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Newcastle coastal geotrail


The Newcastle Coastal Geotrail is a unique and interactive experience for visitors, school groups and people living in the area.

Blending science with history, it explores the prominent rock platforms and cliffs of the coastline from Nobbys Beach to Merewether headland, revealing how the amazing geology has influenced natural features and cultural heritage along the coastline.

Go back in time to learn of major volcanic eruptions, river floodplains and swamps that were covered by ancient forests more than 250 million years ago. Hear the story about the opening of the Tasman Sea during the age of the dinosaurs and the changing sea level over the past 100,000 years.

The Newcastle Coastal Geotrail is a collaboration between the Department of Regional NSW’s Geological Survey of NSW, the University of Newcastle and the City of Newcastle.

To find out more about this exciting and educational experience, watch the Newcastle Coastal Geotrail video:

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NSW GeoTours app


Take yourself on the Newcastle Coastal Geotrail tour by downloading the free NSW GeoTours app on your smartphone or tablet (Android and Apple).

Key points of interest on each of the tours have been geo-tagged to pop up when you reach the site.

Newcastle Coastal Geotrail brochure

A brochure including a map of the Newcastle Coastal Geotrail tells the story of how the area was formed and highlights the geology along the way so visitors can identify various rock formations and learn how they came to be formed.

You can download the brochure (PDF, 3.15 MB) or collect a free copy from the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre at 430 Hunter Street or the Department of Regional NSW at 516 High Street, Maitland.


The Newcastle Coastal Geotrail mostly follows Bathers Way and is about 10 kilometres walking one-way. You can also drive to key stops, which are mostly accessible from nearby carparks. Public buses service Nobbys Beach, Merewether Beach and coastal areas in between.

View the virtual geology fieldtrip video

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