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Charlestown to Merewether
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.3 km SE of Charlestown
Length: 7.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 7.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Glenrock State Conservation Area
Climb: 183 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 183 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: One way
Track: Hard

Starting from a small park in Charlestown you will follow the Great North Walk through a few reserves and along a Burwood Beach, past the heads to Merewether Beach. Exploring bush around Glenrock lagoon on the Yuelarbah Track, including the Leichhardt’s Lookout are highlights. From this lookout the track leads down past the edge of the lagoon then along the sandy beach, past Merewether ocean pools. This walk describes a side trip to the scout campsite beside the lagoon for those who have organised to camp there. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Glenrock State Conservation Area
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Charlestown Park track head to Merewether

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Charlestown Park track head to Merewether
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Charlestown Park
End of Milson Street
Int of Flaggy Creek track & Guna Street
Int of Flaggy Creek track & Fernleigh Track
Int of the Fernleigh Track & Burwood Road
Yuelarbah car park
Int of Yuelarbah track & Glenrock scoutcamp track
Int of Yuelarbah AND Flaggy Creek tracks
Int of Yuelarbah AND powerline tracks
Int of Yuelarbah AND Little Flaggy Creek tracks
Leichhardts Lookout
Glenrock Beach (north of lagoon)
Glenrock Beach (south of lagoon)
Glenrock Beach (north of lagoon)
Int of Burwood Beach & the Hickson Street track
Merewether Baths
Starting point for this hiking track: Charlestown Park

