Fernleigh Track

Fernleigh Track remains open so our residents can keep active in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order. Those using Fernleigh Track are required to practice social distancing at all times, and comply with public gathering rules for exercise.

We also ask those who are cycling, walking, skating or running along the track to remain mindful of each other using the shared pathway. Keep to the left, look where you are going, keep pets on short leads and look out for others to ensure we can all continue to use the track safely.

Lake Mac is home to 12 different shared pathways around the City. If you find lots of people already exercising along Fernleigh Track why not visit one of our other shared pathways.

Learn more about the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST), a planned 3.5km shared pathway linking the end of the Fernleigh Track at Belmont with Blacksmiths Beach.

The Fernleigh Track is the Hunter region’s most popular shared pathway.

The 15km route along a disused coal haul rail line passes through the suburbs of Adamstown, Kahibah, Whitebridge, Redhead, Jewells and ends near Belmont TAFE, taking in the Glenrock State Conservation Area, Awabakal Nature Reserve and Belmont Wetlands State Park.

The Fernleigh Track is a joint project of Lake Macquarie City Council and the City of Newcastle, with funding provided by both councils and State and Federal Government grants.


  • Suitable for all fitness levels
  • Safe off-road link between residential areas and employment hubs
  • Former stations and heritage railway relics dot the track
  • Fernleigh Tunnel linking Lake Macquarie and Newcastle

Access points

With car park

Without car park