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.
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.