Merewether Beach

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Suburban Merewether Tours and Travel

Merewether is a suburb of Newcastle located near its business district. Newcastle sits on the mouth of the Hunter River, leading to the wonderful wine growing region of the Hunter Valley, and its favourable Harbour has made it an extremely important port city. Visitors to Merewether should know they will be in a suburb of Australia’s seventh largest city so this is not a peaceful little holiday haven. Instead it is a wonderful place where beach and city combines to provide the best of both worlds.

The easy availability of a mass of tourist facilities, attractions and activities and accommodation options in and around Merewether, makes it a perfect holiday destination. For instance, self-contained holiday accommodation or luxury lodgings in the suburb provide a unique experience being set within the picturesque landscape and natural beauty. Almost 44% of Merewether comprises of bushland that is uninhabited and has been partially developed for tracking and recreation.

Tourist Destinations and Activities

Merewether Beach is a heritage resort and the oceanfront has great appeal.

The beach lies on Bathers Ways, a 5km stretch that starts at the lighthouse on Nobby’s Head and ends at Merewether Baths – the largest ocean bath complex in the Southern Hemisphere. At usual walking pace, the Bathers Way takes a couple of hours start to finish, but there’s much to discover so many people amble off to various activities and sights along the way.

The beach is a popular surfing destination and indeed, plays host to the annual Surfest Competition. Merewether Beach has bred a few champions and in 2009 the area between Dixon Park and Burwood Beach was declared to be Merewether Beaches National Surfing Reserve in 2009. During swimming season the beach is patrolled, there are changing facilities and a café.

If you fancy a dip of a different kind, head a little way along the coast to the Bogey Hole. This was cut of the rocks by convicts in 1819. It’s a great place to swim but does get crowded on warm days.

Away from the beach, you’ll find plenty to amuse and occupy. Pack a picnic, leave your holiday home in Merewether and make for Blackbutt Reserve. About 6kms from Newcastle city centre, the reserve covers more than 180 hectares of natural environment. There’s an emphasis on conservation, research and education. Bushwalking trails meander through the reserve and there are plenty of wildlife exhibits including kangaroos, wombats, koalas, emus and other native birds. The kids (and adults) will love the chance to get up close to the koalas during the public encounter sessions that are held at 2pm each day.

Another nature themed attraction is the Hunter Wetlands Centre and is only 10 minutes from Newcastle CBD.

Having a holiday rental in Merewether also means having the all amenities of Newcastle right to hand. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes for dining out, pubs and clubs if you fancy a tinny or a cocktail or two. There’s cinema and theatre, and parks to hang out in.

As Australia’s second oldest city, there are some interesting heritage activities for those interested in the country’s roots. Head to the Convict’s Lumberyard, the Maritime Centre, Fort Scratchley, the Lock-Up Cultural Centre, and Miss Porter’s House for trips back to days of old.

With art galleries, go-karts, spas, tennis, adventure parks, golf courses, and even a unique inner city winery, there’s plenty of reasons to book holiday accommodation in Merewether, and if you still aren’t convinced, think of lovely day trips out into the gorgeous wine growing country of the Hunter Valley.

Favourable Climatic Conditions

Mild weather conditions in both summers and winters prevail throughout the year at Merewether. Summers are inclined towards being warm whereas winters are relatively mild. The suburban area has a subtropical humid climate with slight oceanic influence and highest degree of precipitation is received during the winter months.

Getting there

The nearest major international airport is Kingsford Smith at Sydney about 125 kms away. You can take public transport to Newcastle or hire a car at the airport and enjoy the scenic drive to your holiday home in Merewether. There’s also the option of taking a domestic  flight to Newcastle Airport. There are regular flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra amongst others.