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Photo Gallery

 
Charlestown Park Track head sign
 
Charlestown Park Track head sign +
 
Charlestown Park
 
Charlestown Park +
 
Charlestown Park aka Aniversery Grove
 
Charlestown Park aka Aniversery Grove +

 
Crossing road near Charlestown Park
 
Crossing road near Charlestown Park +
 
GNW beside the Pacific Hwy Charlestown
 
GNW beside the Pacific Hwy Charlestown +
 
Walking along Charles at Charlestown
 
Walking along Charles at Charlestown +

 
Caltex Servo in Charlestown
 
Caltex Servo in Charlestown +
 
Looking into Mulbinga Street
 
Looking into Mulbinga Street +
 
End of Milson St
 
End of Milson St +

 
Bridge at the end of Milson Street
 
Bridge at the end of Milson Street +
 
Board walk winding through the bush
 
Board walk winding through the bush +
 
Boardwalk winding along Flaggy creek
 
Boardwalk winding along Flaggy creek +

 
Flaggy Creek Bridge
 
Flaggy Creek Bridge +
 
GNW track near Flaggy Creek
 
GNW track near Flaggy Creek +
 
Bee Hive in tree
 
Bee Hive in tree +

 
GNW just west of Guna St
 
GNW just west of Guna St +
 
Crossing Guna St
 
Crossing Guna St +
 
Flaggy Creek on The Great North Walk
 
Flaggy Creek on The Great North Walk +

 
GNW near Flaggy Creek
 
GNW near Flaggy Creek +
 
Enjoying the tall forest
 
Enjoying the tall forest +
 
Bridge and boardwalk, near the junction of Flaggy and Tin Hate Creeks
 
Bridge and boardwalk, near the junction of Flaggy and Tin Hate Creeks +

 
Great North Walk in Kahibah
 
Great North Walk in Kahibah +
 
A black Land Mullet on the Great North Walk
 
A black Land Mullet on the Great North Walk +
 
Fernleigh Track
 
Fernleigh Track +

 
Old Kahibah Train station sign
 
Old Kahibah Train station sign +
 
Crossing Burwood Rd
 
Crossing Burwood Rd +
 
Great North walk beside Burwood Rd
 
Great North walk beside Burwood Rd +

 
Walking into Yuelarbah car park
 
Walking into Yuelarbah car park +
 
Information sign at Yuelarbah car park
 
Information sign at Yuelarbah car park +
 
Welcome to Yuelarbah Walking Track
 
Welcome to Yuelarbah Walking Track +

 
Top of the Yuelarbah Walking Track
 
Top of the Yuelarbah Walking Track +
 
Tall Boardwalk
 
Tall Boardwalk +
 
Yuelarbah tree top board walk
 
Yuelarbah tree top board walk +

 
Nice picnic area beside Yuelarbah Walking Track
 
Nice picnic area beside Yuelarbah Walking Track +
 
Bridge over Flaggy Creek
 
Bridge over Flaggy Creek +
 
Flaggy Creek from Yuelarbah Walking Track
 
Flaggy Creek from Yuelarbah Walking Track +

 
Flaggy Creek Bridge
 
Flaggy Creek Bridge +
 
Nice place to rest beside Flaggy Creek on the Yuelarbah Walking Track
 
Nice place to rest beside Flaggy Creek on the Yuelarbah Walking Track +
 
Nice rocks formations on the Yuelarbah Walking Track
 
Nice rocks formations on the Yuelarbah Walking Track +

 
Bridge over Little Flaggy Creek on the Yuelarbah Walking Track
 
Bridge over Little Flaggy Creek on the Yuelarbah Walking Track +
 
Crossing Little Flaggy Creek
 
Crossing Little Flaggy Creek +
 
Leichhardts Lookout
 
Leichhardts Lookout +

 
View from Leichhardts Lookout
 
View from Leichhardts Lookout +
 
Steps near Leichhardts Lookout
 
Steps near Leichhardts Lookout +
 
step track below Leichhardts Lookout
 
step track below Leichhardts Lookout +

 
One of several bridges on the GNW beside Glenrock Lagoon
 
One of several bridges on the GNW beside Glenrock Lagoon +
 
View of Glenrock Lagoon
 
View of Glenrock Lagoon +
 
GNW sign beside the ocean
 
GNW sign beside the ocean +

 
Where Glenrcok Lagoon meets the ocean
 
Where Glenrcok Lagoon meets the ocean +
 
Looing towards Dudley from Glenrock Lagoon
 
Looing towards Dudley from Glenrock Lagoon +
 
Puffer fish on beach
 
Puffer fish on beach +

 
Coal seam on Burwood Beach
 
Coal seam on Burwood Beach +
 
Rock Platform at Merewether
 
Rock Platform at Merewether +
 
Rock fishing at Merewether
 
Rock fishing at Merewether +

 
Walking below the headland at Merewether
 
Walking below the headland at Merewether +
 
Walking around to Merewether
 
Walking around to Merewether +
 
Merewether Baths changing room
 
Merewether Baths changing room +

 
Merewether Baths
 
Merewether Baths +
 
Merewether Baths
 
Merewether Baths +
 
Looking north from near Merewether Baths
 
Looking north from near Merewether Baths +

 
Looking north along Bar Beach
 
Looking north along Bar Beach +
 
Swells Cafe
 
Swells Cafe +
 
looking North along Bar Beach
 
looking North along Bar Beach +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Charlestown Park track head to Merewether 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 8km
Time 2 hrs 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
4.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.1km is flat with no steps. The remaining (1.4km) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
3.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.2km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 170m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 4.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.4km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (1km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 7km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Charlestown Park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Charlestown Park Alt = 103 m
'Charlestown Park'[1], by the Pacific Highway in Charlestown, offers a picnic table[2], shelter[3], barbeque[4] and war memorial[5]. Charlestown Park is also known and signposted as 'Anniversary Grove'[6].

(0 km) Charlestown Park to End of Milson Street
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 751 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -20 m
From Charlestown Park[7], this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign[8] across the Pacific Highway at the traffic lights[9]. The walk then turns left to cross 'Dudley Road' and follow the GNW arrow post along the foot path towards the service station on the Pacific Highway. Just before the service station, this walk turns right to following Charles Street[10] gently downhill for about 100m, then takes the first right onto Smith Street[11], and then immediately turns left into Mulbinga Street[12]. The walk follows Mulbinga St gently downhill[13] for about 300m, turning left onto Moto St[14] heading gently uphill[15] for about 100m before turning right onto Milson Street[16]. This walk follows Milson St gently downhill for about 40m, until coming to the end of the street.[17] where there is a small timber footbridge[18] (on the left).

(0.75 km) End of Milson Street to Int of Flaggy Creek track & Guna Street
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 707 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -15 m
Veer left: From the end of Milson Street[19], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[20] down over the grass and across the timber footbridge[21]. The walk continues through the forest, and over the next 150m, heads along a few sections of timber boardwalk[22] and crosses a small bridge with a handrail[23], to then cross Flaggy Creek[24] at a metal bridge with handrails[25]. Just after crossing the bridge, this walk turns left, following the GNW arrow post at the three-way intersection[26]. This walk follows the track, keeping Flaggy Creek to the left for about 500m, until coming to an intersection [27] with Guna Street[28].

