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October 16 Newcastle, Australia

October 16 Newcastle, Australia..hop on bus, beautiful cathedral, beaches!

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October 16 Newcastle, Australia

The ship docked in Newcastle at 8:00 AM, in an industrial port. Passengers were shuttled by bus to the city centre, where we were greeted by community volunteers; a nice friendly welcome.

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We purchased a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. The bus is a quaint trolley which tours the city, making 6 stops.

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Nobby’s Beach and Breakwall was the first stop. It is Newcastle’s highest profile beach for family groups and surfers. The breakwall was built in 1856 using convict labour. We strolled along the breakwall, hiked up to the lighthouse for spectacular views of the beach, lighthouse, harbour and the city. We could see whale blow-holes in the distance, as this is a popular whale watching site.

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The second stop was Fort Scratchley. During WWII it was the only Australian Fort to have returned fire on Japanese submarines. There is a Military Museum here and two huge cannons. One of these cannons actually fires 3 times when the cruise ship leaves the city; more on this later.

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Stop 3: Noah’s on the Beach: another beautiful beach, but we didn’t get off here.

Stop 4: Christ Church Cathedral
This Cathedral survived the Japanese submarine attack of WWII and the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake. It is a magnificent cathedral, with splendid architecture. It overlooks the city and the harbour and has many historical relics and memorabilia in museum-like exhibits.

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Stop 5 is a Memorial Walkway spanning 450 meters and built as a memorial to Newcastle men and women who served in WWI.

Stop 6 is the Newcastle Art Gallery, but we didn’t get off here. We rode the trolley back to the city centre and walked around, shopping a little, then headed back to the ship. We got cleaned up and went to a welcome wine & cheese cocktail gathering, hosted by the tour company that is giving us a wine tour in Brisbane. There were about 20 people there and we chatted with them for a while...

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We then popped outside to watch the sail away and the cannons being fired as the ship sailed past Fort Scratchley. The whole city was out to see us off, it was quite amazing!

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We had dinner in the dining room, and then visited the casino for a short while before turning in for the night. Did a little laundry and left it hanging on our deck to dry!

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And that’s a wrap on another great day in Australia! More to come, tomorrow is a sea day...Carol on the go

Posted by carolonthego 21:14 Archived in Australia

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