Newcastle Attractions

Attractions in Newcastle

The seaside city of Newcastle is a great holiday destination with fantastic beaches, heritage ocean baths and a number of attractions steeped in maritime history.

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.

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  1. Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

    Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

    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...

  2. Dixon Park Beach

    Dixon Park Beach

    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...

  3. The Bathers Way

    The Bathers Way

    Stretching from the commanding lighthouse at Nobbys Headland to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock Reserve and the early coal workings at Burwood Beach, Newcastle's Bathers Way is a scenic five...

  4. Back Creek picnic area

    Back Creek picnic area

    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...

  5. Royal Day Spa

    Royal Day Spa

    Royal Day Spa is undoubtedly Newcastle's finest day spa.
    You are invited to experience their Signature Royal Treatment where you'll be dazzled with luscious tropical salmousse...

  6. TreeTop Adventure Park

    TreeTop Adventure Park

    Whether you're a pre-schooler or the company CEO, from the moment you're strapped into the safety harness you'll become an adventurer in the canopy, climbing into the tree tops, whizzing down...

  7. Burwood trail

    Burwood trail

    Burwood trail has a tranquil forest setting filled with spotted gum, ironbark and white mahogany for horse riders and hikers to enjoy while sharing the trail. Situated in Glenrock State...

  8. Newcastle Ocean Baths

    Newcastle Ocean Baths

    With its distinctive and architecturally significant Art Deco pavilion, Newcastle Ocean Baths is one of the city's outstanding historic landmarks and is a popular informal open air studio for...

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