Civic Cultural Precinct

Where Newcastle’s cultural scene comes alive

The Civic Cultural Precinct features the city’s most prestigious venues, including City Hall and the Art Deco Civic Theatre, both built in the 1920s. On the other side of Civic Park is the Newcastle Art Gallery housing a magnificent collection and attracting an impressive schedule of exhibitions year round. The newest addition to the precinct is Newcastle Museum, with three permanent exhibitions including a Supernova, a hands on science centre for kids.

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Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill in Newcastle – for the young and hip

The lifeblood of Cooks Hill, Darby Street is a local favourite for quirky sidewalk cafes, shops and galleries. The street is buzzing day at night with hipsters hanging out of the many cafes or seeking out the latest street designer wear, alternate music, second-hand books and unique jewellery, gifts and homewares.

The leafy streets branching off Darby Street are also dotted with private art galleries where you have the rare opportunity to meet the artists behind the works.  Darby Street is a must visit destination whilst in Newcastle for fine food and unique local boutiques.

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For a multi-cultural mix and old world treasures

Hamilton was home to Newcastle’s first Italian and Greek arrivals and there is still a strong Mediterranean focus in the dining offerings along Beaumont Street. At the corner of Beaumont Street and Maitland Road is Islington, an area known for fantastic antique and bric a brac shopping.

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The inner city areas of Newcastle West and Islington have a blend of retro music, bric a brac and antique stores, with a range of cool eateries and cafes in  between.

Sort through shelf after shelf of old worldly gadgets and collectibles and pick up a piece of retro clothing or antique jewellery. Take out your treasures over coffee in one of the many quirky cafes and swap stories about your finds. For some you may have to venture outside the city centre for an extra 10 minutes or so it will take you to get there by bus.

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A short ferry ride away from Newcastle is Stockton. Stockton has a rich maritime history and has seen over 100 ships wrecked on its shores, one of which has been incorporated into the ‘Shipwreck Walk’ along Stockton Breakwall. Stockton is also famous for its massive sand dunes, the largest moving coastal sand mass in the southern hemisphere. The sand dunes have formed the background of many films, including the popular Australian ‘Mad Max’ films. It’s also a popular spot for four wheel driving and sand boarding tours.

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The city of Newcastle

Australia’s second oldest city

Newcastle is a region rich with unique history. A walk around the city will show the beaches and history are close by, along with shopping precincts, arts and culture.  The Awabakal and Worimi peoples are recognised and acknowledged as traditional custodians of the land and waters of the Newcastle area. The earliest Aboriginal reference to the naming of Newcastle is Muloobinba (meaning Mu-lu-bin [edible sea fern] -ba [place of]). Following European settlement, Newcastle became a penal station, a coal town, a steel city.  Today, it is NSW’s second largest city and the seventh largest city in Australia with approximately 150,000 residents.

With its sheltered harbour and profusion of natural resources, Newcastle has long been a preferred place for settlement. Located at the mouth of the Hunter River and in the heart of New South Wales’ prosperous Hunter region, it lays claim to an exceptional mix of agriculture, natural attractions and industry. The topography of the area is diverse with sand dunes, wetland areas and coastal national parks complimenting the hustle & bustle of city life.

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The Junction

The Junction – Newcastle’s boutique shopping village

This area is a junction of designer labels, unique jewellery and hip home wares. To satisfy your appetite, The Junction also has a smattering of restaurants and cafes and is a popular spot for breakfast on the weekends for locals after a dip at the nearby Bar Beach or Merewether Ocean Baths.

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