Fernleigh Track North to South
Fernleigh Track is a world class rail trail that follows the line of an old coal line first built in the 1800's from North to South. And now it is a welcoming bike ride, waiting for you to explore.
Even though much of this track is within the greater Newcastle urban area, the track itself runs largely through rainforest and wetlands reserves. The peace and quiet makes a perfect backdrop for the beautiful calls of whip birds, bell birds, magpies and other native bird life.
Being an old railway line, the gradients and curves are gradual.
You can access the northern end via City Rail at Adamstown Station, which is approximately 300 meters north of the northern end of the Fernleigh Track.
From the northern end it's a steady climb until you reach the tunnel which is well lit and safe to ride through. This passes under the busy Pacific Highway. There are a couple of other underpasses so that you only have to cross a few minor roads along the route, at well marked crossings, the busiest of which has crossing signals.
Food and drink
The finish destination is more bustling with food service. Your exhausted body and craving-for-food stomach can easily find the way to Salina Restaurant, Ocean City Chinese Restaurant, Domino’s Pizza Belmont etc. just by going down the Pacific Highway.
Most of the railway station platforms along the route have been preserved and there's very interesting interpretive signage which gives you the history of each section along with photos.
The track finishes at the old Belmont station which is just a couple of blocks from Lake Macquarie. Unfortunately there's no beginner friendly link to the lake as yet.
15.273 km / 9.49 mi
247 m / 809 ft
260 m / 852 ft
97 m / 319 ft