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Our new friend David G picked us up and gave us a day off of the boat life. We headed into Newcastle to check out this city on the water.  Next time, I’d bring my bathing suit!  There’s tons of fun places to swim in Newcastle.

Yuelarbah Track

Mereweather

We started at the Mereweather Ocean Baths, full of people on a Saturday in the summer. Thankfully it was mostly cloudy for us, so while it was dry and hot, it wasn’t scorching. The ocean baths are these great things that I’ve never seen in the states: man-made swimming pools naturally filled with saltwater from the ocean. We’ve seen them all over the place. Maybe one of these days we will actually swim in one.

The Mereweather Ocean Baths are a popular spot for summer activity in Newcastle.
Mereweather Ocean Baths

The Mereweather Ocean Baths are a great place to pick up the Yuelarbah Track. The track is part of the Great North Walk, a 250 km trail from Sydney to Newcastle. The last 6km from Mereweather baths to Nobby Lighthouse is a 4m wide paved road. We didn’t walk the whole thing but instead drove between major sites.

Directly north of the baths is the Mereweather Surfclub and Mereweather Beach.  Excellent people watching, and there was even a surf competition going on!

The view from the Mereweather Ocean Baths looking towards Newcastle.
Mereweather Beach

Newcastle Memorial Walk

Two and a half kilometers down the track is the Newcastle Memorial Walk.  Dedicated to the ANZAC service members in WWI, the structure itself is architecturally beautiful, and so is the view!

The view at the Newcastle Memorial Walk looking towards Nobbys lighthouse.
At the Memorial Walk looking towards Nobby Lighthouse.
The Newcastle Memorial Walk is a very well constructed and easy walk to a spectacular view.
A great ocean view out at the memorial walk.
David and Amy posing at the Newcastle Memorial Walk.
David and I looking out over Mereweather Beach.
Amy David and David G taking a selfie at the Newcastle Memorial Walk.
Obligatory selfie with our awesome host!
The view from the Newcastle Memorial Walk looking south towards Mereweather Beach.
The view looking south from the Memorial Walk.

Bogey Hole

Another kilometer brought us to Bogey Hole.  This swimming hole was constructed in 1819 under the demands of Major James Morisset.  Built by convicts, this small pool allows for a more secluded and quiet swim with the ocean water lapping over the edges.

Bogey hole is a small rectangular ocean bath carved out of the cliffside in Newcastle.
Go for a swim at Bogey Hole.
The view from Bogey's Hole looking out towards Newcastle.

Next is the Newcastle Ocean Baths, with a quirky Federation Free classical style facade.  This one even has a lap pool!

Nobbys Point

Finally, the trail ends at Nobbys Beach, Lighthouse, and breakwall.  Nobbys used to be an island that was twice as tall as it is currently, but it blocked the wind from the sails of incoming ships, so in 1855 convict labor was used to reduce the size of the island!  The materials removed were used to make the breakwall.  The lighthouse is open and free on Sundays.

The view of Nobbys Lighthouse from Horseshoe Beach.
Horseshoe beach looking out to Nobbys Lighthouse.

If you’ve got time, visit Fort Scratchley, which was built in 1882 and used to fend off Japanese submarines in WWII.

Lunch Break

We popped into NCYC to say “hello” to a familiar face (just the boat, sadly we didn’t get to say hi to our friends).

Our friend boat Sandy Cheeks at the Newcastle Yacht Club.
A familiar face 🙂

We had a great lunch at Shipyard Takeaway.  Friend calamari, fish & chips, and fish burgers.

We drove to The Hood Milk Bar for dessert.  I ordered the “The Best Dark Chocolate Gelato in the World”.  And guys, it was.

Amy licking a cone of the best dark chocolate gelato in the world at The Hood Milk Bar.
THE BEST DARK CHOCOLATE GELATO IN THE WORLD. NOM NOM NOM.

Thanks David G for showing us a great time around Newcastle!  It’s always nice to get a break from the boat.

A day trip to Newcastle is full of good walking and public beaches and baths for taking a dip.

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