Lockdown is still upon us. Current COVID-19 regulations limits us to exercising in our local government area (LGA) or neighbouring LGA if it’s within 5km of our house.
During outdoor exercise time, take your dog on an adventure and try a walk you haven’t done before. We’ve put together a collection of our favourite dog-friendly walks in the Lake Macquarie LGA.
Just remember to show courtesy to other path users, always walk your dog on a leash unless you are in a leash-free area, carry poop bags and always pick up after your dog.
Nature, culture, history – The Belmont Lagoon Walk has it all, as well as being an interesting walk around the Belmont Lagoon. Connected to Lake Macquarie via Cold Tea Creek, Belmont Lagoon sits halfway between the lake and the ocean and is a scenic and enjoyable place to take your dog for a walk. Dogs must be on a leash, well behaved and avoid native wildlife. Be aware of motorbikes that often frequent the tracks on weekends.
Distance: Approximately 4.3km one-way
Belmont Wetlands State Park
There are many walking tracks through the picturesque Belmont Wetlands State Park including the quiet, flat and sandy Wildflower Walk running parallel to the Fernleigh Track to the short and fairly flat Gilbey Track. For those looking for a more challenging walk, the Jewells to Dunes walk extends from the Gilbey track up into the dunes and has beautiful views of Nine Mile Beach. Dogs are allowed within all areas of the Park. Dogs must be on a leash, well behaved and avoid native wildlife. During peak times there can be a high number of 4wds in the park, so take extra care with your dog.
Enjoy views of Blacksmiths Beach and Swansea Heads on the short, flat walk out along the Blacksmiths Breakwall. Blacksmiths Beach is also a dog-friendly beach. The leash-free area covers the part of Nine-Mile Beach extending from the beach car park off Awabakal Avenue, northerly to the Belmont Golf Club boundary.
Distance: Approximately 600m return
A former rail line with a tunnel, the 15 kilometre Fernleigh Track is a popular walking/cycling path connecting Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It has multiple entry and exit points, which means you can tackle as little or as much as you like – from a quick stroll to a longer adventure. Controlled dogs on a short leash are permitted on the track away from picnic areas and children’s play areas. The track is dotted with points of interest, including natural and historical information, and shady benches. To abide by current COVID-19 regulations, turn back at Newcastle City Council border after Kahibah.
Distance: 15.5km one way
Take your dog, on its leash, to enjoy this serene bush walk with lake views and mangroves. An easy, nature walk away from crowds, the Galgabba Point Walk offers soothing sights and sounds. Located on the Lake Macquarie side of Swansea, it is a flat, mostly linear, walk with just a few small rocks underfoot at times.
Distance: Approximately 3.2km return
Glendale to Wallsend Tramway
A former steam tram route, The tramway track has a steady shallow 3% gradient which was necessary for steam trams. Keep an eye out for horses, ducks and the occasional kangaroo. The track starts at the corner of Cowper Road and Lake Road in Wallsend and finishes at Frederick Street in Glendale. To abide by current COVID-19 regulations, turn back at Newcastle City Council border at Elermore Vale.
Distance: Approximately 3.9kms one-way
Ken & Audrey Owens Walk Redhead
You can take your dog on its leash along the flat, coastal Ken and Audrey Owens Walk at Redhead. The walk includes a network of paths alongside Redhead Beach through scenic coastal vegetation and wetlands. The walk starts at Webb Park and ends at an access point to Redhead Beach. You can also take your dog down to the beach for an off-leash beach run and swim. The leash-free area is between Second and Third Creeks. Dogs must be under effective control at all times and are prohibited north of First Creek at Redhead Beach.
Distance: Approximately 2.5km return
Kilaben Bay Nature Walk
Dogs on a leash are welcome along the beautiful Kilaben Bay Nature Walk on the west side of the lake. The walk starts directly across from the Toronto Fire Station on Ridge Road at Kilaben Bay, winding through bush and along a wide fire trail. A little way along the fire trail you will come to the banks of scenic Kilaben Creek, the start of an area of boardwalks built by the Kilaben Bay Landcare group. The walk ends on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Take your dog, on its leash, to enjoy this serene bush walk with lake views and mangroves. An easy, nature walk away from crowds, the Galgabba Point Walk offers soothing sights and sounds. Located on the Lake Macquarie side of Swansea, it is a flat, mostly linear, walk with just a few small rocks underfoot at times.
Distance: Approximately 1.5km one-way
Murray’s ‘Beach’ is actually on the quiet shoreline of Lake Macquarie. The well-maintained cycling/walking track is flat and winds gently around the Lake and the natural bush setting is beautiful. Keep your dog on a short lead as there is native wildlife about and, as always, remember to take bags and clean up after your pet.
Distance: Approximately 3.9km one way
Warners Bay Sculpture Walk
Enjoy Lake Macquarie views and a variety of sculptures in a 2-kilometre walk from Eleebana Boat Ramp to Warners Bay foreshore, part of the Creative LAKE Sculpture Trail. It’s our own permanent version of Sculpture by the Sea. The sculptures are created by nationally and internationally renowned artists. A highlight of this walk is the Red Bluff Boardwalk, a 380 metre-long elevated boardwalk over the lake at Eleebana. There are plenty of benches to take a rest and, if you’re dog is still eager for more activity, head to nearby Speers Point Park Dog Exercise Area and let them off-leash for a run and a play. For more information, read the Newy With Kids guide to Warners Bay Sculpture Walk.
Distance: Approximately 2km one way
Also check out Where To Let Your Dog Off Its Leash In Lake Macquarie.
Meg was born in the Newcastle area and grew up around working dogs. She is Mum to two energetic children, six chickens and an eight-year-old kelpie collie cross named Jasper. Jasper’s favourite activities include long runs, swimming and chasing kites.