Get in shape with Newcastle’s fresh-air fitness stations

Disclaimer: In sharing this info we have to remind everyone to put each others safety and health first. If you are going to use shared exercise equipment please be sure to clean it down before and after use and continue to maintain social distancing between yourself and others. If you are already sick or feel unwell please stay at home, rest and get better. 

Gyms are closed, times are stressful. A workout and some stretching would feel pretty great right now. It is crucial for both your physical and mental well-being.

We’ve written about some great walks that you might enjoy but for something a little more serious how about one of these fresh-air fitness stations?

Braye Park
68 Clarence Rd, Waratah West NSW 2298

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Islington Park
51 Maitland Rd, Islington NSW 2296

Playground, cycle track, basketball court plus the fitness stations

Lambton Park
Elder St & Morehead Street, Lambton NSW 2299

Lots of green space, great for chin ups. And handstands!

Griffith Park
Foreshore – off Fullerton Street, Stockton NSW 2295

Original Article (28 May, 2018): A range of new outdoor exercise facilities has been proposed for Newcastle under a plan approved by Newcastle City Council for public feedback.

Six individual fresh-air fitness stations are needed to help keep Novocastrians in shape over the next decade, according to the draft Outdoor Exercise Facility Strategy, in addition to four existing sites at Waratah West’s Braye Park, Islington Park, Lambton Park and Warabrook Wetlands Reserve.

Camp Shortland, South Newcastle Beach, Cooks Hill’s Nesca Park, National Park in Newcastle West, Stockton’s Griffith Park and Fernleigh Track at Adamstown are among the proposed new hubs for chin-up bars, sit-up benches and other static apparatus to encourage muscle strength and cardio fitness.

Wallsend-Maryland, Minmi, Beresfield and the border of Adamstown-New Lambton will also be considered following feedback on the draft strategy during a month-long public exhibition period.

“Outdoor exercise is growing in popularity, and I thank the many people in our community who have contacted Council to request more facilities across Newcastle,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“This strategy is a win for everyone who likes to exercise outdoors and also for areas of Newcastle that will get a boost from the daily presence of fitness enthusiasts.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to identify park sites for outdoor exercise facilities in locations right across the City of Newcastle, with new equipment proposed for each of the four wards of the Newcastle Local Government Area.

“As well as healthier bodies, these will also encourage greater social interaction for better communities, so I urge Novocastrians to take a look at this draft strategy and to let us know their thoughts about our plan.”

Improving equipment at existing sites, installing helpful signage and developing a program of organised fitness and community activities linked to the facilities are all part of the plan now on public exhibition.

Ten exercise facilities will represent one site per 18,000 people by 2026, when the number of Novocastrians is tipped to top 180,000, which is a higher provision than comparable regional and metropolitan areas.

Fourteen sites, which could later be achieved in a staged approach, would reduce the number to one per 12,857 people to match Australia’s most progressive metropolitan areas.

The facilities will largely be funded by Council with help from local and state grant providers welcomed.

The draft Outdoor Exercise Outdoor Exercise Facility Strategy is open for comment until Wednesday 20 June.

View the Strategy online at

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