As the flagship project of the City's Coastal Revitalisation program, the Bathers Way will arguably rival Sydney's iconic Bondi to Bronte walk for scenery when completed. It will outstrip that walk and others in terms of access for people with mobility challenges, with no stairs across its entire length, and provide new chances for recreation and relaxation through public domain improvements.
The Bathers Way connects Newcastle's five main beach precincts with some of Newcastle’s best historical sites, tourist attractions and vantage points.
The project will deliver:
- A continuous four to six-metre-wide shared path
- More shade, seating and viewing areas such as whale watching platforms
- Improved beach access
- New landscaping, lighting, bins, bike racks and drinking fountains.
The project is being delivered in seven stages, four of which have been completed (see below for details). The remaining sections are at various stages of design development, with the Newcastle Beach section the next to be constructed.
What has been completed?
The Bathers Way project is a series of seven linked projects, four of which have now been completed. They include:
- Stage 1: Merewether precinct (completed)
- Stage 2: Dixon Park (completed)
- Stage 3: Bar Beach (completed)
- Stage 4: Nobbys Beach (completed)
- Stage 5: Newcastle Beach (design underway)
- Stage 6: King Edward Park (design underway)
- Stage 7: Strzelecki Lookout (design underway)