This large, attractive park is located in the heart of historic Newcastle East, close to the city's trendy riverside precinct and two of its most popular beaches - Nobby's and Newcastle Beach.
On weekends and public holidays, the Foreshore is a popular spot for families to hang out, with a great adventure playground and plenty of wide open spaces for ballgames. There are also several pathways that are perfect for a leisurely stroll, or for littlies to hone their skills on a bike or scooter. These connect with other paths along the beaches and river, making it easy to access the park from much further afield.
During good weather, a popular spot for both locals and visitors is the Sandhill's Community Garden. Children love this peaceful corner of the Foreshore Park, where they can see, first-hand, how herbs and vegetables are grown. There are regular working bees held there, as well as periodic workshops for those who want to learn more about sustainable gardening.
The Foreshore Park is also a great spot to enjoy a picnic or barbecue. There are plenty of facilities provided to make your visit more pleasant, including picnic tables, electric barbecues and public toilets. If you'd like to hold a function or larger gathering there, its also possible to book the western end of the Carriage Shed, providing a large sheltered area with all the facilities you'd need.
Newcastle's Foreshore Park is easily accessible by both private and public transport. However, since the area gets very busy on weekends and public holidays, I strongly recommend coming by train or bus.
Public buses and shuttle buses from the rail terminus at Hamilton stop close by the park, at the old Newcastle Railway Station. After alighting from the bus, turn left into Watt Street and walk for about two minutes. After passing the historic Custom House Hotel on the opposite side of the street, you'll see Foreshore Park. Cross the road, and you're there.
Newcastle's Foreshore Park is absolutely lovely and you can easily spend a whole day here - especially during spring and autumn when the weather is nice and not too hot. It's a great spot for a family picnic and just minutes from Newcastle's most popular attractions like the beaches and Fort Scratchley.