Autumn is the perfect time for walking. And let’s face it, we could all probably use some fresh air at the moment. A few deep breaths and some time in nature. Plus, not a lot else is open at the minute…
We’re not exactly talking about donning the activewear and those mini hand weights and working up a sweat. But if that is what takes your fancy you go for it! We are thinking more about engaging in a light stroll just to loosen up the body and the mind and enjoy the outdoors. Particularly if a) you have just started working from home or b) your kids have just started schooling from home.
Of course, all of the recommendations and guidelines around social distancing and giving each other safe space still apply when you are out and about. But we at Newcastle Live believe there is plenty of space out there for us all.
So, here are 5 top walking tracks around Newy that are calling your name!
The Fernleigh Track
This is a bit of a given but it wouldn’t be a top five walking tracks about town list if this walking track didn’t make an appearance. For those who are yet to grace its 15km pavement, it is a route between Adamstown and Belmont and will always be a sight for sore eyes (or weary legs). It’s bliss.
Haven’t left the middle of the city in a while? Want to try something new? Why not head to Warners Bay and take a stroll by the Lake. The path is super smooth and flat making it gentle and accessible, great for that mid-morning/late afternoon stroll by the water. Why not grab a takeaway coffee whilst you’re there? And if the sights of Australia’s largest coastal salt water lake aren’t enough to keep your kids attention there is some quirky public art along the way too.
Convict & Industry Walk
Fancy a side of history with your stroll? This self-guided trail has been put together and mapped out on the Visit Newcastle website. Covering a comfortable 5km of the City you can explore the Convict & Industry walk at any time of the day and you’ll probably learn something along the way.
The old faithful yes? But how long has it been since you walked the whole length? Or maybe you do walk the length and have always wanted to cut back across the sand for a sneaky romantic frolic in the water? Why not, do it now before winter hits or the beaches get closed. You can’t really get much more ‘iconic Newy’ than a stroll past Nobbys Lighthouse, maybe it’s time you revisited this beautiful part of town.
The ANZAC Memorial Walk
Located above Memorial Drive The Hill, on Strzelecki Headland (between Bar Beach and King Edward Park) we may have left the best till last with this amazing suspended steel walkway. Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915, and the commencement of steel making in Newcastle, it offers amazing views and acts as a stunning memorial. Who doesn’t love some salt spray in the afternoon?