Damon’s been searching for the perfect Lake Macquarie microadventure, and he reckons this is it! The Yuelarbah Track delivers, boardwalks, waterfalls and a perfect beach finish. Apparently all you need is a bucket!


We acknowledge that this adventure is located on the traditional Country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples who have occupied and cared for the lands, waters, and their inhabitants for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.

Quick Overview

The Yuelarbah Track is a scenic coastal trail located in Lake Macquarie New South Wales. At around a 6.8km return walk, the track offers breathtaking views of the ocean and showcases the natural beauty of the area.

About The Yuelarbah Track

I’m not the only one to say many a trip has been focussed on discovering the next ice-cold waterfall or vine-filled canopy. And for some reason the ‘best’ adventures seem to be just too far for a day trip, just too much of a hassle. This was, of course, until I found the Yuelarbah Track. There’s not much this track doesn’t offer!

After you grab your sandcastle bucket (you’ll understand soon) and lock the car multiple times, you set off along an elevated walkway. Immediately you’re immersed in the treetops.

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A hidden jungle - the yuelarbah track, by Damon Tually estuary, drone shot

How to Get to Yuelarbah Track

From the Newcastle CBD, the Yuelarbah Track trailhead is around a 15 minute drive. Jump on the Pacific Highway and head towards Charlestown. After around ten minutes turn right onto Kahibah Road, then left onto Burwood Street. The Yuelarbah car park will be on your left.

It’s a two hour and 15 minute drive from Sydney along the Pacific Highway to the trailhead.

Where to Stay Near The Yuelarbah Track

Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park

Number of sites: Check the site for availability
Booking required: Yes
Toilets: Yes

This caravan park is a perfect place to stay if you want a base to explore sunny Lake Macquarie. Its lakeside location means you can spend all day in the water and head back to camp with ease. The park offers a number of villas, tents, cabins, and powered and unpowered campsites. Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park is the perfect basecamp for some outdoor fun!

If you want to camp somewhere more secluded, Watagans National Park and the surrounding campgrounds are an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle.

Where to Eat Near the Yuelarbah Track

Pegs Cafe

If you’re in need of some immediate sustenance, Mama-P Wholefoods in nearby Charleston will be sure to satisfy.

Paperboy Espresso

Paperboy Espresso will give you a much-needed caffeine boost after all that exertion!

Skill Level


This is the perfect entry-level track as it is mostly flat and finishes off at the beach where you can have a refreshing dip after a sweaty hike.


A man standing next to a tree

Distance / Duration

6.8km / 3 hours

Essential Gear

What it’s Like to Hike the Yuelarbah Track

The lush canopy guides you to the suspension bridge that crosses the main creek, then keep your eye out for the two waterfalls on the way. Eventually, Leichardt’s lookout will welcome you with the first glimpse of your destination – the ocean.


A hidden jungle - the yuelarbah track, by Damon Tually waterfall


Make sure you turn left once on the platform, otherwise you’ll turn too early and be on the wrong track. And you won’t want to miss the next section as it’s incredible.

The track continues through a split rock where you can take a picture of your incredible strength. But don’t put the camera away too quickly, you’re about to be transported into the deepest of jungle. Make sure to stop and look up at the beautiful canopy (just watch out for the drop bears!)


A hidden jungle - the yuelarbah track, by Damon Tually, walking track, forest steps

Discover Burwood Beach Along The Way

Continue along the meandering track as the beautiful rainforest transforms into the coastal shrubbery we all know and love. The track will eventually take a sharp right and three steps later you’ll be on one of Lake Macquarie’s most pristine beaches, Burwood Beach.

The beach is usually all yours, so soak it up. This is where the sandcastle bucket will come in handy to cool you down, especially since there won’t be anyone there but you, the ocean and Glenrock Lagoon. If you’ve forgotten the bucket, take a dip in Glenrock Lagoon or simply lie down and relax. It’s up to you.


A hidden jungle - the yuelarbah track, by Damon Tually, drone shot of estuary


After – I’m going to guess hours – of relaxing, make your way back on the same track until you’re back at the car park. Once at the car park, you should feel relaxed, confused about what time it is and motivated to turn around and go again!

Yuelarbah Track FAQs

How far is the Yuelarbah Track from Sydney?

The Yuelarbah Track is in Lake Macquarie and is around a 2.5 hour drive from the Sydney CBD

How long is the Yuelarbah Track?

The Yuelarbah Track is a 6.8km, grade 3 hike located in the Glenrock State Conservation Area, NSW. The hike should take around 2.5 hours to complete.

Is the Yuelarbah Track dog-friendly?

Unfortunately because the track is in a state conservation area dogs aren’t allowed.

Can you swim in Glenrock Lagoon?

Yes! Although Burwood Beach offers a great swimming spot, on a windy day the lagoon provides a protected area to have a swim in.

Do I need to book my visit to the Yuelarbah Track?

No! Just show up, nab a car park and set off into the bush!

Is the Yuelarbah Track free?

Yes, no need to pay entry fees for this one.

Is the Yuelarbah Track good for beginners?

Yes, due to its easy gradient and short distance, this walk is great for beginners.