Great North Walk: Merewether to Queens Wharf
Awabakal & Worimi Country

1 h 30 min to 3 h

5.8 km
oneway

↑ 219 m
↓ -161 m

Moderate track
Starting from Merewether, you will mostly follow the coast line to Queens Wharf. After exploring some of Newcastle's (and arguably Australia's) best beaches, the grand views from Strzelecki Lookout, you then wander through King Edward Park where you can take the optional side trip to the intriguing Bogey Hole. The walk then takes you up to more panoramic views from the The Obelisk, before you stroll through Newcastle CBD and mall to Queens Wharf. There are a few long hills, just take you time and enjoy the salt air. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal & Worimi people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Swells cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking north towards Merewether Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Dixon Park Merewether. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View From Dixon Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking over Bar Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking over Susan Gilmore Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wildflowers on Memorial Drive . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Back of Strzelecki Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking at the ocean from Cliff Street. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking towards Shepherds Hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View from York Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking into King Edward Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
King Edward Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
York Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Road near Bogey Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View from above the Bogey Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Waves crashing against rocks at Bogey Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Dangerous rock pools at Bogey Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Staircase at Bogey Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Fig tree near King Edward Park barbecue . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steps up to the Obelisk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Obelisk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The Obelisk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Newcastle Obelisk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking up towards the Obelisk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The Grand Hotel in the Hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The Grand Hotel Newcastle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection of King and Bolton Streets. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Queens Wharf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Yuelarbah Track Plaque. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-32.9458617,151.7597675)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Ferry
DirectionsFrom Hebburn Street
  • Turn on to Stewart Avenue, A43 then drive for 540 m
  • Keep left onto Stewart Avenue, A43 and drive for another 770 m
  • Turn left onto Glebe Road and drive for another 490 m
  • Turn right onto Lingard Street and drive for another 45 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Lingard Street and drive for another 460 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Mitchell Street and drive for another 25 m
  • Turn right onto Barr Street and drive for another 115 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Frederick Street and drive for another 245 m
  • Turn left onto Berner Street and drive for another 220 m
  • Turn right onto Ocean Street and drive for another 60 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 and drive for another 150 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 15 m
Finish (-32.9347382,151.7784606)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Swell café, this walk heads up to 'John Pde' and turns right. The walk follows the footpath alongside 'John Parade' (keeping the beach to your right) for 300m to continue straght into 'Dixon Park'. Contune up past the 'Bathers Way' sign along the footpath for another 200m (to pass alongside the carpark) and come to the picnic shelter outside the 'Dixon Park SLSC'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Bathers Way.
There is a picnic table (about 55 m back from the start).
There is a picnic table (about 45 m back from the start).
There is a picnic table (about 35 m back from the start).
Find the Dixon Park at the start.
Find the shelter at the start.
Find the shelter at the start.
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
Then pass the "Dixon Park Beach" (on your left).
After another 15 m pass the shelter (55 m on your left).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 40 m turn right.
After another 55 m pass the car park (55 m on your left).
Turn left.
Then head down the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 7 m find the "Dixon Park and Dixon Park SLSC" (5 m on your left).
Dixon Park and Dixon Park SLSC
Dixon Park and Dixon Park SLSC

Dixon Park and the Dixon Park SLSC are located in the middle of Bar beach in Merewether. Dixon Park has a large open grassed area, sheltered picnic tables, barbeques, a children's playground, toilets and tap water. The open space of Dixon Park is often used for hangliding or kite flying.
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Dixon Park and the Dixon Park SLSC are located in the middle of Bar beach in Merewether. Dixon Park has a large open grassed area, sheltered picnic tables, barbeques, a children's playground, toilets and tap water. The open space of Dixon Park is often used for hangliding or kite flying.

