Staying active and safe during COVID-19

Staying active and safe during COVID-19

08 April 2020

The onset of COVID-19 has changed the way we connect with our friends, family and ourselves. We’ve had to get creative to stay connected – video catch-ups, virtual birthday parties and virtual gym classes.  

Staying active is essential for physical and mental health. However if you’re exercising outdoors, you must comply with social distancing rules including keeping least 1.5m from others and only being out with one other person (unless they’re from your own household, that is). 

With these rules in place, now’s the time to exercise closer to home. 

Check out these outdoor exercise options across Newcastle to safely maintain your fitness regime, right on your doorstep. If you don't live close to the areas suggested here, check out a map of your area and find the closest park or path to your house.

1. Newcastle's Western Suburbs

Take a nature walk, go for a run or cycle at Brickworks Park in Wallsend. These former brickworks offer trails that traverse through bushland where you will see old quarry walls and hear birds calling in the trees. Even though the park’s playground is temporarily closed* there is still plenty of space for kids to let off steam.

For those close to Minmi, the Blue Gums Hills Regional Park offers a permanent orienteering course available for runners, walkers and mountain bikers whenever the park is open. Dogs on a leash are allowed, though playground and barbeque facilities are temporarily closed* 

TIP: If you want to let your dog off-leash head for Upper Reserve, Wallsend.    

2. New Lambton, Lambton, Waratah + Jesmond

Leafy Lambton Park is a local’s favourite, with two ovals, wide green spaces and paths for walking, scooting or strolling (the playground is temporarily closed*).

If you want to break into a run, why not follow the perimeter of the park? One lap is approximately 1.8km. Do three laps and you’ve run just over five kilometres! 

Plus dogs on a leash permitted!

3. Adamstown, Adamstown Heights + Kotara

Get in a workout on the Yuelarbah Walking Track, a highlight of Glenrock State Conservation Area.

Setting off from the wheelchair accessible raised boardwalk, the scenic track leads you along Flaggy Creek, through wet gullies and lush coastal rainforest. Along the way you’ll pass trickling waterfalls and cross bubbling creeks before finishing at the secluded Glenrock Beach.  

4. Inner city + Stockton

If you reside in the inner city, Islington Park is a vast, green open space bounded by Throsby Creek to the north, Maitland Road to the west and Maryville to the east. 

Go for a stroll or cycle the paved pathway that skirts Throsby Creek to the harbour foreshore, or set off for a walk across its broad, grassy spaces. The Islington Dog off leash park is located across Throsby Creek in Tighes Hill.  

Over at Stockton, jump on your bike and cycle along the Hunter River to Nelson Bay Rd before circling back to Stockton Break Wall. Alternatively take a stroll along the Shipwreck Walk, an easy 2km walk along the Stockton breakwater. 

*Playgrounds across NSW are closed in line with the Public Health Order issued 30 March 2020*

  • If you’re heading outside be sure and check the latest information regarding beach, playground or other closures 
  • If you don't live close to the areas suggested here, check out a map of your area and find the closest park or path to your house
  • Normal rules apply to council on and off leash dog areas 
  • Remember to stay at least 1.5m from those around you when exercising outdoors
  • If you are running or cycling wait until there is room to overtake walkers, especially those passing each other in opposite directions, so everyone can comply with the 1.5m social distancing