Baileys Cottage

Glenrock State Conservation Area

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Overview

Baileys Cottage in Glenrock State Conservation Area offers holiday accommodation near Newcastle. There’s a load to do, including mountain biking, fishing and walking.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Where 1/221 Scenic Drive, Merewether, NSW, 2291 - in Glenrock State Conservation Area
Bedrooms 3
Maximum guests 6
Bookings Baileys Cottage is currently unavailable for bookings.
Please note
  • Bedding configuration: 1 x queen, 1 x queen, 2 x singles
  • The cottage is fully furnished and has a full kitchen and bathroom
  • Linen is supplied
  • The cottage has a barbecue and outdoor picnic table
  • Dogs and other pets are not permitted in this park. See where you can bring your dog.

Perfectly positioned on the fringe of Glenrock State Conservation Area, Baileys Cottage has been tastefully refurbished to offer comfortable holiday accommodation close to Newcastle.

It’s a great place for a weekend getaway or family holiday. Glenrock State Conservation Area conserves over 500 hectares of natural coastline near the heart of Newcastle, with striking headlands, attractive beaches and pockets of littoral rainforest.

There are loads of things to do in Glenrock State Conservation Area. Be sure to bring your mountain bike because the trails in Glenrock are there to explore, and don’t forget your fishing rod if you want to try your luck the park’s coastal spots.

The cottage is only a short drive from the local shopping centre and the cafes of Newcastle, so you can easily pick up supplies for your holiday or enjoy an evening out. Merewether Beach isn’t far away either, so be sure to pack your swimmers or surfboard.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Baileys Cottage.

Getting there and parking

Baileys Cottage is at Merewether Heights near Newcastle.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Off-street parking is available for two cars at Baileys Cottage.

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

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Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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 and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Baileys Cottage is in Glenrock State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A rich cultural heritage

Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: Shaun Sursok

Glenrock State Conservation Area is the traditional land of the Awabakal people. They favoured the area for the abundance of food, including marine life and bush tucker. The park today contains a number of ancient Aboriginal sites, including campsites, middens and axe grinding grooves. You can find out more about the Aboriginal cultural heritage of this park on an Aboriginal Discovery tour.

  • Aboriginal culture Experience Glenrock State Conservation Area through the eyes of an Aboriginal person on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) Aboriginal culture geography excursion. Through first-hand experiences, you'll learn about the culture of the Awabakal People.
  • Leggy Point loop walking track Take in the views of the ocean and coastline all the way to Newcastle from Leggy Point loop walking track, a popular walk for the whole family in Glenrock State Conservation Area.
  • WilderQuest WildThings Come on a WilderQuest WildThings excursion to explore Yuelarbah walking track. Designed for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students and focusing on science and technology, investigate the living world this beautiful part of Glenrock State Conservation Area, home to amazing plants and animals.

Back to nature

Burwood trail, Glenrock Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Glenrock boasts a diverse environment from deep gullies to coastal rainforest, beaches and rocky cliffs. A major feature is Glenrock Lagoon, fed by Flaggy and Little Flaggy creeks to the west. The sandstones in these creeks have resisted erosion, resulting in attractive waterfalls and rockpools for which the area has long been renowned. When you've explored the inland, head for the surf at Dudley, Burwood and Glenrock Beaches.

  • Leggy Point loop walking track Take in the views of the ocean and coastline all the way to Newcastle from Leggy Point loop walking track, a popular walk for the whole family in Glenrock State Conservation Area.
  • Women’s guided walk along Yuelarbah walking track Join Women Embrace Adventure for a guided walk along Yuelarbah walking track in Glenrock State Conservation Area. See rainforest, waterfalls and stunning coastal views just 15 minutes from Newcastle.

Stride, ride, or glide

Cyclist in Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: Shaun Sursok

Glenrock is magnificent for mountain bike riding, with 14km of single track and 20km of management trails in the northern half of the park. The mountain bike tracks wind through open forest and woodlands and provide access to Burwood Beach, Leichhardt's lookout and the waterfalls. If you prefer to travel on foot, there are excellent walks including the Yuelarbah track, part of the Great North walk from Sydney to Newcastle. Horse riding is also permitted on some trails. Experienced hang gliders have a choice of two launching pads within the park and will enjoy stunning views of the Newcastle coastline.

  • Bombala walking track Bombala walking track weaves through bush in Glenrock State Conservation Area, giving glimpses of the ocean, before descending to secluded Dudley Beach.
  • Glenrock mountain biking trails Spend the day riding your mountain bike on the trails in Glenrock State Conservation Area near Newcastle. There are rides to suit all levels, and even the kids can ride.
  • Mountain bike skills instruction at Glenrock Take your mountain biking to the next level with skills instruction by Momentum Is Your Friend. Held at Glenrock State Conservation Area, these helpful sessions are coached by friendly and professional instructors.
  • Yuelarbah walking track Yuelarbah walking track is a great day walk within Glenrock State Conservation Area, near Newcastle. It features a lookout with scenic views, waterfalls and places to picnic.

Wildflowers and wildlife

The Leggy Point Loop track, Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Glenrock State Conservation Area boasts a diverse range of plant life, over 70 plant species per hectare. Take advantage of this nature wonderland with a relaxing bushwalk, and catch a glimpse of threatened wildflowers - including pink bells, coastal bush peas, and white-flowered wax plants - dotting the area with vibrant hues. Glenrock State Conservation Area is also home to wildlife such as bandicoots, bats and gliders.

  • Bombala walking track Bombala walking track weaves through bush in Glenrock State Conservation Area, giving glimpses of the ocean, before descending to secluded Dudley Beach.
  • WilderQuest WildThings Come on a WilderQuest WildThings excursion to explore Yuelarbah walking track. Designed for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students and focusing on science and technology, investigate the living world this beautiful part of Glenrock State Conservation Area, home to amazing plants and animals.
  • WildTracker Come on a WildTracker school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students focusing on science and technology. Carry out investigations to explore the living world in this beautiful part of Glenrock State Conservation Area.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Humpback whale breaching. Photo: Dan Burns

    Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

    The humpback whale has the longest migratory path of any mammal, travelling over 5000km from its summer feeding grounds in Antarctica to its breeding grounds in the subtropics. Its playful antics, such as body-rolling, breaching and pectoral slapping, are a spectacular sight for whale watchers in NSW national parks.

  • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

    The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

  • Echidna. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

    One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.

Plants

  • Wonga Wonga vine. Photo: Barry Collier

    Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)

    The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.

  • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

    Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

Environments in this park

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