Mount Sugarloaf (New South Wales)

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Mount Sugarloaf
Great Sugar Loaf
Mt sugarloaf west wallsend.jpg
Mount Sugarloaf viewed from West Wallsend
Elevation 412 m (1,352 ft)
Mount Sugarloaf is located in New South Wales
Mount Sugarloaf
Mount Sugarloaf
Location of Mount Sugarloaf in New South Wales
Location Hunter Region, New South Wales, Australia
Range Sugarloaf Range
Coordinates 32°52′54″S 151°32′4″E / 32.88167°S 151.53444°E / -32.88167; 151.53444Coordinates: 32°52′54″S 151°32′4″E / 32.88167°S 151.53444°E / -32.88167; 151.53444[1][2]
Topo map NEWCASTLE 9232,
Easiest route Road to carpark at 370 m (1,214 ft), walking track to summit

Mount Sugarloaf, also known as Great Sugar Loaf, is a mountain in the lower Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, overlooking the cities of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock and Maitland.[1][2] The summit of the mountain is in the Lake Macquarie suburb of West Wallsend and access to the summit is gained via this suburb. However, the mountain itself is also part of the city of Cessnock suburbs Mulbring and Richmond Vale.[3] It is home to television transmitters that broadcast to the lower Hunter region. On 18 and 19 July 1965, the mountain received 10 centimetres (4 in) of snow. It also snowed on the summit in the winter of 1975.

Television transmitters[edit]

The mountain has two broadcast transmission towers. Since the 1960s their main function has been to transmit analogue television on VHF. In the 1990s two UHF analogue stations began to transmit from there. Since 2003, they have also been transmitting digital television in the UHF band (all digital television in the lower Hunter is on UHF). The analogue television transmitters (VHF and UHF) were switched off in November 2012. One tower did have the VHF analogue television services of NBN Television on VHF Channel 3, but still carries the local FM radio station New FM. It is commonly referred to as the "NBN Tower". The second tower is transmitting digital (UHF) and it also used to transmit analogue television signals of ABHN-5A (ABC), SBS, Southern Cross Ten and Prime7. It also continues to transmit other local commercial radio services. The second tower is controlled by Broadcast Australia, being formerly run by the National Transmission Authority. There are many other radio antennae on these towers, including those belonging to Amateur Radio repeater and beacon stations.

Smaller tower[edit]

There is a third smaller tower that has many directional antennae, mainly used for telecommunications, but also for two way radio for emergency services and other similar purposes. It has Telstra markings on much of the equipment and sheds.


Panorama of Sugarloaf Range and freight train.
Sugarloaf Range viewed from near Cockle Creek railway station, Boolaroo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Sugarloaf". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Great Sugar Loaf". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "West Wallsend". Land and Property Management Authority - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Land and Property Information. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 

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