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Glenrock State Conservation Area

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Glenrock State Conservation Area.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Newcastle, Charlestown and Sydney, take the Pacific Highway to Highfields or Kahibah in Newcastle.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Glenrock State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Enjoy exploring the park's mountain biking trails when the weather becomes cooler.

    Spring

    The park's birds will be chirping and singing, look out for them in the trees as you hit the tracks and trails.

    Summer

    The park's beaches are a delight at this time of year – you can surf and swim to your heart's content.

    Winter

    Walk the Bombala walking track for excellent coastal views – you may even spot a whale or two.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20°C and 25°C

    Highest recorded

    42°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    11°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    1.8°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    November

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    283.7mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Some walking tracks in this park are close to cliff edges, creeks and waterfalls that have slippery surfaces, even when dry. Please take extra care around fast flowing water after rain and supervise children.

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these cycling safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit; it helps emergency services locate you, using your smartphone's GPS.

    Please note, there is limited mobile phone reception in this park. You’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Glenrock State Conservation Area

    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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    Nearby towns

    Charlestown (3 km)

    Charlestown lies just 12 km south of Newcastle. It's a key town centre at the northern end of Lake Macquarie.

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    Newcastle (7 km)

    Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Cessnock (46 km)

    Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

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    Coastal views, Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: Shaun Sursok