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Nobbys Head, Newcastle

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Pier / Boardwalk · Scenic Walking Area
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Nobbys Head is a headland located on the southern entrance to Newcastle Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. The headland is situated above the Hunter River and the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean.Originally called Coal Island, and then later Nobbys Island, the Island was connected to the mainland at first by the Macquarie Pier, completed in 1846, 38 years after commencement. The pier was eventually replaced by a breakwater. Sand accumulate along the breakwall to make Nobby's beach, and the sand and plants makes the isthmus appear natural.The rock of the original island has significant tunnelling, which was completed during the 1850s using convict labour, with the aim of destroying the island.Nobbys Head Lighthouse is located on the headland. The lighthouse is the third lighthouse built in New South Wales after the Macquarie Lighthouse in 1818 and the Hornby Lighthouse which was also built in 1858. The lighthouse is included in Newcastle's coat of arms.Location and featuresNobbys Head was first sighted by Europeans on 10 May 1770 by Captain James Cook from the ship Endeavour and was described by Cook as:"A small round rock or Island, laying close under the land, bore South 82 degrees West, distance 3 or 4 Leagues".
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  • On a recent visit to Newcastle we made the walk along Nobbys Head and the breakwall which takes visitors out to the ocean. It can get very windy and quite fierce waves the further out one walks... 
    On a recent visit to Newcastle we made the walk along Nobbys Head and the breakwall which takes visitors out to the ocean. It can get very windy and quite fierce waves the further out one walks...  more »
  • There are very limited things you can do when visit Newcastle and this place is probably the highlight of all the things you can go and see Newcastle 
    There are very limited things you can do when visit Newcastle and this place is probably the highlight of all the things you can go and see Newcastle  more »
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  • Wonderful. So happy this is open now. It's a fabulous walk and to be between the sea and the harbour with a most incredible view back to Newcastle, is wonderful. Also great to be up close to the lighthouse. Be prepared to get wet and its also very windy. 😀
  • Beautiful place for refreshment. Love this place.

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