Newcastle’s dining scene is thriving and known for its diversity. For a casual night out, Habesha is one of the best in the state for Ethiopian, and Antojitos is an iconic Cali-Mexican diner. For takeaway goods: grab baked goods at Uprising, local booze at Vera Wine, or coffee at Good Brother. For something special, try Scotties and Flotilla for modern Australian or Subo for a fine-dining experience.
While Newcastle and Merewether are the city’s most famous beaches, there are many more great surf spots to explore. Stockton is known for being a quieter spot to paddle, and the long stretch of sands at Birubi also bring in consistent waves. Relax at the historic Merewether Ocean Baths or stroll the Newcastle Memorial Walk along the coast. Ramp up the action with quad bikes and sandboarding at nearby Port Stephens, or Sky Diving Australia.
Take the crew to Blackbutt Reserve to find easy walking trails among its 182 hectares of pristine bushland, plus Australian wildlife exhibits. If your kids are keen explorers, test their mettle at the TreeTops Adventure Newcastle, with rope adventures and ziplines in forest canopies.