Catherine Hill Bay

January 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Australia, History, Nature, Tourism | 9 Comments
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Today, we went for a coffee. We bought take-aways and took them to Catho – Catherine Hill Bay – beach.  Catho is situated on a strip of land between the Pacific Ocean coast and Lake Macquarie, south of Newcastle, NSW. The village at Catho is still fighting against development that will change the whole aspect of the community.

Catho used to have a coal mine, and a wharf for the colliers, called ’60-milers’,  that collected the coal and carried it up the coast to Newcastle.

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You can still see one of the soal seams that brought the miners to Catho.

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The wharf remains, although rumour has it that it will eventually taken down for safety reasons.

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My husband did contract work for the mine at one stage, and loved working in the office at the end of the wharf. He sometimes saw whales and dolphins swimming under and around the piers.

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Quite a few artefacts of the mining and transport operations remain.

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The beach is a popular place for swimming, snorkelling and surfing, and a tourist attraction.

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An excellent volunteer surf life-saving group ensures the safety of beach-goers.

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Catho beach is a favourite place for us to go – rain or shine. Another of Australia’s beautiful places.

Text and photos (c) Linda Visman 13th December 2013

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  1. Lovely photos of a wonderful spot. Thanks for showing me Catho when we were last down that way. I’d very much like to see it again.

    • I look forward to showing it to you again, Rod – and to your precious girls. Hope it isn’t too long 🙂

  2. Thanks for posting all the photos. The wharf really is wonderful isn’t it. It should not be pulled down!

  3. hope they can restore it and make it an attraction which many people can come to see and enjoy

  4. Terrific photos, Linda. I’ll put Catho Beach on my ‘must-see’ list. I agree it would be a huge shame to see the wharf taken down – we need to preserve our history.

  5. Great photos of an interesting place, Linda 🙂

  6. […] the winter solstice, my husband and I went to one of our favourite places near home – Catherine Hill Bay. But this time, instead of walking around the old jetty and the rocks at the south end of the […]


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