Glenrock State Conservation Area


There are a number of walking tracks through the park. Walkers should avoid the purpose built single-track mountain bike tracks for their own safety.

Walking tracks

Bombala walking track

Winding through Bombala walking track in Glenrock State Conservation Area, you can catch scenic Pacific Ocean views. Descending from the ridge you’ll pass open coastal forest. Near Newcastle, it’s a great nature getaway with a refreshing swim at a secluded beach as the reward.

Whales migrate through these waters in winter and spring so you can catch the coastal breezes and look for dolphins from the viewing platform along the way. There’s also a hang-gliding pad off a section of the track, where you can see thrill-seekers launching themselves over the ocean.

Dudley Beach is a great spot for swimming, fishing or surfing. At the southern end of the beach, you can find a fossilised forest in the rock platform at low tide. You can finish your walk here, or continue along the coastline towards Merewether.

Take a virtual tour of Bombala walking track on Google Street View.

Directions: start this walk at the end of Bombala Street, Dudley (parking and interpretation panels are provided here). Halfway along, take advantage of the viewing platform accessed via a small set of steps, with great views the north. There's a fossilised forest embedded in the rock platform at this southern end of the beach.

Plant communities: heathlands

Opening hours: Bombala walking track is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Contact: Newcastle, Phone: 02 4946 4100

Burwood trail

Burwood trail has a tranquil forest setting filled with spotted gum, ironbark and white mahogany for horse riders and hikers to enjoy while sharing the trail. Situated in Glenrock State Conservation Area, near Newcastle, it’s an easy walk for families, birdwatchers and history buffs.

From high on the escarpment, you can look down at historic Burwood Colliery. First excavated in the 19th century, it’s well-preserved and part of the State Heritage register. Listen for the call of bellbirds or look for the male regent bowerbird, with its glossy black and bright yellow plumage. Echidnas can also been seen out foraging at dawn or dusk.

At the end of the trail, walkers can join Yuelarbah walking track and Leggy Point loop walking track via Glenrock Beach. For horse riders, the trail joins a network of others that run through the southern half of the reserve.

Directions: the track begins on Scout Camp Road above the scout camp. You'll see the track entry opposite the water tank. It joins up with the Yuelarbah track and the Yuelarbah management trail at Flaggy Creek. 

Cultural heritage: The State Heritage listed Burwood Colliery historic site (c1861) can be seen below the escarpment from this vantage point. Interpretation panels describe its operation and significance.

Opening hours: Burwood trail is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Contact: Newcastle, Phone: 02 4946 4100

Leggy Point loop walking track

Leggy Point loop walking track weaves through open coastal forest with some jaw-dropping coastal views in Glenrock State Conservation Area. The walking track is ideal for active nature lovers with wildflower displays and opportunities for birdwatching, swimming and surfing.

Emerging at Elvis Rock, gaze along the coastline to Newcastle to the north. Be sure to look for whales during their annual migration. You can head to Glenrock Beach for a swim or surf after passing Awabakal Aboriginal midden, at the mouth of Glenrock Lagoon.

The forest offers a mix of banksia, acacia, spotted gum, iron bark and white mahogany trees. During spring, look for pretty yellow donkey orchids, named for their two large top petals. Large skinks, known as land mullets, are also common in this area of the park.

Directions: the track begins at the Leggy Point carpark.

Opening hours: Leggy Point loop walking track is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Contact: Newcastle, Phone: 02 4946 4100

Yuelarbah walking track

Wheelchair access: medium

  • The track to Floggy Creek, roughly 1km is wheelchair accessible
  • Assistance may be required to access this area

Part of the Great North walk that stretches 250km from Newcastle to Sydney, the Yuelarbah walking track is one of the highlights of Glenrock State Conservation Area.

Commencing at the wheelchair accessible raised boardwalk, the scenic track leads you along Flaggy Creek, through wet gullies and coastal rainforest, and if that's not enough, you'll pass two waterfalls before finishing at Glenrock Beach.

About halfway along you’ll find Leichhardt’s lookout which offers excellent views over Glenrock Lagoon. It’s a great option for a day walk, and be sure you take a picnic lunch with you; there are a few great spots to stop for a break along the walk, including the picnic area at Flaggy Creek and the beach or headlands of Glenrock Beach.

Take a virtual tour of Yuelarbah walking track on Google Street View.

Directions: the track begins at Yuelarbah carpark on Burwood Road, Kahiba, and this first section is a wheelchair accessible raised boardwalk. Follow this through to a picnic area on Flaggy Creek. The remainder of the track, to Glenrock Beach and lagoon, is pedestrian only. Leichhardt's Lookout is midway along the track.

Contact: Newcastle, Phone: 02 4946 4100

Events, activities and alerts at this location
School excursion

What is a National Park?

Exploring Glenrock State Conservation Area on a Discovery tour (Image: OEH)Location: Glenrock State Conservation Area is located 10 minutes’ drive from Newcastle CBD and protects numerous historic and indigenous sites. Glenrock protects a high diversity of flora, including the last pocket of coastal rainforest in the region, and animal species such as the Powerful Owl. Walk the Yeulerbah track, an ancient Aboriginal pathway, to Burwood Beach and explore the changing ecosystems from the forest to the sea. 


Students will:

  • visit, explore and identify some features of a national park
  •  visit sites and understand how National Parks protect different types of heritage
  • identify the roles of workers in managing a park
  • walk to the beach to explore the environment
  • understand why visitors enjoy the area
  • search for evidence of animals that live there
  • observe evidence of human activities and interactions
  • identify ways to help conserve and protect our heritage.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgment - 15 min
  • Bush walk investigating open forest environment - 40 min
  • Bush walk investigating creek environment - 30 min
  • Morning tea - 15 min
  • Bush walk investigating rainforest environment - 30 min
  • Bush walk investigating beach environment - 40 min
  • Lunch - 40 min
  • Role play looking at different jobs in National Parks - 20 min
  • Conclusion and farewell -10 min

Difficulty: medium difficulty

Park: Yuelarbah walking track (Glenrock State Conservation Area)

Meeting place: Glenrock State Conservation Area, Burwood Road carpark, Dudley

Cost: Please call us for a quote

More info: School excursion inquiries - Newcastle Hunter, Phone: 02 4946 4112

4 hours, weekdays (all year)

Great North Walk

Constructed in 1988 by the NSW Department of Lands, the Great North Walk is a 250-kilometre bushwalking track linking the Sydney CBD with the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. It passes through a number of parks and reserves, including Glenrock State Conservation Area.

For more information on the Great North Walk, visit the Lands website.

Walking: events and activities

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Sydney Coast Walks

Walking in Royal National Park with Sydney Coast WalksSydney Coast Walks are the Sydney walking people. With some of the city's best natural beauty only accessible on foot, Sydney Coast Walks provides expertly guided half day, full day and overnight hiking adventures through Sydney Harbour and Royal National Parks, enabling guests to reconnect with nature in Australia's largest city. Small groups, maximum 12 guests, for a better walking experience.

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Royal National Park Walking Tours

  • Jibbon Aboriginal Tour Learn the traditions of the Dharawal Aboriginal people, view thousand-year-old rock carvings and listen to Dreaming stories.
  • Marley Explore Royal's majestic sandstone coastline on a full day walk.
  • Wattamolla (Coast Track) Discover awe-inspiring views and fascinating history as you hike the iconic Coast Track. Enjoy a fully catered and supported camping experience.

When: year-round. Bookings essential.

More info: Sydney Coast Walks, Phone: 02 8521 7423 (international +612 8521 7423)

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