Often the place we live, our hometown, gets explored the least. We are too excited about visiting places we haven’t been and forget about what is right at our finger tips! We have lived in the Newcastle Region on and off for 18 years and there is still so many places we haven’t explored. So recently we decided it was time to tick off our hometown bucket list – visit new places and re-visit places we haven’t been to for years!
First on our list, the iconic….
The Bogey Hole is just near the southern end of Newcastle Beach. It has just recently reopened after being closed for over 12 months due to instability of the cliffs in the area.
Back in the early 1800’s, Commandant James Morisset ordered the convicts to construct the now known “Bogey Hole” for his own personal use. It was the first recorded ocean pool on the coast of New South Wales.
The Bogey Hole is a popular spot for swimmers and a great vantage point to watch the ocean as it crashes furiously over the rocks.
The day we visited the waves were spilling well over the side and washing right through the pool. On a calm day it would be a great spot for a refreshing dip with the kids.
The Bogey Hole is accessible from anywhere in King Edward Park with ample parking in the area.
We took a short 250 m walk (down many stairs) from York Drive car park in King Edward Park to reach the Bogey Hole.
The Bogey Hole is one of those locations you could spend hours at, just standing watching the waves crash into the rocks. We saw a pod of dolphins the day we were there too!
The plaque at the entrance of the Bogey Hole reads… “BELOW THIS POINT MAJOR JAMES THOMAS MORRISET MILITARY COMMANDANT IN NEWCASTLE FROM 1819 TO 1822 HAD A HOLE CUT INTO THE ROCKS FOR HIS PERSONAL BATHING PURPOSES. FOR MANY YEARS KNOWN AS THE COMMANDANT’S BATH. IN 1863 THE BOGEY HOLE WAS VESTED IN THE NEWCASTLE BOROUGH COUNCIL FOR PUBLIC USE”.
Once at the bottom there is a set of stairs that lead you straight to the ocean pool. If you are not keen on a dip and just here to take in the views, there is plenty of space to do so.
On days when the swell is big, the waves spill over the rock wall and into the pool in quite a spectacular fashion! There is a fence made from posts and chain on the outer edge of the wall but you do need to exercise caution when swimming here.
The large rocks in the water make for an impressive sight when the waves crash up against them! Lots of ohhhhing and ahhhhing from the kids!!
If you are visiting Newcastle, put the Bogey Hole on your list!