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Glenrock State Conservation Area

Overview

Glenrock State Conservation Area, only 5km from Newcastle, is the perfect place for mountain biking. Explore the park’s beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls on a school excursion or guided tour.

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Located only ten minutes drive from the Newcastle city centre, Glenrock State Conservation Area offers an astounding array of recreational opportunities.

Glenrock embraces the last surviving pocket of coastal rainforest in the region, home to a range of animals, like bandicoots, bats and gliders. It also protects a number of ancient Aboriginal sites.

One of the city’s most popular beaches lies within the park’s boundaries, but there is much more here than sand and surf. Take your mountain bike and explore the scenic cycling trails, walk the rainforest and waterfall tracks, launch a hang glider off the cliffs or enjoy a spot of fishing.

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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Glenrock State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Newcastle
      (02) 4946 4100
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4946 4150
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Coastal views, Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: Shaun Sursok