Nestled in the heart of the Hunter Region is the beach side city of Newcastle. A top ten city in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2011′ guide, and the 2012 winner of the IFEA Event and Festival City Award, Newcastle has a rich history, quirky arts culture and a thriving dining and shopping scene.
There are few cities in the world beyond Newcastle that can say their city centre is surrounded by eight beaches. Merewether, Newcastle, Nobbys, and Bar Beach in particular are popular surfing and fishing locations, and are conveniently located close to the city centre.
Take a moment to watch Newcastle’s bustling port in action. Sharing the harbour with coal ships are freight ships, fishing boats, ferries, yachts, kayaks and private vessels, making for a chaotic but exciting scene.
Newcastle is the ideal place to catch some culture, with a cluster of galleries, restaurants and boutiques along Darby Street, Newcastle East and Cooks Hill.
Must Dos:Bric a brac and antique shopping at some of the city’s Renew Newcastle initiatives
Browse the historic heart of Newcastle for a fine dining experience or visit the many small bars catering for all ages and tastes
Catch some live music in one of the many inner city pubs or sip on a latte in a quirky sidewalk café.
Take a walk through Newcastle’s history at the brand new Newcastle Museum or visit Newcastle’s outstanding Art Gallery all within walking distance of the CBD
Ride the wave of surfing culture that characterises Newcastle and join the locals in the surf or take a dip in our art deco Newcastle Ocean Baths.