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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published October 23rd 2017
Every day should be like this
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Looking north to Bar Beach (image JW)


Spring is here, summer is around the corner and the beach beckons. Bar Beach is great all year but really comes into its own as the days get longer and the water gets warmer. Apart from the usual activities of sunbaking, swimming and surfing, there is a rock shelf on the northern end that is great to explore during low tide as well as a natural ocean baths. Take a walk south to Merewether Beach via the sand or the scenic walkway or north to the Anzac Memorial Bridge. Alternatively, you can sit back and enjoy views of hang gliders, kite surfers, dolphins and whales.

Everybody loves the beach (image JW)


Facilities available include toilets, showers, change rooms, a large car park and a popular kiosk at the northern end of the beach. There are plenty of sheltered picnic tables where families often gather for parties. Disability access is provided via a lift in the new extensions of the surf club.

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Views south to Merewether (image JW)


On Sundays from October through to February, three sessions of Nippers ( similar to a beach based version of Little Athletics) are held. Bar Beach is patrolled year round with council lifeguards during the week and Cooks Hill surf lifesavers on weekends.

The surf patrol is on hand (image JW)


Bar Beach is family friendly and in summer brightly coloured umbrellas and towels carpet the shore.
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Why? Salt air soothes the soul
When: All year round
Where: Bar Beach Newcastle
Cost: Free
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