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Highlights of the Newcastle Coastline

 

He’s a guide to our favourite spots along the Newcastle coastline, and a few of the special characters you are likely to encounter along the way!

Merewether Ocean Baths

The Merewether Ocean Baths is the largest ocean baths complex in the southern hemisphere. It’s an absolute hit with locals in summer!

A large ocean bath complex with people swimming

Dixon Park Beach

Dixon Park is situated between Merewether Beach and Bar Beach along the Newcastle coastline. It’s popular amongst local surfers, kite surfers and is a great patrolled beach during the warmer months!

A calm, clear ocean with a surf life saving tower next to it

Bar Beach

Voted Newcastle’s #1 beach by our guests. Bar Beach is a great destination for a swim, visiting the sheltered rock pools or as a picnic destination on the hill as the sun sets!

A crowded summer beach with umbrellas and people swimming

Bottlenose Dolphins

Year-round, Newcastle’s resident bottlenose dolphins patrol the coastline. Some of the exciting moments we’ve witnessed include when they are feeding or have newborn calves by their side!

Two dolphins surface next to each other one smiling at the camera

The ANZAC Memorial Walk

Constructed in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli and the commencement of steel making in Newcastle in 1915. Arguably the ANZAC memorial walk has some of the best views over Newcastle!

A paraglider flys above a steel arch walkway

The Bogey Hole

Being the oldest ocean pool on the east coast of Australia, The Bogey Hole was originally hand-hewn out of a wave cut rock platform by convicts for Major James Morisset in 1819. Nowadays it is on the state heritage register and is one of Australia’s most iconic coastal swimming baths!

A rusted railing surrounding an ocean pool

Humpback Whales

Between the months of June and November each year, thousands of humpback whales pass the Newcastle coastline on their annual migration north from Antarctica to Tropical North Queensland. On their way, we’re fortunate to see plenty of acrobatic displays, and even catch the glimpse of their newborn calves!

A whale breaches off the Newcastle coastline

Newcastle Beach

Centrally located amongst the Newcastle CBD, Newcastle beach is a popular choice for locals. It is also often where Newcastle’s resident bottlenose dolphins like to hang out. Newcastle beach is best enjoyed with a coffee or gelato overlooking the ocean!

A boat pictured with passengers on it passing Newcastle Beach

Newcastle Ocean Baths and Canoe Pool

Located next to the Newcastle Ocean Baths, the canoe pool is perfect for families. The canoe pool is said to have been built next to the mysterious ‘map pool’ in 1939. Originally, the two pools were constructed as paddling pools for children and sailing of small canoes as well as for the protection of the Newcastle Ocean Baths in rough seas! Image by @wiltliving

People sit on a tiered concrete seat surrounding an ocean bath

New Zealand Fur Seals

New Zealand? Why not “Newcastle Fur Seals”. Long-nose Fur Seals, or New Zealand Fur Seals as they’re called regularly frequent the Newcastle coastline, primarily throughout the cooler months of the year. The seals can often be seen fishing near Nobbys or Newcastle Beaches, or sun baking on one of the nearby buoys or ships rudders!

Two seals pictured with Nobbys Lighthouse in the background

Nobbys Headland and Lighthouse

Originally an island, having not joined the mainland until 1846. Nobbys headland was nearly twice as tall as its current height. Nobbys nowadays the site features an active signal station and a lighthouse that’s been in operation for over 150 years and is open to the public on weekends!

A lighthouse lit up by the afternoon sun

See all of these incredible highlights on our Adventure Tour!