Combined with the excellent facilities at Carnley Reserve, this walk is recommended for everybody, on all but the hottest days of summer. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Main Ridge Circuit Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Main Ridge Circuit Walk
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Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
Int of Main Ridge Trail & Lookout Road
Main Ridge & Rain Forest Walks
Int of Lookout Road & Main Ridge Trail
Int of Rain Forest Walk and Lookout Road
Int of Main Ridge & Blueberry Ash Walks
Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks
Int of Carnley & Tall Trees Trails
Main Ridge & Carnley Trails
Int of Blueberry Ash Walk & Carnley Trail
Carnley Avenue Reserve
Int of Boardwalk & Carnley Trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Wallsend 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92323S 
 Newcastle 1:100 000 Map Series 9232 

Photo Gallery

 
Intersection in Carnley Reserve at Blackbutt Reserve
 
Intersection in Carnley Reserve at Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Wildlife Exhibit boardwalk entrance at Carnley Ave Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Wildlife Exhibit boardwalk entrance at Carnley Ave Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed trail towards the rainforest in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail towards the rainforest in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Intersection and sign in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Leafy trail in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Leafy trail in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail going uphill in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail going uphill in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed Trail upto the ridge in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed Trail upto the ridge in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Sealed trail looking towards Lookout Road in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail looking towards Lookout Road in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Old brick building at the end of Lookout Road in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Old brick building at the end of Lookout Road in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Old brick building in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Old brick building in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
An intersection at the end of Lookout Rd in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
An intersection at the end of Lookout Rd in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail down into forest in from Main Ridge in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail down into forest in from Main Ridge in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Attractive plants on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Attractive plants on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Vegetation found in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Vegetation found in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Leafy trail in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Leafy trail in Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Trail with shadows on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail with shadows on the Main Ridge Walk in Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sign on the Main Ridge Walk in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sign on the Main Ridge Walk in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Graffiti on a tree in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Graffiti on a tree in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Views through the forest in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Views through the forest in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Wide trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Wide trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Sealed trail through forest in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail through forest in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Eucalyptus forest in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Eucalyptus forest in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Wide sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Wide sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Tall trees beside a trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Tall trees beside a trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sign and trail on a sunny day in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sign and trail on a sunny day in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Metal ring fence and intersection ahead on a trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Metal ring fence and intersection ahead on a trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Metal ring fence beside a sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Metal ring fence beside a sealed trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sign and trail going downhill, close to Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sign and trail going downhill, close to Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail into the forest on the Blueberry Ash Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail into the forest on the Blueberry Ash Trail in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Intersection near Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Intersection near Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Trail beside metal ring fence down towards Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail beside metal ring fence down towards Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Black Duck pond in the Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Black Duck pond in the Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Trail next to Black Duck pond in Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Trail next to Black Duck pond in Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
Sealed trail and information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Sealed trail and information centre at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Information centre at Carnley Reserve
 
Information centre at Carnley Reserve +
 
Sealed trail at Carnley Reserve
 
Sealed trail at Carnley Reserve +
 
An entrance to the Wildlife Exhibits at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
An entrance to the Wildlife Exhibits at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +

 
Level trail at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
Level trail at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
An entrance to the Wildlife Exhibits at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve
 
An entrance to the Wildlife Exhibits at Carnley Reserve in the Blackbutt Reserve +
 
A level trail amongst forest in the Carnley Reserve
 
A level trail amongst forest in the Carnley Reserve +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Main Ridge Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Main Ridge Circuit Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Main Ridge Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Main Ridge Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 2.5km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 1.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 700m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.4km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 1.9km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 590m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 2.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive to Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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Blackbutt Reserve Alt = 73 m
Blackbutt Reserve, near Newcastle, occupies over 182 hectares of land and provides visitors with the chance to enjoy nature trails[1], wildlife exhibits[2][3], children's playgrounds[4] and recreational facilities. The reserve is the perfect place for a relaxing family picnic or to explore on a bushwalk. Native wildlife, such as the Powerful Owl and the Grey-headed flying fox[5] can be seen within the park. There is an information cottage[6] at Carnley Avenue, which is open 7am to 5pm, or 7am to 7pm during daylight savings. The reserve has car parking at Carnley Avenue, Richley Reserve, Lookout Road and Mahonoy Drive. For more information, phone 02 4904 3344.

