- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- This is a new high quality rail trail featuring a variety of landscapes from suburbia to dense bushland.
- The trail links to other cycleways that give mainly traffic-free access to Newcastle’s university, city and other suburbs.
- The rail trail is gently graded.
- Preserved railway memorabilia at Wallsend Station site
- Newcastle City
- Fort Scratchley
Major access points:
- Glendale – Frederick St North (Parking at TAFE)
- Wallsend – Cowper St car park
- Birmingham Gardens – Blue Gum Rd and Wilkinson Ave
- Jesmond – Illoura St and Newcastle Rd
- Lambton – Howe St West
Glendale to Wallsend (4.5 km)
The trail climbs on a slight gradient through bushland, then runs through grassland behind retirement villages.
- From the north end of Frederick St head north from Glendale TAFE car park to the trailhead, the trail winds over gentle hills and through the tunnel beneath Newcastle Link Rd.
Wallsend to Jesmond (3.5 km)
This section is basically flat and passes two suburban shopping centres. It follows the line of disused colliery rail lines and the tramway. It runs along a suburban street before crossing Newcastle Rd at traffic lights.
- Take care crossing roads at Wallsend and at Jesmond.
- Note the restored railway shed and old coal wagon at Wallsend.
Jesmond to Lambton (2 km)
After crossing a busy road you enter quiet Jesmond Park, following a long embankment before climbing over a low section of Lambton Hill at Howe St traffic lights.
- Take care crossing Robinson Ave, especially if approaching downhill.
- This ride can be extended picking up cycleways that pass through Broadmeadow parks and through Islington to Carrington then along the waterfront to the lighthouse at Nobbys. The line also connects to the University of Newcastle via a powerline easement and University Drive.
Start of the Trail at Glendale (2013)
One of the embankments (2012)
One of the cuttings (2013)
One of the rest areas (2013)
Behind housing between Glendale and Wallsend (2013)
Tunnel under the Link Road (2013)
Wallsend restored goods shed (2012)
Interpretive signage at Wallsend (2012)
Some railway memorabilia Wallsend (2012)
Behind the houses (2012)
Wallsend to Jesmond (2013)
We acknowledge the Awabakal people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
This trail follows a tram route that went from Newcastle to Wallsend from 1910 to 1930.
The tramway opened in 1910 as part of the longest line of Newcastle’s extensive tramways, featuring steam-driven trams that ran down suburban streets and into bushland. The terminus was at West Wallsend, a coal-mining village 20 km from Newcastle. A branch line also reached Speers Point, Lake Macquarie, a popular picnic venue for Newcastle residents. The electrification of the Newcastle tram system reached Wallsend in 1926; steam trams were uneconomical and lines beyond Wallsend closed in 1930. Place names such as Plattsburg and Young Wallsend have disappeared along with most evidence of this line.
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