Easter Saturday in Newcastle

After the dramatic lightening last night today it was a bright, sunny but very windy day. We decided to walk along the Harbourside to Newcastle beach.

There are some lovely buildings in this very old town. It was settled very soon after the first settlement in Sydney.

The old railway station
Customs House

Steve was keen to swim in the Ocean Baths. A famous old sandy bottom pool. Unfortunately it is closed. After a lot of controversy it has been decided to renovate the pool and concrete the bottom!

We continued on to the beach. Newcastle has many beautiful beaches and is known for its good surf. I love the steps leading onto the beach. It gives a natural seating area to sit and watch the beach , the surfers 🏄‍♀️ and to catch a little warming sun.

The beach cafe was doing a brisk business in the very chilly breeze. Steve got our coffees and we sat away from others on the steps in the sun. So good.

We walked back up the hill behind the beach. Newcastle has a few good steep hills with wonderful views over the beach and to wards the harbour.

There are some lovely very old buildings including the old hospital.

The hill rose sharply towards a cathedral which we thought was Catholic but turned out to be Anglican. It was cool outside so we went into explore and found a team of volunteers cleaning, getting ready for the Easter celebrations.

I sat and quietly observed and enjoyed the peace while Steve went off to explore. I then heard a voice calling ‘Fran, is that you!’

I looked over to see a lady armed with a broom. It was Janey Smith , the National Chair of ADFAS. I’d just returned from our Sydney Conference ( where I picked up covid) Janey knew to keep her distance and we laughed about the coincidence of meeting in the church. We had planned on meeting for coffee but when I got covid I canceled. Yet here I was ! Almost covid free but definitely keeping away.

I love the tapestry kneeling pads. There must be 300 in the church.

Back to our lovely room at the Crystalbrook for a rest and refresh. This is a very good hotel with a lovely room and a well planned bathroom. What is your favourite hotel ? For amenities and layout?

By now it was lunch time which we were having at an airy outdoor cafe on Darby St There are lots of places to choose from but our friends Brian and Deb Campbell had chosen one for us that had big tables and was away from any other people.

We had a huge catch up. Like Elizabeth and Peter from Crescent Head we met the Campbell’s through their son Richie and our son Rob’s waterpolo career. We sat and cheered their many games together in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane , Beijing & London. Our boys are friends and so are we!

After lunch Steve headed off to more band competition and I headed to the room to rest and read.

Steve enjoyed Canberra City band where he played about 55 years ago!

Steve had a chat to some of the members of the Canberra City band including the conductor. A good reminisce for him. They’ll be inviting him to the bands 150year anniversary in 2025!

A quiet night in our hotel tonight.

4 thoughts on “Easter Saturday in Newcastle

  1. Sounds like an enjoyable little holiday Fran.
    Funny, when you said you had lunch at a cafe in Darby st (was it Goldberg’s by any chance) Julianne lives in Dawson St – one street parallel to Darby. Great older suburb that I think is much like Paddington, only lovely old brick semis and terraces whereas here is weatherboard and tin.
    Make sure you do the Newcastle Memorial Walk in Memorial Drive – stunning ocean views.
    So pleased you have dodged being flattened by Covid.


    • Yes it was Goldberg. I was wondering where Julianne lives. Great area. We’ll do the walk today. It so lovely. Newcastle has changed so much. I’m loving exploring so it good covid hasn’t flattened me. I thought I’d be in the room all the time. But I’m better in the sunshine. I’m definitely staying clear of people though and wearing a mask!


  2. I agree… make sure to visit ths ANZAC Memorial Walk… stunning. No fav hotels I can think of but we had the BEST views where we stayed in Grindelwald and especially Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland… we could see the closest waterfall and right to the tops of the high snowy peaks. Funny story… there was a bathroom with toot and washbasin but couldn’t see a bath or shower. Eventually found the shower cubicle… it was in the main living space and opened right into the loungroom… lol! Also, one albergue on my Camino had the toot paper dispenser OUTSIDE the toilet cubicle! Have fun, Fran, Newcastle is a super spot. Happy Easter. Bx🤩


  3. Sorry to hear you have COVID. Good to hear it is not severe.
    Did I read somewhere that the old Newcastle Hospital has been privatised and turned into Apartments? If so the one that was featured in this article was fantastic.
    Happy Easter. Judy WS


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