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Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.2 km WNW of West Wallsend
Length: 3.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 3.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Heaton State Forest
Climb: 195 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 195 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
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This walk takes you away from the Mt Sugarloaf summit, to visit a quieter viewpoint. This longer walk initially visits the western viewpoint, before traversing northward to eventually arrive at the northern viewpoint. From here, the walk gradually descends to the Lower Mt Sugarloaf car park and then gradually ascends back up to the Mt Sugarloaf car park. A walk for those with a little bit more time or wanting to find a quieter corner of Mt Sugarloaf. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track
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Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd & Yellow Stone Monument
Int of Sugarloaf & Northern Rd
Int of Northern Rd & Green Track
Int of Green & Blue Tracks
Western Viewpoint
Int of Blue & Northern Picnic Area Tracks
Northern End of Northern Picnic Area
Int of Blue & Purple Tracks
Int of Blue AND Purple Tracks
Int of Purple AND Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark Tracks
Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd & Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
Int of Mt Sugarloaf AND Sugarloaf Range Rd
Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd AND Mt Sugarloaf Picnic Area Track
Yellow Stone Monument
Starting point for this hiking track: Mt Sugarloaf Carpark

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

 
Pond at Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle
 
Pond at Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle +
 
Information sign and map of Mt Sugarloaf, near Newcastle
 
Information sign and map of Mt Sugarloaf, near Newcastle +
 
Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle
 
Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle +

 
Picnic table at Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle
 
Picnic table at Mt Sugarloaf car park, near Newcastle +
 
Toilet block near the Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Toilet block near the Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Sugarloaf Road near Northern Road
 
Sugarloaf Road near Northern Road +

 
Northern Road, near Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Northern Road, near Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Locked gate and green track marker, near Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Locked gate and green track marker, near Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Green metal track markers near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Green metal track markers near Mt Sugarloaf +

 
Sign near Mt Sugarloaf summit
 
Sign near Mt Sugarloaf summit +
 
Track near Newcastle on Mt Sugarloaf
 
Track near Newcastle on Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Green track on Mt Sugarloaf near Newcastle
 
Green track on Mt Sugarloaf near Newcastle +

 
View through trees on the Green track walk near Mt Sugarloaf
 
View through trees on the Green track walk near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Views from western side of Mt Sugarloaf
 
Views from western side of Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Rocky track near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Rocky track near Mt Sugarloaf +

 
Western viewpoint near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Western viewpoint near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Western viewpoint on Mt Sugarloaf.
 
Western viewpoint on Mt Sugarloaf. +
 
Flowers near the western viewpoint, close to Newcastle
 
Flowers near the western viewpoint, close to Newcastle +

 
View from the western viewpoint near Mt Sugarloaf
 
View from the western viewpoint near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Views of forest near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Views of forest near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Forest and views behind near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Forest and views behind near Mt Sugarloaf +

 
Track to the northern viewpoint near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Track to the northern viewpoint near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Tree with view beyond, near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Tree with view beyond, near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
View west near Mt Sugarloaf
 
View west near Mt Sugarloaf +

 
Norther viewpoint view near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Norther viewpoint view near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Track near the northern viewpoint
 
Track near the northern viewpoint +
 
Forest views near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Forest views near Mt Sugarloaf +

 
Track through forest near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Track through forest near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Fungi near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Fungi near Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Lower Mt Sugarloaf car park and  concrete post
 
Lower Mt Sugarloaf car park and concrete post +

 
Lower Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Lower Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Mt Sugarloaf Rd, Mt Sugarloaf
 
