The Bogey Hole – Not a tree but another Newcastle icon


Did you see the front page of The Herald on Christmas Eve? Jacqui Jones had a story about the proposal to ‘revitalise’ our coastline by, among other things, closing the Bogey Hole.

I was unaware that our coastline needed revitalising.







‘The popular swimming hole is said to be dangerous and it is believed authorities would be unwilling to spend money on repairs with no prospect of a financial return.’

Jacqui Jones, The Herald 24 12 2009


Closure of the Bogey Hole was discussed on Local ABC radio in August this year and their website quotes the Crown Lands General Manager Graham Harding as saying it is the most dangerous place to swim on the Eastern seaboard!

I can’t imagine where he gets his figures. If anyone can enlighten me I would be grateful. The danger he speaks of is not reflected in an online history of the Bogey Hole at


I grew up here and swam there regularly as a child and always felt perfectly safe. The steps get slippery these days which is not something I remember from childhood, although there was apparently a toxic practice that used to stop this from happening that we wouldn’t use these days. A caller to ABC Radio said his job was to put copper sulphate crystals on the steps and he hated doing it.

 Preventing public access is such a clumsy way of managing the safety of swimmers who use it.Obviously, safety isn’t the issue at all.

This is not a Council matter, it’s the State Government who manage this asset.

Looks pretty vital  from where I stand.                                                       Home


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3 Responses to “The Bogey Hole – Not a tree but another Newcastle icon”

  1. Bernadette Says:

    Well said Caity, so much of our communal public spaces along the coast are being alienated from public use that we are in danger of creating economic apartheid and exclusivity where only those who can afford to pay can have access to the coast. See my blog:

  2. rachael Says:

    they can ‘close’ the bogey hole, all they like, people are still going to swim there!!!!! regardless if the council or govt are responsible for it, Newcastle council reaps millions of dollars through parking fines yearly and what do they do with the money??? i can’t see any improvements in Newcastle that show where they’ve spent the money. How about they spend some money on the Bogey Hole, Civic Park and our other natural and manmade icons that make Newcastle beautiful and unique! Instead of closing these to the public and cutting down our beautiful trees and then wonder why no one comes into the city. These people are LAZY and SELFISH!

  3. Andrew Foggo Says:

    This is madness!!

    I grew up swimming at the bogey hole – yes, sometimes it was a little dicey, but far safer than rock fishing 50m to the north, yet THAT is still legal.
    Driving a car is statistically more dangerous…..can we still do that? of course.

    Councils DO have a certain responsibility regarding the safety of the public, but blanket bans on certain recreation activities seems like an imposition on our personal freedom.
    What next? banning hang-gliding? swimming in the ocean (it’s full of sharks, you know…)? Surfing?

    Risk taking is a part of many recreational activities (many rely on the perception of risk or danger), and sometimes accidents just happen – no-one needs to get sued, people ALSO need to take responsibility for their actions.

    sorry this is a bit disjointed – i guess my main point is that prohibition is not an effective form of management.

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