Newcastle: a city that isn’t short on places to go for a walk. Whether you want to walk by the beach or in the bush, something easygoing or something to spike your heart rate, there will be a trail ready and waiting somewhere for you to scratch that hiking itch. I didn’t originally plan on writing a piece paying tribute to a few of the many famous walks in this city, but it seems that’s where the words have taken me this month.
Newcastle Memorial Walk
I’m sure most of you have seen the Anzac Memorial Walk perched up along Memorial Drive in The Hill, filled with people by day and showing off a beautiful light display by night. The walk was built not only to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzacs landing in Gallipoli back in 1915, but also the commencement of steel-making in Newcastle. Along the walk are steel silhouettes of soldiers with around 4000 family names of men and women who enlisted during World War I.
Minmi Cemetery Walk
I know this might sound a bit morbid, but hear me out. While it may seem creepy at night, the Minmi Cemetery is actually quite a pleasant and peaceful place to find yourself during the day. Popping up during the coal-mining boom in the mid-1800s, the cemetery is full of history and stories of people who came to the town to find riches. The 1km loop takes you on a trek through some serene and beautiful bushland, and you can also visit the Minmi Heritage Garden while you’re there.
Great North Walk
The entire walk, which stretches from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, is actually 250 kilometres long. I’ve personally tackled a small length of the track in Sydney and it certainly wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It doesn’t help I was carrying a hiking backpack that had all my supplies for a few days’ worth of camping, but moving on. A section of the walk in Newcastle runs from Teralba Railway to Queens Wharf, while passing through Glenrock and the Fernleigh Track. The walk itself was initially created to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary in 1988, and features camping sites, lookout points and various gifts from Mother Nature, including rainforests and coastal views.
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