Newcastle

Newcastle
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Newcastle is a harbor city in the Australian state of New South Wales. Its plentiful beaches are linked by the Bathers Way, a coastal walk stretching between Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach. The walk provides access to Bogey Hole, a convict-built ocean bath from the colonial period. Also on the path is the 1880s Fort Scratchley, a historic site and a viewpoint for spotting migrating whales.

I really love the Newcastle area and also the nearby region of Port Stephens.  The beaches are just lovely.  Definitely one of my favourite places to visit.

Newcastle Sea Baths

Newcastle Sea Baths

Nobbys Beach Lighthouse

Nobbys Beach Lighthouse

Nobbys Head Lighthouse is an active lighthouse on Nobbys Head, a headland on the south side of the entrance to Newcastle Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. An image of the lighthouse is included in the Coat of Arms of the City of Newcastle.  We really enjoyed our leisurely walk past this lighthouse at sunset.  The walking path is a popular place for exercising, walking, jogging, walking the dog…

 

Paraglider at Bar Beach.

Paraglider at Bar Beach.

View from Tomaree Lookout

View from Tomaree Lookout

We took the invigorating short walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, 161m above the Port Stephens entrance. As we hiked the track, we enjoyed the unparalleled views of idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline. We were told, from the top, you can even see as far as Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands – these nature reserves are the world’s only nesting sites for the endangered Gould’s petrel.  There is the historic World War II emplacements to checkout.  We weren’t lucky enough to see dolphins this time.  Maybe next time.  There’s a picnic table at the lookout, so if you have time, take a picnic lunch or some morning tea to enjoy as you take in the view.

Camel trekking at the Stockton Sand Dunes, starting at Birubi Beach. (iPhone photo)

Camel trekking at the Stockton Sand Dunes, starting at Birubi Beach. (iPhone photo)

Camel trekking can be enjoyed on the weekends and school holidays.  You can pick up your camel at the lower carpark at Birubi Beach.  This activity is a definite favorite with tourists.  Next visit I must experience this adventure.

All photos on this website are copyrighted by Kym McLeod.

 

 

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