Fernleigh Track North to South

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

At the beginning of the track, you can stop by Westfield Kotara Shopping Center to grab something to eat at its various restaurants such as Rolld, Nando’s and Subway Restaurant.

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.

Futher details

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.

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15.273 km / 9.49 mi

Total Distance

247 m / 809 ft

Total Ascent

260 m / 852 ft

Total Descent

97 m / 319 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Excellent
Mobile Coverage: Excellent
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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