Opened in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli, the Newcastle Memorial Walk offers stunning ocean views. A wide set of stairs leads to the top of Shepherds Hill, which overlooks Merewether and Merewether Beach.
At the top of the hill is a lookout, with sweeping views to the south.
Next to the lookout platform is the Shepherds Hill Trig Station, which is well preserved with mast and vanes intact.
The Memorial Walk continues along the edge of the cliff, along a 160-metre-long bridge which was built with 64 tonnes of stainless steel (the walkway also marks the commencement of steel making in Newcastle).
Along this section are steel silhouettes of soldiers and the names of almost 11,000 Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted to serve during World War I.
At the northern end of the walkway is the Strzelecki Lookout, and a small carpark
Getting to the Newcastle Memorial Walk
The walkway starts (or finishes) on Memorial Drive in the south of Newcastle near the end of Bar Beach, and Cliff Drive. There is very limited parking at the Strzelecki Lookout (northern end) and street parking available on Memorial Drive.
Information on the Newcastle Memorial Walk
- City of Newcastle – Newcastle Memorial Walk