Explore Nobbys Headland Before It Closes Temporarily

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Explore the iconic spot of Nobbys Headland before access to the public closes temporarily. The area surrounding the headland is getting a revamp.

Newcastle’s iconic Macquarie Pier and its historic harbourside walkway will be revitalised in a major new improvement project by Port Authority of New South Wales. Starting soon, the Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project will create a destination spot that celebrates Newcastle’s maritime history and seamlessly complements the Bathers Way coastal walk.

Due for completion by the end of the year, Port Authority’s $3 million upgrade will see a new, widened pathway complete with sandstone seating, maritime-style fencing, and interpretive heritage features along the 900m route. At the foot of Nobbys Head, a new paved area will create a gathering space for visitors to relax, enjoy a coffee from mobile cafes and watch the activity of the working port.

For safety reasons and to complete the works as quickly as possible, Macquarie Pier and Nobbys Head will be closed to public access during the construction period. The Newcastle Breakwall will remain open during the works and can be accessed via Nobbys Beach — there will be no public access via Macquarie Pier.

So the next couple of weekends (August 22& 23 and August 29 & 30) will be your last chance to walk up to the Nobbys Headland. The site will be open from 8am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Pier will be reopened before the end of the year, ready for the summer season 2021 but the date is yet to be confirmed.

Before it’s temporarily closed, go for a walk with your family.

Nobbys Headland is one of Newcastle’s best vantage points, with 360-degree views of the city, the working harbour and our stunning coastline. 

It’s an 800 metre walk from the Nobbys Beach car park with a bit of a steep climb at the end.

Check out the sculpture in the dunes halfway up the hill commemorating the Newcastle Lifeboat Service and Rocket Brigades.

Up at the top, you’ll enjoy great views of Nobbys Beach, Stockton, the Harbour and back to Newcastle. From here, you’ll see many of Newcastle landmarks including Fort Scratchley, The Obelisk, Newcastle Ocean Baths, Stockton Bridge, Christ City Cathedral and The Mater Hospital.

You’ll also get up close to the Nobbys Lighthouse.

At this height, it’s a great spot for dolphin and whale watching.

At different times, we spotted quite a few whales as well as coal ships entering and leaving the port.

Unfortunately all the other buildings are closed and empty. Previously, there were exhibits in these buildings that you could wander through.

Good to Know

Location: Nobbys Headland is accessible via Macquarie Pier which starts where Wharf Road meets Shortland Esplanade.

Open: Nobbys Headland will be open from 8am to 4pm on the following weekends (August 22& 23 and August 29 & 30). Macquarie Pier and Nobbys Headland will then be closed to public access during the construction period.

Cost: Entry to the site is free. Free parking at Nobbys Beach carpark.

Distance: It’s an 800 metre walk from the Nobbys Beach car park with a bit of a steep climb at the end.

Amenities: There’s also no public amenities so use the toilets at Nobbys Beach before you go.

For more details about the project, visit www.portauthoritynsw.com.au/macquariepier.

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