Mt Sugarloaf Summit
Awabakal Country

20 min to 30 min

640 m
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Moderate track
This summit walk to Mt Sugarloaf offers fabulous 360 degree views and is highly recommended. This short but steep walk follows a wide trail, which narrows to become fenced steps directly to the summit. From the summit, you can see across the surrounding plains, with the views of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the ocean which are quite spectacular. This walk is often enjoyed by families and children and is highly recommended. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Mt Sugarloaf car park near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pond at Mt Sugarloaf car park near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Information sign and map of Mt Sugarloaf near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Picnic table at Mt Sugarloaf car park near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Yellow stone monument near Mt Sugarloaf car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Locked gate on the walk to Mt Sugarloaf summit near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track to Mt Sugarloaf summit near Newscastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steep trail to Mt Sugarloaf summit near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Turn in trail near Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Seat and tower near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Fenced tower near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wide track near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Attractive forest near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Fenced track near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Metal stairs near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steep metal stairs near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Metal fenced track over rocks near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Stone steps near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Metal fence near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Towers on the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Seat on the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Step rocky steps on the Mt Sugarloaf summit near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Towers on the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Tower and views from the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Tower and yellow stone monument on the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Yellow stone monument and tower on the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Towers on the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-32.8908174,151.5394901)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to George Booth Drive Offramp then drive for 640 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto George Booth Drive and drive for another 1.8 km
  • Turn left onto Mount Sugarloaf Road and drive for another 3.5 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk follows the road gently downhill out of the car park, while keeping the pond on your left. The road is followed for about 35m, until coming to a four-way intersection, with a yellow stone monument (on your right).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the park at the start.
After another 55 m find the "Mount Sugarloaf Car Park" (on your right).
Mount Sugarloaf Car Park
Mount Sugarloaf Car Park

Mount Sugarloaf car park is located in West Wallsend (25km west of Newcastle) and offers fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. This car park is the starting point for many walks around Mount Sugarloaf. There is a pond, information sign and great views to the east.
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Mount Sugarloaf car park is located in West Wallsend (25km west of Newcastle) and offers fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. This car park is the starting point for many walks around Mount Sugarloaf. There is a pond, information sign and great views to the east.

Turn left.
After another 70 m pass the toilet (65 m on your right).
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 20 m turn left.
After another 175 m find the "Mount Sugarloaf Summit" (25 m on your right).
Mount Sugarloaf Summit
Mount Sugarloaf Summit

Mount Sugarloaf Summit is located in West Wallsend (25km west of Newcastle) and offers fabulous views of the surrounding countryside from a fenced lookout. The summit gives 360-degree views amongst three television transmitters of the coast and mountains. There is a black stone direction table to help you locate landmarks in the surrounding country. Mount Sugarloaf, also known as Great Sugar Loaf, is an extinct volcano. Unusually, on the 18th and 19th of July 1965, the mountain received 10 centimetres (4 in) of snow. It also snowed on the summit in the winter of 1975 .
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Mount Sugarloaf Summit is located in West Wallsend (25km west of Newcastle) and offers fabulous views of the surrounding countryside from a fenced lookout. The summit gives 360-degree views amongst three television transmitters of the coast and mountains. There is a black stone direction table to help you locate landmarks in the surrounding country. Mount Sugarloaf, also known as Great Sugar Loaf, is an extinct volcano. Unusually, on the 18th and 19th of July 1965, the mountain received 10 centimetres (4 in) of snow. It also snowed on the summit in the winter of 1975 .

(Mount Sugarloaf) Continue another 45 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 320 m to get back to the start.
"Mount Sugarloaf".
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Terrain
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Mt Sugarloaf Summit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 640 m
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 120 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
120 m[toilet]
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