ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S BEST-KEPT SECRETS
Situated on the east coast of NSW, Newcastle is surrounded by golden sand beaches, a breathtaking coastline and a beautiful working harbour. The cafes, restaurants and bars, unique architecture and rich history stretch from the city to the suburbs.
Spectacular beaches and coastal scenery, with ocean baths and some of the country’s best surfing spots, are only just the start. Newcastle has museums and art galleries, rich history and architecture to keep the most ardent culture vultures intrigued. Then there’s a dedication to coffee to attract envious glances from Melbourne, a thriving bar and restaurant scene, and on-trend designer shops and artisan markets.
We’ve compiled some of the best Newcastle itineraries around to help you get the most out of your next trip.
Start your day at yet another iconic Novocastrian swim spot, Nobbys Beach, and enjoy the view as the sun rises over the sea.
Did you know: on June 8, 2007, Newcastlemade international headlines when the coal ship Pasha Bulker ran aground on Nobbys Beach during a deadly east coast low. The abstract sculpture, Grounded (pictured), was erected to mark the anniversary.
Instaworthy: sunrise over Nobbys Beach is worth the early start, both for the swim and the photography.
Grab some fish and chips from Scotties, the Kiosk or Scratchleys and share a chip or two with the seagulls.
Afterwards head for the Newcastle Museum at Honeysuckle. Explore the city’s indigenous Awabakal roots to a history forged by convicts, coal and steel. Kids will love the hands-on science centre Supernova and Mininova Gallery.
If you want to get out on the water book a coastal sightseeing or whale watching cruise (June-November) with CoastXP departing from Honeysuckle Foreshore.
Back in Newy take a stroll along the Bathers Way and enjoy an ice cream at the beach (Estabar sells gelato while any of the beach kiosks sell ice creams. An ice cream van also operates from Nobbys Beach carpark most weekends).
*Bar Beach is home to the awesome Empire Skate Park. Watch the cool kids drop into the 3.3m deep golden bowl.
Before heading home make your way to the inner city harbourside suburb of Carrington and enjoy a craft beer and pub meal at the Criterion, book a table at Napoli Centrale in King St for a traditional Italian pizza or head for the Merewether Surf House overlooking the rolling waves – playground for both surfers and dolphins.
You’ve only just scratched the surface so make plans for your next adventure back to Newcastle.
Arrive into Newcastle (or Newy as it is affectionately known). Built on the back of convicts and forged by fire and steel, NSW's second largest city is midway through a mighty metamorphous.
Make your way first to the inner-city suburb of Wickham where on Greenway Street surrounded by street art you’ll find Dark Horse Espresso. Enjoy coffee and friendly banter before popping next door to the House of Lita, a fashion and homewares store that sells beautiful artwork including works by local artist Kiasmin Betina (you can find her works scattered across Newcastle).
Finish the walk when you see the steel silhouettes. No trip to Newcastle is complete without visiting this spectacular 450m walkway, that was built in 2015 to mark the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.
The steel silhouettes of soldiers are inscribed with the family names of almost 11,000 Hunter Valley servicemen and women who enlisted during World War One.