Yuelarbah and Burwood Track Loop

1 h to 2 h
30 min to 45 min

4.6 km
circuit

↑ 137 m
↓ -136 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Yuelarbah car park on Burwood Road, Whitebridge, this walk takes you on a circuit around Glenrock Lagoon via the Yuelarbah and Burwood tracks. This moderately challenging loop winds its way around Glenrock Lagoon, a picturesque freshwater lagoon located within the Glenrock State Conservation Area, which contains many historic sites. The lagoon is a popular swimming spot, fed by two creeks before flowing into the ocean at the opposite end, and is also an important site for the Awabakal people. The walk initially heads along a wheelchair-accessible elevated boardwalk and follows the Yuelarbah Track, crossing a suspension bridge over Flaggy Creek, then continues alongside the creek, passing a picnic area and a small waterfall. After crossing a timber footbridge over Little Flaggy Creek, just above another waterfall, the walk reaches Leichhardt's Lookout, which offers excellent views over Glenrock Lagoon and beyond towards the ocean. From there, the walk descends a series of steps through dense rainforest and meanders alongside the lagoon, crossing several footbridges before emerging at Glenrock Beach, a popular surfing spot. Continuing along the beach, the walk crosses the lagoon outlet and heads inland through the coastal eucalypt forest, passing the Glenrock Scout Camp and offering views of the historic Burwood Colliery. The walk continues along the Burwood Track, which begins on Scout Camp Road opposite the water tank, then follows the Yuelarbah Management Trail back to the car park. This loop consists of wide and narrow walking trails and fire tracks, with uneven natural surfaces, compacted natural surfaces, compacted gravel surfaces, boardwalk sections and steps. Suitable for average fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Show all
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2008.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2008.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Bridge over Flaggy Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2008.
Photo by admin, 2008.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2008.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Stair way in Glen Rock State Conservation. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Nice rocks formations on the Yuelarbah Walking Track. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Bridge over Little Flaggy Creek on the Yuelarbah Walking Track. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
View of Glenrock Lagoon. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2008.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2017.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Downloads GPX PDF

+
-
Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
+
-
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start From the Burwood Road (-32.9624727,151.7194587)
Mode Bus Car
DirectionsFrom , Charlestown.
+
-
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Yuelarbah car park on Burwood Road, Whitebridge, head along the wheelchair-accessible elevated boardwalk, located to the left of the 'Yuelarbah Walking Track' sign, passing a 'Glenrock State Conservation Area' informative sign (to your left). Once the boardwalk ends, follow the Yuelarbah Track ahead and continue the Yuelarbah and Burwood Track Loop (clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
From the Burwood Road Start (a service road).
Find the waterfall at the start.
Find the Yuelarbah car park at the start.
Yuelarbah car park
Yuelarbah car park

Yuelarbah car park on Burwood Rd, Kahibah is the starting point to a number of walking and MTB tracks within the Glenrock State Conservation Area. There is a sheltered information sign with historical and natural heritage information. There are about 25 parking bays, and a mobility parking bay.
+
-
Yuelarbah car park on Burwood Rd, Kahibah is the starting point to a number of walking and MTB tracks within the Glenrock State Conservation Area. There is a sheltered information sign with historical and natural heritage information. There are about 25 parking bays, and a mobility parking bay.

After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
Then pass the "NPWS Cycling Noticeboard" (4 m on your right).
After another 4 m (at the intersection of Yuelarbah Walking Track & De Luge) turn left, to head along Yuelarbah Walking Track (a walking track).
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
After another 55 m find the "Trip Hazard" (5 m on your right).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

Between the gravel path and timber boardwalk is a 5cm step, 1.5m wide.
+
-
Between the gravel path and timber boardwalk is a 5cm step, 1.5m wide.

After another 120 m find the "Picnic Table" (5 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 85cm high, 75cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 54cm high, 29cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest). The seat is found about 10m down a rough track (with 13cm step), from the main path.
+
-
A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 85cm high, 75cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 54cm high, 29cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest). The seat is found about 10m down a rough track (with 13cm step), from the main path.

