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Best walking locations in and around Glendale

Category: fitness

Now that the temperature has dropped it’s the perfect time to rug up and get outdoors. Staying active is so important in the cooler months for your physical wellbeing and one of the easiest ways to get moving is by walking. Out amongst nature you can reset, recharge and reconnect and we've discovered the best walking tracks in and around Stockland Glendale for you to discover on your next outdoor adventure. 

Speers Point to Warners Bay Foreshore Walk


Explore the southern hemisphere’s largest salt water lake with a walk along the Warner’s Bay Esplanade. Beginning at Eleebana and stretching 8.9km to Booragul the shared footpath mostly flat and is suitable for all fitness and ability types.
Along the walk you will discover the Lake Macquarie Sculpture Trail. A permanent outdoor art collection installed in 2018, the exhibition features a collection from nationally and internationally recognised artists.
The 380m elevated boardwalk built over the lake on the headland at Redbluff is also a highlight for children.

Best parking is: Lion's Club Park Eleebana.
The walk: 8.9 km. 
Is there a walking track? Yes. This is an easy walk suited to most ability groups. 
Is there a bike track? Yes. 
Is this good for seniors and prams? Yes. 
Find more information here: https://www.visitlakemac.com.au/see-and-do/walking-and-cycling/walking-trails/warners-bay-foreshore

Glenrock State Conservation Area

  

Located 10 minutes from Newcastle CBD, Yuelarbah walking track is set within the Glenrock State Conservation area, and located within one of the last remaining coastline rainforests in the region.  

Set within 500 hectares of natural coastline, walk over bridges, through coastal rainforest, wet gullies and past water falls to meet the sea at Burwood Beach. Leichardt’s Lookout offers clear views of Glenrock Lagoon. 
The colonial history of the area is relevant in the hidden railway tracks and remains of the original Burwood Colliery.
Park of the Great North Walk, Glenrock State Conservation Area offers numerous spots of stop and have a picnic and take in an untouched piece of the Hunter’s Coastline.

The walk: 6.8 km return. Approximately 2 - 3 hours. 
Is there a walking track? Yes. 
Is there a bike track? Yes. 
Is this good for seniors and prams? Yes.
Find more information here: https://www.visitlakemac.com.au/see-and-do/walking-and-cycling/walking-trails/glenrock-lagoon

Mount Sugarloaf  Summit Walk


Known as a great destination for day hikes, picnics and trail rides Mt Sugarloaf offers a significant vantage point with 360 degree views of Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and surrounding countryside.
The summit walk is a short but steep walk from the carpark to the summit and a favourite location for families to visit.
One of the highest points in the Hunter region, Mt Sugarloaf is a significant cultural site for the Awabakal people as it offers a strong vantage point over the surrounding lands. 

Best parking is: Mt Sugarloaf Summit Carpark
The walk: 534 km Return
Is there a walking track? Yes. This is a moderate grade walk. 
Is there a bike track? No. 
Is this good for seniors and prams? Yes. 
Find more information here: https://www.visitlakemac.com.au/what-to-see-and-do/walking-trails/mount-sugarloaf

Gap Greek Falls


Arguably the best waterfall in the Hunter region, Gap Creek waterfall can be found in the Watagans National Park at the end of Bangalow Road near Cooranbong NSW.
From the Gap Creek picnic area, descend through dense rainforest, red cedars and a large Illawarra flame tree to reach the dramatic rock amphitheatre and the base of Gap Creek waterfall.
The walk is a 1.6m return and best reserved for those with moderate fitness levels. 

Best parking is: Gap Creek Picnic area. 
The walk: 1.6 km return. 
Is there a walking track? Yes. This is a steep moderate grade walk. 
Is there a bike track? No. 
Is this good for seniors and prams? No. 


ANZAC Memorial Walk
Anzac Memorial Walk is located along the headland between Bar Beach and Strzelecki lookout. The 450m clifftop walkway was opened in 2015 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli.  
The 160m cliff top bridge inscribed with the family names of almost 4000 Hunter Valley men and women enlisted in WW1. 
The steel structure is a quiet nod to the steel making history of Newcastle, whilst serving as a vantage point for the best ocean views and city skyscape. 
Enjoy the easy walk with family during the day, or for the more adventurous head out after dark to experience the city lights come alive from above. 
For the energetic, take in the full stretch of Newcastle’s coastline by walk the full Bather’s Way from Merewether to Nobby’s Beach. The 6km coastal from Merewether Beach to Nobby’s is linked by Anzac Memorial Walk.  

Best parking is: Bar Beach Car park or Strezelecki Lookout.
The walk: 450 m
Is there a walking track? Yes.  
Is there a bike track? No. 
Is this good for seniors and prams? Yes. 
Find more information here: https://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Explore/Things-to-do/Walking-cycling/Newcastle-memorial-walk

How many walks have you ticked off? Stretch your legs and get a buddy on-board because walking with a friend is a social adventure! There is so much to see and do at each garden, reserve or park that your social calendar will be filled for weeks to come. Want to discover other activities to keep you busy while in isolation? Head straight to our Belong hub and get reading!

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