The next day walk for the Cartophiles bushwalking club takes us on a spectacular journey through various coastal environments as we explore the Fernleigh Track, a popular shared pathway along a former railway line between the cities of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.

A highlight of the walk is the Fernleigh Tunnel, a restored 181 metre long, curved rail tunnel that marks the connecting point between the two cities.

This easy walk is 15.9 km from the wetlands of Belmont past an ancient sand dune system, through cool, quiet forests and into urban Newcastle.  It should take about 5½ hours, including lunch.

The railway line was opened in the early 1890’s to transport coal from the mines in Lake Macquarie to the port and steel works of Newcastle.  It ceased operation in 1991.  We’ll absorb some of this history through the numerous railway relics preserved along its length.

We’ll meet at the Adamstown train station, Park Avenue, Adamstown at 9.30am on Saturday, 21st April. That’s about a 1hr 35 min drive from St Johns, Wahroonga.  We’ll leave a couple of cars there to ferry everyone the 20 minutes back to the start point at the end of the walk.  We’ll start walking at about 10.00am and finish at about 3.30pm.

This is a sealed surface walk, so trainers should be sufficient footwear. Kit will carry a first aid kit. Bring your lunch or plan to buy it at one of the numerous shops accessible along the way, and don’t forget a camera to preserve the memories.

Download the flyer 2018 Walk 3 (Fernleigh Track) flyer.


To register for the walk, or to get more information, contact Kit Craig at
or on 0411 507 422.