Nobbys Head is a headland located on the southern entrance to Newcastle Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. The headland is situated above the Hunter River and the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean.Originally called Coal Island, and then later Nobbys Island, the Island was connected to the mainland at first by the Macquarie Pier, completed in 1846, 38 years after commencement. The pier was eventually replaced by a breakwater. Sand accumulate along the breakwall to make Nobby's beach, and the sand and plants makes the isthmus appear natural.The rock of the original island has significant tunnelling, which was completed during the 1850s using convict labour, with the aim of destroying the island.Nobbys Head Lighthouse is located on the headland. The lighthouse is the third lighthouse built in New South Wales after the Macquarie Lighthouse in 1818 and the Hornby Lighthouse which was also built in 1858. The lighthouse is included in Newcastle's coat of arms.Location and featuresNobbys Head was first sighted by Europeans on 10 May 1770 by Captain James Cook from the ship Endeavour and was described by Cook as:"A small round rock or Island, laying close under the land, bore South 82 degrees West, distance 3 or 4 Leagues".
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  • We had a lovely walk up to the lighthouse area and viewed it - the security guard was very knowledgeable and told us all about the highlights of Newcastle. He was a credit to tourism Newcastle...  more »
  • We stroll along this breakwater all the way to end & light house, which you could not go up to, but view @ end of walk, beyond light house was very nice.  more »
  • Park at Nobbys beach and walk the breakwall for a lovely 3km walk, and if you are lucky you might see Dophins.  more »
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  • I can't say I was incredibly impressed with with the actual city of Newcastle, but one of the highlights for me was the lovely walk all the way along the coast from Nobby's Point to the outstanding Memorial Walk by Bar beach. The view from The Hill is well worth it, and the walk along from Nobby's Point to The Memorial Walk was definitely a treat for me!
  • Beautiful location. Fun to walk out to the end and look out over the ocean.
  • Beautiful place to walk all the time

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