Brompton: #myunseencity

Want to win one of the cool bikes we get around on? Brompton are running an Instagram competition where you have the chance to win one of three special edition Bromptons. All you have to do is make a 15 second clip of your unseen city and post it on Instagram. Entries close at the end of the month so get in quick. Full details are here.

Newcastle is our hometown so we thought we’d share with you some of the places we love to hang out in our beautiful city. Fitting it into a 15 second Instagram clip is a tall ask as there is so much we have missed out, but hopefully this gives you a little snapshot to wet your appetite.

Here is more info on some of the places we have shared in our clip:

Nobby’s Beach

Pasha Bulka Nobby's Beach

Made famous by the Pasha Bulka, a large bulk carrier ship, that was parked on the beach after it’s captain failed to heed a warning to move out to sea to escape an approaching storm.

Nobby’s Beach has something for everyone. A walk out along the breakwall will give you the best view for watching the big cargo ships coming and going, as well as whale watching when the whales are migrating.

The beach would have to be one of the most popular swimming beaches for families, surfers and kite surfers. All of this just a couple of blocks from the city center!

Newcastle Ocean Baths

If swimming in the surf is not your thing, you can still go to the beach and swim in a pool and know the sharks can’t get you. There are Ocean Baths at Newcastle and Merewether beaches, and they are the best places to swim laps all year round.

Newcastle City

In the 1980’s a severe earthquake did major damage to the city and it never returned to what it once was, business never re-opened and building’s were left in ruins. In recent years the buildings have been re-built and it is becoming a trendy place with boutique shops and some great café’s. Spotted throughout the city are some lovely parks that are a great place for a picnic. On the weekend’s thousand of people will flock to some of these parks, which are the venue for some popular markets.

Blackbutt Reserve

Blackbutt Reserve is a must do in Newcastle. Set in 182 hectares of natural bushland it is a spectacular park to have a picnic surrounded by native animals that you can get up close to and even pat. It’s kind of like going to the zoo without going to the zoo. More info here.

Fernleigh Track

I think one of Newcastle’s best kept secrets is the many cycle tracks throughout the city. Of the many places we have cycled when we have travelled, Newcastle’s cycleways are up there with the best, but for some reason no one really hears about them. The Fernleigh Track would be one of my favorites. The 15km long track follows an old train line and takes you through a range of landscapes from suburbia to dense bush lands. More info here.

Warners Bay, Lake Macquarie

Warners Bay is located on the northern end of Lake Macqurie, Australia’s largest coastal salt water lake, it’s a great spot for wasterskiing, and watersports. Cycle tracks, parklands, and café’s surround much of the lake.

 

What are some of your favorite spots in Newcastle?

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