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.
The Bathers Way is a 5 km coastal walk that stretches between Nobbys Beach and the Merewether Ocean Baths. Ongoing upgrades of the path have increased its accessibility and beauty. The Bathers Way is a well trodden path that is used by fitness enthusiasts, families and tourists keen to take in the fresh air and sights.
Looking south along Bathers Way
Many choose to walk small sections such as from Nobbys Beach to the Newcastle Ocean Baths, whilst a hardy few complete it as part of the Great North Walk. Heading south from Nobbys Beach you pass a sculpture that alludes to the grounding of the Pasha Bulker here in 2007, if the surf is up you could quite possibly be showered with sea spray as you walk above the rock pools.
The walkway becomes quite busy past the Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach, it then begins to climb the hill past the edge of King Edward Park. A white stair rail indicates the way to the fort at Shepherds Hill (known in our family as the stairs of death).
View from Sheherds Hill towards Newcastle Baths
Heading downhill take time to admire the extensive views of Newcastle and the coast. In the right season this is the perfect spot for whale watching.
A new section of the walk is the Anzac Memorial Walk bridge, due to open on Anzac Day 2015. This bridge is a commanding structure that will provide extensive views of the coastline and city.
Anzac Memorial walkway bridge
At the bottom of the hill, Bar Beach is very popular with families and surfers alike. We usually choose to take off our shoes here and walk along the beach past Dixon Park to Merewether Beach, others continue to pound the pavement up and over the next headland.
Merewether Beach is a popular spot where people often meet for breakfast and coffee. A little further along the path is the recently upgraded Merewether Ocean Baths. Stop here for a swim, a meal or just take in the scenery. There are plenty of opportunities for coffee and cake or a cold beverage along the way as well as many places to take time out to watch the passing parade.
Looking towards Merewether Ocean Baths