Itineraries & Trails

Tourist drives

Newcastle – Bathers Way Coastal Walk

Leave the car behind and take a walk along the Newcastle coastline

Newcastle has three distinctly different sandy beaches, and they’re interlinked by one great coastal walk called Bathers Way. The total walking time from Nobbys in the north to Merewether in the south is three hours at a medium pace. You can walk back or check the bus timetable to bus back to the city centre.

Bathers Way highlights Newcastle beaches that have generated some of the World’s best surfers, but also features rugged cliffs and reefs, rock pools, huge salt water ocean baths, heritage sites and parklands. Information signs along the route highlight some of the natural and cultural features. Bathers Way is a sealed pathway and though there are some slopes, most families manage just fine. It’s also the local’s favourite walking and jogging route. At the end of the walk is Merewether beach, one of Australia’s surfing reserves, home to the international Surfest surfing competition, and location of the largest ocean baths in the southern hemisphere.

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