Breakfast with the whales at Glenrock

Glenrock State Conservation Area

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Overview

Bring your own breakfast to enjoy, while taking in the stunning scenery at Hickson Street lookout as the sun rises to start a new day.

When

Thursday 6 October 2022, 7am to 9am.

Where
Glenrock State Conservation Area in North Coast
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Easy. Suitable for adults and children 10 years and over.
Price

Adult $15 per person. Child (10 to 16 years) $10 per person. Family $40 for 2 adults and 2 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meeting point
Hickson Street lookout
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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Learn how to scan the rolling blue for signs of humpback whales making their annual migration south, as they return to the Antarctic waters.

Listen to an NPWS guide, as you share in the stories of these majestic creatures.

Keep an eye out for the frolicking play of this season’s baby whales learning the way home.

A wonderful, peaceful way to start the day and experience the beauty of this stunning coastal park.

If you have binoculars, please bring them along. Don’t forget your cuppa and special breakfast treat.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Breakfast with the whales at Glenrock.

Getting there and parking

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    From Newcastle, Charlestown and Sydney, take the Pacific Highway (city road) to Scenic Drive Merewether and turn off onto Hickson Street, Merewether.

    The lookout is a short walk from Hickson Street via the walking track after the NPWS Glenrock State Conservation Area sign.

    Parking

    Limited street parking is available on Hickson Street, a short walk from the lookout.

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    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Learn more

    Breakfast with the whales at Glenrock 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.
    • Breakfast with the whales at Glenrock Bring your own breakfast to enjoy, while taking in the stunning scenery at Hickson Street lookout as the sun rises to start a new day.
    • 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.

    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.
    • Breakfast with the whales at Glenrock Bring your own breakfast to enjoy, while taking in the stunning scenery at Hickson Street lookout as the sun rises to start a new day.
    • Glenrock discovery walking tour Unlock the secrets of Glenrock State Conservation Area on this exciting 3-hour guided walk with Geotrail and Nature Tours.
    • Junior ranger: Fossil forest ramble Join us for an adventure at Glenrock this school holidays, to discover the fossilised forest on the rock platforms at 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.
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    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.

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