Newcastle awaits: its library, parks, kitesurfing, and more!

Newcastle has been a portcity for over two hundred years. It exports huge amounts of coal, and was oncea leading industrial center. Today its economy is diverse and its arts scene,on the rise. The central city is home to heritage buildings and museums. Thereare miles of superb uncrowded surf beaches on its doorstep, and to the west isthe Hunter Valley, one of Australia's premier wine-growing and gourmet foodregions.

History buffs will enjoygazing at Newcastle's heritage factories and colonial buildings. Check outNewcastle Cathedral for a look at one of its oldest and most significant. Climbthe stairs to the top to get a great view of the city. To learn about theconvict-miners who fist occupied the area, visit the Newcastle Museum. Theconvict heritage of the city may be responsible for the irreverent, fun-lovingattitude of the locals.

Visit the Lock-Up CulturalCentre to explore a 19th-century jail complete with padded cell and exerciseyard. Inside you’ll see exhibitions by local artists. For more art, drop by theNewcastle Gallery. There are some excellent Australian works as well as regularexhibitions.

Spend a few hours by theocean at Foreshore Park. There are playgrounds for kids and also picnic areas.Walk the breakwater and climb Nobby’s Head for excellent views of the city andcoastline. When it’s time to cool off, take a swim at one of the many beaches.Try Nobby’s Beach for calmer surf or Dudley Beach for an uncrowded stretch withgood waves. Visit the Newcastle or Merewether Ocean Baths for a saltwater fixwithout the waves.

Drive 5 miles (8 kilometers)from town to Blackbutt Reserve. It’s a 450-acre (182 hectare) bush reserve with hiking trails ofvarying difficulty, and animal exhibits including wallabies, koalas and nativebirds.

Foodies and wine loversshould take the time to explore the charming towns and grape-growing areas ofthe Hunter Valley. There are dozens of wineries with cellar-door tastings, andplenty of superb local cafés and restaurants serving up gourmet treats to go withthe local wines.

Known for

Family-Friendly, Hunting and Libraries

Top Hotels in Newcastle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Rydges Newcastle (formerly Crowne Plaza Newcastle)
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
$110
per night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,427 reviews)

"A few amenities to buy in your room, eg pick up sticks"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Rydges Newcastle (formerly Crowne Plaza Newcastle)
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The Executive Inn
4.5 out of 5
10 Rugby Road, New Lambton, NSW
$95
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,399 reviews)

"All fine and very convenient being next to Wests Leagues club for food .without having to go outside. Rooms good- particularly happy to see they had an ice machine. In room not much information about the lay- out of the Executive Inn. Staff pleasant and helpful wake up call right on time and early ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

The Executive Inn
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Ibis Budget Newcastle
2.5 out of 5
3-5 Thomas Street, Wallsend, NSW
$42
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
3.6/5Good! (255 reviews)

"Suitable for an overnight stay while on business in the area."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Ibis Budget Newcastle

Popular things to do in Newcastle

Nobbys Head Beach
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Nobbys Head Beach

4.5/5 (6 Ratings)

Overlooked by a 19th-century lighthouse atop a rocky headland, this beach and its long breakwater wall are perfect for sunset strolls and romantic moments.

Merewether Ocean Baths
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Merewether Ocean Baths

5/5 (4 Ratings)

Bring your family to swim laps and enjoy the sun in these two pools filled with saltwater delivered by ocean waves.

Newcastle Museum
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Newcastle Museum

4/5 (1 Rating)

Upload your portrait to the Face Wall, see a 19th-century locomotive and play with fire in the steel manufacturing simulation of this fascinating museum.

Top activities in Newcastle

Worimi Sand Dunes ATV Tour
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Worimi Sand Dunes ATV Tour

$76

Take on the sands of Stockton Beach with an ATV ride that carries you across some of the biggest dunes around. This outing lets you challenge yourself on the high, shifting slopes for an adventure that's both casual and exhilarating.

Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Cheese, Choc & Liquer Tastings
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Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Cheese, Choc & Liquer Tastings

$93

Visit boutique wineries guided by local experts and learn about the wine making process while tasting over 15 different wines. Indulge in local produce and sample gourmet cheeses, chocolate and fudge. Find your favorite and buy some to take home.

Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens
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Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens

$19

Sandboarding, Port Stephens You have to experience sandboarding in Port Stephens. The thrill of sliding down the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes is so much fun! From our meeting point at Birubi beach, you will board our custom built off road vehicles to start your adventure on the short, bouncy ride into the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere.

Encounter Tour
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Encounter Tour

$65

The Encounter Tour is a nature-based CoastXP immersion experience. The tour focuses closely on the annual Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) migration between the months of June and November each year.

Newcastle True Crime Tour
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Newcastle True Crime Tour

$23

Embark on a tour around the oldest and most historic areas of Newcastle whilst learning about the city's dark, often violent past. Retrace the steps of infamous criminals and venture down prominent alleys and nooks, listening to the captivating tales that proves truth is stranger than fiction.

Public Brewery Tour at 2.15pm daily
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Public Brewery Tour at 2.15pm daily

$4

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: MURRAY'S CRAFT BREWING COMPANY, 3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm, New South Wales 2316 Australia The tour begins with a brief history of Murray's Craft Brewing Co while strolling between the hop and grape vines to the brewery.

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