(1.46 km) Int of Flaggy Creek track & Guna Street to Yuelarbah carpark
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath,footpath
Length = 1.73 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -42 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[29], this follows the GNW arrow post across Guna Road then follows the track east, back into the bush. The walk follows the track for about 200m then crosses the usually small creek[30]. The track continues for another 160m and then crosses the now-a-bit-wider creek[31]. The wide track gently winds through forest for about 600m before crossing the creek again on the timber boardwalk and bridge with handrails[32]. The walk then continues to follow the track for a further 170m, to head up the timbers steps and cross a smaller timber bridge[33]. The track continues gently uphill[34] for another 170m, until coming to a T-intersection[35] with the sealed shared Fernleigh Track[36].
Turn left: From the intersection[37], this walk follows the shared Fernleigh Track footpath gently uphill[38], initially keeping the railing on your right[39]. The walk follows the sealed path for about 110m to find Burwood Rd[40] and a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights[41]. Here the walk crosses Burwood Rd and comes to an intersection[42], marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign[43].
Turn right: From the intersection[44], this walk follows the 'Great North Walk - Newcastle' sign[45] gently downhill along the footpath[46], keeping the safety barrier and Burwood Rd to your right. After about 70m, the path leads across a bridge[47] (over Flaggy Creek) and then after another 30m, the walk turns left into the signposted 'Yuelarbah car park'[48].

Yuelarbah car park Alt = 63 m
Yuelarbah car park[49] on Burwood Rd, Kahibah is the starting point to a number of walking and MTB tracks within the Glenrock State Conservation Area. There is a sheltered information sign[50] with historical and natural heritage information. There are about 25 parking bays, and a mobility parking bay[fac=8225].

(3.19 km) Yuelarbah car park to Int of Yuelarbah track AND Glenrock scoutcamp track
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 580 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -33 m
Veer left: From the Yuelarbah car park[51], this walk follows the 'Yuelarbah walking track' sign[52] down along the sealed footpath, between the timber bollards[fac=8226]. The footpath has a handrail on each side and initally zig zags[53] downhill before joining the timber boardwalk[54]. The elevated boardwalk[55] has (1m high) handrails[56] and leads through the bush for just shy of 100m, where there is a small step down[fac=8227] on to the gravel track. The walk continues gently downhill along the wide gravel track for 100m to pass a faint rough track (on the left, that leads to a picnic table [57][fac=8228]). This walk stays on the main wide path as is gently undulates mostly dowhill for another 400m, then coming to a 3-way intersection[58], marked with a 'Yuelarbah Track' sign[59] (and track[60] on the right) just before a large foot bridge[61].

(3.77 km) Int of Yuelarbah track & Glenrock scoutcamp track to Int of Yuelarbah track AND powerlines
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 200 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[62], this walk follows the 'Yuelarbah Track' sign[63] down and across the large foot suspension bridge, over Flaggy Creek[64]. On the other side of the bridge, this walk leads gently up to a T-intersection[65] with a wide track[66].
Turn right: From the intersection[67], this walk follows the track gently downhill[68], initially keeping the bridge[69] and Flaggy Creek[70] on your right. The walk heads down along the footpath[71], past the bench seat[72] and down a few timber steps[73] for about 150m, until coming to an intersection under the power lines[74], just past the 'Yuelarbah Track' sign[75].

(3.97 km) Int of Yuelarbah AND powerline tracks to Leichhardts Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 289 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[76], this walk follows the 'Yuelarbah Track' sign[77] under the power lines and down the timber steps[78], while keeping the creek[79] on your right. The walk heads past the NPWS post[80] and follows the track for about 60m, to then follow a section of timber railing[81] with views over the waterfall[82] (on the right). Then the walk continues gently downhill[83] for about 130m, until coming to a three-way intersection with a track[84], marked with another 'Yuelarbah Track' sign[85] (and a bridge[86] visible on the right).
Turn right: From the intersection[87], this walk follows the rocky track[88] moderately steeply downhill, towards the timber bridge[89]. At the bottom of the timber steps[90], this walk crosses the timber bridge[91] over Little Flaggy Creek[92]. Here the walk leads up some timber steps[93] then winds moderately steeply up along the track for about 70m, coming to a three-way intersection beside the raised timber platform[94], signposted as 'Leichhardts Lookout'[95].

