Experience Newcastle

Man diving into Merewether Baths: Image by Destination NSW

If you’re reading this then chances are you’re considering coming to Newcastle to scratch that Surfest itch, right?

Surfest is BACK! Both international and local chargers are set to launch across Newcastle’s iconic surfing reserve and beaches in Lake Macquarie in March for the 36th time with the junior trials and wildcard events already completed and QS5000 City of Newcastle Pro presented by Burton Automotive running from Tuesday 29th March to Sunday 3rd April.

Surfest will also host the Surfing NSW teams event ‘Her Wave’ on March 28. The women’s surfing initiative is all about supporting and nurturing female surf culture which is open to all abilities and encourages those to connect in our surfing community.

For surfing enthusiasts or those who just love the culture of watching world-class surfing, travelling to, and staying in Newy has it all and more. To park yourself on the sand to watch Surfest is one thing, but to explore Newcastle and its surrounds is truly magical.

Newcastle is booming, and there’s a reason for it. Discover an epic mix of history, street art, live music, food, wine, craft breweries and a plethora of buzzing cafes on Darby Street serving up the perfect blend for your Sunday brunch.

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Friends walking in Newcastle: Image by Destination NSW.

Swimming in Mereweather’s Ocean Baths by day, followed by a couple of perfectly poured Negronis by night, Newcastle’s nightlife scene offers an entire new side to the city that will have you deciding on whether to try a gin making masterclass or take a journey on a bar-hopping itinerary.

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Patrons enjoying drinks at retro-chic bar Coal & Cedar in Newcastle.

If bar hopping isn’t your thing, Newcastle’s Civic Theatre may tempt your cultural intrigue, or stroll along the Carrington Mangrove Boardwalk up and over the hill from Bar Beach where a hidden lookout awaits with a spectacular view over Newcastle beach.

Cruise on the harbour ferry, visit the natural wildlife at Blackbutt wetlands and top it off with the Farmer’s Markets for some delicacies. The scenic pockets of the city will transport you to whatever vibe you’re seeking.

The city of Newcastle, only two hours from Sydney, is an explosion of experiences waiting to be discovered while visiting for Surfest. To plan your visit, head to visitnsw.com.