History

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Fascinating heritage attractions

Discover military and maritime history at Fort Scratchley, the only Australian coastal fortification to fire on an enemy naval vessel. Enjoy spectacular ocean views from the fort and beautiful King Edward Park, a reserve since 1863.

  • Newcastle's Famous Tram, Newcastle
  • Fort Scratchley, Newcastle, Charlestown

Explore Newcastle's historical attractions

Rich with architectural heritage and fascinating historical sites, Newcastle is great place to explore colonial, maritime and military history. Among the many intriguing attractions are Australia’s only coastal fortification to fire on an enemy naval vessel and a convict-hewn rock pool.

Join one of the regular tours of Fort Scratchley Historic Site. The guns roared salvoes at a submarine attacking Newcastle in June 1942. In a captivating display of 19th century maritime tradition, Fort Scratchley also fires the 1pm time gun to coincide with the Customs House ball drop.

The Obelisk, Newcastle

A convenient way to visit the major historical attractions is the Newcastle Coastal Explorer, a bus tour that includes King Edward Park, a beautiful park with breathtaking ocean views. On weekdays, you can tour in Newcastle’s Famous Tram, a replica of an original local tram in service in 1923.

The self-guided Newcastle East Heritage Walk takes you past many attractions too, including Christ Church Cathedral. Newcastle Heritage and Ghost Tours explore the convict past on a walking tour. Located below King Edward Park is Bogey Hole, a rock pool carved out by convicts. At the northern end of Newcastle Beach is the art deco pavilion of Newcastle Ocean Baths.

With Newcastle Bicycle Tours, you can pedal to historic locations and listen to local stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Newcastle Museum is well worth a visit too, with a busy calendar of events and exhibitions, including insights into the city's steel industry and a science centre for the kids.

  1. 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 spot of cricket,...

  2. Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

    Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

    Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is a great family day out. Learn about the park's mining heritage on a school excursion, or enjoy a barbecue in peaceful bushland, and then explore the maze, walking tracks or mountain...

  3. 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.The Bogey...

  4. 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 restored masterpiece....

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