Carnley Ave Reserve Alt = 39 m
The Carnley Avenue Reserve, within Blackbutt Reserve, is wheelchair accessible and has toilets[7], drinking fountains[8], gas/electric barbeques[9], sheltered picnic tables[10], a children's playground[11], fenced displays of kangaroos and emu[12], a large black duck pond[13] and an information centre[14] that is housed within a replica pioneering cottage. The information cottage has a range of souvenirs, focusing on quality and affordable products. A fee of $4 per vehicle can be paid from the automatic machines[15] in the car park. The information centre is open 7am to 5pm, or 7am to 7pm during daylight savings. For further information phone: 02 4904 3344.

(0 km) Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail to Main Ridge & Rain Forest Walks
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 383 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -6 m
From the intersection[16], this walk follows the sealed road[17] gently uphill, while initially keeping the timber fenced boardwalk[18] to the Wildlife Exhibits on your right. This walk continues through forest[19] for about 140m until coming to a three-way intersection[20], with a 'Lookout Road Carpark 400m' sign[21] (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection[22], this walk follows the 'Rainforest Walk' sign[23] and sealed road gently downhill. This walk continues undulating for about 260m until coming to a three-way intersection[24], with a sealed road (on the right) and a 'Rainforest Walk to Lookout Rd Carpark' sign[25] (on the left).

(0.38 km) Main Ridge & Rain Forest Walks to Int of Lookout Road & Main Ridge Trail
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 155 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[26], this walk follows the sealed road gently uphill, while leaving the 'Rainforest Walk to Lookout Rd Carpark' sign[27] directly behind you and initially passing a small picnic area[28] on your right. This walk continues through dense forest[29] for about 170m until coming to a level three-way intersection[30], with a picnic area[31] directly ahead and 'Rainforest Walk' sign[32] on the right.

(0.54 km) Int of Lookout Road & Main Ridge Trail to Rain Forest Walk & Main Ridge Walk
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 148 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection[33][34], this walk follows the sealed road[35] gently uphill, while moving directly away from the face of the 'Rainforest Walk' sign[36]. This walk continues, heading through a picnic area for about 160m, passing two square brick buildings[37], and then coming to a three-way intersection[38] with a gently downhill sealed road[39] (on the right) and a gently uphill sealed car park[40], past yellow metal posts (directly ahead).

(0.69 km) Int of Rain Forest Walk and Lookout Road to Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks
Walk: Easy - road,servicetrail
Length = 578 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -24 m
Veer right: From the intersection[41], this walk follows the 'Main Ridge Walk (loop)' sign[42] and sealed road[43] gently downhill, initially keeping the sign on your left and the valley on your right. This walk continues, undulating through attractive forest[44][45] for about 400m until coming to a three-way intersection[46] with a trail[47] (on the right) and a 'Tall Trees Walk' sign[48] (on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[49], this walk follows the 'Main Ridge Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark' sign[50] and sealed trail gently uphill, while leaving the gently downhill trail[51] behind on your right. This walk continues through dense forest for about 170m until coming to a level T-intersection[52], with a 'Main Ridge Walk to Carnley Carpark' sign[53] directly ahead.

