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.

Persons considering joining the club, and member’s guests, can participate as visitors in up to three activities at no cost before joining.

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 by 2 days prior to the activity - unless a start TIME is shown in which case members may simply 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. For details click here

Thurs 29th Sep 2022

Ride Maitland to Morpeth via Lorn and return via East Maitland. Meet 9 am at Maitland Visitors Centre, Ministers Park, High Street, Maitland.

Leader: Seppo -

Sat 1st Oct 2022

Wyrrabalong National Park and Soldiers Beach. 15km Includes Wetland Trail, Red Gum and Lilly Pilly walks. Good views. Includes a beach walk and some sandy tracks. Meet at car park at Soldiers Beach Surf Club Norah Head. Bring morning tea and Lunch. M-M-150 SORRY - THIS WALK IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Leader: Pam –

Tues 4th Oct 2022

Morning kayak paddle. Meet at Mannering Park boat ramp for paddle to Wyee Creek and the sunken forest.

Leader: Glen -

Wed 5th Oct 2022

Johnsons Hill and Little Gibber Myall Lakes 12km . Access to Johnsons Hill is from the locked gate, along a gravel road to a slight rise to the top of the hill. Great views of Myall lakes from there. Walk back down the hill and go to check out the camp sites on the lakes shoreline. Return to vehicles and drive to the carpark for the beach walk to Little Gibber and return, a circuit walk. Bring morning tea and lunch. Meet at Hexham McDonalds OR just left of the T intersection at Hawks Nest after going over the Singing Bridge.

Leader: Frank -

Note - there are 2 rides on Thurs 6th Oct

Thurs 6th Oct 2022

Chittaway Bay to The Entrance 30km. Ride to The Entrance and return. Meet at 10am at Lions Park Lakedge Ave Chittaway Bay. Grade M-E-50. Please note, if emailing to book the leader will not be able to reply until the 5th Oct.

Leader: Alan –

Thurs 6th Oct 2022

Mountain Bikes only - Awaba to Dora Creek Follow Hawk Mt Rd to Newport Rd and Dora creek. Coffee at Dora creek. Return the same way. Meet on Mulbring St Awaba opposite the school approx 500m from Cessnock Rd. 24k 200m

Leader: Phil –

Sat 8th Oct 2022

Glenrock South/Tin Hare Creek Circuit, including powder cave, Bilbo’s place and other less frequently visited spots. Some rough/off track. Distance ~16km, M-M-450. Map: Wallsend 9232-3S. Bring morning tea and lunch.

Leader: Steve –

Sun 9th Oct 2022

NBC Annual Dinner (Lunch). This year our Annual Dinner will be a Sunday Lunch!

Venue: - The Windsor Castle Hotel – 78 Lawes St East Maitland commencing at 12:30 for lunch. Varied Pub menu that includes burgers, salads, pasta, pizza’s, salmon, nachos, steaks. Menu is available on their website. Each person can order and pay at the counter on the day. Please RSVP to the leader by Sun 25th Sept 2022. Members and their guests only.

Leader: Kristy -

Tues 11th Oct 2022

Kayak Paddle Evening


Wed 12th Oct 2022

Redhead Loop. ~8 Km. This will be a moderately easy, mostly flat walk around the outskirts of Redhead. We will be using the Ken and Audrey Owens Walkway, The Fernleigh Track, fire trails , some street walking and about 600m of soft sand walking. On the way we will stop for morning tea at Liles Oval and there are a couple of view points to take in on the way as well. possibly some wildflowers. Meet at Webb Park, Redhead. Bring morning tea.

Leader: Helen -

Wed 12th Oct 2022

Feature Night - Central Charlestown Leagues Club 7:30pm

Speaker - AFRICA TRAVELS – by Mark Plant

Join us for dinner from 6:30pm and stay afterwards for a drink and a chat.

Visitors must book.

Leader: Rod -

Thurs 13th Oct 2022

Ride Stockton to Fern Bay 30km. Ride to Fern Bay and return. Meet at Stockton Ferry car park, Stockton. Grade M-E-20.

