It’s the beginning of the Long Weekend holiday here in Australia and it also seems to be the first Saturday that Patrick and I have been able to spend together since he has been traveling for soccer quite a bit over the past few weeks. Today we decided to start off by doing one of our favorite things that we usually get to do on our weekends together (besides going to a cafe and getting coffee) and that is to drive by all the beaches in Newcastle.
Our drive started out as usual, but when I saw the water sparkling in the most amazing aqua blue with virtually no waves I knew I was going to make Pat park the car. The first place we stopped was at the top of Dixon Beach. It was so beautiful it made me wish I had brought my swimmers with me so that I could go for a swim even if the water was still a bit too cold.
I made Patrick stop and park the car at Merewether Beach so we could get out and enjoy the sun and crystal clear blue water. Merewether Beach is the first of many beaches in Newcastle and is also the start of Bather’s way, a walking path that leads from Merewether Beach all the way to the Newcastle harbour. Merewether Beach is also home to the Merewether Ocean Baths and a couple restaurants and cafe’s including one of my favorites Blue Door (the do really good coffee and its not a bad spot to watch the surfer’s catch some waves!).
I couldn’t resist so when my feet hit the sand the shoes and socks came off and my toes hit the water. Cool and refreshing the water felt great and at this point I was really regretting not having my swim suit with me. I really just wanted to dive in for a nice refreshing swim.
Since I couldn’t swim I decided that we should explore the rock pools and climb out on the rocks. I love looking at the amazing plants and searching for the little animals hiding in the rock pools. I mostly end up seeing starfish, crabs, snails and sometimes small little puffer fish. Unfortunately, today I didn’t find much besides snails.
The rest of the morning consisted of us navigating our way across the rocks to get out to the furthest point. Patrick did this quite easily because he has longer legs, but I may have had to make a few risky leaps from rock to rock, but in the end I made it out there and it was amazing. The ocean was so blue it won’t be a scene I forget anytime soon.
If you are ever visiting Newcastle and you are looking for good food, good coffee, amazing rocks pools or are just interested in a great day at the beach Merewether Beach is the spot for you. Into fitness and would like to incorporate some activity into your holiday? Join the locals and run the stairs at Merewether Beach or start at the beginning of Bather’s way and run (or walk) all the way to the Newcastle foreshore. There is plenty to discover and do at Merewether Beach and it is one of Patrick’s and my favorite places in our lovely hometown of Newcastle.