Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore 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. Merewether Beach is also one of Australia's National Surfing Reserves and home to the international Surfest surfing competition held in February each year.
The emerging food scene in Newcastle is evident in the great restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes 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 cafes just perfect for a late breakfast.
Port Stephens is a 40-minute drive from Newcastle. As well as beautiful waterways, Port Stephens is a great place to see dolphins in the wild and take a whale-watching cruise. Meanwhile, if you fancy a trip to a Hunter Valley vineyards, it's only an hours' drive from Newcastle.
Friday 6 March to
Sunday 8 March 2015
Newcastle Regional Show
The Newcastle Regional Show is the
Gateway to Glenrock community open day
Gateway to Glenrock is a community
Newcastle Writers Festival
Lovers of literature, hungry to tap
Saturday 18 April to
Saturday 18 April
King Street Heritage Festival with Nova Cruises
Celebrate World Heritage Day on Apr
Saturday 18 April to
Sunday 19 April
NewRun - Newcastle's Festival of Running
With a goal to become one of Austra
Saturday 8 November to
Friday 17 April
A-League - Newcastle Jets Home Games
The history of football in the Newc
Sunday 24 May to
Sunday 24 May 2015
Worlds Biggest Car Boot Sale
The World's Biggest Car Boot Sa
Saturday 21 February to
Sunday 10 May 2015
The Making of Midnight Oil Exhibition
The band that inspired a generation
Saturday 7 February to
Saturday 19 December 2015
The Olive Tree Market
The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle
It's ON! in Newcastle
The cosmopolitan city of Newcastle hosts a huge line-up of exciting events in 2015.
See thought-provoking art exhibitions, watch thrilling sporting tournaments and discover local cultural festivals.
Click to view all upcoming Newcastle events.
It's ON! Accommodation Deals from $165
Take advantage of great accommodation deals to experience the range of events in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie.
Choose from lakeside, beachfront or vineyard accommodation starting from just $165 per room per night.
Located within driving distance of each other, you can stay overnight in one city, watch an event in another and dine in a third.
If you enjoy exploring local art galleries and museums, you'll find plenty to experience in Newcastle. Australia's second oldest city has a thriving arts and culture scene that has launched many talented artists, actors, singers, dancers and filmmakers.
A thriving cultural scene and bustling eat streets have helped Newcastle become an exciting regional food destination. The city has four distinctive dining neighbourhoods offering plenty of opportunities for eating out in style.
If you have a passion for wine, then a visit to the nearby Hunter Valley is a must. Home to some of the oldest wine families in Australia, the Hunter Valley produces a range of tempting wines that utilise traditional methods and techniques.
Nobbys Headland. Image by The City of Newcastle.
Newcastle Ocean Bath
Hang gliding over Newcastle Beach
Bike riding along Newcastle Foreshore
Breakfast at Merewether Beach
Queens Wharf Brewery
Seafood lunch at the Marina
Family having fun in the sun at Bar Beach
The Bogey Hole
Whale watching off Newcastle's coastline
Bathers Way Walkers with Bobbys Headland/Beach in the background
Merewther Ocean Bath