Leichhardts Lookout Alt = 32 m
Leichhardts Lookout is within the Glenrock State Conservation Area. This lookout is a timber platform, looking east[96] across Glenrock Lagoon and out to the ocean[97]. Leichhardts Lookout is named after Ludwig Leichhardt a Prussian naturalist and explorer who, in 1842, described the view down into Glenrock Lagoon[98] as well as other important geological sightings in the area. More info

(4.26 km) Leichhardts Lookout to Int of Yuelarbah AND Glenrock Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.26 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -75 m
Continue straight: From 'Leichhardts Lookout'[99], this walk follows the track east from the beside the lookout[100], whilst keeping the valley to your right. The track leads quite steeply down[101] the timber steps[102] and soon passes down between the cleft in the rocks[103]. The walk continues down the steep steps beside the rock face[104] then down the staircase with a handrail[105]. From here, the track continues down the steps for another 150m, crossing two small timber bridges[106][107] to where the track begins to flatten out. Here the track leads more gently along the side of the hill, crossing 5 more small timber bridges[108][109][110][111][112] over the next 900m before leaving the dense forest and getting a view of the beach beside the large 'Great North walk' sign[113][114]. The walk now follows the GNW arrow post gently downhill[115] for about 80m to the large sandy beach[116], just beside Glenrock Lagoon[117] (on the right), to find a GNW arrow post at the bottom of the vegetated bank[118] (on the left).

Glenrock Lagoon & Reserve Alt = 5 m
The Glenrock Lagoon is within the Glenrock State Conservation Area and has a rich history. It was named for 'Glen' meaning narrow valley and 'rock' because of the rocky nature of the valley. The site was first occupied by the local aboriginals of the Awabakal Tribe, who were known to roam and hunt in the Glenrock Lagoon, with evidence near the mouth of the lagoon. The Awabakal Tribe had a large sacred cave, which was filled with paintings, however, these paintings are now gone. Glenrock was the site of the first coal deposits found in Australia. Deep in the valley, there are remnants of the early Colliery. Coal was mined at Glenrock for over 100 years - a good example of this is Smelters Beach, just north of the lagoon exit, which contains historic rail tracks in the cliff side. The Scout camp was established here in 1932, with a 99 year lease and continues today.[119]

(5.51 km) Glenrock Beach (north of lagoon) to Glenrock Scout Camp
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - beach,bushtrack
Length = 708 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -9 m
Turn sharp right: From the GNW arrow post[120], this walk follows the main beach south[121] (while keeping the ocean to your left) for about 70m. There is a possibility of getting wet feet when crossing the lagoon outlet stream[122], depending on conditions. Once past the lagoon (on the south side), this walk comes to a faint intersection with the scout camp access track (on your right)[123].
Veer right: From Glenrock Beach[124], this walk follows the sandy track inland, keeping the lagoon[125] on your right. After about 280m, this walk passes the 'This is Scout property' sign[126] and then walks over the large grassed area[127] for about 100m to the camping area beside the camp kitchen[128]. From here, the walk continues gently uphill over the large grassed area (towards the cluster of buildings[129]) for about 150m, until passing around a locked chain gate[130] with an 'Emergency Assembly Point' sign[131], just beside the caretaker's house (on your left).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Glenrock Scout Camp Alt = 16 m
Glenrock Scout Camp, off Burwood road and within the Glenrock State Conservation Area is owned and operated by the Scouting Association of Australia. The scout camp is located by a beautiful lagoon[132] and is close to the ocean[133]. The scout camp is a great place to stop and relax, with self guided walks and nature trails available close by. At the scout camp there is a public telephone[134], locked toilets (available upon request), water[135] and sheltered picnic tables[136]. The scout camp has indoor accommodation available. The Overman's Cottage is a large simple cottage, with sleeping on mattress's on the floor and costs $80/day plus $8/person. Also available is the Mac Crumb Room, which is for adults only, has 8 bunks and has a self contained kitchen and toilet. The Mac Crumb Room costs $80/day plus $10/person. Camping is for Scouts only. Please contact the Hunter and Coastal Regional Office (02 4929 1760) for information and to make a booking. The on site resident is also available (02 49447303). [137]. ' >More info

(5.51 km) Glenrock Beach (north of lagoon) to Int of Burwood Beach & Hickson St track
Track: Hard - beach
Length = 999 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -22 m
Veer left: From the GNW arrow marker[138], this walk follows the wide beach north, keeping the ocean on your right. This walk follows the beach past attractive cliffs[139] and historical remnants of the coal mine[140] (on the left), then several side tracks, over about 800m to come to an intersection[141] with a timber formed track[142] and information signs[143](on the left). The walk continues straight along the beach for another 230m until coming to another intersection[144] with a track, beside the sheltered information sign[145] (up the hill to the left).

(6.51 km) Int of Burwood Beach & the Hickson Street track to Merewether Baths
Track: Hard - beach
Length = 1.05 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -39 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[146] (below the information shelter[147]), this walk follows the beach north[148], while keeping the ocean on your right. The walk soon heads over a series of attractive rock platforms[149] at the base of a large cliff and headland, and after about 1km, comes to the Merewether Ocean Baths[150][151]. If there is a light to moderate onshore breeze, then you might also enjoy the view of some hanggliders and paragliders flying above. Take care along the rock platforms, especially during high tides and high seas - during particularly high tides this section may become unsafe to pass.