Turn right, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 20 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
After another 8 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
After another 8 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
Then pass the picnic table (7 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 20 m pass a seat (6 m on your right).
After another 10 m turn right, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 6 m pass a seat (10 m on your left).
After another 100 m pass the picnic table (25 m on your left).
After another 8 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your left).
After another 8 m pass the picnic table (15 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 225 m continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 95 m pass the water tap (5 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 15 m turn around.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 35 m pass the picnic table (6 m on your right).
After another 35 m pass the picnic table (6 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the shelter (5 m on your right).
Then pass the shelter (5 m on your right).
After another 45 m pass the picnic table (6 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 20 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
After another 45 m pass the shelter (5 m on your right).
After another 55 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
After another 50 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 25 m pass the shelter (6 m on your right).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 115 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 35 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
Then pass the car park (on your left).
After another 45 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 35 m pass the shelter (25 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 8 m continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
Then pass the park (on your left).
After another 35 m pass the shelter (30 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
Keep left.
After another 40 m continue straight.
After another 30 m come to the viewpoint (20 m on your right).
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 180 m continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 200 m turn right.
Then head down the steps (about 20 m long)
After another 30 m head down the metal steps (about 10 m long)
After another 45 m head down the metal steps (about 70 m long)
After another 35 m pass the water tap (on your left).
Then pass the "Shepherds Hill" (20 m on your left).
After another 185 m pass the "Nesca Park" (190 m on your left).
Then cross the bridge (about 320 m long)
Veer right.
After another 25 m come to the "Strzelecki Lookout".
Strzelecki Lookout
Strzelecki Lookout

Strzelecki Lookout, atop the hill, is named in honor of the Polish geologist and explorer whose chemical analyses and research into coal deposits from 1839-45 influenced the development of the region. Wonderful views of the coastline south are available here and if you are lucky, you will see a hanglider taking off.
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Strzelecki Lookout, atop the hill, is named in honor of the Polish geologist and explorer whose chemical analyses and research into coal deposits from 1839-45 influenced the development of the region. Wonderful views of the coastline south are available here and if you are lucky, you will see a hanglider taking off.

Then to find the car park.
Then head into the park.
After another 25 m come to the "Strzelecki Lookout" (7 m on your right).
After another 130 m pass the "King Edward Park" (135 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Bathers Way & High Street) turn right, to head along Bathers Way (a highway|cycleway).
After another 380 m pass the "Nesca Park" (275 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Bathers Way.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 10 m continue straight.
After another 30 m find the "Shepherds Hill" (65 m on your right).
Shepherds Hill
Shepherds Hill

Shepherds Hill is located just south of King Edward Park (off The Terrace in Newcastle). Shepherds Hill is an exposed headland with wonderful views along the coastline. During World War Two, Shepherds Hill was home to gun emplacements, pits, a 100 metre-long tunnel and observation posts. The gun was designed to be a discrete, hard-to-spot weapon which would contract downwards, below its parapet to be reloaded. Shepherds Hill also housed a World War Two radar station. Shepherds Hill is named after a survey report that called it ‘Sheep Pasture Hill’ after its resemblance to English countryside. Hang-gliding is also very common from the hilltop.
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Shepherds Hill is located just south of King Edward Park (off The Terrace in Newcastle). Shepherds Hill is an exposed headland with wonderful views along the coastline. During World War Two, Shepherds Hill was home to gun emplacements, pits, a 100 metre-long tunnel and observation posts. The gun was designed to be a discrete, hard-to-spot weapon which would contract downwards, below its parapet to be reloaded. Shepherds Hill also housed a World War Two radar station. Shepherds Hill is named after a survey report that called it ‘Sheep Pasture Hill’ after its resemblance to English countryside. Hang-gliding is also very common from the hilltop.