After another 315 m (from the Yuelarbah Walking Track) veer left, to head along Yuelarbah Walking Track.
Then cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to a picnic area beside Flaggy Creek, which has picnic tables and a rough track leading down to the creek. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
From the Yuelarbah Walking Track veer right, to head along Yuelarbah Walking Track.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Yuelarbah Walking Track & Yuelarbah Trail) continue straight, to head along Yuelarbah Walking Track.
After another 85 m pass the waterfall (15 m on your right).
After another 100 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 6 m pass the waterfall (9 m on your right).
After another 65 m (from the Yuelarbah Walking Track) continue straight, to head along Yuelarbah Walking Track.
After another 20 m find the "Leichhardts Lookout" (5 m on your right).
Leichhardts Lookout
Leichhardts Lookout

Leichhardts Lookout is within the Glenrock State Conservation Area. This lookout is a timber platform, looking east across Glenrock Lagoon and out to the ocean. Leichhardts Lookout is named after Ludwig Leichhardt a Prussian naturalist and explorer who, in 1842, described the view down into Glenrock Lagoon as well as other important geological sightings in the area.
+
-
Leichhardts Lookout is within the Glenrock State Conservation Area. This lookout is a timber platform, looking east across Glenrock Lagoon and out to the ocean. Leichhardts Lookout is named after Ludwig Leichhardt a Prussian naturalist and explorer who, in 1842, described the view down into Glenrock Lagoon as well as other important geological sightings in the area.

After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 30 m turn right.
After another 10 m find the "Glenrock Lagoon & Reserve" (5 m on your left).
Glenrock Lagoon & Reserve
Glenrock Lagoon & Reserve

The Glenrock Lagoon is within the Glenrock State Conservation Area and has a rich history. It was named for 'Glen' meaning narrow valley and 'rock' because of the rocky nature of the valley. The site was first occupied by the local aboriginals of the Awabakal Tribe, who were known to roam and hunt in the Glenrock Lagoon, with evidence near the mouth of the lagoon. The Awabakal Tribe had a large sacred cave, which was filled with paintings, however, these paintings are now gone. Glenrock was the site of the first coal deposits found in Australia. Deep in the valley, there are remnants of the early Colliery. Coal was mined at Glenrock for over 100 years - a good example of this is Smelters Beach, just north of the lagoon exit, which contains historic rail tracks in the cliff side. The Scout camp was established here in 1932, with a 99 year lease and continues today.
+
-
The Glenrock Lagoon is within the Glenrock State Conservation Area and has a rich history. It was named for 'Glen' meaning narrow valley and 'rock' because of the rocky nature of the valley. The site was first occupied by the local aboriginals of the Awabakal Tribe, who were known to roam and hunt in the Glenrock Lagoon, with evidence near the mouth of the lagoon. The Awabakal Tribe had a large sacred cave, which was filled with paintings, however, these paintings are now gone. Glenrock was the site of the first coal deposits found in Australia. Deep in the valley, there are remnants of the early Colliery. Coal was mined at Glenrock for over 100 years - a good example of this is Smelters Beach, just north of the lagoon exit, which contains historic rail tracks in the cliff side. The Scout camp was established here in 1932, with a 99 year lease and continues today.

After another 280 m continue straight.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
Continue straight.
After another 35 m head through/around the gate.
After another 160 m pass the shelter (65 m on your right).
After another 140 m pass the pay phone (6 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the car park (10 m on your right).
From the Scout Camp Road turn left, to head along Scout Camp Road (a vehicle track).
After another 15 m find the "Glenrock Scout Camp" (10 m on your left).
Glenrock Scout Camp
Glenrock Scout Camp

Glenrock Scout Camp, off Burwood road and within the Glenrock State Conservation Area is owned and operated by the Scouting Association of Australia. The scout camp is located by a beautiful lagoon and is close to the ocean. The scout camp is a great place to stop and relax, with self guided walks and nature trails available close by. At the scout camp there is a public telephone, locked toilets (available upon request), water and sheltered picnic tables. The scout camp has indoor accommodation available. The Overman's Cottage is a large simple cottage, with sleeping on mattress's on the floor and costs $80/day plus $8/person. Also available is the Mac Crumb Room, which is for adults only, has 8 bunks and has a self contained kitchen and toilet. The Mac Crumb Room costs $80/day plus $10/person. Camping is for Scouts only. Please contact the Hunter and Coastal Regional Office (02 4929 1760) for information and to make a booking. The on site resident is also available (02 49447303).
+
-
Glenrock Scout Camp, off Burwood road and within the Glenrock State Conservation Area is owned and operated by the Scouting Association of Australia. The scout camp is located by a beautiful lagoon and is close to the ocean. The scout camp is a great place to stop and relax, with self guided walks and nature trails available close by. At the scout camp there is a public telephone, locked toilets (available upon request), water and sheltered picnic tables. The scout camp has indoor accommodation available. The Overman's Cottage is a large simple cottage, with sleeping on mattress's on the floor and costs $80/day plus $8/person. Also available is the Mac Crumb Room, which is for adults only, has 8 bunks and has a self contained kitchen and toilet. The Mac Crumb Room costs $80/day plus $10/person. Camping is for Scouts only. Please contact the Hunter and Coastal Regional Office (02 4929 1760) for information and to make a booking. The on site resident is also available (02 49447303).

