eBike Tours

Newcastle-Stockton

Newcastle is one of my favourite biking cities. It’s an end-point for the famous Fernleigh Rail Trail  (from Belmont to Adamstown); it has long, wide paths around its beautiful harbour, as well as interesting architecture and history. I loaded my ebike onto an 8am train at Hornsby and after a scenic two-hour trip arrived at Hamilton station, only ten minutes from the city centre.

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Newcastle has an open, attractive harbour-scape, full of colour and lined with cafes. I have toured the city before, so the game plan for this ride was to take the ten-minute ferry ride to Stockton and explore the area.

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You get a better view of Nobby’sLighthouse from the Stockton side of the harbour. After riding east to the end of the Stockton breakwater pier, I tried to stay close to the beachfront going north but huge sand dunes and vegetation blocks most of the views. I found a couple of trails that led to some secluded locations with wonderful views.

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I returned to the bike path on the western edge of Stockton and rode north until I reached the Nelson Bay Bridge, under which you find the Stockton Wetlands. It’s hard to understand why the Bridge does not have a bike path as it would have created a fantastic riding loop.

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Heading south on the return leg to Newcastle, you see the contrast between the redeveloping city-scape and the industrial port skyline in the distance.

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The ferry runs every fifteen minutes, and I was soon re-entering the city. Cruising around the bay towards the beaches is a lovely ride, with; lots to see including classically styled buildings, gardens, and ornamental features.

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As the beachside path rises, the views become more expansive with Newcastle Surf Club looking north and Memorial Park looking south. The Park has historic ruins of cliff -top fortifications and a spectacular viewing walkway that extends over Bar Beach with steps going down to beach level. I wished it had a bike ramp.

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For a medium-lenght ride of 38kms under three hours, this is a safe, scenic, relatively flat ,and thoroughly enjoyable tour.

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