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Newcastle Bogey Hole Stabilisation Project

Newcastle Bogey Hole Stage 2 Stabilisation Works

The Newcastle Bogey Hole is a popular swimming and tourist attraction initially constructed by convict labour in about 1820 by order of Commandant Morisset for personal use.

The Bogey Hole, its viewing platform and access track were closed on 20 November 2015 in response to public safety concerns related to cliff instability. The works are guided by a Geotechnical Assessment Report (PDF, 3174.35 KB) that was produced by Cardno Geotechnical Solutions.

The NSW Government committed up to $491,000 to undertake stabilisation and safety works around the Bogey Hole to make the area safe for community use. The stabilisation project was divided into two distinct stages.

Stage one

Stage one works included:

  • Installation of rock bolts to stabilise an overhanging section of cliff
  • Installation of a rock catch fence above the Bogey Hole
  • Installation of a chain link fence around an unstable section of retaining wall
  • Installation of information and warning signs
  • Repair the viewing platform fence
  • Repair of pool ladder
  • Replacement of iron stanchions and chain around the pool

Stage one works were completed by Hunter engineering firm Ground Stabilisation Systems and the Bogey Hole reopened to the public on the 21 December 2016.

Stage two

Stage two remediation works are scheduled to commence in September 2017. Stage 2 works will involve the stabilisation of the eastern retaining wall and the access road it supports. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by late October 2017 with minimal disturbance to the public and without the need to close access to the Bogey Hole. However, there may be changes to pedestrian access during the time.

Stage two works will involve using rock bolts and shotcrete to stabilise the retaining wall, with associated drainage works and fencing. After a public tender process, Ground Stabilisation Systems have been awarded the contract to undertake the works.

For more information download the Newcastle Bogey Hole Stablisation Project fact sheet - September 2017 (PDF, 592.16 KB)