Blackbutt Reserve provides nature trails, wildlife exhibits, children’s playgrounds and recreational facilities. It is the perfect place for a relaxing family picnic or to explore the wonders of nature. Consisting of Eucalypt Forests and pockets of significant remnant vegetation, Blackbutt boasts a restored Rainforest providing habitats for a number of rare and vulnerable species. It also features wildlife exhibits which are modern, spacious and allow close viewing of the animals. The Reserve also offers a range of recreation opportunities including barbeques, playgrounds, picnic facilities, photography, bird watching and peaceful areas for relaxation. Blackbutt has over 10 kilometers of tracks providing the ideal location for enthusiastic walkers, joggers and other fitness enthusiasts. Tracks range from short and gentle to long and hilly.
The Newcastle Memorial Walk was constructed to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC. The original concept for the project was a one-way walk along the cliff top with visitors having to turn around at the viewing platform and return the way they came via Strzelecki lookout. While this still would have been a remarkable project, the addition of the stairway to connect the walk to the Bathers Way is a fantastic addition enabling a 430m boardwalk providing visitors with a range of options for enjoying the walk. The Bathers Way, the six kilometre stretch of coast from Nobbys Beach in the north to Merewether Beach in the south, is being progressively transformed as part of Newcastle City Council’s coastal revitalisation program. We have also completely overhauled the shared pathways at Stockton, connecting the area to the 1400km NSW Coastline Cycleway. The Merewether to Dixon Park stretch of the project has made the area almost unrecognisable. Less than five years ago this was an area with a one metre wide foot path and very few redeeming features aside from the magnificent beach. Now the area is a bustling place for exercise, relaxation and everything in between. More than two million people visit our beaches every year and with new experiences and improvements all along our coast this number will continue to increase. We expect the city’s newest experience, Newcastle Memorial Walk, will be a very popular drawcard for locals and visitors for many years to come.
With its spectacular harbor and coastline, the Pacific Ocean has always played an important part in Novocastrian’s work and leisure. Explore the city through its relationship with the shoreline. Visit places that once formed a crucial part of Newcastle’s working harbor and maritime culture. Enjoy the city’s spectacular coastline and discover places that Novocastrian’s have been visiting for generations to swim, relax and play.
The Fernleigh Track is an attractive and popular walking and cycling path, created along the route of a former rail corridor in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions of New South Wales. It provides a pleasant travel route through a bushland setting with links along the way to adjoining residential communities. The track is a popular facility, used for both localized commuting and recreational purposes. The 15km shared pathway from Adamstown to Belmont is fantastic for walking or cycling.
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