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.  

You must participate in at least one activity as a visitor before applying to join the club after which we will send you an email with a link to the membership application form and payment details.  Your application will then be considered by the club committee at the next monthly meeting.

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 NBC Membership information.

For details of our Activity 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).  

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 must 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

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


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


Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Kayak -  Morning Paddle - Edgeworth Creeks

Leader: George C -

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Walk - Lemon Tree Passage walk (along the water from Tanilba to Lemon Tree, morning tea at Lemon Tree, more walking near the water and then back through bush.  Map - Karuah & Port Stephens 1:25,000, Grade - M-E-60

Leader: Viola -

Friday, 2 June 2023 to Friday, 9 June 2023

Away Trip Walks Blue Mtns walks Blue Mountains away trip.  Come for the week or just a few days.  Various walks on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.   Members only.  Contact organiser for information.

Organiser: Donna -

Saturday, June 03, 2023

Walk - Leader required for a walk to take place.

If you can lead a walk on this day please contact

Tuesday, June 06, 2023

Kayak - morning paddle Throsby Creek and Newcastle Harbour. Meet Carrington beach, Tully St

Leader: Glen H -

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Walk - Gap Servo to Heaton’s Lookout and another unnamed lookout. 12km. Steep climb initially of 250m in first 1.2km and this will be descended at the end. About 8km of this walk are part of the Great North Walk.  Bring morning tea and lunch.  Must Book. 

Due to reduced parking at the Gap, we will meet at southern end of the Shell service station at Freemans Waterhole to car pool.  Please indicate how you are with car pooling when putting your name forward for this walk.

Leader: Tom -

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Walk - Heaton Lookout to Hunter Lookout. The walk takes in a beautiful section of the Great North Walk and has everything from scenic lookouts, multiple cliff overhangs, rock walls, creek crossings, dirt roads, steep sections, and moist cool gullies with tree canopies. This is all on-trail and is a moderately challenging route with total distance up to 8km. Bring morning tea and lunch. We will meet at the south end of Shell Service Station Freemans Waterhole to organise a car shuffle to drop cars at the finish point at Watagan Forest HQ then track back to Heaton Lookout for the start of the hike. Bookings required - please provide details of your transport situation to facilitate organising the car shuffle.

Map - Quorrobolong 1:25,000. Grade S-M-500.

Leader: Steve M -

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Kayak - morning paddle.  Cams Wharf, loop Gwandalan, Crangan Bay, Nords Wharf. Meet Cams Wharf boat ramp.

Leader: Glen H -

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Walk - Leader required for a walk to take place.

If you can lead a walk on this day please contact

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Feature Night - Laura will be talking about her travels in Russia - 7:30pm at Central Charlestown Leagues Club.  Join others at the club for a meal from 6:30pm

Visitors must book at

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Walk - Upper Mangrove - 19 km. Great scenery, going to the small and interesting, historic cemetery and abandoned farms at Upper Mangrove. The area is now part of the Gosford water catchment area. Meet at the Somersby Store. Bring lunch.  Map - Mangrove 1:25,000, Grade - M-E-400

Leader: Kristy -

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Kayak - morning paddle.  Black Neds Bay and Swansea Channel. Meet Peel St Swansea.

Leader: Glen H -

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Walk - Lisarow to Gosford via Katandra Reserve and Rubalara Reserve. 15 km. Meet on the 7.36 am train (2nd last carriage upstairs) from Hamilton to Lisarow station (check the times at other stations) or meet 8.50 am at Lisarow station. Bring Lunch.  Map - Gosford 1:25,000, Grade - M-M-300

Leader: George -

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Walk - GLENROCK SOUTH/TIN HARE CREEK Circuit, including Flaggy cliff tops, powder cave, Burwood Colliery ruins, 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. BOOKING REQUIRED.  Map - Wallsend 9232-3S, Grade - M-M-450

Leader: Steve C -

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Kayak - morning paddle.  Dora Creek to Shingle Splitters, loop Pulbah Island if weather is suitable. Meet Dora Creek boat ramp at end of Dora St.

Leader: Glen H -

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Walk - Leader required for a walk to take place.

If you can lead a walk on this day please contact

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Meeting - NBC Committee Meeting

Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, 2nd July, 2023

Overnight Walk - Lagoon Pinch - Careys Peak – Edwards Swamp.  Must have gear for camping out in freezing conditions. 1000m gain.  Possibly snow, Limited numbers.  Must book.  For details contact Tom

Leader - Tom -

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Kayak - Morning paddle.  Throsby Creek and Newcastle Harbour. Meet Carrington beach, Tully St

Leader: Glen H -

Wednesday, 5 July 2023

Walk - Leader required for a walk to take place.

If you can lead a walk on this day please contact

Saturday, 8 July 2023

Walk - Leader required for a walk to take place.

If you can lead a walk on this day please contact

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

Kayak - Leader required for this paddle to take place.

If you can lead a paddle on this day please contact

Wednesday, 12 July 2023

Walk - Popran NP 13km MM.  It is a walk through the scrub to a cave with Aboriginal art, then up to Mt Olive. From there it is all on track visiting some aboriginal rock art on the way to Emerald pool, then return to the vehicles by another track.  We will be meeting at Edgeworth McDonalds for a car share or at The Hub of Mangrove Mountain General Store.  Bring morning tea and lunch.

Leader: Frank -

Advance Notice of trips away:

Proposed 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.