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Belmont Lagoon Spit Walk
Awabakal country

50min to 1h

3.3km
return

↑ 10 m
↓ -10 m

Moderate track
The Belmont Lagoon Spit walk in Belmont is a quiet relaxing walk surrounded by water. This walk is best completed in the early morning or late afternoon, when the bird life is most active. You may see Black Swans, Spoon Bills and if you are lucky, the migratory Bar Tailed Godwit. This walk is close to Redhead Beach and could happily be combined with a dip or a beach stroll. The Belmont Lagoon is a sanctuary for wildlife in the area. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey.
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.

Getting There
Trackhead (-33.0481388,151.6582314)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsF

Track Notes

Getting started
From the Belmont Lagoon car park (off Ocean Park Road, Belmont), this walk passes around the locked metal gate and crosses the cricket oval, passing the 'Belmont Lagoon Reserve Map' sign and keeping the houses to your left. This walk continues for about 200m across the oval and then across a footbridge over Cold Tea Creek, to come to a three-way intersection with a track (on the Cold Tea Walkway).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the trail, initially keeping the footbridge and creek on your right and Belmont Lagoon on your left. This walk continues for about 700m, until coming to a four-way intersection with a large trail, and a faint trail directly ahead.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.
There is a car park (about 70m back from the start).
There is a "Belmont Lagoon Car Park" entity|carpark (about 10m back from the start).
Belmont Lagoon Car Park
The Belmont Lagoon car park (access from corner Beach St and Ocean Park Rd, Belmont) is an open grassed car park, with an information sign detailing existing and proposed walking tracks at the lagoon. There is a water tap available about 100m north of the car park (adjacent to the cricket oval). Please respect the private houses that abutt onto the car park.
Belmont Lagoon Car Park
The Belmont Lagoon car park (access from corner Beach St and Ocean Park Rd, Belmont) is an open grassed car park, with an information sign detailing existing and proposed walking tracks at the lagoon. There is a water tap available about 100m north of the car park (adjacent to the cricket oval). Please respect the private houses that abutt onto the car park.
After 10m head through/around the gate.
After 120m find the Belmont Lagoon (20m on your right).
Belmont Lagoon
Belmont Lagoon is situated between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Macquarie in the community of Belmont. This reserve is a sanctuary for five distinct biotic areas - Swamp Forest, Swamp Heath, Reed Swamp, Sedge Land and Open Water. All these different areas interact and are important in allowing natural areas to be ecological sustainable. There is more information on these biotic areas at the Belmont Lagoon car park (off Beach St, Belmont). Human history of the lagoon began with the Awabakal people who occupied the area for perhaps the last 6000 years. The ancient Awabakal legend of The Teardrop of the Moon tells how Belmont Lagoon was formed. During World War II, the Department of Defence dredged Cold Tea Creek to provide an anti-tank barrier and defence line. As part of these modifications, the lagoon was divided into two parts, and it now has a permanent connection to the saline waters of Lake Macquarie, thereby altering its salinity and circulation pattern. For more information, contact Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on (02) 4921 0740.
Belmont Lagoon
Belmont Lagoon is situated between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Macquarie in the community of Belmont. This reserve is a sanctuary for five distinct biotic areas - Swamp Forest, Swamp Heath, Reed Swamp, Sedge Land and Open Water. All these different areas interact and are important in allowing natural areas to be ecological sustainable. There is more information on these biotic areas at the Belmont Lagoon car park (off Beach St, Belmont). Human history of the lagoon began with the Awabakal people who occupied the area for perhaps the last 6000 years. The ancient Awabakal legend of The Teardrop of the Moon tells how Belmont Lagoon was formed. During World War II, the Department of Defence dredged Cold Tea Creek to provide an anti-tank barrier and defence line. As part of these modifications, the lagoon was divided into two parts, and it now has a permanent connection to the saline waters of Lake Macquarie, thereby altering its salinity and circulation pattern. For more information, contact Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on (02) 4921 0740.
After another 90m cross the bridge (about 35m long)
Turn right
Turn right.
After another 730m turn left.
Continue straight
After another 270m continue straight.
The end
Continue another 390m to find the end.

Take this Alternate route if you want to do something a bit different on the way back, there is some road walking.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
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Veer right
After another 520m veer right, to head along Ocean Park Road.
After another 200m continue straight, to head along Ocean Park Road.
After another 130m pass the Belmont Cemetery (on your left).
After another 150m (at the intersection of Ocean Park Road & Green Street) continue straight, to head along Ocean Park Road.
After another 30m (at the intersection of Ocean Park Road & Williams Street) continue straight, to head along Ocean Park Road.
Turn right
After another 80m (at the intersection of Ocean Park Road & Beach Street) turn right (a vehicle track).
The end
Continue another 150m to find the end.
A gate
About 25m past the end is a car park
Terrain


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.3km
Time 50min to 1h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Belmont Lagoon
Belmont Lagoon is situated between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Macquarie in the community of Belmont. This reserve is a sanctuary for five distinct biotic areas - Swamp Forest, Swamp Heath, Reed Swamp, Sedge Land and Open Water. All these different areas interact and are important in allowing natural areas to be ecological sustainable. There is more information on these biotic areas at the Belmont Lagoon car park (off Beach St, Belmont). Human history of the lagoon began with the Awabakal people who occupied the area for perhaps the last 6000 years. The ancient Awabakal legend of The Teardrop of the Moon tells how Belmont Lagoon was formed. During World War II, the Department of Defence dredged Cold Tea Creek to provide an anti-tank barrier and defence line. As part of these modifications, the lagoon was divided into two parts, and it now has a permanent connection to the saline waters of Lake Macquarie, thereby altering its salinity and circulation pattern. For more information, contact Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on (02) 4921 0740.
Belmont Lagoon Car Park
The Belmont Lagoon car park (access from corner Beach St and Ocean Park Rd, Belmont) is an open grassed car park, with an information sign detailing existing and proposed walking tracks at the lagoon. There is a water tap available about 100m north of the car park (adjacent to the cricket oval). Please respect the private houses that abutt onto the car park.
Belmont Lagoon Spit
The Belmont Lagood spit is surrounded by water and bird life. This is a fabulous place to enjoy in the early morning or evening, when bird life is most active. Birds you are likely to see include the Black Swan, Royal Spoonbill, Superb Blue Wren, Variegated Wren, Blackfaced Cuckoo Shrike, Eastern Whip Bird, Welcome Swallow and the international migatory waders, such as the Bar-Tailed Godwit. At the end of the spit, there are two derelict buildings and a burnt-out car. The spit is a good place to see the main biotic areas, including reed swamp, swamp heath, swamp forest, sedge land and open water.

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