Merewether Baths Alt = 8 m
Merewether Baths, located off Henderson Parade in Merewether, have a long history of swimming for the people of Newcastle. The baths are open to the ocean[152] and therefore conditions will be variable. There are toilets[153], some shelter[154] and seats available here. The baths are open year round (subject to maintenance and cleaning) and are patrolled from 9am to 5pm from 25 September 2010 to 25 April 2011. The current baths were opened in 1935 [155], to replace the original baths just to the north. Both the original and newer baths are used year round[156]. More info

(7.56 km) Merewether Baths to Merewether SLSC
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 372 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the 'Merewether Ocean Baths'[157], this walk follows the slightly elevated footpath gently uphill[158], keeping the ocean and beach to your right. The walk continues to follow the footpath[159] for about 300m, passing a large picnic shelter[160] and some bench seats[161] until coming to Swell cafe[162], under the Merewether Surf Life Saving Club building, just near the intersection of John and Henderson Parades.

Swell Cafe Alt = 8 m
Swell cafe is located right on the beach[163] (with the Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club[164] above it) and just off John Parade in Merewether. Swell cafe offers fresh juices, cafe food, a toilet[165] and water. More info

Catch the bus from Merewether SLSC
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Drive from Merewether SLSC
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Getting there

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Epping
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 3.8 km
Camping World 3/ 276 Macquarie Rd , Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 3.5 km
Aussie Disposal Newcastle 4/ 14 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4965 5500 3.7 km
Kathmandu 6 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4952 1233 3.8 km
Boots Great Outdoors 27 Lambton Rd , Broadmeadow (02) 4969 4655 6.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Charlestown Park track head to Merewether.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Charlestown Park track head to Merewether
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1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 1 km (to the N)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
1 km (to the N)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 17 km (to the W)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 18 km (to the WNW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 51 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
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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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Glenrock State Conservation Area Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Hunter & Mid North Coast
Park fees Camping
Current Park Closure information for Glenrock State Conservation Area
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Yuelarbah track is closed from the lookout to the beach until further notice
Yuelarbah track is closed from the lookout to the beach until further notice. The bridge midway along the track is deemed unsafe and will remain closed until a replacement of the bridge is completed. Access to the beach may still occur via the management trail and/or the Burwood track and Leggy Point Loop. For more information, please contact NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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Rob Gosford - fantastic, got lost ! IP:203.219.189.xxx | 2013-02-06 11:27:47
the GNWalk from Yuelarbah car park east to Burwood beach is very interesting. wonderful walking and well signposted too. BUT the GNW from Charlestown to where the GNW track arrives at the Fernleigh cycle track.......well i got lost in the bush east of Guna St >>>> i counted 2 occasions where the track split into at least 2 directions WITH not one signpost ! absolutely HOPELESS ! watch out too for mountain bike cyclists sneaking up behind you without warning. i'll bop one of them one day ggrrrrrrr.
Julie - A pleasant walk IP:115.64.126.xxx | 2013-06-01 23:18:53
This is a pleasant walk. The start was a bit confusing for me as I crossed the traffic lights at the huge rusty GNW sign and couldn't work out the "cross Dudley Road" bit, hahaa. It maybe easier if the track note says cross Pacific Highway at the traffic lights and turn left towards the petrol station instead. But that's just me.

The last bit on the beach before reaching Merewether Bath ie the corner near Hickson St could be difficult. I didn't cross it as I was running late. I figured it could easily take 20 mins return just to climb those rocks.

I actually varied the track at Glenrock a little to make it more interesting. From the Yuelarbah Carpark, I took the Burwood track to the beach. On return from the beach, I couldn't handle anymore beach walk, legs were hurting, hahaa, needed to walk on solid ground, LOL, I exited via the Yuelarbah Management Trail, then at the Leichhardts Lookout I took the Yuelarbah Track.

I always enjoy the tracks at Glenrock (and there are so many of them!) but this is the first time I walked from Charlestown to Glenrock. The track notes are very informative. There are a couple of intersections on the track that are without sign posts, maybe mention keep straight ahead and do not veer off to the right would be helpful :D
alanm - Pleasant Walk IP:125.254.78.xxx | 2014-01-24 04:08:31
Enjoyed this walk, especially the beach sections. Luckily I managed to find firm sand along the water line. The old railway and mine relics were interesting.

I had a break at the new surfhouse cafe before walking to Newcastle station (quicker than waiting for the bus!)

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