Lake Macquarie’s rail trail
The disused Adamstown to Belmont train line was
given a new lease of life when it was transformed into
the Fernleigh Track, one of the region’s most popular shared pathways.
Travelling through wetland, forest and an ancient sand dune system, walk or cycle past former train stations, interpretive panels and relics from the route’s railway past. The Track is gently graded, making it suitable for all fitness levels, with amenities like public toilets and drinking fountains never too far away.
The Adamstown to Belmont train line opened in the early 1890s and for years was used to transport coal from numerous Lake Macquarie mines to the port of Newcastle. Belmont was a popular day out for city dwellers, and a passenger service also existed until 1971. Following the closure of Lambton Colliery in 1991, the train line closed completely and was disused until it was redeveloped into the Fernleigh Track we know today.
The Fernleigh Track has many major and minor access points along its 16km length. Major access points include:
Railway Parade, Belmont
Kalaroo Road, Jewells
Cowlishaw Street, Redhead
Station Street, Whitebridge
Burwood Road, Kahibah
Adamstown Train Station (Glebe Road)
The Track starts its journey in Belmont, home of two great sailing clubs where you can experience Lake Macquarie’s maritime culture firsthand.
The Track travels through the beachside suburb of Redhead where you can visit the iconic Shark Tower, one of the City’s most notable photography locations.
A highlight of the Track is the Fernleigh Tunnel, an atmospheric 180m-long curved former rail tunnel that travels under the Pacific Highway. The best point to access the Tunnel is the end of Paul Street, Adamstown Heights.