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Harbour to Botanical Gardens

Feeling energetic? If you’re up for a longer ride, try this one.

This scenic ride begins at the Newcastle Harbour foreshore. As well as being one of Australia’s major bulk export ports, Newcastle Harbour is also the world’s largest port for coal exports. Foreshore Park provides an excellent vantage point to view the busy port in action. Watch 300m bulk carriers navigate the harbour and heads and the busy tugs plying the waters.

Take the ferry across the harbour to the beachside suburb of Stockton which adjoins the Stockton Sand Dunes, the largest moving coastal sand mass in the Southern Hemisphere (and well worth a separate trip). Views from the ferry and Fullerton Park, built entirely on ballast, are some of the best of Newcastle, offering a panoramic picture of City skyline.

From Stockton continue on to the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, via the farming countryside of Fullerton Cove and Heatherbrae.

The acclaimed Hunter Region Botanic Gardens consists of 140 hectares of tranquil landscaped gardens studded with bushwalking trails. A visitor centre, café and gift shop are also included in the complex.

Return to Newcastle along the Pacific Highway, over and alongside the Hunter River. A worthwhile detour is to cross the Ash Island Bridge at Hexham and visit the Kooragang Wetlands and City Farm which includes 15km of roads, cycleways, boardwalks and walking tracks. Here you can explore the intertidal world of fish and crabs or marvel at the variety of birdlife to be found in the saltmarsh, mudflats or rainforest. Continue onto the Industrial Drive and finally via the Throsby Creek Cycleway. At Queens Wharf drop into the Brewery, or one of the harbour side cafes and restaurants for a refreshing brew and take in the ever-changing harbour vistas.

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