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.