With a beautiful waterfront, bustling eat streets and a thriving cultural scene, Newcastle is an exciting destination only two hours’ drive north of Sydney. Reserve a table at Subo or Restaurant Mason, two restaurants awarded with hats in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide.
At Honeysuckle Wharf you’ll find restaurants and bars with water views. Beaumont Street, in Hamilton, has a lively pub scene and outdoor cafes. Darby Street in Cooks Hill is an eclectic mix of cafes, boutiques and galleries. The Junction is a popular spot for dining and drinking, too.
For spectacular ocean views and tasty food, head for world-famous Merewether Beach and the Merewether Surfhouse. Browse in the , Wednesday to Saturday, for fresh produce. You can explore the city’s fabulous food scene on a tour with .
Beer lovers will enjoy the FogHorn Brewhouse Brewery Tour, where you’ll learn the secrets of making beer. A great way to experience the beautiful coast is with Newcastle Coastal Explorer on the Newcastle Scenic Pub Tour. One for the Road Tours will take you to Newcastle’s buzzy small bars.
A leisurely drive inland is the Hunter Valley wine region, Australia’s oldest wine region. You can savour fine wines from the region in Newcastle’s restaurants and bars or visit Inner City Winemakers, where you’ll learn more about wine and enjoy tastings at the cellar door.