Along The Water

Enjoy a day down at the Beach

Our beautiful city offers a spectacular coastline with pristine beaches, world class surf and two salt water ocean baths. Enjoy a refreshing dip into the ocean at one of the six patrolled beaches within 5kms of the city centre. If you want to get more active, you can hire surfboards, body boards and snorkeling gear from the reception.

Swim some laps in the Ocean Bath

For everyone who is into ocean swimming, Newcastle offers 2 salt water pools where you can have a safe paddle in the water. Fun Fact: the Merewether Ocean Baths is the largest baths complex in the Southern Hemisphere.

Take a dip in the historic Bogey hole

The Bogey Hole is a picturesque hand made rock pool with history. Convicts carved it into the cliff face in the 19th century, under the order of Major James T. https://www.backpackersbythebeach.com.au/activities/along-the-water/Morrisset. https://www.backpackersbythebeach.com.au/activities/along-the-water/ https://www.backpackersbythebeach.com.au/activities/along-the-water/Back then the Commandant used it as a personal facility. After its upgrade in 2012, the Bogey Hole is now easy accessible for everyone and you should make sure that you take a dip in the crystal clear water.

Walk the Bathers Way

The Bathers Way is a scenic 5-kilometre walk along the 5 main beaches of Newcastle. It stretches from the Merewether Ocean bath all the way to Nobbys Light House. Make sure you bring your swimmers and a camera.

Experience the working harbour

Newcastle is not just costal town with great beaches; it is also the largest coal exporting harbour in the world. Some of the fright ships are impressively big and it is a special sight to watch them getting tugged smoothly to the coal loaders. It is a beautiful sight when the lights of the port reflect in the water by night.

Do the Shipwreck Walk

Stockton the suburb on the other side of the water (Hunter River) is so close yet a world of its own. Situated on a peninsula it has the infrastructure of a small country town with pubs, churches, schools and shops. The 2-kilometre walk along the Stockton Breakwater is called the Shipwreck Walk due to the 16 wrecks and scuttles vessels that found their final destination on the ground of the ocean.