Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by surf beaches that are linked by one great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach via Newcastle and Bar beaches and takes about three hours at a medium pace. It's a great way to get to know Newcastle if you're new to the city.
Perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a rich maritime history, vibrant arts culture, cool bars, acclaimed restaurants and accommodation options aplenty. Few cities are lucky enough to have so many fabulous beaches so close to the city centre;Merewether, Bar, Newcastle and Nobbys Beach are popular surfing and fishing locations. Merewether is also one of Australia's National Surfing Reserves and home to the international Surfest surfing competition held in March each year.
For a walk through Newcastle's past, head to Fort Scratchley Historic Site which is in a commanding position guarding the Hunter River estuary. The historic Bogey Hole at Newcastle Beach is a hand-hewn ocean rock pool carved out of a cliff face by convicts in the 19th century while Merewether Ocean Baths is the largest in the southern hemisphere.
The emerging food scene here is evident in the great restaurants, bars and outdoor cafés around the city. Sip cocktails at one of the many harbourside restaurants or bars at Honeysuckle or head to Beaumont Street in Hamilton to dine at outdoor mediterranean-style cafes. Darby Street, in Cooks Hill, is a bohemian strip with eclectic boutiques, bookshops and cafés just perfect for a late breakfast.
Newcastle's arts scene has always been vibrant - check out the cluster of galleries and boutiques along Darby Street, Newcastle East and Cooks Hill. Enjoy a performance at the beautiful art-deco Civic Theatre and don't miss a visit to Newcastle Art Gallery, one of Australia's leading regional galleries.
Aerial Nobbys, Newcastle
Newcastle Area Baths
Foreshore Bike Riding, Newcastle
Swell Cafe, Newcastle
Queens Wharf, Newcastle
The Brewery on Queens Wharf in Newcastle. Image Newcastle Tourism
Newcastle Marina dining
Seafood and wine served at a restaurant at Newcastle Marina, Hunter. Image Newcastle Tourism
Bar Beach, Newcastle
Family having fun and playing at Bar beach, Newcastle. Image Newcastle Tourism
Newcastle ocean bath
Bogey Hole ocean bath in Newcastle
Whale watching Newcastle
Whale watching at Newcastle harbour. Image Newcastle Council
Bathers Way, Newcastle
Bathers Way in Newcastle with Nobbys beach in background. Image Newcastle Tourism
Merewether ocean baths
Merewether Ocean Baths in Newcastle. Image Newcastle Tourism