Mt Sugarloaf Rd, Mt Sugarloaf +
 
Mt Sugarloaf road and Mt Sugarloaft picnic area beyond
 
Mt Sugarloaf road and Mt Sugarloaft picnic area beyond +

 
Steps to Mt Sugarloaf picnic area
 
Steps to Mt Sugarloaf picnic area +
 
Grassy slopes through the Mt Sugarloaf picnic area
 
Grassy slopes through the Mt Sugarloaf picnic area +
 
Grassy slopes through the Mt Sugarloaf picnic area
 
Grassy slopes through the Mt Sugarloaf picnic area +

 
Mt Sugarloaf picnic area
 
Mt Sugarloaf picnic area +
 
Yellow stone monument, near Mt Sugarloaf car park
 
Yellow stone monument, near Mt Sugarloaf car park +
 
Yellow stone monument near Mt Sugarloaf
 
Yellow stone monument near Mt Sugarloaf +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track 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 3.8km
Time 1 hr 45 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
Around 3.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 140m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 2.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 820m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.1km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.1km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.8km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
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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Mount Sugarloaf Car Park Alt = 352 m
Mount Sugarloaf car park is located in West Wallsend (25km west of Newcastle) and offers fabulous views[1] of the surrounding countryside. This car park is the starting point for many walks around Mount Sugarloaf. There is a pond[2], information sign[3] and great views to the east. More info

(0 km) Mt Sugarloaf Carpark to Yellow Stone Monument
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 30 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
From the car park[4], this walk follows the road gently downhill out of the car park, while keeping the pond on your left. The road is followed for about 35m, until coming to a four-way intersection[5], with a yellow stone monument[6] (on your right).

(0.03 km) Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd & Yellow Stone Monument to Int of Sugarloaf & Northern Rd
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 122 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the yellow stone monument[7], this walk follows the road gently downhill and directly away from the car park. The walk continues along the road (passing a toilet block[8] on the right) and after about 100m, comes to a three-way intersection[9] with a road[10] (on the left).

(0.15 km) Int of Sugarloaf & Northern Rd to Int of Northern Rd & Green Track
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 60 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection[11], this walk follows the road gently downhill[12], keeping the valley on your right. After about 70m, the walk comes to a three-way intersection[13], with a locked gate[14] and green-headed metal track markers[15] (on the left).

(0.21 km) Int of Northern Rd & Green Track to Int of Green & Blue Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 516 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -26 m
Turn left : From the intersection[16], this walk passes between green metal posts[17] and follows the track gently uphill[18] (passing a 'Sugarloaf Conservation Area' sign[19] after 20m). After about 100m, the track descends gently[20] into a dry creek. The track continues gently uphill[21] (although it is initially moderately steep[22]) through regrowth forest[23] (ignoring side tracks[24]) for about 400m, until coming to a flat three-way intersection[25] and views directly ahead.

(0.73 km) Int of Green & Blue Tracks to Western Viewpoint
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 75 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -12 m
Turn right: From the intersection[26], this walk follows the track gently downhill[27], with the valley on your left. After about 60m, the walk comes to the partially-fenced western lookout[28] (with metal posts but missing railings[29]).

Western viewpoint Alt = 316 m
The western viewpoint at Mt Sugarloaf offers good views out to the surrounding inland plains and in the distance, to the Watagans on the Great Dividing range. This viewpoint is unfenced, although it has metal posts which are missing cable. This would be a great place to watch a sunset.

(0.8 km) Western Viewpoint to Int of Blue & Northern Picnic Area Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 608 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -26 m
Turn right: From the western lookout[30], this walk follows the track[31], while keeping the hill on your right and the valley on your left. The track undulates gently along a narrow rocky track[32] through forest, until coming to a three-way intersection[33], with a stepped track[34] (on the right).

(1.41 km) Int of Blue & Northern Picnic Area Tracks to Int of Blue AND Purple Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 358 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -31 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[35], this walk follows the track[36], while keeping the hill on your right and the valley on your left. The track continues (undulating gently) for about 90m, to a viewpoint[37] (on the left). The track heads north[38] (past the viewpoint) and after about 45m comes to a narrow track[39] with a white metal track marker[40] (on the left).
Continue straight: From the white metal track marker[41], this walk follows the track[42] gently downhill (passing a 'cliff warning' sign[43] on your left after about 10m). The wide track is followed for about 190m, until coming to a three-way intersection[44], with a track[45] (on the left).

