In 1915 during World War I, Allied forces landed at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli. It was in this same year that BHP Billiton first established their steel-making
facilities at Newcastle.
The Memorial Walk project has been built as a permanent memorial to these important events; a cliff top walk for Newcastle adjacent to the 1921 dedication
of Memorial Drive in remembrance of World War I.
3859 names of almost 11,000 ‘known’ Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army Nursing
Service and British & Commonwealth forces during the Great war of 1914 – 1918 will be featured.
The Memorial Walk runs parallel to Memorial Drive, complementing the existing Bathers Way walk sections from Nobbys to King Edward Park, Bar Beach to Merewether,
and beyond. For years now the cliff top walk has been closed to the public with the tracks being eroded by the coastal weather.
The Memorial Walk not only provides safe access to one of the most scenic sections of Newcastle's coastal walk but 360 degree views that stretch over the
Pacific Ocean and beyond to the Hunter Valley.
Here are some facts about the project that may be of interest to you.
• Total length of Memorial Walk is 450m and length of the bridge is 160m
• There was 64 tonnes of steel used in the bridge
• There are seven Y columns and two bridge abutments
• Total length of the handrail is 760m
• 3.4km of CFT (Composite Fibre Technology) the blue bars you can see in the structure.
• 525 individual LED lights used
• 23 interpretive signs
The beauty of The Memorial Walk is that anyone can get involved with the structure providing safe access to all to soak up the spectacular views.
Photo credit Bryce Thomas