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    STOCKTON BIGHT SAND DUNE SYSTEM IS A POPULAR PLACE FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVING: Photo - Hamilton Lund, courtesy of Destination New South Wales
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    A DIFFERENT WAY TO EXPLORE THE MASSIVE SAND DUNES AT STOCKTON BIGHT IS ON A CAMEL RIDE: Photo - Hamilton Lund, courtesy of Destination New South Wales
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Glenrock State Conservation Area

A coastal strip bounded by the Newcastle suburbs of Merewether and Dudley, Glenrock State Conservation Area protects the last remnant of coastal temperate rainforest in the Newcastle region.

Activities

Enjoy the scenery, swim, surf, or fish at Dudley and Burwood beaches, picnic at Dudley beach, or walk the Yeulerbah Walking Track, part of the Great North Walk (a 220km walk from Sydney to Newcastle).

Camping

There no camping available in the park.

Location

The area is five kilometres east of Charlestown off Burwood Road via Dudley Road, and five kilometres south of Newcastle via the Pacific Highway.


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Stockton Bight Sand Dune System
(part of the Worimi Conservation Lands)

A 33 km long and up to 1 km wide moving desert coastal system which is the largest moving sand dune mass in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a spectacular area to explore and you can do this with your own 4WD (permit required) or take a guided tour via quad bike or 4WD and do some sandboarding.

Activities

4WDing, swimming, surfing, sandboarding, camel rides, horse rides, quad biking.

Camping

Beach camping is available

Location

30 minutes drive north of Newcastle.


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Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia

These wetlands are located just 10 minutes from Newcastle's CBD. The 45 hectare wetland site offers endless opportunities to explore and discover the natural settings.

Activities

You can paddle a canoe, ride your bike, go on one of the walks, take a guided eco-tour, see some of the diverse wildlife or have a picnic.

Camping

There is no camping available.

Location

412 Sandgate Rd
Shortland, Newcastle


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Blackbutt Reserve

Only 10 minutes from the city centre, Blackbutt Reserve provides nature trails, recreational facilities and wildlife exhibits where you can see koalas, kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wombats and a wide variety of Australian bird species.

How to get there

By Car: There are four main entrances into Blackbutt Reserve. These include off Carnley Ave (Black Duck Picnic Area), Freyberg Street (Richley Reserve), Queens Road and Lookout Road.

By Bus: Buses pass by Orchardtown Road and Lookout Road. These buses are the 317 and 224.

By Train: The closest train station is Kotara. From here it is only a short walk to the Carnley Ave Black Duck Picnic Area.

Hunter Region Botanical Gardens

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens cover an area of 140 hectares, much of which has been preserved as natural bushland. The Botanical Collections are mainly Australian flora and are generally arranged into a number of Theme Gardens.

Pacific Highway
Heatherbrae, Raymond Terrace New South Wales
Phone (02) 4987 1655