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Glenrock Lagoon to Warners Bay on Great North Walk

Discover the oldest coal find in Australia and Aboriginal as well as European settler history
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  GLENROCK LAGOON TO WARNERS BAY: 11.3 km (easy)
From Pillapay-Kullaitaran (Glenrock Lagoon) follow the trail along Flaggy Creek... more »

Tips:  This is a pleasant walk year-round. The tracks are well-marked and fairly heavily used on weekend. Stout shoes make the going easier. ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Glenrock Beach

Lieutenant John Shortland reported finding coal deposits here while pursuing a group of convict escapees in 1797. He landed near the mouth of the Coal River, in the vicinity of what is now Newcastle, and, as its ‘discoverer’, claimed the prerogative of naming it, which he did so after Governor Hunter. His party didn’t find the convicts who by then... More

2. Great North Walk trail sign at Glenrock

As we walk around this headland, you can see the remains of a railway line. It seems that, in December 1884, the Burwood Coal Mining Company sank its first mine shaft although it was not completed until May, 1885. They then built a private railway line from this new mine to transport the coal across the lagoon, around the headland and along... More

3. Yuelarbah Walking Track

Yuelarbah Track is part of the Great North Walk and follows a very pleasant and easy trail along good paths beside Flaggy Creek. This area was the site of Newcastle’s first tannery established by William Mills in 1866.

Leichardt’s Lookout is impressive with panoramic views of the bay and countryside. The bench seats and the view offer a chance ... More

4. Kahibah track

Kahibah comes from the Aboriginal word ‘Ky-yee-bah’ meaning either a place where games were held or alternatively perhaps to be active and eager. But it seems the original ‘Ky-yee-bah’ was where we now call Pelicans Flat. The trail winds around slopes overlooking Flaggy Creek and passes Kahibah public school.

The track takes you into woodland and skirts the Charlestown Golf Club. Charlestown links its name to a Mr Charles Smith, the manager of the Waratah Coal Company, formed in 1862 specifically to mine coal in the vicinity. The first mineshaft to be sunk, although officially named South Waratah, was known locally as Rasberry Gully, The Gully Pit or, ... More

6. GNW Signs & Give Feedback

Keep a careful watch for Great North Walk trail signposts. These have a variety of forms. The oldest are beige in colour with a spherical top. The newer ones are painted green and often have contact information -- as this one. Sometimes these posts are a little way form road and path junctions so you may have to hunt around crossroads and... More

7. Hotels & motels

A small distance (0.5 km) off the track in Warners Bay is the Warners at the Bay Hotel Motel (previously the Best Western Warners at the Bay) at 320 Hillsborough Road. This is standard motel style accommodation with 50 self-contained units and an attached restaurant.
Tantarra B&B offers B&B and is about 1 km off the track in eastern... More

8. Pelicans on Lake Macquarie

The trail merges onto roads near Warner's Bay. There is a narrow park between King and Queen Streets. This grassy area through which the trail runs is where the Warners Bay railway should have been. But it never arrived. There are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants around Warner's Bay which is now a holiday haunt. Look out for the... More

9. Newcastle Earthquake Epicentre

An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 hit the city in December 1989. Only 13 people killed but more than 150 injured and the damage to houses meant that 300,000 people were affected and 1,000 made homeless. Epicentre was around Boolaroo near the Five Islands Bridge.