If any suburb characterises the seachange, and the transformation of Newcastle, it must be Merewether.
Originally a working class, beachside mining community, Merewether is now arguably the most sought-after suburb in the region.
It is located approximately three kilometres from Newcastle’s CBD and is bordered by pristine beaches, Bar Beach, The Junction, Adamstown and Merewether Heights.
In 1985 Dr James Mitchell applied to purchase around 900 acres of land south of Newcastle, which became known as Burwood Estate.
These days the beachside suburb has a population of nearly 11,000 people and the median house price is just shy of $1 million at $990,000.
Highly regarded schools, proximity to The Junction Shopping Village, cafes, restaurants and bars makes this laid-back suburb popular with a range of people.
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Merewether includes some of Newcastle’s most famous beaches, including Dixon Park beach, Merewether beach and the more isolated Burwood beach, which leads to Glenrock Lagoon.
It also features the iconic Merewether Ocean Baths, the largest ocean baths in the Southern Hemisphere, Merewether Surf Life Saving Club, the Hunter’s oldest lifesaving club, and the Merewether Surfboard Club, the most successful board riders club in Australia.
The suburb is also home to four-time world champion Mark Richards, one of several world-class surfers to have honed their skills at the Merewether break.
Merewether, once serviced by tramways to the city and today by buses, has excellent road connections to all sections of Newcastle.
Its oldest mansion is Hillcrest, originally home to the Merewether family.
- Presented by Mike Flook, Robinson Property