Our five favourite dog walks in Newcastle, NSW
Newcastle, NSW, is a gorgeous coastal city located North of Sydney right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. With plenty of natural beauty and a laid-back, beachy vibe, it’s a great place to own a dog and, of course, work as a dog walker for Pawshake!
If you’re in Newcastle and want to find a new outdoor adventure with your dog, check out our top five favourite walks. From beaches to the city, this mix has a bit of something for every person and pup. And of course, if you can't take your doggo because work is too hectic, be sure to book a Pawshake dog walker.
And whether you walk dogs on Pawshake or walk your own pooch, always pack a supply bag with water, poo bags and some treats. And ALWAYS be careful of the sun and walk your dog during the cooler part of the day if the weather is warm.
1 Horseshoe Beach
This beach is conveniently situated in Newcastle Harbour, and is a leash-free favourite for locals and their pooches. It is usually clean and well protected from the bigger waves that beat down on Nobby’s Beach on the other side of the break wall, and is a great place to watch the dogs frolic - though be warned, it can get busy and there isn't a lot of shade, so avoid the hottest part of the day.
Local tip: allow extra time to walk along the nearby break wall to Nobby’s Head for amazing views of the city and ocean. You might even spot a dolphin, a whale or a coal ship arriving into the harbour.
2 Speers Point Park
This is a perfect place for the whole family with lots of great facilities, including play equipment, barbeques and car parking. The park always well maintained and kept clean and tidy. There is a designated leash-free area for sociable pups, so why not pack a picnic make a day of it with your dog and some friends?
3 Fernleigh Track
The Fernleigh Track is a stretch of shared pathway between Newcastle and Warners Bay. This is a great long walk for those who enjoy exploring historic railway structures, beautiful bushland and a variety of coastal environments.
If you can there on a weekday, so much the better – these tracks can be super busy on a weekend with walkers and cyclists, so be very careful. And beware of snakes in summer!
4 Warners Bay Foreshore
8.9 kilometres of lakeside pathway awaits you and your doggo along the Warners Bay Foreshore - enjoy the views across Lake Macquarie and take a break along the way for a coffee in one of the many cafes along the Warners Bay Esplanade.
Again, be warned that this is a very popular walk for locals so be careful of bikes – and always keep your dog leashed. Weekdays are a great option if you can make it then!
5 King Edward Park
With lush green lawns, garden beds and a beautiful rotunda, it’s hard to believe King Edward Park is located right beside the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the amazing coastal views (you might even spot a whale and her calf swimming past in winter) while your pup burns some energy running up and down the steep grassy hills.
And remember, when you are too pressed for time (let's face it, life can get busy!), simply visit Pawshake to book a friendly dog walker.