The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Newcastle - Beaches & Surfing
Merewether Beach was declared a National Surfing Reserve in March 2009 at Surfest, one of the world's longest-running surfing festivals. It's where local hero and four-time ASP champion, Mark Richards, sometimes hangs out with up-and-coming surf professionals.
Newcastle Beaches & Surfing
If you enjoy getting out on the water, up in the air or onto a sand dune adventure, Newcastle and surrounds provides plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
Newcastle is home to some amazing beaches within easy reach of the city centre. Nobbys Beach and Bar Beach are great for swimmers, while Newcastle Beach and Merewether Beach attract surfers chasing the perfect wave. Book in for a surfing lesson with iSurf Newcastle or Surfest Surf School, or try stand-up paddle boarding with 2UpSup. Fly high above the waves by kite boarding or kite surfing with Newcastle's Kite School. Go even higher with Airsports on a hang-gliding adventure over Bar Beach. Back on land, the amazing shifting sands of Stockton Beach are just about right for 4WD, sand boarding and quad biking action with Port Stephens 4WD, Sand Dune Adventures or Quad Bike King.
Newcastle Harbour is another adventure playground. Take a leisurely Moonshadow Cruise to explore the harbour or relax over a meal with NOVA Cruises which also operates seasonal whale-watching and river cruises. If you'd like more action, join a guided kayaking tour with Newcastle Kayak Tours or hire your own boat to go fishing.
Surfing is at the cultural heart of Newcastle with a beach to suit all levels of experience. If you're looking for the perfect wave, check out The Stretch, the coastal strip from Merewether Beach to Bar Beach. Surfing hotspots here include Bar Beach reef, The Cliff, and Dixon Park. Nobby's is one of Newcastle's town beaches with a variety of beach breaks for surfers of any ability. The picturesque northern headland has a lighthouse and the beach is patrolled year-round, which makes it a good spot for families and surfers with limited experience.
It's ON! in NSW - Newcastle and Port Stephens
There’s always something going on in Newcastle. The largest surfing festival in Australia, Surfest kicks off in January, where you can see some of the world's top professional surfers compete. In February, Light Up Newcastle takes place, an evening walk around Newcastle’s harbour foreshore to raise money for the Seafarers Centre, as well as Newcastle's Maritime Centre. While you're in town, don’t miss Newcastle’s beaches. Walking distance from the heart of the city, they’re arguably some of the best city beaches in NSW. Australia’s second-oldest city also has a reputation for a thriving arts and music scene (it’s the hometown of Aussie legends Silverchair, for a start), an up-and-coming cafe and dining scene, and it’s just an hour’s drive to Australia’s oldest wine growing region, the Hunter Valley.