If you haven’t been to Newcastle you need to put it on your list, I promise you won’t regret booking yourself a Healthy Weekend Getaway in Newcastle. And if you happen to be a local then you will agree with me when I say that this city (the second oldest in Australia) is a gem. The city is bursting with great coffee, it’s home to an ever growing population of creatives and entrepreneurs and with it’s natural beauty and beaches it’s one of my favourite places to get outdoors and get active. My number one tip for getting the most out of this city is to think home-grown. Local produce, local artists, local roasters, local business.
Pack your bags for a Healthy Weekend Getaway in Newcastle!
What do you need to take to get the most out of your weekend?
Joggers – you can get around the majority of the city centre on foot if you have good shoes and a good pace!
Beach ware – pack that new swimsuit, grab your beach towel and your widebrim hat and get ready to get comfortable on the sand. Lock in some hours to delve into the novel you’ve been meaning to get to (and of course sun cream!).
Reusable water bottle – keep it eco friendly.
Active wear that can transition to café wear.
Get active in Newcastle!
Run, walk, play
Newcastle is one place that you should definitely get active outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine! It is almost always perfect weather and the entire city centre is bordered by gorgeous beaches. Start your morning with a jog along a beach – there are plenty to choose from. If you are eager for a longer run to start to your day the perfect run route is around 12km. It takes you along the harbour, through the city and all the way along the beautiful border of beaches. If you’ve not run that distance before you could consider trying my 10km running training program. Alternatively, you can always choose to walk or run a smaller section, enjoying the views of either the harbour or the beach.
Splash and Play
If getting wet is more your style there are ample opportunities to do this too. Newcastle has two ocean baths which are both free of charge and open to the public. The first is Newcastle Ocean Baths at the eastern point of the city and the second is Merewether Ocean Baths a bit further south. Both are ready and willing for your instagram feed and both are supplied with great coffee shops.
If you’re a road warrior and searching for some hills warm your legs by starting at Dixon Park Surf Club and get ready to climb your way up Scenic drive, before turning around and coasting down with a view over the ocean. If you’d prefer off road keep making your way up the hill and turn left into Glenrock Reserve for some off road fun!
Find Newcastle’s long flat tracks
But I realise hills aren’t everyone’s favourity thing. You may prefer a ride along the 15km of level ground on Fernleigh track. It’s a purpose built walking/cycle path that follows the old train line from Adamstown to Belmont.
Of course you might just want to get all hot and sweaty indoors – there are stacks of options for this too. Check out The Forum Harbourside, or Balance Health Club Newcastle, which has a marble stair case that takes you up to the third floor of the gym which is ladies only! From here you can look out over the harbour while you work out. Click here for a 20 minute workout routine to get you started.
Nourish your body – Healthy Cafes in Newcastle
When you need to stop for that caffeine hit, Newcastle delivers. There are endless options for quality roasters and providers, it makes it difficult to narrow it down! But my advice – support local businesses!
Darby street is an excellent place to start. At the south end of the street you will find a stylish little café run by two local brothers called ‘Hubro‘. These boys started out by developing their own cold brew. They have now opened their simple and modern café and are working towards creating a co-working space supporting local business start-ups and creatives.
For a healthy lunch that is tasty and instaworthy head to Momo Wholefoods. It’s located in a gorgeous old bank building on the corner of Hunter and Brown street. Their menu is based on ‘fresh, unrefined’ whole foods and they have vegetarian and vegan options to cater for all needs. And yes, they work with local business and agriculture. They source all their ingredients from within a 100km radius (whenever possible) and they make a lot of their products on site, including their ricotta, almond milk and cashew cheese. Make sure you stop here for lunch!
If you are making the most of the coast during your stay then Merewether Surfhouse is the perfect alternative! They serve great coffee and just like Momo, their menu has plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options for you to enjoy with your view of the surf.
Now it’s time to relax and rejuvenate with Newcastle’s best beaches
One of the ways that I keep my life balanced is by taking some time for relaxation, reflection and meditation. Newcastle has some excellent spots for practicing meditation. My favourite spot is at the end of the breakwall at Nobbys Beach. I love to sit on one of the huge concrete blocks facing out to sea. When you’re out there there is nothing and nobody to distract you from the beauty and power of the creation in front of you. It’s a great spot to try some new yoga poses, breathe out and let go of the stress of the work week. If you haven’t tried meditation before you can read some tips to get started here.
Why not enjoy a bit of Newcastle’s culture too?
I often indulge in a bit of culture when I’m away. I often don’t feel too creative myself but I appreciate when others are! Newcastle Art Gallery (also on Darby street) is my pick. They do public tours where you can get educated and pretend you’re a real art critic. I recommend scheduling your trip so you can attend on the last Friday of the month. On these nights you get after-hours access to exhibitions with a pop-up bar and live local music. It’s definitely my kind of art gallery.
The best way to get from A to B.
If you’re using public transport you will need to remember your Opal card. Unfortunately there are no longer any trains that operate in the city centre (they stop at Hamilton). To make up for the inconvenience the council has provided a free bus service in this area. Click here to find all the details.
So what are you waiting for? Time to book your next weekend away!
If you think I’ve missed any great spots in Newcastle I would love to hear your thoughts below too!