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Bar Beach

Northern end of the Merewether/Bar Beach stretch, there is a Council Lifeguard Services provided Monday to Saturday during swimming season. Plus volunteer members of Cook’s Hill Surf Lifesaving Club provide beach patrols on Sundays during the swimming season. This is a favourite stretch for joggers and walkers and features a sheltered rock pool area adjacent to the patrolled swimming area. Plus there are sheltered picnic tables, a kiosk, (during swimming season) and change room facilities available.

Bar Beach: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Dixon Park Beach


Dixon Park Beach has Council Lifeguard Services provided Monday to Saturday during swimming season and volunteer members of Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club providing beach patrols on Sundays during the swimming season.

There is a sheltered picnic table area and change room facilities available. Plus free electric barbecue's and picnic tables facilities available in adjacent park area.




Ocean Street
Merewether, NSW, 2291

Located 0.9K from Bar Beach

Cooks Hill Gallery


An exquisite array of unique and collectable paintings, sculptures and ceramic pieces together with works of colonial impressionism and the modern period can be found adorning the walls and exhibit spaces in this beautifully restored cottage-style gallery.

Cooks Hill Gallery holds monthly exhibits of quality art works by professional artists from the Hunter region and beyond.




67 Bull Street
Cooks Hill, NSW, 2300

Located 1.0K from Bar Beach

Newcastle Museum


Since opening in the iconic Honeysuckle Railway Workshops in 2011, Newcastle Museum has blossomed with high visitor numbers, an extensive exhibition program and a dynamic range of community events for a diverse audience. Feedback from visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. It is a free accessible Museum open Tuesday - Sunday and seven days during school holidays.




6 Workshop Way
Honeysuckle, NSW, 2300

Located 1.1K from Bar Beach

Bogey Hole


Take a dip in the Bogey Hole, which was cut into ocean rocks by convict labour in 1819. You will realise the convicts amazing achievement when you see the waves crashing into the pool.

The Bogey Hole was constructed by order of Commandant Morisset in about 1820 for his own personal use. Morisset was Commandant of Newcastle from 1819 to 1822. It was known, originally as the "Commandants Baths". The name "Bogey Hole" was applied afterwards and comes from the indigenous word meaning "to bathe".

The Bogey Hole remains a popular spot today, particularly for inner city dwellers who don't like getting sand in their shoes, and still becomes very crowded on warm summer days.




York Drive
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 1.2K from Bar Beach

Newcastle Art Gallery


Newcastle Art Gallery houses the most important public art collection in NSW outside Sydney and is considered one of the most substantial in regional Australia. Featuring significant Indigenous and non-Indigenous works of art, the collection presents a comprehensive overview of Australian art from colonial times to the present, and includes the largest collection of modern Japanese ceramics in the Southern Hemisphere.

Newcastle Art Gallery runs a full program of events in support of its exhibitions and plays a key educational role in the cultural life of Newcastle and the Hunter Region. Dynamic public programs include art workshops, guided tours, film screenings, lectures, seminars and public events.

The Art Gallery hosts around 17 exhibitions annually. Exhibitions draw on the Gallery's collection, as well as public and private collections of national and international importance.




1 Laman Street
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 1.2K from Bar Beach

King Edward Park


King Edward Park was dedicated as a recreation reserve in 1863. Within the grounds was a bowling green and the Obelisk, built as a navigational marker in 1850; the focal point is a Victorian rotunda.

The park has spectacular ocean views, Norfolk Island pines and a sunken garden usually ablaze of colour.

On the southern boundary are the remains of the Shepherds Hill Battery and Gunner's Cottage which were in regular use from 1890 to World War II.

The park also has links with Newcastle's penal past, with the Bogey Hole (or convict hewn ocean bathing pool) at the foot of the eastern cliff face.

A popular place for family picnics and barbecues, and now a movie venue in summer. The park also has a playground and public toilets.

Carols by Candlelight held annually in December, as is the Mattara Hill Climb in October.




York Drive
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 1.3K from Bar Beach

Bar Beach: Events

Port to Port MTB Race


The Port to Port MTB is a four day stage mountain bike race across the iconic local scenery of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter region. The race is designed to be fun and challenging for riders of all levels, from recreational to competitive.

Port to Port MTB will be a brilliant event and they look forward to attracting a strong field of riders of all standards to the Port to Port MTB in May 2016.




Various Locations
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 1.1K from Bar Beach

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