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Walking Around Stockton

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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 November 24th 2020
Shipwrecks and the seashore
Stockton, Newcastle, wharf, views, nature, outdoors, family
Stockton ferry wharf (image JW)

A pleasant day activity is to catch the ferry across the Hunter River to see Newcastle from the other side. A level paved walkway leads to a breakwall, which is marked with the sites of various shipwrecks.

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See tankers up close (image JW)

Stockton used to be known as Pirates Point after some escaped convicts wrecked a boat there. The Stockton peninsula was only accessed by ferry until the building of the Stockton Bridge in 1971.

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Wrecks line the walk (image JW)

The entry to Newcastle harbour proved treacherous to many vessels and at least 200 came to grief navigating their arrival or departure. The Shipwreck Walk is about 2km long and is pram, wheelchair and scooter friendly.

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Shipwreck of the Adolphe(image JW)

Apart from the plaques marking the wrecks there are brilliant views across to Newcastle and you seem to get very close to the maritime traffic. At the right times of year, you may spot passing whales, seals and feral cats are known to frequent the area.

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The playground near the wharf (image JW)

Other family fun that can be had here is swimming at the sheltered beach and climbing and swinging at one of the playgrounds. There are BBQ shelters, picnic areas and toilet facilities as well as nearby cafes and takeaway food. Commuters and families are sure to appreciate the plans for a pop up cafe in a container at the ferry terminal.

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Views of Newcastle from Stockton (image JW)

Take a walk around Stockton for family fun and water views!
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Why? Fun, exercise, nature and views
When: Whenever you feel like it
Where: Stockton NSW
Cost: Free
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