Things to do in Newcastle
Australia’s sixth largest city, Newcastle boasts some of Australia’s best beaches. Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park, Merewether and Stockton Beaches are all within 5 km of the city centre. All six beaches are patrolled and offer your family a safe place to swim and relax. Alternatively you can enjoy the protection of our ocean baths.
Newcastle’s spectacular coastline and pristine beaches have been celebrated with the creation of the Bathers Way, a five kilometre coastal walk that starts at Nobbys and finishes at Merewether Beach. Experiencing the remarkable Bathers Way should be a “must” during any visit to Newcastle.
Newcastle is built around a large working harbour, the entrance to which is guarded by Nobbys Lighthouse and Breakwater. The adjacent foreshore area is the perfect place to while away the hours watching the busy harbour traffic.
Large expanses of grassy parklands on the harbour’s edge are perfect for a relaxing family picnic. Mingle with the hundreds of Novocastrians who flock to the foreshore each weekend for recreational activities such as kite flying, roller blading, jogging or bike riding.
If you think just because the suns gone down theres nothing to do, you’re really in the dark. Home to some of the finest entertainment venues on Australia’s east coast, you can catch the very best of live performers from around the country and overseas.
Newcastle offers something for everyone… whether you want to dance to the beats of some of Australia’s best DJ’s, enjoy your favourite food or drink, or find a place where you can simply relax with family and friends.
Use our Walkabout Brochure to take the opportunity to step out, enjoy some fresh air, our spectacular views and explore the surrounds.
Click here for the Newcastle City Centre Map
Visit the official Newcastle Tourism Website
Coast XP Experiences
Ocean Enthusiast Dominic May and his team operate coastal sightseeing, whale watching (Jun - Nov), cruise and event tours departing daily from the Honeysuckle Foreshore showcasing the breathtaking coastline of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie from a brand new custom built vessel.
Tours focus on the marine life which inhabit the coastline, local geology, Aboriginal heritage as well as unique destination landmarks including wrecks, cliffs, islands, sea caves and ships.
Newcastle East Heritage Walk
Sites and surroundings included in the walk are Customs House, the Convict Lumber Yard, Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Ocean Baths and Beach, Christ Church Cathedral and several historic convict-era buildings. The Walk is self-guided and follows a path about 3 kilometers in length. Trace the steps of Newcastle’s 200 year journey and experience the great changes that have occurred since European Settlement during this time.
Click here for more information on the Newcastle East Heritage Walk
ANZAC Memorial Walk
The Memorial Walk runs parallel to Memorial Drive, complementing the existing Bathers Way walk sections from Nobbys to King Edward Park, Bar Beach to Merewether, and beyond. For years now the cliff top walk has been closed to the public with the tracks being eroded by the coastal weather.
The Memorial Walk will not only provide safe access to one of the most scenic sections of Newcastle's coastal walk but 360 degree views that stretch over the Pacific Ocean and beyond to the Hunter Valley.