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Lake Glenbawn State Park NSW

Lake Glenbawn State Park offers a wonderful diversity of bushland and wildlife. Nature lovers and bushwalkers alike will enjoy the woodland, which provides a habitat for over 100 species of birds, as well as water sports, fishing, picnic areas, BBQs, playgrounds, tennis and boat hire. Lake Glenbawn is also one of the best freshwater fishing spots in NSW. Cast a line and you can catch our famous ‘big bass’, golden perch (yellow belly), trout and catfish. Throughout spring and summer, when the lake water is high, water sports are popular, including canoeing, pleasure boating, sailing and wind surfing, swimming and water skiing.

Park Access: A new state-of-the-art gate entry system combines the use of current cardholders pass cards, with the new pin number access system for new users. This means that even park users who want to enter and exit Lake Glenbawn after hours, can simply call the office on 6543 7193, and receive a pin number, which allows them access or exit at anytime.

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Visit the Historical Museum housed in an old jail at the nearby town of Scone is a well-regarded attraction. You can also visit the Burning Mountain where a sulphur seam burns, thought to have been ignited by lightning. Buffs of Australian movies will appreciate the nearby village of Gundy that featured in The Shiralee (from the D’Arcy Niland novel). Other activities include: walking/hiking trail, water skiing, swimming, sailing, mountain biking, golf, fishing,  cricket, canoeing, bird watching, archery, 4W driving.

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How to get here

A 3.5 hour drive from Sydney, Lake Glenbawn State Park is 160km north-west of Newcastle, just off the New England Highway, and can be reached via Aberdeen or Scone. Nearest regional centre is Scone.

Directions from Newcastle and south: Travel north along the New England Highway through Singleton and Muswellbrook. Continue on to Aberdeen. In Aberdeen, the highway follows a gentle left hand curve as it starts to go down hill. Towards the bottom of the hill, opposite the Commercial hotel, turn right into McAdam St / Rouchel Road (Signposted Lake Glenbawn) and follow the signs. Approximately 13km to the Park entrance.

Directions from Tamworth and north: Travel south along the New England Highway through Murrurundi to Scone. Take the first turn left after the Caltex service station Sign posted Gundy Road and Lake Glenbawn and follow the signs. Approximately 13km to the Park entrance.

Transport: Trains, and coaches all travel to Scone. Trains and Coaches travel to Aberdeen. Scone airport (sealed strip) can cater charter flights. Taxis are available from Scone or Aberdeen. A school bus runs from the park entrance to Scone each school morning and returns in the afternoon.

Visitors will see a sign just before the Allan Bridge that says ‘Glenbawn Dam Road Closed’. Don’t be concerned about this sign. This sign does not apply to travellers to Lake Glenbawn who are going via the Allan Bridge. It simply is alerting travellers to the fact that they will not be able to return south via the usual route (Glenbawn Road) due to the weir repair.


Amenities block, bait/lures, bbqs electric, bbqs wood, bike track, boat ramp, café/bistro, camp kitchen, conference centre, disabled access, fuel, groceries, houseboat hire, ice, kiosk, laundry, LP gas, picnic area, playground, public telephone, shelter shed, take-away food, tennis, van storage.

Flora and fauna

Lake Glenbawn is habitat for about 100 species of birds, including the magnificent native wedge-tailed eagle and Australian kestrel. Water birds are also abundant. Nature lovers will appreciate the wealth of native white box and yellow box trees.

Visitors' comments

"We spent a weekend there, and fell in love with the place. Birdlife, kangaroos everywhere. Scenery is the best. Evenings round a campfire, roasting potatoes in their jackets and marshmallows for our young son. Add to this, the facilities, which are clean and in good condition, including showers, laundry facilities, electric barbeques, kiddies’ playground, boat ramp and more. Add again, the friendliness of the Office staff and the onsite shop, and the place is just perfect for families seeking a peaceful escape. We are going again!" Niels and Beth Williams-Heffernan

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Park facilities
• BBQ• Camp kitchen• Grocery shop
• Kids playground• Pet friendly• Tennis court
Accommodation types
• Bungalow self contain• Cabin basic (limited facilities)• Cabin self contained
• Family villa/house
Accommodation features
• Air conditioning• Fridge/Freezer• Linen included
• TV Free to air• Washing machine and dryer
• Bird watching• Canoeing/kayaking• Cycling/mountain biking
• Fishing• Golfing• History and heritage
• Mountains and alpine• Nature, parks and wildlife• Surfing
• Walk trails• Water sports