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Ocean rockpool nature tour: Glenrock

Glenrock State Conservation Area

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Discover the amazing world of rockpools along the shores of Merewether and Burwood Beach, on this 2hr tour in Glenrock State Conservation Area, near Newcastle.


Friday 26 April 2024, 3pm to 4pm and Friday 4 October 2024, 3pm to 5pm.

No wheelchair access
Easy. Suitable for adults and children 5 years and over. There is a 1km return walk over rough ground.

Adult $15 per person. Child $10 per person. Family $40 (2 adults and 2 children).

Meeting point
Merewether Baths, behind amenities building.
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, sturdy shoes
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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Come along and learn about tidal zones and the different sea life that occupies these areas.

You’ll find out about various types of beautiful shells. Looking below the surface you’ll discover gastropods and bivalves, amazing invertebrate animals encased by a shell, in their natural environment. Gain an understanding of these animals, and why rockpools play such an important role in this harsh environment. They're a diverse ecosystem that includes red, green and brown algae. Discover how marine life uses this fragile environment to survive. Cunjevoi or 'sea squirt' is exposed to the air for only a few hours a day in the low tide zone – it’s a great place for the oyster catchers to catch a meal.

We might find Port Jackson shark egg cases, cuttlefish, fish, crabs, limpets, zebra shells, elephant snails, sponges and coal washed up along the foreshore.

Look out for bottlenose dolphins – they’re often seen off the rock shelves, swimming and playing in large groups. Discover how the white-bellied sea eagle uses this coastal area for food and nesting. See if you can spot shorebirds feeding on the rock platforms and pool edges.

Rockpool areas can be slippery. Wear sturdy enclosed non-slip shoes and be prepared to get them a little wet. Also bring a hat, sunscreen and drinking water.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info