Raspberry Gully shared path – an important link in the cycleway network

Raspberry Gully shared path is a little-used offroad bushland track that serves as a handy link between some of the better known bike tracks around Newcastle and is a very pretty ride.It is built on the old gully line, a coal rail line, and the current track was built in two stages in the 70s and 80s. It is a handy link between Westfield Kotara  and Charlestown. It can also be used to access Fernleigh Track from the Lake or to link up to the route into Newcastle from the end of Fernleigh Track.



Raspberry Gully track goes behind Princeton Ave and then Elton Close, where it ends, but there is a further offroad track which goes up Kirkdale Drive to Charlestown Road. From there is is easy to ride to the Lake along Hillsborough Road or to Charlestown along Charlestown Road. Some pics from Raspberry Gully track …

This is behind Elton Close, at this end the track can be accessed from the junction of Kirkdale Drive and Aberfeldy Close or from Vista Parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the main part of the Track which can be accessed from either Park Ave or Vista Parade.

 

 

From the Park Ave end, the track links with the Kotara Home Maker Centre bike track …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there it is possible to continue into Hamilton, nearly all offroad …

Once St James Road is crossed, there is a further offroad track starting beside the International Sports Centre and ending in Hamilton.

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7 Responses to Raspberry Gully shared path – an important link in the cycleway network

  1. Greg says:

    Thanks for this info. I didn’t know about the Raspberry Gully track and look forward to giving it a go. Should be a nice change of scenery from riding the Fernleigh Track to work every day.

    • Vicki says:

      Let me know if you do it Greg. Though I think the Fernleigh track would be better for going home.

      • Greg says:

        I rode home from Kings Rd via the Raspberry Gully track route Friday afternoon. A nice change from Fernleigh and a few more bends to make it interesting. Around 5pm there were only two other riders using this track while I was using it (social riders), a couple of walkers and a half dozen dog walkers. The hill from Nesbitt park up to Charlestown Road was the worst of the hills but rideable on my Giant. Charlestown Road was very busy and not good for riding so I used the footpath until turning right onto the Pacific Highway at Charlestown. Then a fast dream run down the highway on the inside lane passing all the heavy traffic until the Dudley Road turnoff. Surprisingly it only took another 5 mins to get home compared to the Fernleigh route.

      • Vicki says:

        That’s interesting feedback Greg. I only ride on the footpath along Charlestown Rd too, the traffic is far too fast and the road too narrow to ride on the road. A different way up that hill is to go up Aberfeldy, which is steep but short, there is a short staircase and track up to Benaud St, then you come out onto Chtn Rd. Another alternative for you would be to go down Hillsborough Rd then along the Chtn bypass, but the traffic is fast there, I’ve only done it on Sunday mornings when there is little traffic. I like riding beside traffic jams too, especially in the evening, it feels surprisingly peaceful!

  2. Wayne Martin says:

    Very interesting, thanks for the easy to follow map and guides.

    • Vicki says:

      Wayne it was your question the other day which prompted me to do this post. I think there are many local cyclists who don’t know about this track.

  3. Aaron says:

    I find this a great track to commute to and from work. Cardiff to Merewether. I’ve trialled a number of tracks to find the safest and quickest (if required) way of getting into work. Raspberry gully is a great link. Very quiet, with a number of regular users that I pass on my way to work. I agree that getting to CTown is from there is hectic and a bike track/widening of the footpath would be great. Ek ave I find is another good way of gaining access to the square if ur trying to avoid CTown rd or the bypass. There’s a bit of a hill but its doable

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