- Distance: 4.8km / 6800 steps
- Time: ~ 50 min
- Summary: A nice, hilly walk with great views of the Newcastle coastline as well as back over the city. Suitable for wheels.
This walk starts by the No. 2 sportsground at the National Park sport complex in Smith street, Newcastle CBD. Ample parking available but payment is required during the day.
Start by walking down Smith street with the netball courts on your left. Take the first left, Dumaresq street, and continue until you get to Parkway avenue. Keep left and follow this past Newcastle High and Newcastle Grammar school and continue all the way up to you can see Bar beach on your right. Cross over Memorial drive, turn left and walk up the hill. Shortly thereafter you will see a small pathway on your right going up through some bushes.
This is a detour that is well worth the effort, it will add about 10 minute to your walk time but is not suitable for wheels. You will first get to a clearing with nice views back over Bar beach but there are some more steps and then a fairly rough path through the vegetation up to the top of the hill where you will get some truly fabulous view of the beach and the coastline.
Return to Memorial drive the way you came and continue upwards. Turn left down Fenton avenue and then left down Nickson street. You have now left the million dollar views behind and also the million dollar houses. This is an area largely developed with apartment buildings clinging to the hill – but with some decent views across the city.
When you get to Nesca parade, turn right and follow the road up and down and all the way around the reserve. Nesca park is a lovely green spot in amongst a fairly densely populated area and is also the home of the Newcastle Petanque Club. Keep left on Brook street and turn right when you get to Parry Street. Stay on Parry street all the way back to the intersection with Smith street where you will see the sportsgrounds on your left. Map of Bar beach walk