Newcastle food, wine and craft beer
Taste Newcastle’s delights, from waterfront bars, cafes and restaurants to bustling eat streets, craft breweries and delicious tours. You can even relax in a beach bar and watch surfers deftly carve up waves at the world-famous Merewether Beach, one of the iconic National Surfing Reserves.
You’ll discover a delicious range of places to eat in NSW’s second-biggest city, which is only two hours’ drive north of Sydney and minutes from Newcastle Airport. Restaurant Mason and Subo are both award-winning restaurants featured in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide.
On the delightful foreshore promenade at both Honeysuckle Wharf and Queens Wharf are various cafes, restaurants and bars. Queens Wharf is where you can take a ferry to Stockton or walk further east along the promenade to the pretty Foreshore Park and the 1858-built Nobbys Head Lighthouse.
A short walk from Honeysuckle Wharf is the Newcastle Museum and the Clarendon Hotel’s art deco bar. Nearby are more cultural attractions, including the Civic Theatre, the City Hall’s murals and the Newcastle Art Gallery’s superb collection.The Olive Tree Market is held monthly in lovely Civic Park.
Bordering Civic Park is Cooks Hill, home to Darby Street’s eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants and cafes. To the west is Hamilton’s lively pub scene and outdoor cafes along Beaumont Street. The Junction, near Dixon Park Beach and Bar Beach, is a popular area for dining and drinking as well.
Just south of The Junction is the Merewether Surfhouse’s terrace bar and restaurant with sweeping views of the famed surfing beach. Or you can soak up the laidback atmosphere from the cafe on the beach promenade. Merewether Beach is popular year-round with surfers chasing the perfect wave.
Newcastle is buzzing with small bars and craft breweries. Novocastrian guides from Newcastle Afoot and One for the Road Tours will take you to the local favourites. Beer lovers can learn the secrets of making beer on the FogHorn Brewhouse Brewery Tour in a converted warehouse near Civic Park.
For wine lovers, Newcastle is a gateway to Australia’s oldest wine region. Day tours such as Tex Tours and Shepherd Bus Tours depart for the nearby Hunter Valley. Or you can enjoy wine tasting a just short walk from the Newcastle Museum at the Inner City Winemakers’ cellar door and winery.