Go for a swim at The Bogey Hole. This much loved swimming hole below King Edward Park in Newcastle is a great place to cool off and steep yourself in local history.
Constructed in 1819 to 1820, the Bogey Hole is a favourite with tourists and locals alike. The Bogey Hole was built by convict labour by order of Commandant Morisset who served as Commandant of Newcastle from 1819 to 1822. It was originally known as “Commandants Baths”. The name “Bogey Hole” was adopted later and originates from indigenous word meaning “to bathe”.
It’s still a popular bathing spot today with many people there on hot summer days. It’s best for families with older kids as the rocks can be slippery and watch out for the waves.
Steps lead down to the pool and to a swimming platform.
You do need to watch the waves though. We visited on a day where it seemed relatively calm. A few minutes later a series of waves crashed over the pool drenching towels, clothes and phones. Best to tie bags to the stairs railing or make sure everything is in waterproof bags.
The Bogey Hole is located on the lower part of King Edward Park on York Drive in Newcastle.
Toilets & Showers: No. Nearest toilets are in King Edward Park. Nearest showers are at Newcastle Beach.
Shade: Shaded areas near cliffs
Parking: Limited parking on York Drive or at top of The Terrace and walk down.
Picnic Area: Shaded picnic tables if you walk up to middle of York Drive.
Disabled Accessibility: No
Nearest Playground: Visit the playground at King Edward Park
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