Discover a walk through the bush that ends up at a secluded beach. Welcome to the Yuelarbah Walk at Glenrock State Conservation Area near the suburb of Kahibah. This 500 hectare area between Dudley and Merewether is a wonderful nature escape so close to the city and offers opportunity for fishing and mountain biking as well as hiking.
As much as I love this 2.3km each way walk, I have to advise that it suits families with babies in carriers or older kids over 5 who don’t mind walking a lot. My 4 year old doesn’t mind the downhill walk but complains on the way back. So for kids in between, I would recommend doing the first part on the boardwalk or halfway to Leichardt’s lookout or be ready to carry them back. It’s also a great place for a walk or run for parents just by themselves. I see a few mums walking and talking every time I’m on this route.
This beautiful walking trail starts from Yuelarbah car park on Burwood Road in Kahibah. This area is rich in history. From the carpark, walk along the raised wooden boardwalk.
This is perfect for kids to run along and experience coastal rainforest. Keep an eye out for bluetongue lizards lazing by the trails and listen to the sounds of the birds. It’s a treat to be able to experience nature in a bushland setting. We have so much fun stopping and touching leaves of the tree ferns, feeling paperbark trees and spotting bellbirds and rosellas.
We cross Flaggy Creek using the wooden bridge and notice that there’ s not much water in it compared to other times when we’ve visited.
We venture on rambling uphill and eventually we reach Leichardt’s Lookout. From here, it’s an amazing view to Glenrock Lagoon and the beach beyond.
The area was originally a coal mine, Burwood Colliery and the remains of 1860s mine and the railway line can be seen in the area. You can read all about the history of the area at the information board at Leichardt’s Lookout.
If you feel like continuing, keep going downhill on the path and you’ll eventually arrive at Glenrock Lagoon and Burwood Beach. Go for a swim or a sunbake or if it’s low tide, you can turn left at the beach and walk toward Merewether Beach and Surfhouse for some food or drink.
Today we skip the walk along the beach and instead walk back, get in the car and drive to Merewether Ocean Baths for a swim instead.
To get to the Yuelarbah walking track, it’s located at the eastern end of Glenrock State Conservation Area. To get there, exit the pacific Highway at Dudley Road or Kahibah Road, then turn into Burwood Road. Parking is available at Yuelarbah carpark on Burwood Road. I recommend packing water, snacks and mozzie spray.
More information about the park is available http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/glenrock-state-conservation-area/
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