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How Long Does It Take To Do The Great North Walk

Updated on April 17, 2016

How Long Does It Take To Do The Great North Walk

The Great North Walk is a walking track which runs from Sydney to Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. The main track which is 250 kilometres (160 mi) in length, starts at the Obelisk in Macquarie Place in Sydney and ends at Queens Wharf Tower in Bicentennial Park in Newcastle. It is well sign posted and and takes about 10 days to walk, although some fast paced characters claim to have done it in 66 hrs which has not been confirmed.

Where Does The Great North Walk Start?

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The Great North Walk starts at The Obelisk in Hyde Park, Sydney Australia

Great North Walk - Warners Bay Section

The Warners Bay Foreshore Walkway forms part of the Great North Walk which meanders along the East Coast of Australia from The Obelisk in Hyde Park, Sydney to Newcastle CBD. It is one of the great walks of the world which takes you through many varying landscapes and degrees of difficulty.

The entire walk from Sydney to Newcastle, NSW takes approximately 10-14 days depending on your level of fitness.

This part of the walk however is one of the most picturesque as you can see from my video below. The elevated boardwalk section is 380 metres long and juts out into the lake following the shoreline along Redbluff Point.


Warners Bay Foreshore Walkway - Part of the Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle

Great North Walk - Shared Cycleway

This walkway is also a shared cycleway and is a much loved part of the community. People come from far and wide to enjoy the magnificent scenery that it affords. Many locals take advantage of the easy grade for an early morning fitness walk, and holiday makers usually arrive a little later in the day after a relaxing sleep in.

Walkers with dogs love to use the trail on a regular basis too, but the occasional owner may sometimes neglect to pick up after their dog goes to the toilet, so beware of any nasty little surprises. There are heavy fines (currently $550) for not cleaning up after your dog has relieved itself, so if you are walking your dog don't forget to take a couple of plastic bags for the inevitable clean up.

This walkway is also a shared cycle-way so it is best to keep to the left and listen out for bicycle bells behind you. It's just a little courtesy warning to let you know that a cyclist is approaching so you don't get a fright as they wizz passed on their bikes. Cyclist will also appreciate you moving over to the left a little if you can on the narrower parts of the track.

How To Find The Warners Bay Walkway

The Warners Bay walkway can be entered from any car park between the art gallery at Booragul to the Lions Club Park at Eleebana. The Esplanade which follows the walkway around Lake Macquarie, provides easy access at many points along the way and there are ample car parking facilities right along the Lake edge.

The open parkland opposite the Warners Bay cafe strip offers a great area for families to enjoy free electric bbq's, fishing off the jetty, or having a picnic at the many tables fronting the lakeside.

Warners Bay also hosts 'Music in the Podium' which is a free event on Friday nights overlooking the waterfront. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket, some snacks and a smile for a great evening.

Great North Walk Warners Bay

Great North Walk Warners Bay section is a shared footpath and cycleway. Dogs allowed.
Great North Walk Warners Bay section is a shared footpath and cycleway. Dogs allowed.

Warners Bay Jetty

Wildlife, Warners Bay

Lake Macquarie Along The Great North Walk

Cafe Strip Warners Bay

Cafes and restaurants are plentiful on this section of the walk
Cafes and restaurants are plentiful on this section of the walk

BBQs and Picnic Tables

Just some of the facilities on the Great North Walk
Just some of the facilities on the Great North Walk

Great North Walkway and Cycleway

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      A lovely overview of the area. Well done!

      Have a nice day!

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Thank you LadyLyell. Appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment :)

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      What a lovely place and great photos! I love Australia - have visited Sydney, Perth and Brisbane as well as the surrounding areas but have not seen this. Maybe next time; your country is so vast and full of amazing sights - a great place for youngsters to have a great life too. Thanks too for the follow. Voted up, interesting and beautiful.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      I'm glad you enjoyed my hub annart.

      It certainly is a lovely part of the country. Nice to hear you have visited a few of our best spots. I hope you enjoyed your stay and are able to come back for another visit in the not too distant future :)

      Thank you for stopping by - much appreciated!

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      Hisao 3 years ago

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