Attractions in Newcastle
Newcastle is home to many popular surfing beaches, such as Merewether Beach, one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves. Watch surfers ride the waves while relaxing on the sand or join them in the water by booking a surfing lesson at one of the many surf schools.
There are plenty of great swimming spots in Newcastle. Nobbys Beach is a family favourite with year-round lifeguards and BBQ and picnic facilities.
Enjoy a scenic walk along The Bathers Way starting from Nobbys Lighthouse and ending at the Merewether Ocean Baths. Take a dip in the heritage-listed Bogey Hole, an ocean bath carved out of the coastline’s rocks by convict workers as a private swimming hole for the longest-serving commandant of Newcastle. Completed in the early 19th century, the rock pool is considered one of the oldest surviving constructions in the city area.
Newcastle’s city centre presents an eclectic mix of modern and heritage architecture. Delve into Newcastle’s history at the Newcastle Museum, located in the historic Honeysuckle railway workshops. The museum features a wide range of exhibitions including the permanent ‘Story of Newcastle’ display. Explore the tunnels at the Fort Scratchley Historic Site on a guided tour before climbing to the fortress vantage point that offers spectacular panoramic city and ocean views overlooking Nobbys Beach.
The Back Creek picnic area is a popular place for birthday celebrations and family gatherings. There are free gas barbecues, easily accessible picnic tables and a large field that is perfect for a spo...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/blue-gum-hills-regional-park/back-creek-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
Blackbutt Reserve occupies approximately 182 hectares of land, six kilometres from Newcastle city centre. It offers visitors many opportunities to link recreational activities and environmental educat...www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/recreation/blackbutt_reserve
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park provides a delightful day out for Newcastle residents and visitors. In a protected bushland setting, your family and friends can enjoy barbecue areas, play equipment, a ma...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/blue-gum-hills-regional-park
0.75km (one way) - 0 hour - Medium difficulty
Burwood trail has a tranquil forest setting filled with spotted gum, ironbark and white mahogany for horse riders and hikers to enjoy while shari...
The site is considered to be of national heritage significance because it yields information relating to the second oldest city outside Sydney in Australia and the economic and industrial growth of th...
Dixon Park Beach has Council Lifeguard Services provided Monday to Saturday during swimming season and volunteer members of Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club providing beach patrols on Sundays during th...www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/recreation/beaches_and_pools
Located only ten minutes drive from the Newcastle city centre, Glenrock State Conservation Area offers an astounding array of recreational opportunities. Glenrock embraces the last surviving pocket of...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/glenrock-state-conservation-area
2.5km (return) - 1.5 hour (each way) - Easy difficulty
The Heritage walking track begins at the remains of an 1870's stone bridge abutments. This short walk takes you along the original Minmi...