Young Luggate cyclist Liam Dennis-Williamson could not wait
for the official opening of the Newcastle Track, so he took
his bike out for a sneak preview of it this week. Photo by
The Upper Clutha's network of walking and cycling trails
will be officially expanded at the opening of the Newcastle
Track on December 8.
The formalities will take place at the Albert Town end of the
track on the true left of the Hawea River, over the Hawea
River swing bridge, at 10am on Saturday, December 8. Riders
and walkers will then be encouraged to cycle or walk the 12km
track, which runs along the true left of the Clutha River.
The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust will hold a sausage sizzle from
11.30am at the other end of the track at the new car park on
Kane Rd, just north of the Red Bridge at Luggate.
The Newcastle Track provides greater access to the Clutha
River and has spectacular views, including the conservation
area Rekos Point near Luggate, from the terrace above the
The track is named after the planned settlement of Newcastle,
which was surveyed on the other side of the Clutha River from
lower Albert Town, but never developed.