After another 6 m pass the car park (on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 55 m turn right, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 45 m head into the "King Edward Park".
After another 100 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 135 m head into the "King Edward Park".
After another 8 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 70 m head into the "King Edward Park".
After another 35 m pass the BBQ (110 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the playground (75 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (85 m on your left).
Then find the "King Edward Park" (125 m on your left).
King Edward Park
King Edward Park

King Edward Park is a large hilly park with established trees, abutting the ocean just 500m from the centre of Newcastle. King Edward Park has toilets, barbeques, a children’s playground, an historic water fountain and flower gardens. King Edward Park was once referred to as the ‘lungs of Newcastle’ as it supplied a natural parkland in contrast to the increasing urbanization of the nineteenth century.
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King Edward Park is a large hilly park with established trees, abutting the ocean just 500m from the centre of Newcastle. King Edward Park has toilets, barbeques, a children’s playground, an historic water fountain and flower gardens. King Edward Park was once referred to as the ‘lungs of Newcastle’ as it supplied a natural parkland in contrast to the increasing urbanization of the nineteenth century.

Then pass the "King Edward Park Fountain" (140 m on your left).
Then pass the playground (50 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the shelter (65 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the picnic table (120 m on your left).
After another 8 m pass the picnic table (85 m on your left).
After another 70 m pass the "Garside Garden" (100 m on your left).
After another 70 m come to the viewpoint (80 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the water tap (60 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the water tap (30 m on your left).
Then pass the car park (25 m on your left).
Then pass the water tap (40 m on your right).
Then come to the viewpoint (35 m on your left).
Then pass the shelter (35 m on your left).
Then pass the BBQ (30 m on your left).
Turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 300 m head into the "King Edward Park".
After another 150 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 220 m pass the "Garside Garden" (105 m on your right).
After another 145 m head into the "King Edward Park".
After another 85 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 295 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 135 m head into the "King Edward Park".
After another 8 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m turn around, to head along York Drive.
After another 145 m come to the end.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along York Drive.
Find the King Edward Park at the start.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 40 m pass the playground (15 m on your right).
After another 45 m pass the shelter (15 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 55 m pass the picnic table (9 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Shortland Esplanade.
After another 95 m pass the "Garside Garden" (on your left).
After another 75 m turn right.
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 40 m head through the bollard.
After another 25 m head up the metal steps
After another 7 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is "Bogey Hole".
Bogey Hole
Bogey Hole

The Bogey Hole on Shortland Esplanade is a bathing pool that is open to the ocean. The Bogey Hole was built by convict labour for the personal pleasure of Major James T. Morriset, the military commandant from 1819-1822 who did much to improve the breakwater, roads and barracks in the settlement. Over the years, the Bogey Hole was enlarged to its present size. The name "Bogey Hole" came from the Aboriginal word meaning "to bathe". The Bogey Hole can be dangerous during high tides or times of rough seas. For more information, contact the City of Newcastle on 02 4974 2000.
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The Bogey Hole on Shortland Esplanade is a bathing pool that is open to the ocean. The Bogey Hole was built by convict labour for the personal pleasure of Major James T. Morriset, the military commandant from 1819-1822 who did much to improve the breakwater, roads and barracks in the settlement. Over the years, the Bogey Hole was enlarged to its present size. The name "Bogey Hole" came from the Aboriginal word meaning "to bathe". The Bogey Hole can be dangerous during high tides or times of rough seas. For more information, contact the City of Newcastle on 02 4974 2000.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 430 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Great North Walk: Merewether to Queens Wharf


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.8 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 11 on route, on average they are 480 m apart with the largest gap of 2.7 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.9 km apart with the largest gap of 3.6 km.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 1.4 km apart with the largest gap of 4.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
55 m[shelter]
Shelter
60 m[shelter]
Shelter
70 m[shelter]
Toilet
215 m[toilet]
Shelter
700 m[shelter]
Shelter
720 m[shelter]
Shelter
810 m[shelter]
Shelter
840 m[shelter]
Shelter
1.1 km[shelter]
Shelter
1.1 km[shelter]
Toilet
3.8 km[toilet]
Shelter
3.8 km[shelter]
Shelter
4 km[shelter]
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