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Newcastle Attractions

Between the breaks of the Tasman Sea and the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, this miniature metropolis combines Victorian charm with beautiful vistas to make the perfect gateway to the sights of New South Wales. If you’re in the mood for iconic wines and craft beer, snorkeling with wild dolphins, or treetop adventures and hot-air balloons, the choice of things to do in Newcastle shows off the wealth of options in the rolling countryside, wide coast, and open sky around you.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Newcastle


A more rustic alternative to Newcastle’s main commercial district, this neighborhood near the city’s geographic center offers an array of little shops and a multicultural mood. 19th-century townhouses share the streets with brick storefronts and dining that ranges from kebabs and Italian bistros to dumpling shops.

The Hill

A suburban-style area just south of central Newcastle, The Hill hosts some of the city’s finest Victorian homes and scenic views that stretch out to Stockton Beach. Home to both the iconic Christ Church Cathedral and a convict burial ground, the neighborhood has a lot of history behind its upscale feel.


Separated from the rest of Newcastle by the Hunter River, Stockton is famous for its sand, surfing, and shipwrecks. Surrounded by water on three sides, the neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city and has a distinct country vibe, complete with migratory birds who visit the marshes on the peninsula’s inland side.

What to See in Newcastle

The most scenic way to see the coast is with a visit to the Newcastle Memorial Walk, which runs along the breaking waves of the city’s southeastern shore. Stop for a swim in the sheltered saltwater pools of the Merewether Ocean Baths or check out the fortifications at Fort Scratchley to see how the sea helped to define local life, or take a longer view with a look at the artifacts at the Newcastle Museum.

Sightseeing in Newcastle

If you’re in the mood to get out into the country, the wilderness course at TreeTops Newcastle Adventure Park lets you get a feel for the Australian bushland of the Blue Gum Hills. A visit to Pokolbin gives you a chance to check out the gentle hills of the Hunter Region from the air, either with a quick spin in a helicopter or with the timeless grace of a hot-air balloon. You can head up north to the Irukandji Aquarium for some time with the sharks and stingrays. For an introduction to some of the Hunter Valley’s best, you can head out for a winetasting tour or stay around town for a taste of Newcastle’s great craft beer.

Things to Do in Newcastle with Kids

There's fun for the entire family no matter where you go in Newcastle. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can try together that will make your trip a blast:

Free Things to Do in Newcastle

Traveling on a shoestring budget in Newcastle? Spend time instead of cash on terrific experiences.

Maritime Centre - Crammed with displays and artifacts, this gallery is heaven for minds that burn with curiosity.

Newcastle International Hockey Centre - Loads of fun is in store for you at this great place.

University of Newcastle - Architecture enthusiast or not, you're certain to be wowed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Fort Scratchley - If you plan to explore the area's history through its landmarks, add this one to your travel itinerary.

Christ Church Cathedral - Inject a little spirituality into your getaway by paying a visit to this holy site.

Newcastle Beach - Breathe in the fresh, salty air and watch the waves roll in at this coastal spot.

Stockton Sandspit - Slip away from the concrete jungle and get in touch with nature at this inspiring landscape.

Foreshore Park - Revitalize your mind and body by spending some time in nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Newcastle

Warners Bay

Lake views and restaurants are notable features of Warners Bay. You might consider a stop by Hunter Ice Skating Stadium while you're exploring the neighborhood.

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Caves Beach

You might appreciate the beaches and restaurants in Caves Beach, and if you're interested in seeing more of the area, Lake Macquarie and Blacksmiths Beach are just a few notable stops.

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Unique features of Belmont include the lake views and shopping. Make a stop by Lake Macquarie or Blacksmiths Beach while you're exploring the area.



Though Swansea might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Lake Macquarie and Blacksmiths Beach.


Unique features of Merewether include the beaches and bars. Make a stop by Merewether Ocean Baths or Merewether Beach while you're exploring the area.

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Lake views, cafés, and shopping highlight some of the notable features of Toronto. Make a stop by Lake Macquarie while you're exploring.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Newcastle on a sunny day?

If you're chasing some fun under the sun, you can't miss these outdoor activities:

What to do in Newcastle on a rainy day?

If it's bucketing down during your visit, ditch the umbrella and dive into a few of these excellent indoor activities:

Are there cheap things to do in Newcastle?

If you're traveling on a tight budget, add the following affordable tours and activities to your itinerary:

What can you do in Newcastle for free?

Your vacation in Newcastle needn't cost a bundle with free things like these to explore:

  • Newcastle Beach
  • University of Newcastle
  • Charlestown Square
  • Nobbys Head Beach