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Scenes from a 10km run around Newcastle. Sunday morning starting at 7am.

Start here

Start here

Meet me here at 7am on Sunday morning. Our front gate is the starting point for our run.


Parkway Avenue

Parkway Avenue

The first 2km is a flat run along this wide tree-lined street. This photo is taken on a tiny elevation at about 1.2 km from our start.


Bar Beach

Bar Beach

At the end of Parkway Avenue is Bar Beach with this scenic view south, but we turn left to the north.


Hill climb

Hill climb

...and we have a climb ahead of us. It is quite a climb...


Susan Gilmour Beach

Susan Gilmour Beach

... but worth it. Below us on the right is Susan Gilmour Beach.


Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive

To our right the morning sun is also climbing.


Strzelecki Lookout

Strzelecki Lookout

Almost at the top. Ahead is Strzelecki Lookout, named after an early Polish explorer of this region. This is a popular spot for hang-gliders. We've run 3km or so.


Hill House

Hill House

This house is imaginatively called Hill House. For many years it accommodated some of the physiotherapists, speech pathologists, dieticians and occupational therapists that worked at Royal Newcastle Hospital. They put on good parties and often invited the young doctors. Unfortunately it was too valuable to stay in public ownership and the hospital sold it in about 1985.


Shepherd's Hill Cottage

Shepherd's Hill Cottage

Across the road is this cottage now occupied by the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol Newcastle


Looking north

Looking north

Just past Shepherd's Hill Cottage we turn right along this path...


Shepherd's Hill Fort

Shepherd's Hill Fort

...to pass these World War Two fortifications. Newcastle was actually bombed by the Japanese. (once)


King Edward Park

King Edward Park

We now descend.


Looking east

Looking east

...past cliffs...


More descent

More descent

You can see Newcastle Beach in the distance. That's where we are heading.


Bogey Hole

Bogey Hole

This swimming hole is cut out of the rocks on our right. We'll skip the swim for now.


The Rotunda

The Rotunda

We turn back inland and another slight climb past the rotunda, a favourite wedding venue and picnic site. We've done 4km.


Royal Newcastle Hospital

Royal Newcastle Hospital

Once we go down here there are no more hills - the rest of the run is at sea-level. This hospital is where Jenny and I first practiced our professions - and where we met. It is scheduled to be closed down - the site will be sold to a developer who will build expensive apartments.


Newcastle Beach

Newcastle Beach

Ahead of us is a building site - expensive apartments! Very nice.


Newcastle Ocean Baths

Newcastle Ocean Baths

These ocean baths have been operating since 1922.


Canoe Pool

Canoe Pool

We pass this pool on our right just as we approach the ocean baths. the canoe pool is a shallow pool suitable for paddling in - but you won't see any canoes.


Ocean Baths 2

Ocean Baths 2

The baths are open all year round but are open-air and the water is naturally at the same temperature as the ocean. A blackboard displays the water temperature. Today it is 19°C, still a little cold for me. The changerooms are also open-air.


Shortland Esplanade

Shortland Esplanade

We follow the waterfront road past rocky beaches. The sand is covered by water at high tide. 5km


Nobbys Beach

Nobbys Beach

Nobbys was once an island, but was connected to the mainland by convict labour in the early 1800s to make the harbour entrance safer.


Nobbys surf club

Nobbys surf club

The Nobbys surf club serves a nice breakfast which is tempting as we run past.


Foreshore park

Foreshore park

Across the park to the harbour.


Waterfront

Waterfront

and along the harbour waterfront. 6km


Queens wharf

Queens wharf

I don't know the official name of this tower but it has more than one nickname. We run right past its base.


Relaxing Sunday morning

Relaxing Sunday morning

This is the wharf on our right


Waterfront 2

Waterfront 2

The waterfront path continues. 7km


Becton Apartments

Becton Apartments

Expensive apartments, but the waterfront path is public space.


Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

These are the newest buildings in this urban renewal project.


Old wharf

Old wharf

The harbour is still on our right.


Building site

Building site

Guess what is being built here? 8km


Floating dock

Floating dock

The floating dock is called Muloobinba (aboriginal name for this place)


Wickam Railway Station

Wickam Railway Station

We now leave the waterfront and take the pedestrian bridge over the railway line.


Bank Corner

Bank Corner

This used to be called Bank Corner, but the old bank building is now empty. Rice's bookshop still welcomes travellers to Newcastle, as this corner used to be a gateway, but the main road now goes another way. The shop now sells more books through eBay. 9km


Birdwood Park

Birdwood Park

Unfortunately the road-builders had their way and Birdwod Park was bisected. In 1972 this road is where protesters attempted to stop bulldozers removing trees. The protesters failed on this occasion, but two pieces of the park remain, this being the smaller. We are 500 metres from home and will finish where we started.