Did you know that snow fell at Mount Sugarloaf on July 18, 1965? Yes, according to a plaque erected by the Cardiff Lions Club at the summit of the hill, white stuff fell here on a winter long ago.
We’ve come for a visit to Mount Sugarloaf, one of the highest points around the region. It’s been a while since our last visit as the hill was closed for most of 2015 after the road require repair after the April super-storm.
At 412 metres high, Mount Sugarloaf with its radio and TV transmitters can be seen across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. (Being directionally challenged, I use it frequently as a landmark to figure out where west is to orient myself!)
It’s an easy drive up to Mount Sugarloaf located in West Wallsend. Just follow George Booth Drive out until you reach Sugarloaf Road and follow it all the way to the top parking lot.
It’s then a short but steep 10 minute walk up the path to reach the summit.
As you reach the top, you’ll need to ascend steel steps and then rock steps so prams and strollers are no good for this walk. If you’re bringing a baby, use a carrier instead.
From the top, you’ll see views of Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, and the surrounding Hunter areas. You can even see the Stockton sands.
Mount Sugarloaf is a popular spot for families to visit with picnic, BBQs and toilet facilities and plenty of parking available. There’s also other walks around the area that you can do.
One of the favourite pastimes for kids is bringing flattened cardboard for plastic toboggans and sliding down the short but steep grassy hill below the top parking lot.
Bring a picnic and enjoy some food after your walk up to the summit. There’s plenty of picnic tables around to sit and enjoy the views down to the coast.
For more information about Mount Sugarloaf, visit the Visit Lake Mac website.