Maitland Walk # 11: Maitland Park

Jewish Cemetery

  • Distance: 4.5 km/6429 steps
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Suitability: Easy walk with hardly any elevation around the Maitland Park area.  Suitable for wheels but need to take care with traffic as a fair bit involves sharing the road with cars. Extend the walk by doing a short detour to the Jewish Cemetery.

Enter the Maitland Park area via the roundabout by the railway station, keep right down Elgin street and park near the Hockey fields.

Start walking down Elgin street and follow it as it turns right and continues along the sports fields. Turn right when you get to the t-section with Louth Park road. This can be fairly busy with traffic and no pavement so walk carefully. You will soon see a sign for the Maitland Jewish Cemetery on your right – this is worth visiting and the detour will add 500m and 10 min to your walk.  It is one of only three provincial Jewish Cemeteries in NSW and despite having a spooky horror-movie kind of look about it, it is still in use.

Back on the main road, continue on and when you get to the intersection with Trappaud street turn left and continue along until you get to Cultivation road. Turn left and walk past the Maitland showground to Cracknell street.  Turn left and left again when you get to Anzac street.  As it turns around the corner this street now becomes Bloomfield street.  Stay on this as you get back to Maitland Park, walk past the pool and the war memorial by the main gate.  Exit the gate and turn left and you’ll soon be back where you started.

Please see link below for a map of the walking route. Map of Maitland Park walk

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Maitland Walk # 10: East Maitland

maitland Gaol

  • Distance: 4.3 km/6143 steps
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Suitability: A nice, hilly walk around a well-established neighbourhood.  All on pavements or tarmac so fine for wheels. Great walk to combine with a visit to the Maitland Gaol.

Park at the commuter car park for east Maitland railway station, accessed from the roundabout in Melbourne street. Walk can also start from East Maitland pool car park if you wanted to combine with a swim.

Start by walking up Cumberland street, past Maitland Grossman High school.  You’ll see the Maitland Gaol on your right as you walk up the hill. Turn right on Narang street and walk along past the East Maitland pool and alongside the Plantation reserve. Turn right at Maize street and walk up the hill.  Turn immediately right down View street and then left onto Hinder street.  Continue along, past Centennial park and turn right into Murray street. Cross over Hunter street and walk up the narrow Speares lane which joins up with Victoria street.

Turn right onto Lindesay street and stay on this until you get to Kings street.  Walk down and cross over to Anzac park. Maitland Gaol is again on your right.  Walk down the footpath through the park and turn right when you get to the steps up to the railway overpass.  Walk up towards the magnificent East Maitland Court house and keep left around it until you get to John street.  Turn left and walk down to the car park where you started.

Please see link below for a map of the walking route. Map of East Maitland walk

Maitland Walk # 9: Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park

  • Distance: 3.8 km/5471 steps
  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Suitability: A nice, quick walk easily combined with a shopping trip to Greenhills.  Mostly through bushland and reserves, and all on concrete footpaths so fine with wheels.

The easiest place to park for this walk is at the Greenhills shopping centre in East Maitland, close to the Big W end.

Cross over Stronach Street and walk down the Boulevard just south of East Maitland Community Health Centre.  Follow the road past the playground and continue onto the footpath through the Brooklyn park reserve whilst enjoying the serenity of the bushland after the hustle and bustle of Greenhills.

Once you reach Chisholm road, cross over and continue on the footpath alongside the reserve on the other side. Stay on the path as it winds itself around the neighbourhood and across the field.  Cross over Worcester drive and continue on the footpath up along Kimberley Close. Turn left on Johnson drive and then right at the t-section with Wintergum street.  This is in a new subdivision and adjacent to open bushland so you may see some wildlife.  When I walked here last night an owl was perched on top of the street sign!

Walk up to Mount Vincent road, turn right and continue on the footpath until it veers down towards the playground on the corner of Chisholm road and Worcester road.  Walk around the playground and cross over the road on the left side of the roundabout.  Continue on the footpath along Mitchell drive and you will soon see Greenhills and be back where you started.

Please see link for a map of the walking route. Map of Brooklyn Park walk

Brisbane Walk #2: Kangaroo Point

Story Bridge

  • Distance: 6.2 km/8857 steps
  • Time: 70 minutes
  • Suitability: Great walk for visitors to Brisbane with the route along the river taking in the Botanical gardens and the Story Bridge.  Perfect for wheels with pathways all designed to be shared between pedestrians and cyclists.

The walk starts the same place as Brisbane walk #1; at the top end of the Botanical gardens on the corner of Alice street and Edward street.

