Mount Sugarloaf Lookout is a popular place for families to have fun during their free time or just to unwind during holidays and vacations. It has picnic spots, BBQ, bushwalks, a lookout, and public toilet facilities.
Mount Sugarloaf is a mountain of 412-metre height located in West Wallsend in Lake Macquarie. Actually, it’s just around 40 minutes away from Newcastle or about 25 minutes from Speers Point in Lake Macquarie. However, because of the location and the scenery, it feels more remote than it actually is.
The walk leading to the summit is only around 500 metres from the parking lot and will take around 30 minutes at a steady pace. Be warned that it’s steep. However, there are steps to help you with the climb.
From Mount Sugarloaf, you can see both Lake Macquarie and Newcastle, which are both in the Hunter Region, and you can hear the local television and radio stations. Browse around this site.
There are many hiking trails leading to the summit of Mount Sugarloaf. Spectacular views of Lake Macquarie and the areas surrounding Hunter can be seen from Mount Sugarloaf. However, the instructions regarding walks are badly indicated on the site, so better do research first.
To better understand each track, Mount Sugarloaf has two types of tracks: 1 Linear & 2 Loop Tracks. Its difficulty is moderate at the start point from any of the car parks. Please be guided by the details below:
- 800 metre circuit track – begins at the end of the car park and spans around the mountain leading to the top.
- 1.8 kilometre circuit walk – begins at the end of the parking space and spirals around the mountain.
- 3.8 kilometre circuit walk – begin at the carpark, then walk down past the toilet facility, for a few metres along the road, and then eventually turn left.
The good thing about these walks is that they are definitely free. Check this out.
You get to see a beautiful view, with a partial view of the trees in the background. The forest seems to go on forever, and you can see Lake Macquarie in the distance.
A round stone table indicates the direction of important landmarks like the Blue Mountains and Bathurst. For safety reasons, the lookout is fenced.
Historically, the mountain was formerly called Great Sugar Loaf, and it was Captain Cook who coined the name in 1770. The name was derived from the sugar in Brazil that transformed into conical shapes. They are intended for export and are called sugar loaves.
Mount Sugarloaf was a significant location for the Awabakal people. They actually have a story about the creation of the mountain. Hence, ceremonies have been held on that particular site. The elders have taught the children and clans residing nearby about its history using its scenic view.
It also became very popular because of the snow it received in 1965, which was around 10 cm. People, including children, became jubilant about the phenomenon, so they flocked there, and their children made snowmen.
To get to the location, exit the M1 at George Booth Dr, then follow that direction for about 1.8 km. After that, turn left toward Mount Sugarloaf Rd and drive until you reach the site.
Embedded Driving Directions from Mount Sugarloaf Lookout to Bogey Hole
Written Driving Directions from Mount Sugarloaf Lookout to Bogey Hole
Start: Mount Sugarloaf Lookout
Follow Mount Sugarloaf Rd, George Booth Dr and Cameron Park Dr to Newcastle Link Rd/A15 in Cameron Park
Follow A15 to King St in Newcastle West
Continue to follow A15
Continue to follow A15
Continue on King St. Take Tyrrell St to York Dr in Newcastle
End: Bogey Hole
Embedded Driving Directions from WASP Industries to Mount Sugarloaf Lookout
Written Driving Directions from WASP Industries to Mount Sugarloaf Lookout
Start: WASP Industries
Follow Weakleys Dr to M1
Go through 1 roundabout
Continue on M1 to Cameron Park