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 any activity - if you simply show up without contacting the leader beforehand you will not be allowed to join the activity

Emails often go astray so if you don't receive a timely response after emailing a leader please email with details and we will follow up with the leader if required.


Visitors are always required to book first with the leader for all activities.

When requesting to join an activity please provide the leader with information on your experience and background sufficient that they can assess if the activity is suitable for you.  Also, please provide a phone number in case the leader needs to discuss any matters regarding your participation in the activity.

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


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Note! At the bottom of this list are advance notices for future activities that may require early booking and/or organisation of accommodation


Tues 7 Feb 2023

Twilight Kayak - Carrington. New paddlers to contact Glen.

Leader: Glen -

Wed 8 Feb 2023

Walk - Bobbin Head/Warrimoo Trail/Sphinx Trail 10kms - Catch 6.20 train from Newcastle to Hornsby change to train to Turramurra then bus to Bobbin head road . Walk Bobbin head trail to Bobbin head then Warrimoo trail following Cowan Creek and return to start by Sphinx trail  to Sphinx Memorial . approx. 10 km’s  on bush trails with many steps return same way  by bus and train to Newcastle.  Bring morning tea and lunch. Limited numbers - booking required.  Grading S-M-400

Leader: Paul –

Wed 8 Feb 2023

Feature Night – Travels in Alaska by Kristy – Central Charlestown Leagues Club. Join us for dinner from 6:30pm and stay afterwards for drinks and a chat. Visitors MUST book.

Enquiries & bookings:

Thu 9 Feb 2023

Ride - Budgewoi Lake Loop.  27 km. Ride a clockwise loop including Norah Head, Toukley, Charmhaven, San Remo.  Meet at Lakes Beach Surf Club, off Budgewoi Road, Budgewoi. Grade M-E-50.

Leader: George -

Sat 11 Feb 2023 - Sun 12 Feb 2023

Car Camp - Due to a red alert for blue green algae at Chaffey dam I have decided to change the car camp to Smiths lake.

There will be kayaking on Smiths lake as well as at Wallis lake as well as some walks at Booti Booti national park .We will be camping at Sandbar caravan park which is on the shores of Smiths Lake. I have some tent sites booked, if you want van sites or cabins you can book your own to suit. Contact Paul for detail - Bookings required

Leader: Paul –

Tues 14 Feb 2023

Twilight Kayak - Marmong Point. New paddlers to contact Wayne. Club Members please check details in the fortnightly update and the club Web page. You can also assist by Leading paddles.”

Leader: Wayne -

Wed 15 Feb 2023

Walk - Hunter Wetlands Walk - around 6.5km flat walk

We will walk two loops. The first loop starts from the Visitor centre (entry $5 seniors to the Wetlands) and we will walk the perimeter of the wetlands, walking past the reptile house and various other areas. Morning tea will be back at the visitor centre which has a café (and toilets). Then we will meander around the different ponds climbing the Egret Tower and viewing the Speckled Duck Enclosure. A variety of bird life will be present at the wetlands plus eels and turtles in the main pond.

 Leader Viola and Michael -

Thurs 16 Feb 2023

Ride - Stockton to Fern Bay. 30km. Ride to Fern Bay and return.  Some shared pathways, some footpath along road, some quiet back roads.  Meet in carpark in Stockton near the Ferry Terminal. Grade M-E-20.  Bookings required.

Leader: Kerrie -

Thu 16 Feb 2023

Ride - MTB - TBA - but may be Wallaroo State Forest

Leader: George -

Sat 18 Feb 2023

Walk - Watagan HQ to 125R lookout. 19km. A walk along the GNW ridge top with scenic views. Meet at Freemans Waterhole for car convoy to Watagan HQ. M-E-300

Leader: George -

Sun 19 Feb 2023

Kayak - Paddle around Kooragang Island – 30kms – Tide Assisted – Bookings Required

Leader: Tom -

Tues 21 Feb 2023

Twilight Kayak - Wangi. New paddlers to contact Tom.

Leader: Tom -

Wed 22 Feb 2023

Walk - Wollstonecraft to Milsons Point with option to cross over Sydney Harbour bridge to Circular Quay. 12km M-E-150.  Wollstonecraft railway station to Berry Island, Balls Head, the old gas works site, lunch at Lavender Bay and on to Milsons Point. Train travel to and return.

Leader: Frank -

Thurs 23 Feb 2023

Ride - Eleebana to Wallsend. 30km. Ride to Speers Point, Glendale, Wallsend and return. Meet at boat ramp near Lions Park, off Macquarie Drive, Eleebana. Grade M-E-250

Leader: Bob -

Sat 25 Feb 2023

Walk - Bagnall Beach to Shoal Bay via Inner Light and return – 14km.  Optional climb of Tomaree Mountain and possible swim after walk.  Bring morning tea and lunch M-E-100

Leader: Geoff -

Tues 28 Feb 2023

Twilight Kayak - Eleebana. New paddlers to contact Tom.

Leader: Tom -

Advance Notice of trips away:

Wed 8 Mar 2023 & Thurs 9 Mar 2023

Multi Day Walk - 2nd stage of Bondi to Manly walk

Day 1 - Catch 6.20 train to Sydney - Start walk at Circular Quay to Spit Bridge approx. 20km’s total ascent 361m stay in your own organized accommodation - Grade L-E-361

Day 2 - walk Spit Bridge to Manly - approx. 20 km total ascent 428m catch ferry to Circular Quay and return to Newcastle by train. Grade L-E-428

Bookings required & own accommodation to be organised

Leader: Paul –

Blue Mountains 2023   From Friday 2 June, for NBC Members.

Five days of walks, Friday through Tuesday;  followed by two or three days of rides. Come for all, or for some.  Choice of hard, medium, or easy walks or simply take in the views and the cafes.  We will split into smaller groups each day.   This is well in advance but as accommodation may book out it is better to be early than miss out. Contact the organiser for an information sheet before you book accommodation. 

Organiser:  Donna

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail 2023  

Cycling 161 km over 3 days starting Monday 24 July 2023.  For NBC Members.  Accommodation is limited along the trail which is why we need to sort this out so far in advance. Contact the organiser for an information sheet before you book accommodation.

Organiser:  Donna

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.