For those living south of Newcastle or in the city, a great little cycling adventure is to take the ferry to from Queen’s Wharf to Stockton for some riding. It will cost $2-40 each way including your bike, which must be about the cheapest harbour ride going.
There are even the old-style conductors with leather ticket bags, just like there used to be on our buses so long ago.
The close up views of shipping and different aspects of the city that you sometimes see from the ferry can be worth the price of your ticket alone.
Now that the riverside cycle path parallel to Fullerton Street has finally been joined in the middle you can take in the glorious Hunter River sights like commercial fishing boats, huge bulker ships, family groups and boaters enjoying themselves, all with hardly a concern for road traffic.
The path winds mostly through grassy parkland and also has some nice twisting curves through trees at its northern end (toward the high level bridge) that are fun to negotiate.
Even the heavy industry across the water is kind of magic at certain times of the day – dawn, dusk, night, and in different weathers …
The whole area is flat, and easy riding, and the other side of the peninsula is parallel to the beach with good views of Nobbys and the breakwall. The traffic on this ocean side is light (if you stay away from Fullerton Street) and the road is reasonably wide.
The day can be coupled with a ride around the harbour foreshore of Newcastle and it’s hard to think of a more relaxed and interesting city meander.
Happy Cycling …