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. Heritage walking track

    Heritage walking track

    The Heritage walking track begins at the remains of an 1870's stone bridge abutments. This short walk takes you along the original Minmi Back Creek rail embankment to Brown's Colliery No. 2 mine,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Hunter Wetlands Centre

    Hunter Wetlands Centre

    The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a conservation sanctuary, with over 200 wildlife species identified on site. Located on 45 hectares of internationally significant wetlands under the Ramsar agreement,...

  5. Christ Church Cathedral

    Christ Church Cathedral

    Take a tour of Christ Church Cathedral and discover its rich history. A survivor of the Japanese submarine attack of WWII and the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake, Christ Church Cathedral is now a fully...

  6. 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...

  7. Cooks Hill Gallery

    Cooks Hill Gallery

    An exquisite array of unique and collectable paintings, sculptures and ceramic pieces together with works of colonial impressionism and the modern period can be found adorning the walls and exhibit...

  8. Lock-Up Cultural Centre

    Lock-Up Cultural Centre

    Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, the building is constructed in Sydney sandstone and is one of a row of four significant buildings on Hunter Street that reflects the prosperity of early...

  9. 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...

  10. Village Green picnic area

    Village Green picnic area

    Backyard not big enough? Why not use ours. At Village Green picnic area in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, there's plenty of parking, picnic shelters, barbecues and open space in a picturesque...

  11. Minmi Cemetery walk

    Minmi Cemetery walk

    Minmi Cemetery, only a 200m stroll from the park's main carpark, is a charming and fascinating piece of local heritage. Dating from the coal-mining boom of the mid-1800's, it tells its own story of...

  12. 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...

  13. Bogey Hole

    Bogey Hole

    Take a dip in the Bogey Hole, which was cut into ocean rocks by convict labour in 1819. You will realise the convicts amazing achievement when you see the waves crashing into the pool...

  14. Blackbutt Reserve

    Blackbutt Reserve

    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...

  15. Go Karts Go

    Go Karts Go

    Go Karts Go is an amusement park with go karts, a shop and video games. All members of the family, from three to 90 years, can have a fun time. The tracks are fully controlled and supervised with...

  16. Pulse Climbing

    Pulse Climbing

    Pulse Climbing is the Hunter Valley's only dedicated indoor rock climbing centre. They cater to all levels of climber from novice to advanced.

    Their extensive indoor facility at...

  17. TreeTop Adventure Park Newcastle

    TreeTop Adventure Park Newcastle

    TreeTop Adventure Park consists of 96 challenges in the tree tops, where participants slide down flying foxes, move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and enjoy many other exciting activities...

  18. Fort Scratchley Historic Site

    Fort Scratchley Historic Site

    Undoubtedly Newcastle's most spectacular vantage point, Fort Scratchley Historic Site is a unique nationally significant heritage site that has unrivaled panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean,...

  19. Stockton sandspit

    Stockton sandspit

    Just north of Stockton Bridge, just 12km from Newcastle, is a birdwatching haven you have to see to believe. At Stockton sandspit you'll find masses of long-legged shore birds - often hundreds at a...

  20. King Edward Park

    King Edward Park

    King Edward Park was dedicated as a recreation reserve in 1863. Within the grounds was a bowling green and the Obelisk, built as a navigational marker in 1850; the focal point is a Victorian...

  21. Merewether Beach

    Merewether Beach

    Merewether Beach, home of four times World Surfing Champion, Mark Richards and Malibu Surfboard Riding Champion, Martin McMillan. No doubt this is part of the reason that Merewether Beaches...

  22. Newcastle Art Gallery

    Newcastle Art Gallery

    Newcastle Art Gallery houses the most important public art collection in NSW outside Sydney and is considered one of the most substantial in regional Australia. Featuring significant Indigenous and...

  23. Nobbys Beach

    Nobbys Beach

    Newcastle's highest profile beach, with council Lifeguard Services provided Monday to Saturday year round and volunteer members of Nobbys Surf Lifesaving Club provide beach patrols on Sundays...

  24. 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...

  25. Beresfield Golf and FootGolf Course

    Beresfield Golf and FootGolf Course

    Beresfield Golf course offers a casual and social way to play golf and the new sport of FootGolf (soccer on the golf course).
    FootGolf (9 holes) is a fun, faster way to enjoy a golf...

  26. 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...

  27. Glenrock State Conservation Area

    Glenrock State Conservation Area

    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...

  28. Newcastle Golf Club

    Newcastle Golf Club

    Located at the mouth of the Hunter River, two hour's drive from Sydney, Newcastle (formerly known as the Stockton Course) is one of only two courses in NSW given international recognition by the...

  29. Inner City Winemakers

    Inner City Winemakers

    Unique in Australia, Inner City Winemakers is within walking distance of Newcastle's central business district and beautiful working harbour. Here locals and visitors alike can sample the unique...

  30. 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...

  31. Newcastle Beach

    Newcastle Beach

    Newcastle Beach has a reputation for being one of the best surf locations in Australia and is a favoured spot for board riders wishing to catch that perfect wave off Newcastle Point. ...

  32. Newcastle Museum

    Newcastle Museum

    Since opening in the iconic Honeysuckle Railway Workshops in 2011, Newcastle Museum has blossomed with high visitor numbers, an extensive exhibition program and a dynamic range of community events...

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