(1.77 km) Int of Blue & Purple Tracks to Northern Viewpoint
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 63 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -15 m
Veer left: From the intersection[46], this walk follows the track north and steeply down the ridge[47]. The track continues (with occasional timber step[48]) for about 60m, until coming to the northern viewpoint[49].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Northern viewpoint Alt = 268 m
The northern viewpoint is located on a steep rocky ridge (750m north of Mt Sugarloaf), where the ground drops away to the north. This is a quieter viewpoint than those closer to the Mount Sugarloaf summit.

(1.77 km) Int of Blue AND Purple Tracks to Int of Purple AND Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.25 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 80 m Descent = -80 m
Turn right: From the intersection[50], this walk follows the wide track gently downhill[51], while keeping the valley on your left. The track is followed through regrowth forest (crossing over two dry creeks[52] and one culverted creek) for about 1.1km, until coming to a three-way intersection[53], with a track[54] (on the right).

(3.01 km) Int of Purple AND Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark Tracks to Int of Purple Track AND Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 68 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection[55], this walk follows the track up a moderately steep hill, towards stone bollards (on the horizon). This walk continues up for about 20m, to pass between stone bollards and into the Lower Mt Sugarloaf car park. This walk continues across the car park for about 30m, until coming to Mt Sugarloaf Rd.

(3.08 km) Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd & Lower Mt Sugarloaf Carpark to Int of Mt Sugarloaf & Sugarloaf Range Rd
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 515 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the Lower Mt Sugarloaf Car park[56] (on Mt Sugarloaf Rd), this walk follows the road gently uphill[57], while keeping the car park on your right. The walk continues along the road (the road goes gently downhill[58] at one stage) for about 400m, until coming to a three-way intersection[59], with Sugarloaf Range Rd (on the left).

(3.6 km) Int of Mt Sugarloaf AND Sugarloaf Range Rd to Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd AND Mt Sugarloaf Picnic Area Track
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 58 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[60], this walk follows the road gently uphill[61], keeping Sugarloaf Range Rd on your left. Then this walk continues along the road for about 60m, until coming to a stepped track[62] into a picnic area[63] (just as the road bends to the right[64] and about 30m before a 'Mt Sugarloaf Lookout' sign[65]).

(3.66 km) Int of Mt Sugarloaf Rd AND Mt Sugarloaf Picnic Area Track to Yellow Stone Monument
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 137 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[66], this walk follows grassy slopes gently uphill[67] (initially up some steps[68]) and directly away from Mt Sugarloaf Rd. Then this walk follows the grassy slopes through trees[69] and picnic tables[70] for about 140m, until coming to the yellow stone monument[71] (near the Mt Sugarloaf car park[72]).

(3.79 km) Yellow Stone Monument to Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 30 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection[73] and yellow stone monument, this walk follows the road gently uphill, keeping the yellow stone monument on your left. The road is followed for about 35m to the Mt Sugarloaf car park[74].

Drive from Mt Sugarloaf Carpark
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
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
East Lake Refrigeration 511 Lake Rd , Argenton (02) 4958 6255 9.8 km
Wallsend Army Disposal Store Cnr Tyrrell & Council Sts, Wallsend (02) 4951 5725 12.1 km
Barbeques Galore 175 High St , Maitland (02) 4933 1323 16.8 km
Big Shanes Mega Camping & Outdoor Store New England Hwy, East Maitland (02) 4934 5416 15.7 km
Big Shanes "Mega" Camping & Outdoor Store Tenant 1, Building B, Chelmsford Centre New England Hwy, East Maitland (02) 4934 5416 15.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mt Sugarloaf Northern Track
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2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 4 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 7 km (to the SSW)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 17 km (to the ESE)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
17 km (to the ESE)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 55 km (to the S)

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.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Heaton State Forest Boardering Watagan national Park, Heaton State forest is home to many great lookouts. There sre many highpoints with cliff edges giving great views across the Hunter valley and Lake Macquarie.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Neil - Nice walk IP:14.200.253.xxx | 2015-07-19 00:41:47
We enjoyed the walk yesterday, although not a fan of the radio towers of sugarloaf, the walk expolres a lovley bush track with only a few encounters from the dirt bikes.
The green posts/bollards were hard to find.
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