Newcastle Bushwalking Club Inc

Activity Program

Newcastle Bushwalking Club (NBC) arranges a program of activities for our members including Bushwalking, Cycling, and Kayaking. Our activities include both day walks and overnight walks and also extended walks within Australia.

Visitors can participate in up to three activities at no cost before joining. You can apply to join anytime after your first activity.

COVID vaccination certificates are only required for activities requiring car shuffles as indicated on the program, and all trips away.

When attending please ensure you comply with the following social distancing requirements:
  • If car shuffles/sharing or public transport is required it will be stated in the program. Please bring a mask to wear when in other people's cars or on public transport.
  • Do not attend if you have COVID-19 or have the symptoms of COVID-19 or are generally unwell.
  • Maintain a 1.5m gap from others on the walk at all times (except members of your own household).


Newcastle Bushwalking Club acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and acknowledges and respects their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge their custodianship of the Country in which we engage our bushwalking and related activities.

Please note - Membership of our Facebook page is not membership of NBC. Click here for Membership information.

For details of our Grading System click here.

Bookings are required for all activities 2 days prior to the activity. However if a start TIME is shown in the activity details below then booking is not required - just turn up. Visitors should always contact the leader before attending - even when booking is not required.


Visitors are always required to book first with the leader.

Visitors will be required to read and sign an Acknowledgement of Risks and Obligations at each activity.

An application to join the club will not be accepted until you have attended at least one activity as a visitor.

Sat 21st May 2022

Mt Sugarloaf to Mt Vincent & Summit Point - A 15km walk along firetrails on the Sugarloaf range to Mt Vincent and Summit Point and return, including Mt Sugarloaf lookout circuit. Bring morning tea - optional lunch at Mt Sugarloaf on completion of walk. Map Wallsend 1:25,000. Grade M-E-200.

Leader: Wayne -

Tues 24th May

Kayak Paddle Dora Creek

Leader: Tom-

Wed 25th May 2022

Dudley to Redhead via Awabakal Reserve & return via Fernleigh Track. 10 km. Meet 9 am at Reay Park Ocean St Dudley. Map Wallsend & Swansea 1:25,000. Grade S-E-100

Leader: Jenny -

Thurs 26th May 2022

Speers Point Big Loop. Approx. 50 km. Ride a clockwise loop: Glendale TAFE, Jesmond Park, Broadmeadow Stadium, (Kotara Homemakers for coffee), Fernleigh Track to Belmont, Green Point, Valentine, and back to Speers Point. Starting from Speers Point, near roundabout near Sals’ Café at 9am

Leader: Peter -

Sat 28th May 2022

Milson's Point to Taronga Zoo. The walk is 10kms (Wildwalks) on footpaths and trails with a number of short, steep ascents and descents. Beautiful harbour views along the way. This walk requires public transport to complete. Contact leader for details.

Leader: Scott -

Tues 31st May 2022

Kayak paddle Rathmines

Leader: Tom -

Wed 1st Jun 2022

Yellow Billy's (Bushranger) Cave SM 6km. Located in the Broken Back Range behind Cessnock, great views along the way, basically all on track, one steep grassy open forest hill to climb. The cave is about 15 metres in depth with a resident colony of miniature bats. Bring morning tea, lunch and torch. Meet on the grassy verge opposite Tinkler's Vineyard Pokolbin Mountains road. Note – This walk will require a car shuffling to complete if you don’t have a 4WD (COVID cert required).

Leader: Frank -

Thurs 2nd Jun 2022

Pokolbin 40km. Directions and starting point to be advised. M-E-300

Leader: Kerrie -

Sat 4th Jun 2022

Myall River State Forest - Saggers Creek, opportunity to visit magnificent rock pools and waterfalls. Grade: M/H:M:300, this walk does involve off track walking, Map Markwell 1:25,000

Leader: George -

Tues 7th Jun 2022

Kayak paddle Bolton Point.

Leader: Tom -

Wed 8th Jun 2022

Kooragang Wetlands 14km. of walking in flat conditions. Scenery, Greenery, History and Wildlife is what this walk is about M-E-20

Leader: Yvie -

Wed 8th Jun 2022

NBC Social Meeting, and Trivia Night. Central Charlestown Leagues Club

Join us for a light-hearted evening of questions on general knowledge, random facts and other useless info you forgot you knew. No pressure, no cost and no prizes! Trivia commences at 7:30pm!

Optional - Join us for dinner from 6:30pm and stay afterwards for a drink

Leader: Rod -

Thurs 9th Jun 2022

Stockton To Fern Bay. 30km. Ride to Fern Bay and return. Starting from Stockton Ferry Terminal, Stockton. Grade M-E-20.

Leader: Jill -

Sat 11th Jun 2022

Carey’s Peak return as a day walk. Careys Peak Trail, Allyn River, A more

challenging day walk in the Chichester State Forest Grade. 20km.

