Coastal Revitalisation

What is Coastal Revitalisation?

Newcastle's legendary coastline is loved by visitors and locals alike. Part of our vision is the revitalisation of this coastline to provide the spaces and places for people to enjoy the coastal lifestyle while also protecting the natural environment.

Our Coastal Revitalisation Program began in 2010. A centre piece of this program is construction of the Bathers Way, a stairless 6km coastal pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, linking Nobbys Beach in the north to Merewether in the south across a spectacular and undulating stretch of coastline.

The program also delivers many other projects along our coastline between Stockton and Merewether such as:

  • Improved access to the beach and coastal buildings
  • Improved traffic and parking
  • Cliff stabilisation
  • Dune regeneration
  • Water-sensitive urban design initiatives to filter stormwater before it enters the ocean
  • Wayfinding signage and heritage interpretation.

Developing our Coastal Revitalisation program

City of Newcastle started the Coastal Revitalisation program in 2011 through extensive community consultation.

The program is being progressively delivered with projects in various stages of design and construction with many components already completed. As the program has progressed the community and stakeholders have been consulted and kept informed of various projects and provided feedback to design projects.

City of Newcastle Councillors, staff, representatives from other government agencies, stakeholders and community groups also meet to review and endorse major projects in the program.

The key documents guiding the development and implementation of coastal revitalisation are:

Discover more about this priority project by following the links below.

Ocean Baths

The Newcastle and Merewether Ocean Baths are ageing and require substantial upgrades in order to continue providing use and benefit to the community.

The Bathers Way

As the flagship project of the City's Coastal revitalisation program, the Bathers Way will arguably rival Sydney's iconic Bondi to Bronte walk for scenery when completed.

Coastal buildings and facilities

Find more information on different facilities and precinct projects.

Environment and protection projects

Community engagement in 2011 identified Coastal Revitalisation as the second highest priority for the Newcastle community.

Recreation and Reserves

To date, the Coastal Revitalisation program has delivered more than $25million in improvements.