Bar Beach is located slightly away from the business district and at the southwestern side of the large NSW city of Newcastle. The city itself is an intriguing mix of industry (massive working port) and tourism. One of the oldest settlements in the county, Newcastle has a great heritage but it’s the beaches that draw the crowds, Bar Beach among them.
Bar Beach got its name because a naturally formed rock pool was named ‘the bar’ and gradually the surrounding s took its name thus ended up as the Bar Beach. For tourists, Bar Beach offers various adventure sports, lush green parks and tennis courts as well as holiday apartments and rentals for a personalized feel and luxurious services.
At Bar Beach, there are various local landmarks significant for being heritage enlisted. The list includes the Empire Park Bowling Club Fence, Reid Park Tennis Clubhouse and Tennis Courts along with Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club.
The Empire Park and Tennis Courts in addition to the Reid Clubhouse are thronged by tourists as they provide perfect recreational facilities especially for the sports lovers. Further improvements and renovation projects are underway to make these areas more appealing in terms of comfort and facilities. The vibrant Empire Park offers rugby league and cricket fixtures along with skate park in its vicinity which offers amusement at its adventurous best. Bar Beach Bowling Club provides a relaxed atmosphere for the holiday makers along with various recreational amenities.
There is particular density of residential units constructed in Art Deco in the suburb too – some of which are converted to holiday rentals.
The beach – of course, the most important aspect – is safe and great for families, and is patrolled regularly by the Surf Club.
The ambiance here conveniently attracts individuals for enjoying their Bar Beach tour at the fullest through picnics, taking evening stroll on the sands, and even becoming a part of the happening nightlife at the bars and pubs around the beach. There are holiday homes and apartment especially designed for providing excellent views of the setting sun, blue skies over the beach and of the splendid ocean.
For shopping and food lovers, trendy Darby Street is not too far off where fine restaurants and boutique stores can be visited for enhancing the enjoyable experience. Another choice for one stop shopping is the Junction’s shopping center and business district also located close to Bar Beach.
Of course, all the other attractions along Newcastle’s beautiful coastline are easily accessible from Bar Beach. There’s a fine selection of beaches as well as The Bar; Merewether, Dixon Park, Newcastle, Nobby’s and Stockton. They all offer something slightly different too. At Dixon Park, there are electric barbeques, so if you fancy ignoring your holiday rental kitchen, grab some fresh seafood and enjoy a cook out. Nobby’s regularly wins ‘cleanest beach’ awards and is beloved by families and those looking for a gentle surf to learn the art of the board. Merewether is home to an annual surfing competition and also, the largest ocean baths complex in the Southern Hemisphere.
Away from the sands there are plenty of walks for those who want a closer communication with nature. The Great North Walk, stretching from Newcastle to Sydney, if done in full, will take you 14 days! Those with a maritime fascination will enjoy the Shipwreck Walk and those looking for scenery and wildlife will find the Fernleigh Track to their taste. If this all sounds too much like hard work, do it by bike – they can be hired in various locations.
Other popular attractions in Newcastle include, the Maritime Centre, the Bogey Hole, Christchurch Cathedral, Foreshore Promenade, The Obelisk and the Convict Lumber Yard. The kids will be happy in the playground at Foreshore Park.
A holiday rental home in Bar Beach is also an excellent base for trips out into the Hunter Valley – a spectacularly scenic wine-growing region.
Mild climatic conditions prevail all over the Newcastle area. The region remains warm almost all of the year with few winter months; weather entirely favorable for tourism throughout and especially for the beach as lots of sun makes the stay more interesting.
The nearest major airport for UK visitors is Kingsford Smith Airport (Sydney International) which is 125km away from Newcastle. If you’re flying in to Newcastle’s own airport from elsewhere in Australia, flights are available from Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Book a hire car at the airport to take you to your holiday rental in Bar Beach and for getting about the wonderful region around Newcastle during your stay.