Glenrock State Conservation Area


Glenrock State Conservation Area, only 8km south of Newcastle, state of New South Wales, is one of the protected conservation areas on Australia’s east coast. It is one perfect place for mountain biking.

Located between Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, this park offers a wide range of recreational activities. You can explore this park’s rainforest walks, waterfalls, and beaches, and it is a perfect destination for a school excursion or even a guided tour.

Glenrock State Conservation Area is significant for containing a large number of remnant vegetation communities, for having a rich historical significance, and for being used by a wide variety of users.

This is a beautiful park that contains many cultural records, both Aboriginal and European. It is located within the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council area.

Glenrock is a haven for wildlife and is an essential habitat for bats, koalas, bandicoots, possums, and other mammals. So, remember not to bring your pets along or leave them at home to avoid causing mishaps with other animals. The park also protects several ancient Aboriginal sites.

There are many fun activities and things to do at this city’s most popular beach. There’s lots more than just the sand and the surf to enjoy. Continue reading about Blackbutt Nature Reserve.

Get out of the city and take your mountain bike and traverse the scenic cycling trails, wander around the rainforest and waterfall tracks in awe, launch a hang glider or fly drones off the cliffs. You can even enjoy some fishing on the side.

These are the areas of grassland left after livestock grazing. They’re home to some endangered flora species and play a critical role in the conservation of biodiversity. There are many areas that provide habitats for plants and animals.

Awabakal National Park is set within the land of the Aboriginal people. There are lots of interesting places to explore in the park, including a quarry, middens, campsites, and axe-grinding sites. Learn more about Newcastle here.

The park includes the country’s first road tunnels and Australia’s first rail tunnels, all built around the early to mid-1800s.

The area used to be the site of a mine and a copper smelter. There are lots to do and see in this park, and it has something suitable for everyone in the family.

The Glenrock State Conservation offers different hiking, biking, and running trails that everyone can truly enjoy, depending on your preference and endurance. There are actually some hand-curated trail maps and photos being offered by tour companies for nature lovers. Some of these trails include the following:

Easy Trails:

– Newcastle to Glenrock Lagoon via Great North Walk

– Dudley Circuit via Gardeners Link Trail

– Dudley to Merewether

Moderate trails:

– Glenrock Trails

– The Great North Walk and Burwood Track

– Kenny, Bailey’s Hang Ten, Yuelarbah, Essential and Easy Way Out

– Glenrock Lagoon to Warners Bay via Great North Walk

– Glenrock State Conservation Area via Dudley Beach

– Glenrock and Burnwood Beach Loop

– Glenrock Lagoon loop via Burnwood Beach and Liechhardts Lookout

– Coastal Ascent Trail Run 11km Course

– Dudley to Glenrock Lagoon Loop

– Glen Rock and Wallers Road

– Leggy Point Loop

Hard Trails:

– Great North Walk: Teralba to Newcastle

– Glenrock Coastal Track

Embedded Driving Directions from Glenrock State Conservation Area to Blackbutt Nature Reserve

Written Driving Directions from Glenrock State Conservation Area to Blackbutt Nature Reserve

Start: Glenrock State Conservation Area

Yuelarbah Track, Highfields NSW 2289


Take Flaggy Creek Trail and Gun Club Rd to City Rd/Pacific Hwy/A43 in Merewether

8 min (1.3 km)
Head south-west on Yuelarbah Management Trail towards Flaggy Creek Trail
Restricted-usage road
210 m
Turn right onto Flaggy Creek Trail
Restricted-usage road
350 m
Turn left onto Gun Club Rd
Restricted-usage road
650 m
Slight right onto Fernleigh Loop
110 m


Take B63 to Carnley Ave in New Lambton

5 min (2.8 km)
Turn left onto City Rd/Pacific Hwy/A43
750 m
Turn right onto Northcott Dr/B63
Continue to follow B63
2.0 km


Continue on Carnley Ave to your destination

3 min (1.6 km)
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Carnley Ave
1.3 km
Turn right
Partial restricted-usage road
210 m
Turn right
Restricted-usage road
Destination will be on the left
75 m

End: Blackbutt Nature Reserve

Carnley Ave, Kotara NSW 2289


Embedded Driving Directions from WASP Industries to Glenrock State Conservation Area

Written Driving Directions from WASP Industries to Glenrock State Conservation Area

Start: WASP Industries

98 Weakleys Dr, Beresfield NSW 2322


Get on New England Hwy/A43 from Weakleys Dr

3 min (1.4 km)
Head east on Bowden Way towards Weakleys Dr
120 m
Turn left onto Weakleys Dr
240 m
At the roundabout, continue straight to stay on Weakleys Dr
650 m
Turn right to merge onto New England Hwy/A43
400 m


Follow A43 to Fernleigh Loop in Merewether

27 min (25.8 km)
Merge onto New England Hwy/A43
13.5 km
Turn left onto Industrial Dr/A43
5.4 km
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Hannell St/A43
1.2 km
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Hannell St/A43
Continue to follow A43
5.8 km


Take Gun Club Rd to Yuelarbah Management Trail

7 min (1.3 km)
Turn left onto Fernleigh Loop
110 m
Slight left onto Gun Club Rd
Restricted-usage road
650 m
Turn right
Restricted-usage road
300 m
Continue onto Flaggy Creek Trail
Restricted-usage road
68 m
Turn left onto Yuelarbah Management Trail
Restricted-usage road
Destination will be on the right
210 m

End: Glenrock State Conservation Area

Yuelarbah Track, Highfields NSW 2289