A definitive guide to our favourite Hunter swimming holes

A weekend at the beach or by the river is the great Aussie summer tradition. Pack up an esky, the umbrella and the all important SPF 50+ and head to the beach. Here in the Hunter we are blessed to be in such close proximity to some of the country’s most spectacular watering holes.

Let’s have a look at some of our favourites:

Merewether Beach

Voted Australia’s “best city beach” in 2018 (sorry Bondi), Merewether beach is a true gem of Newcastle. Boasting a long stretch of patrolled coastline as well as the largest ocean baths in the Southern Hemisphere, Merewether beach has everything to offer for the beach novice, as well as an impressive swell for the surfier types.

Pop into one of the many cafes or ever popular Merewether surfhouse for a bite to eat and a drink afterwards, and you’ve got the perfect summer day out.  

Shoal Bay

Nestled in the ever adored Port Stephen’s region, it’s not hard to tell why this gorgeous inlet is so popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Take a swim in the calm blue waters with minimal swell, and you might be lucky enough to be joined by one of the numerous pods of dolphins that frequent the area.

If watersports are more your type, why not try your hand at stand up paddle boarding or jet skiing, all of which are very popular at the bay.

Tomaree headland to the north east has an excellent walking track for the adventurous types and enjoy a bite to eat after at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area.

Allyn River

If a rainforest setting is more your scene, why not check out one of the many popular swimming holes in the Hunter Region.

Ladies Well in the Chichester State Forest offers visitors the perfect opportunity to enjoy the cool, cascading waters of the Allyn River (and there’s sure to be a very gram worthy picture opportunity or two!). The Allyn River forest rest area offers camping facilities, so you can turn your day trip into a weekender!



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