Newcastle Memorial Walk

 

Newcastle's Memorial Walk is a spectualar coastal walk with a personal connection for thousands of locals. 

The walk was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the commencement of steel making in Newcastle; it acts as a magnificent memorial to the men and women of the Hunter who served their community and their country.

The structure cost $4.5m to build and is a 450 meter long cliff top walkway that links Newcastle’s Strzelecki Lookout to Bar Beach.

Watch a video of the construction and finished product (Courtesy of Enigma)

 

Built with 64 tonnes of stainless steel, the walkway winds its way around the cliff edge and offers unsurpassed views of the coastline, city and up into the Hunter Valley.

The walk features a 160 metre cliff top bridge adorned with steel silhouettes of soldiers inscribed with close to 4,000 family names of almost 11,000 known Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted during World War I. It also links to Council's Bathers Way promenade development, a six kilometre coastal walk linking Newcastle’s beaches and stretching from Merewether Ocean Baths to Nobbys Beach.

Watch a video of ANZAC Day 2015 on the Newcastle Memorial Walk (Courtesy of OOTS)

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Where is there parking available?
There is limited parking at Strzelecki Lookout at the top of the hill. Alternate parking can also be found in King Edward Park and Bar Beach car parks.

Is there wheelchair access?
There is accessible car parking at Strzelecki Lookout and wheelchair access to the lookout at the Trig Station. An accessible path for the full length of the walk was not achievable due to the steep terrain.

Is the walk open at night?
Yes the walk is currently open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The path is lit during the evenings however please be mindful of personal safety. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the walk may be closed due to safety concerns.

How many stairs are there to climb from Memorial Drive?
There are 137 steps in total from Memorial Drive to the viewing platform. These are broken up by intermittent platforms.

Where are the closest amenities?
King Edward Park and Bar Beach Surf Club both have toilet blocks for use during daylight hours.

Can tour groups and schools visit the walk?
Yes, we encourage groups to visit the site however coach parking is not available at Strzelecki Lookout and drop off is required in King Edward Park or Bar Beach. Council will investigate coach access as part of the Bathers Way redevelopment in this area.

Is there any safety signage onsite?
Yes there are signs located at the entry points to the walk outlining appropriate activities and what to do in the event of an emergency. Skateboards, bikes and dogs are not permitted on the walk to ensure users' personal comfort and safety.

How was funding provided for the walk?
The structure is a fantastic example of regional cooperation, its success can be attributed to the combined efforts of the private sector, state and local governments, with BHP Billiton committing $3million and Newcastle Council $1.5million.

How did you collect all of the names for the memorial?
Extensive research was undertaken by a historian who spent hundreds of hours finding the names of all of the families by searching historical records both in Newcastle and in Canberra. All of the soldiers whose names appear on the walk were enlisted in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

Who should I contact if I think my family name should be listed?
Please email weloveourcoast@ncc.nsw.gov.au with the details and Council will arrange for verification and updates if required.

Can I book the walk/lookout for a wedding ceremony or event?
Council is not taking bookings for weddings or events due to limited space and impact on other users. The walk is designed to cater for a broad range of users and should be available for everyone to access.

Who do I contact to report damage to the walk?
Please call Council on 4974 6000 to report any damage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

General enquiries about Newcastle Memorial Walk should be directed to weloveourcoast@ncc.nsw.gov.au