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Glenrock Mountain Bike Trails

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by Denzo (subscribe)
I'm in to the ocean, mountain biking, cooking wholesome food from scratch and rugby
Published July 24th 2013
Situated less than 5km from Newcastle, Australia's 6th largest city, Glenrock State Conservation Area offers a great variety of recreational opportunities.

Glenrock embraces the last surviving pocket of Littoral (coastal) rainforest in the region, and is home to a range of animals, like bandicoots, goannas, bats, gliders, as well as many bird species.

A pristine surf beaches lies within the park's boundaries, but there is much more here than sand and surf.
 

Newcastle Surfing Sand Glenrock
Looking north towards Newcastle at sunset from one of the lookouts on the trail


The area has been turned into mountain bike manna by the Glenrock Trail Alliance group (mainly NPWS and the the Hunter Mountain Bike Association) with dedicated bike trails that will test your skills and endurance.

The alliance's aim is to 'see a sustainable and enjoyable network of single trail not only legalised, but also maintained in a sustainable manner, within the park' (GTA, 2013).

They have certainly succeeded; the northern end of the park is now a networked series of trails, from fire-trail to twisting single track, with berms, drops, rocks and jumps to satisfy the craziest downhill racers, while offering a safe and sedate track through for the less fearless.
 

single track MTB
There is plenty of testing single track


The most popular loop takes around an hour of non-stop riding, but you'll want to allow time to stop and enjoy the brilliant views of the ocean, and interesting features along the way, like Leichhardt's Lookout, with its fascinating display covering the indigenous, white exploration and early mining history of the park.
 


Leichhardt's Lookout Newcastle Glenrock
The area is named after Glenrock Lagoon, seen here from Leichhardt's Lookout
Along the way you'll ride through rainforest gullies, along exposed rocky headland and through constantly changing bush. The main trails are brilliantly signposted by GTA.
 

Glenrock Newcastle MTB Signage
The main trails are well signposted with direction and difficulty


If you are looking for adventure in Newcastle, it's right on your doorstep. You can find information on track conditions, closures and downloadable maps at the GTA website
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Why? Test your MTB skills in Newey
Where: Glenrock State Conservation Area
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What an awesome track.
by Gillian (score: 2|323) 1597 days ago
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