Mt Sugarloaf Red Track
Awabakal Country

20 min to 1 h

780 m
circuit

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Moderate track
A must do if you’re in the area, this walk travels through particularly attractive forest as it circumnavigates the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. The side trip to the summit of Mt Sugarloaf would best be done first, followed by a leisurely walk along the track. There are many picnic options, either during or at the end of walk. Enjoy the views and attractive forest on this walk. 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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Picnic table and pond by the Mt Sugarloaf car park. | 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.
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.
Red track near the Mt Sugarloaf car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Red track track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Towers on the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Red track near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Red track through forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Red track on Mt Sugarloaf near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Red track marker near the Mt Sugarloaf summit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Forest on the red track close to Mt Sugarloaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocks and forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Attractive flowering plants near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Forest near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Red track close to the summit of Mt Sugarloaf near Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track marker on the red track near the summit of Mt Sugarloaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track leading to Mt Sugarloaf car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Red track leading to the Mt Sugarloaf car park . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Concrete feature near the Mt Sugarloaf car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Concrete feature near the Mt Sugarloaf car park. | 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 (-32.8906088,151.5394089)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Palmers Road Exit
  • Turn on to Palmers Road Exit then drive for 35 m
  • Turn left onto Pacific Motorway Onramp and drive for another 12.4 km
  • Keep left onto George Booth Drive Offramp and drive for another 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 car park at the start.
Find the park at the start.
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 70 m pass the toilet (65 m on your right).
Then head through/around the gate.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Mt Sugarloaf Summit. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 600 m continue straight.
After another 75 m to find the car park.
After another 35 m come to the end.
"Mount Sugarloaf Car Park".
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.


An optional side trip to Mt Sugarloaf Summit.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 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 .

Continue another 45 m to find Mount Sugarloaf at the end.
"Mount Sugarloaf".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 220 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Mt Sugarloaf Red Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 780 m
Time 20 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
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 95 m from the start.


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