Leader: Joe -

Tues 14th Jun 2022

Kayak Paddle -Marmong Point.

Leader: Tom -

Wed 15th Jun 2022

Point Clare to Woy Woy (Egyptian Hieroglyphs Walk) 11km SE 5hrs

Check out the mini canyon with walls inscribed in mysterious Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Aboriginal rock carving, interesting rock pools and waterfall, huge rock overhang with Aboriginal rock art, panoramic views. Bring morning tea and lunch. Train Newcastle Interchange - 6.42am change at Wyong 7.54am arrive Point Clare 8.18am Return 2.28pm. Second last carriage upper level. Or meet at Point Clare at 8:18am. NOTE – This walk requires public transport to complete

Leader: Frank -

Thurs 16th Jun 2022

Soldiers Point/Fingal Loop. 38km. Ride to Salamander, Fingal, Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay, Corlette, Soldiers Point. Approx. 4km of gravel/sandy road and trails through Tomaree NP that make this ride unsuitable for skinny tyres. Starting from Spencer Park, Resthaven Ave Soldiers Point. Grade M-M-200

Leader: Donna -

Fri 17th Jun to Sun 19th Jun

Overnight Walk Training

Beginners Pack Walk Goulburn River National Park If you have been looking for a chance to practice overnight hikes then this is a good opportunity to go with an experienced leader to learn the ropes. Spring Gully, Riverside, Kelly’s Gap, and then cross country to another section of the river and camp. Second day, walk back to Spring Gully via the river and Thompsons Track. Maps; Killoe and Mt Misery 1; 25,000. Grade M: M: 200. Booking essential (Numbers limited) CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY. The trip is an easy overnight bushwalk suitable for beginners. Spring Gully in the Goulburn River National park is 3 hr 33 min (252.0 km) from Newcastle via Bylong Valley Way. We will drive there on Friday evening 17th June. Participants need to book to camp for one night at Spring Gully on the NPWS web site ($6). Contact leader before booking.

Leader: Trevor -

Sat 18th Jun 2022

Strickland Forest tracks. 11km walk through diverse forest ranging from rainforest to dry heath woodland, cabbage tree palms, past waterfalls, and along creeks. This was the site of the first government forest nursery (1890) with remnants of native and exotic tree plantings from that time on the Arboretum track. Meet at the shelter shed west of Banksia Picnic Area on Strickland Forest Road Ourimbah. S-E-300

Leader: George -

Advance Notice of trips away for members of the club (and their partners):

Sun 26 Jun 2022 – Sat 2 Jul 2022

Club Trip to Blue Mountains

First activity day is Mon 27 Jun 2022. 5 days of fun for walkers and sightseers. For NBC members and their partners/guests as permissible. The Blue Mountains region offers many walks of differing lengths & grades and many great sightseeing opportunities. Choose your own accommodation and length of stay. The suggested accommodation is Blackheath Glen Tourist Park. Itinerary will be decided to give options for all attending by dividing into smaller groups. Contact leader for more information – before you book accommodation.

Leader: Donna

NBC Trip - Central West Cycle Trail cycle tour

Fri 14th to Thurs 20th October

5 days of trail cycling plus 2 days in Dubbo. (The leader is doing this on the way to the Coonabarabran weekend)

Suitable for confident cyclists with off road capability bikes. Terrain is mixed road/ gravel track. There are flexible options available re accommodation enroute, distances and routes.

Please contact the leader. You will be sent an information pack to help in your decision to commit to the week, then there will be a planning session held.

Leader: Kerrie -

NBC weekend trip to Coonabarabran to do some walking in the Warrumbungle National Park.

Fri 21st Oct to Sun 23rd Oct

The proposed itinerary is:

Afternoon/evening Fri 21st Oct – travel to Coonabarabran approx. 4.5hrs drive.

Sat 22nd Oct – Breadknife & Grand High Tops loop walk including a side trip to Bluff Mountain – 17km – 800m ascent approx. 6 hours. This walk has spectacular views from several locations and is National Parks G4.

Sun 23rd Oct – morning walk to Split Rock – 5km – 350m ascent – approx. 3hrs – loop with a steep climb to another spectacular lookout. National Parks G4

Sun 23rd Oct – after lunch visit Siding Springs observatory (approx. 1- 1.5hrs) before driving back to Newcastle (4.5hrs)

We plan to stay in town at one of the 2 caravan parks on Fri and Sat nights. It is about a 30 minute drive from town to the start of the walks.

Please Contact leader before you book accommodation. Numbers Limited.


Leader: Rod -

Kayak Camp

Six day kayak circumnavigation of Myall Lakes. Currently Myall Lakes conditions are unsuitable for this trip. We will advise the new date when it is known - likely to be after Sept.

Leader: Tom -

To see our full program please have a look at our latest magazine here. Note that the program in the magazine is subject to change and once confirmed it is put on this web page above.