Today started out with an early morning dip in the ocean for me, while Don walked Pip our house sit dog down the road for a newspaper.
hot westerly winds were coming in early and the temperature was rising from around 7am, clear blue skies overhead.
The local Newcastle baths are emptied on Thursday each week, these baths are fed from the ocean tides, but get a little dirty after a week of many swimmers doing laps, and the general public playing in the water, they are emptied right out and then overnight they will refill from the ocean ready for the onslaught of swimmers on Friday.
The local Newcastle area abounds in beautiful coastline with two sets of baths only 3kms apart. Merewether baths are emptied on Fridays, so at least one set of baths is available to the public.
With this in mind we set off today to walk in 38degree heat with a hot westerly not cooling us down at all, as we walked the wonderful coastal walk from Nobbys Beach all the way down to Merewether baths, once her we partook of the cool water and swam some laps.
If you are in the area the local Surf Club at Merewether has a great $10 pizza and cold drinks are available.
Lovely views out to the ocean, great staff and great food make this an ideal stopping spot whether you are driving or walking.
One the walk back we stopped off at The Bogey Hole, this is a man made rock pool between Bar Beach and Newcastle South Beach. It was constructed in the late 1800’s early 1900’s for a local dignitary as his private pool. It is also served by the ocean, get in whilst the tide has cleaned it out, it will be crystal clear, it can be a bit off when very busy and the kids stir up the bottom by jumping off the ledges(great fun though).
When we got there it was very murky and didn’t look too appealing, so we opted to keep heading north of a dip at Newcastle Beach instead, lovely clear water and very cool temperatures made for a perfect end to a very hot long walk.
Be prepared to spend at least 3-4 hours on this walk to spend time admiring the very picturesque views along the way.
Take water, although there are lots of water taps along the coastal walkway.