Bathers Way Coastal Walk

If you are visiting Newcastle and looking for a walk, check out the Bathers Way Coastal walk. The walk is stunning, stretching from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach, hugging the coastline and offering magnificent views.

Bathers Way Coastal Walk at a glance

Distance: Approx 5.5 km one way or about 11 km return 

Duration:  2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours (return)

Track: Excellent paths, well formed and maintained. Good sign posting. Some parts are suitable for wheelchairs.

Australian walking track Grade:  2

Start: Nobbys Beach

Finish: Merewether Beach

Nearby trails: Yeularbah Walking track

Bookings/Permits: Not required

Other information: Picnic and toilet facilities available at surf clubs along Bathers Way. Parking (some free) is available at the trail head. Arrive early to secure parking on weekends and in school holidays. 

Information on how walking trails are graded can be found here.

The Trail

Bathers Way Coastal Walk includes ANZAC memorial walk, Strezlecki Lookout, the Bogey Hole and King Edward Park. All are worth stopping at for at least a few moments. They afford magnificent views of the coastline and are great for whale watching, picnics overlooking the ocean or a quick swim.

The walk is part of the Great North Walk between Sydney and Newcastle (first leg in a southerly direction, the last leg if you’re completing the walk in a northerly direction). More information on the Great North Walk can be found here.

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A large pod of dolphins frequent the area and can be often seen surfing down waves, feeding on mullet or if you’re really lucky you can see them leaping through the air. From May to November southern right whales can be seen migrating along the coastline.

At various times of the year, surfing competitions are held at Merewether, Newcastle or Bar Beaches.

There are a number of cafes along Bathers Way Coastal Walk serving magnificent coffee, tea, juices and smoothies. Stop for a quick (or long) brunch at one of the surf clubs, or have a picnic lunch at King Edward Park, Newcastle or Merewether Baths.

Getting there

Newcastle Beach is easily accessible from the centre of Newcastle. There are excellent rail and bus services from most suburbs and a light rail service that runs to from Newcastle Interchange to Newcastle Beach. There is adequate parking at Nobbys beach (some free parking). If you plan on visiting on the weekend, arrive early to get a park.

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