NEWCASTLE REDISCOVERED - MARCH, by Amy Theodore / by Amy Theodore

The sweltering hot days seem to be slowly leaving us behind and giving us reprieve from the heat for a moment (I’ve totally jinxed that now, haven’t I…).  So while it’s bearable to get outside and before any sort of winter chill starts to hit and we all decide to start hibernating on the couch with Netflix, here are a few more hidden gems around Newcastle to consider checking out.

Fernleigh Track

Built along a former railway track that ran between Lake Macquarie and Newcastle, the entirety of this track is actually quite a trek, stretching 15km from Belmont to Adamstown. This shared pathway will take you through suburbs like Whitebridge, Redhead and Jewells and also runs through Glenrock State Conversation Area (insert shameless plug about last month’s article) and Belmont Wetlands State Park. Whether you prefer to cycle or walk, there are plenty of signs and pieces of history to tell you about the path’s past.

Images by Noiseinwonderland Photography from Glenrock

Images by Noiseinwonderland Photography from Glenrock

Mount Tomaree

If you frequent any sort of local Instagram account then no doubt you’ve seen someone post a picture of this place.  A short drive to Nelson Bay will get you there, and while the idea of climbing a mountain can sound horrible and intimidating, I promise it’s actually quite a pleasant walk. The walk is lined with sturdy staircases and clearly marked paths to make your ascent much easier. All those stairs will get your blood pumping, but it’s worth it for the beautiful view that awaits you once you reach the top.  A place full of military history, you’ll actually get to see some of the remaining World War II gun emplacements that were built in 1941 and left behind from the troops’ brave defence of the east coast of Australia.

Fort Scratchley

Military history buffs are going to get a kick out of this one as well. It was originally built to defend Newcastle against a possible Russian attack, but luckily such a thing never happened. In fact, the guns at the fort were never fired until the shelling of Newcastle in 1942 by Japan. It’s now a museum where anyone can go to learn about its history. Also, not letting that breathtaking coastal view go to waste, did you know you can even have a wedding there?

 

Keep an eye out for my full adventures on newcastlemirage.com. Send through your suggestions for places to check out next to noiseinwonderlandphotography@gmail.com