Again, start by walking down the nice and shady pathway by the river and follow it as it goes around the corner and onto the Goodwill Bridge. Turn left at the other end and simply follow the pathway along the river towards Kangaroo Point.  Some of it is on boardwalks and separated from the cycleway.  Admire the views of the city across the river and enjoy the serenity of what feels like a quiet bushwalk right in the middle of the city. Look for the pelicans made of scrap metal!  After you have passed the Riverlife Activity Centre and the boardwalk ends, turn right up Thornton street (there’s a sign saying Story Bridge 150m).  The Story Bridge is the largest cantilever bridge in Australia and you can climb it by participating in an organised tour.  Sadly it is also a notorious suicide spot.  Walk over the bridge and you will reach the suburb of Fortitude Valley on the other side. Turn right and walk down the hill and you’ll see the entrance to the river pathway through a blue arch. Now you can walk along the riverfront on boardwalk all the way down to the Botanical Gardens.  There are numerous restaurants and cafes along here so perfect for a well-deserved rest after your walk!

Please see link below for a map of the walking route. Map of Kangaroo Point walk

Brisbane Walk # 1: South Bank

Southbank

  • Distance: 4.9 km/7043 steps
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Suitability: Great walk for visitors to Brisbane with the route along the river taking in both the Botanical gardens and the South Bank entertainment precinct.  Perfect for wheels with pathways all designed to be shared between pedestrians and cyclists.

The walk starts at the top end of the Botanical gardens on the corner of Alice street and Edward street.

Start by walking down the nice and shady pathway along the river and follow it as it goes around the corner and onto the Goodwill Bridge. This is a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists only but watch out for high speed cyclists!  Turn right at the other end and then left when you get to the Smokehouse restaurant. Follow the pathway entering the South Bank precinct – this is a lovely are with parklands, cafes, playgrounds and even a beach! As soon as you see the archway covered in purple flowers (as in photo above) go up the steps and stay on this path. Brisbane is often hot and humid so shady and cool is a definite benefit, particularly when doing exercise. The path winds its way through the area including along the beach, and ends at the Brisbane Wheel (a visit on the wheel is a great way to get a nice view of the city). Turn right and walk down to the river and then along until you can get on top of the bridge.  Walk across, admiring the views towards the city and the river is also a fairly busy thoroughfare with numerous ferries travelling across, up and down. On the other side you have reached Williams street and then walk diagonally across the park in front of the Treasury casino to get to George street. Turn right and walk down this street all the way to the Botanical gardens, there are some interesting historical buildings on the way.  Go in the entrance by the Queensland Institute of Technology to the gardens and turn right.  Stay on the path until just past the giant, fairy-tale like fig tree, turn left and then left again and walk diagonally up towards Alice street.  Stay inside the park and turn right to get back to where you started. In both South Bank and the Botanical gardens there are numerous pathways and options so you can easily vary the walk by choosing different options through these areas.

Please see link below for a map of the walking route. Map of South Bank walk

Maitland Walk # 8: Lorn

Lorn

  • Distance: 4.0 km/5714 steps
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Suitability: Lovely walk around the historic village of Lorn with its tree-lined streets and beautiful older style homes, perfect for history buffs! Some sections are across uneven terrain so challenging for those with wheels.

This walk starts at the public car park accessed from the Avenue, clearly signposted as soon as you come across Belmore bridge into Lorn.

Walk up the little path to Belmore road and turn left. Cross over the Esplanade towards the bridge and turn left onto the foot path going down towards the river.  You will quickly run out of footpath but continue across the grassy area alongside the river keeping to the right of the horse paddock.  Soon you will find another bit of the footpath, but only for a few metres before it disappears underneath a tree and bushes.  It reappears on the other side and this happens again a bit further along before you get a continuous stretch up to Bowden street.  Continue straight on and keep to the right until you run out of road, walk across the grassy area and on your left you will see a small opening through to Stuart street.  Walk up Roy street until the end, turn left and follow Sharkies lane up to Short street.  Turn left and walk down to Kings street, turn left down here and walk past some lovely houses and colourful gardens until you get to Allan street.  Turn right and walk over to Belmore street, turn right again and walk up to Warrane street (cross over).  You will see Lorn Bowls Club at the end of the street.  Follow the road around the Club to the right, enter Keith Smith reserve and continue around the cricket oval, past the grandstand and keep wlaking until you get to the first road on your right; Nillo Street. Walk down this street, follow it as it bends around and then turn right onto Melrose street.  Walk straight ahead until you get to the end with a nice view of the Hunter river.  Continue along Brisbane street to Belmore road and check out the fantastic knitted fruit display at the Newsagent on the corner! Cross over the road and go back down the path to the car park. Please see link below for a map of the walking route. Map of Lorn walk

If you are interested in history and want to know more about some of the beautiful old houses in this part of town, Maitland tourist office has a brochure for a heritage walk in Lorn which follows a similar route and with historical facts about certain buildings and features.