Stretching from the commanding lighthouse at Nobbys Headland to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock Reserve and the early coal workings at Burwood Beach, Newcastle’s Bathers Way is a scenic 5km coastal walk waiting for you to discover, play, swim and eat any way you choose.
Take two hours to walk the path or a month of Sundays to experience it all.
Engaging tales of Newcastle’s indigenous and convict heritage, culture and natural history weave their way along the track. Look for the yellow information signs that are the storytellers, helping you navigate the Bathers Way.
Discover… Investigate the historical site of Fort Scratchley, the only fort in Australia to have engaged the enemy in a maritime attack. See Nobbys breakwall, whose foundations were laid by convict gangs, forced to quarry stone against surging seas. Satisfy an inquisitive nature by exploring rock pools and their inhabitants, watch playful dolphins riding the waves, or if you’re lucky catch a glimpse of migrating whales during the winter months.
Swim… Enticing sandy beaches, secret swimming spots and sparkling ocean baths are the pride of the path. Walk through the Art Deco pavilion at Newcastle Ocean Baths and dive into the saltwater pool for a leisurely dip.
Follow a narrow track down a cliff to the secluded Bogey Hole, where the waves come teasing the edge when you least expect it.
Play… Run, cycle or walk the dog. The Bathers Way path lets you set your own pace. Get competitive with a game of beach volley ball, try new tricks at the skate park, go snorkelling into the underwater world, hang-glide from Strzelecki Lookout, take a ride on some of the best waves in the world, or simply relax on the sand and let the ocean roll in.
Eat… A long walk is bound to stir up an appetite and all cravings are catered for. Choose one of the kiosks for traditional hot chips and sauce by the seaside or devour an icecream before the sun can melt it away.
Sizzling barbeques set the scene for the perfect picnic lunch, enjoyed in one of the treelined parks along the way.
For a gourmet delight, venture off the track and to nearby Darby Street, The Junction or the City Centre to sip on coffee and soak up the café culture till late.