After a one-hour drive to Newcastle, we parked at Camp Shortland and started the walk along Macquarie's Pier and walked out past Nobby's Lighthouse to the end of the harbour break-wall. The weather was overcast and warm; however, when we went out on the harbour wall, a fierce wind kicked up and we got sandblasted for a short distance.
The breeze was a constant companion on our walk and without it, the temperature would have been sweltering. About two hours into the walk, we had quite a bit of ocean spray and high misty fog roll in, but didn't block our views.
|Nobby's Lighthouse and dunes.|
|Looking back at Nobby's Lighthouse from the break-wall.|
|The city of Newcastle from the lighthouse walk.|
|Looking back toward Nobby's Lighthouse.|
|Art deco building at Newcastle Ocean Baths.|
|Huge saltwater pool at the baths with lap lanes at one end.|
The walk followed a beautiful stretch of coastline.
|Bob's happy face.|
|Newcastle Beach and our walkway.|
|Marine Rescue helicopter.|
|The Bogey Hole.|
|"Crown Land" beyond the fence.|
|Cook Hill homes.|
|Strzelecki Scenic Lookout|
(You didn't think I could do a post without a bird or animal, did you?)
|Bar Beach, Dixon Beach and Meriwether Beach.|
|Merewether Ocean Baths.|
From here we turned around and walked 5 km back to our car along the same route. All in all, our walk was about 13 km (7-1/2 miles). With all our stops it took us 4 hours and 20 minutes.
On the way home, the rain started, and the lightning. Tonight, we are having another thunder and lightning show.
We were going to take the train into Sydney tomorrow, but the weather says otherwise. It's supposed to rain with thunderstorms. Thursday will be better weather, so we'll do our Sydney trip on Thursday.
Oh, I don't think I've posted a photo of our replacement Hertz car. It's a Hyundai. We love the sapphire blue color!
Friday, we check out of our timeshare. We're still waiting to hear about our Melbourne timeshare--they haven't found one for us yet. If we don't get the timeshare, we will wing it and drive the coastline from Sydney to Melbourne, staying at motels along the way.
Tomorrow is another day. Let's see what it brings.
Travel Bug out.