(1.26 km) Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks to Main Ridge & Carnley Trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 882 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -49 m
Turn right: From the intersection[54][55], this walk follows the 'Main Ridge Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark' sign[56] and sealed trail gently uphill, while keeping the sealed gently downhill trail on your right. This walk continues through forest on a ridge for about 70m, to find an open gravel area[57][58] (on the left). Then this walk continues straight ahead, undulating for about 600m, until coming to a four-way intersection[59][60], with a 'Main Ridge Walk (loop)' sign[61] (on the left).
Turn right: From the intersection[62][63], this walk follows the trail gently downhill[64], while moving directly away from the face of the 'Richley Car Park' sign[65] and keeping the valley on the left. This walk continues, undulating for about 170m until coming to a three-way intersection[66], with a trail and metal ring fence[67] (on the left).

(2.15 km) Main Ridge & Carnley Trails to Int of Carnley Trail & Blueberry Ash Walk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 137 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[68][69], this walk follows the trail gently downhill, while initially passing the trail (next to the metal ring fence) on the left and keeping the fence on your left. This walk continues through forest for about 170m, until coming to a three-way intersection[70][71], with a trail and 'Main Ridge Walk (loop)' sign[72] on the right and the metal ring fence[73] on the left.

(2.28 km) Int of Blueberry Ash Walk & Carnley Trail to Carnley Avenue Reserve
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 131 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -9 m
Veer left: From the intersection[74], this walk follows the 'Black Duck' sign[75] and sealed road[76] gently downhill, while keeping the metal ring fence[77] on your left. This walk continues for about 150m, passing a sheltered picnic area[78] and children's playground (on the left), until passing Black Duck Pond[79] (on your right) and coming to a four-way intersection[80], with a replica pioneering cottage[81] directly ahead.

(2.41 km) Carnley Avenue Reserve to Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road,servicetrail
Length = 113 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[82], this walk follows the 'Animal' sign[83] and sealed trail gently uphill, while initially passing the replica pioneering cottage[84][85] on the right. This walk continues for about 20m until coming to a three-way intersection[86], with a large timber fenced gate[87] (on the right).
Turn left: From the intersection[88][89], this walk follows the sealed trail gently uphill, while initially passing the large timber fenced gate[90] on the right and keeping the valley on the left. This walk continues for about 90m, passing an 'Animals' sign[91] and 'Information' sign (on the right) and concrete stairs (on the left), until coming to a four-way intersection[92], with an 'Animals' sign and elevated boardwalk[93] (on the right) and disabled parking[94] and general car parking (on the left).

Blackbutt Wildlife Exhibits Alt = 47 m
This boardwalk in the Blackbutt Reserve offers wildlife exhibits[95] on an elevated timber boardwalk which is wheelchair accessible. Some of the wildlife that you are likely to encounter are kangaroos, koalas[96], wombats[97], Lace monitors[98], Wonga Pigeons, Red-winged Parrots, Black-winged Stilt[99], Buff-banded Rail, Herons[100], Eastern long-necked Turtle, Kingfishers[101], Turquoise Parrot, Banded Plover, Peaceful Dove[102], Cockatoos, Lorikeets, True Parrots, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Bush Stone Curlew, Long-tailed Finch and Barking Owls[103]. Entry is free and the exhibit is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm every day (closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and until 1pm ANZAC Day). Personal koala encounters[104] are available at 2pm daily and cost $3.50/person. For further information, phone: 02 4904 3344. More info

Catch the bus from Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Aussie Disposal Newcastle 4/ 14 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4965 5500 1.3 km
Kathmandu 6 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4952 1233 1.2 km
Boots Great Outdoors 27 Lambton Rd , Broadmeadow (02) 4969 4655 3.7 km
Camping World 3/ 276 Macquarie Rd , Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 4.6 km
Wallsend Army Disposal Store Cnr Tyrrell & Council Sts, Wallsend (02) 4951 5725 4.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Main Ridge Circuit Walk.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Main Ridge Circuit Walk
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1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 3 km (to the S)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
3 km (to the S)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 17 km (to the W)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 17 km (to the W)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 54 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Hunter fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu21°|25°Possible shower.
Fri20°|30°Becoming windy. Partly cloudy.
Sat19°|24°Possible late shower.
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