To Build Lake Macquarie's ANZAC Memorial Circuit To Honour local past and present-day heroes and heroines from Lake Macquarie's South West region.The ANZAC Memorial Circuit will consist of a Shared Pathway loop that will link the townships of Morisset, Cooranbong, & Dora Creek to Bonnells Bay and the peninsula and will incorporate Memorial Plaques and History/Rest stops ie 'stations' along the way.It will be a continuous circuit, available to both young & old, rich or poor and will also include various exercise and play/fun 'stations' in order to
Improve our population's general health & well-being
Energise and continue the revitalisation of the region
Fernleigh Track is one of the region’s most popular shared pathways, which follows a disused coal haul rail line between Adamstown and Belmont. The 15 kilometre route passes through the suburbs of Adamstown, Kahibah, Whitebridge, Redhead, Jewells and terminating adjacent to the Belmont TAFE college. The track provides easy access through some of the most significant and diverse habitats within Lake Macquarie and Newcastle, where visitors can observe a variety of flora and fauna.
The track is now complete and it traverses through Glenrock State Conservation Area, Awabakal Nature Reserve, and the Belmont Wetlands State Park.
Features of the Fernleigh Track:
Provides a peaceful and scenic walking and cycling track, through beautiful bushland and wetland areas.
It has easy grades for people of all fitness levels.
The Fernleigh Tunnel is the connection point between Lake Macquarie and Newcastle and it even appears in a few television commercials.
It provides a safe off-road link between residential and employment areas.
Former stations and heritage railway relics are visible from the Track.
Dibbs Street, Adamstown.
Station Street, Whitebridge (car park available).
Cowlishaw Street, Redhead (car park available).
Oakdale Road, Gateshead.
Wommara Avenue, Jewells (car park available). Railway Parade, Belmont (car park available).
The Red Bluff Shared Pathway located along the Eleebana foreshore is an exciting facility, one that adds a unique walking and cycling experience to Lake Macquarie’s foreshore pathway. The 380m long elevated boardwalk built over the lake, hugs the foreshore around a headland known locally as “Red Bluff” due to the colour of the earth. The 3m wide recreational path provides three viewing platforms equally spaced along its length for users to relax and experience all the lake has to offer.
Red Bluff Shared Pathway provides a functional link between two existing sections of lakeside paths, which now provides a continuous link between the art gallery at Booragul and Lions Park at Eleebana.
The design of the pathway is both aesthetically pleasing and functional incorporating unusual elements to create a space people want to visit and enjoy.
The stainless steel balustrade not only provides a safety barrier along the boardwalk but it is also a point of interest with poetry etched along its entire length. Linking the balustrade to the decking is custom designed and made blades covered with reflective metallic paint that add a striking element that also reflects the surrounds. The blades change colour as you walk past, moving from a deep russet to a field green. The light permeable decking allows seagrass and fish to flourish around the structure and to minimise the impact on the lakebed.
The Red Bluff Shared Pathway has become an iconic tourist attraction and extremely popular addition to recreational facilities in the city, providing a safe off-road pathway for walkers and cyclists that acknowledge the sensitive biodiversity of the lake.
380m long and 3m wide,
Three viewing decks at regular intervals,
Light permeable decking,
Links into a continuous foreshore pathway of 8.9kms, Solar powered low wattage LED lights.
The following map is a GTA generated trail map that cn be downloaded and printed out to take on the trails with you.
We feel the loop is best ridden in a clockwise direction and the following trails, due to trail design and construction, are best ridden in the nominated direction. Please respect these directional tips as it will help the trail conditions in the long term.
Up-Hill or Climbing Trail
- Snakes and Ladders - Shit Happens
Descending Trail - BJ's
The following map can be downloaded from here and taken out on the trails.
You can also view the official NPWS trail head signage by following this link
Other Local Riding Areas
As a part of the new GTA set up we thought it would be important to document and make accessible maps of our local riding areas.
On the right you will find some of our favourite riding areas. Please respect them and try to leave them in as good or better condition as you found them.
Clicking on an area will take you to a list of trails in that area where you can find more exact details. Remember that Mountain biking takes place in a natural environment so trail conditions can vary day to day. You can use the details here as guide but that doesn't substitute first hand knowledge and common sense
If you have a favorite not listed feel free to add it in by signing in, clicking the create/track on the left and following the prompts. I you have a gps that record the route you can add the KLM file too.
Please keep to legal trails and do not list those on which unauthorised use is banned.