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SUSAN GILMORE BEACH: THE GUIDE
REGION: Newcastle & Hunter.
ACCESSIBILITY: Private car & public transport.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer.
LOCATION: 2km 0:04 from Newcastle* | 157km or 2:20 From Sydney CBD* Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 5 minutes from street or secure parking.
TIME REQUIRED: 1-2+ hours.
TOURIST RATING: Popular local, doggo beach | 6/10
*Times are approximate and depend on traffic
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SUSAN GILMORE BEACH: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha.
I don’t know who Susan is, but she must have been some lady to have one of the best beaches in Newcastle named after her. And I sincerely mean that. It’s one of the best beaches I’ve visited in years and Ive visited quite a few.
First of all, secret local entrance. At the north end of Bar Beach car park, right on top of the hill you’ll find an inconspicuous entrance point. You’ll have to duck the fence follow a steep walkway that looks like it may have been the old path prior to eroding down the cliffside. But don’t worry, it’s super safe and stable… I think. And if this climb doesn’t sound like something your willing to do then you can also get to Susan Gilmore via Bar Beach walking along the rocks.
It’s a doggo beach, and although we’re cat people this beach is definitely more our style as opposed to the family friendly Caves and Naru beaches. BTW I’d love one day to have a beach cat. The general age of sun chases here were 20-30yrs. People were hanging out either in pairs or small groups which meant the overall vibes were peaceful.
The day was hot and we were keen to cool off. As we were walking in we saw a small pod of dolphins about 25 meters just off shore. It was so incredible to think that in these very same waters these majestic mammals are frolicking about. Everyone in the water stared out in amazement probably hoping (as I was), that they would come in closer and swim within the waves with us. They didn’t, but I was still happy with the short glimpse we got.
After reapplying the sunblock we headed north along the rocks to further explore the shoreline. As we came around the corner we saw a topless lady bathing in a tiny tidal pool for 1. We let her have her space and continued around until we found another pocket of paradise. North Gilmore Cove.
The waves were erratic bouncing off the rocks on either side of this narrow nook but just behind out of the cove they barrelled perfectly. They crashed into the somewhat deep waters which is always a plus because it means you don’t sand in places it doesn’t belong. Zade was keen to get in which was very surprising because her confidence in east coast beaches has increased so much in such a short time.
The experience was exhilarating. Each wave barrelled in and crashed just behind us. We left the decision to go over or under to the very last second and had to dive so low to get under them we were almost exfoliating our stomachs. We also had to be aware of the guys surfing and the people cliff jumping…. It was all happening and I absolutely loved it. Zade ended up getting washed up in a big one and then caught by the following set but I was super proud of her efforts and hope that it doesn’t discourage her because Id love nothing more than to be able to actually surf the same wave, together.
I’l definitely be recommending Suzy to everyone I know, especially those that are partial to cliff jumps.
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