Stage 2

Stage 2Killingworth, Lake Macquarie



Total Climbing:


Start / Finish:

Sugar Valley Golf Course

Start time:

Wave starts from 8am

In designing a new stage for the 2018 Port to Port, the team focused on the historical network of single track around the Killingworth area.  The small town of Killingworth sits in the middle of Pokolbin, Newcastle and the Watagans.

Killingworth was one of the major NSW trail centres in the 90’s but dropped away as areas such as Glenrock and Awaba were developed around Newcastle.  In recent years a band of local trail builders have been active in the area, restoring the trails around Killingworth and also developing a new collection of trails at the neighbouring town of Homesville.      

Stage 2 This network of more than 30km of single trail is a destination known for its awesome views of the lower Hunter Valley to the north whilst it also looks south toward Lake Macquarie and east back over the city of Newcastle.

The new stage kicks off with a climb via a series of back roads. With work comes reward and there are multiple payoffs as riders will enjoy the views from the top and the descent which brings the course down into the restored single tracks of Killingworth and then Homesville, to complete the second stage of Port to Port 2018.

Offering an excellent smattering of old school XC trails the final stage distance for the debut of the Killingworth Stage 2 is around 45km with around 700m gained. The majority of elevation is all in the climb at the start of the stage which is rated Cat 2 – 5km in length, with an average grade of 5.7%