Leader: Judy –

Thurs 13th - Fri 14th Oct 2022

Munro Hut maintenance, any volunteers available?

A couple of extra hands would be good.

Not all work, some down time to enjoy the Gloucester Tops.

Will be staying overnight.

Leader: Tom -

Sat 15th Oct 2022

Watagan Forest creek walk 5km. Aprox 4hrs. Grade S-R-100. This is an off track walk near the Pines camp ground. The circuit walk starts from German Point road. We cross Watagan Forest road and head west down to a creek. The creek is scrubby at first but then you are in open forest and easy to walk beside the creek. After a creek junction we head east up that creek and at some point make our way up to McGowans road and back to the vehicles. Bring morning tea, lunch and gloves. There may be leeches. Meet at Freemans Waterhole, Shell Service station end.

Leader: Frank -

Tues 18th Oct 2022

Kayak Paddle Evening


Wed 19th Oct 2022

Teralba Trails. Walk the trails of Teralba, between 10-12km, some off track of 700m. hopefully see the field of Gymea lily flowers. Grade S-E-150

Leader: Tom -

Thurs 20th Oct 2022

Walka Water Works to Maitland. About 30km maybe. Ride around Walka Water Works, then to Lorn, Bolwarra Heights, Woodville, Wallalong, Morpeth and return to Walka Water Works. Meet at Walka Water Works. Grade M-M-50


Fri 21st Oct to Sun 23rd Oct

NBC trip - Warrumbungle walks

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. Grade M-M-800

Sun 23rd Oct – steep walk to Split Rock – 5km – 350m ascent – approx. 3hrs – loop with a steep climb to another spectacular lookout. Grade S-R-350

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


Leader: Rod -

Sat 22nd Oct 2022

Finches Line circuit, and Devine Hill. 11km. Scenic walk above Wiseman’s Ferry finishing with the Old Great North Road. Spectacular views and convict history. Meet at start of Convict Trail, about 300m west of the north side of Wiseman’s Ferry. Bring morning tea and lunch. M-E-350.

Leader: Glen -

Tues 25th Oct 2022

Kayak Paddle Evening


Wed 26th Oct 2022

Historical Walk Newcastle ~8km. Start at Nobby’s and follow the harbour into town. Visit Miss Porter’s House Museum, King St Newcastle. Built by Shopkeeper Herbert Porter in 1909, his wife and 2 daughters lived in this house until 1997. It has contents intact and is the only National Trust listed building in Newcastle. ($8 entry fee). Continue through to Bar Beach and then back along Memorial Drive. Numbers Limited

Leader: Kerrie -

Thurs 27th Oct 2022

Morisset to Martinsville 28km. Ride to Cooranbong then out to Martinsville and return. Meet at end of Beauty Point Road Morisset. Grade M-M-50


Sat 29th Oct 2022

Jerusalem Bay - Cowan to Brooklyn via Great North Walk Track. Meet Brooklyn/Hawkesbury River.Approx 10 kilometres - mostly difficult walking. Bring: Lunch and morning tea. Car or train shuffle involved

Leader: Peter -

Tues 1st Nov 2022

Kayak Paddle Evening


Wed 2nd Nov 2022

Maroubra to Bondi Coastal Walk. 12km. Undulating walk past Sydney’s eastern beaches and headlands with spectacular views. Express train to Central, bus to Maroubra and return from Bondi by train. Grade M-E-275. Requires public transport to complete.

Leader: Yvie -

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

NBC Annual Camp

Fri 18th Nov to Sun 20th Nov 2022

A weekend of hiking, cycling, kayaking, socialising and fun. Diamond Head Campground, Crowdy Head National Park. Members and their partner/guest only. Book your site yourself as early as possible – meaning NOW. Contact the leader for further information. When booking your site be aware that the club has booked site 4 for the NBC Tent/meeting place so try to be close to that site. Also if you have any difficulties getting the site booked with the online system contact the leader who may be able to help you. When attending please be aware that it is inside a National Park and a NP Vehicle Pass will be required – either an annual pass or purchase a day pass each day.

Leader: Victoria -

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.