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Bogey Hole

Central Coast & Hunter - NSW



Distance (kms):

0.6 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

30 m

Max. elevation (m):

39 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A short walk down to a beautiful oceanside rockpool  nestled on the dramatic cliffy coastline at the foot of Shepherds Hill.

This heavily trafficked walk starts from the car park for King Edward Park on York Drive in Newcastle.

From the lookout, enjoy views as far north as Port Stephens and to Merewether Beach to the south. Then head down the paved path and steps to the pool.

Located at the foot of Shepherds Hill, in a rock shelf below the sandstone cliffs, the pool is heritage-listed as the earliest known example of a purpose-built ocean swimming pool in Australia. 

It is a popular place on a warm day for locals and visitors alike, who flock to the site for a swim to escape the heat.

Waves can unexpectedly crash over the edge, even during seemingly calm conditions, so it is advised not to proceed past the safety railing. The pool may not be visitable during particularly rough ocean conditions.

The pool has an interesting history, have been hand-cut out of the rock by convicts for the personal use of Major James Morisset in 1819. 

Originally called the 'Commandant's Baths', in relation to Morisset being the longest-serving Commandant of Newcastle, the pool is now referred to as the 'Bogey Hole', deriving from the Dharawal word meaning 'to bathe'.

The park near the lookout is a great place for a picnic.

Track: The walk consists of a paved path followed by steps. It is well-signed and easy to follow. 

Difficulty: The walk is suitable for all fitness levels. Care should be take on the rocks around the pool, which can be slippery. Do not proceed past the safety railing, as rogue waves are dangerous and can wash you into the ocean. The pool is not patrolled by a lifeguard. Young children should be supervised at all times.

Direction: The walk is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came. 

getting there

The walk starts from the car park for King Edward Park on York Drive in Newcastle, 8.5 hours drive south of Brisbane or 2.5 hours drive north-east of Sydney. 

Parking is ample, but the location can become very busy during weekends and holidays.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. It is advised to visit either side of low tide in normal conditions.

The pool may not be visitable during particularly rough ocean conditions if waves are crashing into the area.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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