Fernleigh Track

Photo: Fernleigh Track
Fernleigh Track

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.

Watch how the Fernleigh Track changed this man’s life

When a disused railway track was turned into a shared pathway from Lake Macquarie through to Newcastle, Troy’s quality of life improved for the better. In this YouTube video, Troy shares his story about how the Fernleigh Track opened up his world after cerebral palsy had previously held him back in life.

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.

Access Points:

Major access points with car park available:

  • Adamstown train station, Park Avenue
  • Burwood Road, Kahibah (car park at entry to Glenrock State Conservation Area).
  • Station Street/Hudson Street, Whitebridge
  • Cowlishaw Street, Redhead 
  • Railway Crescent (via Wommara Avenue), Jewells
  • Railway Parade, Belmont

Other points accessible by car but without formal car parks:

  • Fletcher Street, Adamstown
  • Dibbs Street/Brisbane Water Road, Adamstown
  • Brisbane Water Road/Bailey Street, Adamstown
  • Kinross Avenue, Adamstown Heights
  • Faul Street, Adamstown Heights
  • Paterson Close, Whitebridge
  • Station Street/Candish Street, Whitebridge
  • Oakdale Road, Dudley

The Fernleigh Track shared pathway is a joint project of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City Councils.  Funding for this project was provided by both Councils and State and Federal Government grants.