After another 15 m (from the Scout Camp Road) continue straight, to head along Scout Camp Road.
After another 20 m come to the "Glenrock Scout Training Camp" (45 m on your right).
There is a fee to use this campsite. This campsite has showers.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to the historic Burwood Colliery, which was established around 1850 on the southern shore of Glenrock Lagoon and is one of the oldest and best-preserved remains of a 19th-century coal mine in the Hunter Valley. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 65 m (from the Scout Camp Road) veer left, to head along Scout Camp Road.
After another 70 m (from the Scout Camp Road) turn sharp right (a walking track).
After another 20 m (from the Burwood Track) veer right, to head along Burwood Track.
After another 110 m (from the Burwood Track) continue straight, to head along Burwood Track.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
From the Burwood Track continue straight, to head along Burwood Track.
After another 520 m (from the Burwood Track) continue straight, to head along Burwood Track.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Yuelarbah Trail & Burwood Track) continue straight, to head along Yuelarbah Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 115 m (from the Yuelarbah Trail) veer left, to head along Yuelarbah Trail.
After another 275 m (at the intersection of Yuelarbah Trail & Depot Trail) continue straight, to head along Yuelarbah Trail.
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Yuelarbah Track & De Luge) continue straight, to head along Yuelarbah Track.
Continue another 60 m to find from the Burwood Road at the end.

An optional side trip to a picnic area beside Flaggy Creek, which has picnic tables and a rough track leading down to the creek.
Turn map Directions & comments
From the Yuelarbah Walking Track Start (a walking track).
After 35 m find the "Picnic Table" (4 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

Two timber slat picnic tables with bench seats. The tables are 79cm high, 93cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 44cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest). The tables are on a large paved flat area.
+
-
Two timber slat picnic tables with bench seats. The tables are 79cm high, 93cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 44cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest). The tables are on a large paved flat area.

After another 6 m find the "Flaggy Creek picnic area" (8 m on your left).
Flaggy Creek picnic area
Flaggy Creek picnic area

The Flaggy Creek picnic area, is an unsignposted picnic area on the northern side of Flaggy Creek, near the suspension bridge. There are two picnic tables on a large concrete slab. There is a rough track that leads down to the cascades on the creek. There is also a warning sign saying that the creek water may be contaminated from sewerage overflow and swimming is not advised.. It is, however, a very pleasant spot to enjoy the quiet and peacefull valley.
+
-
The Flaggy Creek picnic area, is an unsignposted picnic area on the northern side of Flaggy Creek, near the suspension bridge. There are two picnic tables on a large concrete slab. There is a rough track that leads down to the cascades on the creek. There is also a warning sign saying that the creek water may be contaminated from sewerage overflow and swimming is not advised.. It is, however, a very pleasant spot to enjoy the quiet and peacefull valley.

After another 7 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to the historic Burwood Colliery, which was established around 1850 on the southern shore of Glenrock Lagoon and is one of the oldest and best-preserved remains of a 19th-century coal mine in the Hunter Valley.
Turn map Directions & comments
From the Scout Camp Road Start (a walking track).
After another 250 m come to a sign.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 250 m to the main route.
+
-
Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Yuelarbah and Burwood Track Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.6 km
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.5 km apart with the largest gap of 3 km.

Shelter: There is one 2.8 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
2.8 km[shelter]
Campsite
3 kmGlenrock Scout Camp
Camp site
3 kmGlenrock Scout Training Camp
+
-
Articles
Discover more details to thrive on track
+
-
Reviews & Feedback
Share your experience
+
-
Weather & Alerts
Check forecasts & closures
Show Full Weather
Alerts and Closures
Show all alerts
Show all alerts
Show all alerts
+
-
Other Journeys
Discover nearby and similar journeys
Some of the information and maps on this page was generated using data from the awesome © OpenStreetMap contributors.
Please see how you can embed some widgets, access data and other stuff to that might be helpful.