Itineraries & Trails

Suggested itineraries - Newcastle

DAY 1

The morning

Arrive in Newcastle after a 2 hour drive from Sydney and take in the harbour view where you can sit for hours watching the activity on the waterfront. Experience a paddle boarding lesson or Newcastle Kayak Tour.

For lunch

Lunch at Newcastle’s newest dining hotspot Honeysuckle (The Landing, The Dockyard, Honeysuckle Hotel or The Squires Maiden, Silo or Sprount).

The afternoon

Take a leisurely walk along Blackbutt Reserve’s nature boardwalk and see a range of Australian animals and have a close encounter with a koala daily at 2pm.

Enjoy an afternoon of history and culture by visiting Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Museum or Newcastle Art Gallery. Take a tunnel tour of Fort Scratchley, the only coastal fort in Australia to have returned fire at an enemy vessel during a time of war, and stay for the 1pm firing of the 6” gun. The Museum has three permanent exhibitions detailing Newcastle’s past and present and the Art Gallery houses the second largest collection in NSW.

For dinner

Take a Newcastle Walking Tour to discover back lanes, heritage buildings and local Newcastle stories. Enjoy an evening cocktail or wine at a variety of eateries and bars along the hip Darby Street in Newcastle.

Stay the night

Relax and spend a night in Newcastle where you can take a harbour cruise and walk back to some accommodation options from the harbour and beachside.

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DAY 2

The morning

Enjoy breakfast with the birds at the internationally recognised Hunter Wetlands Centre.  Explore the 40 hectare Hunter Wetlands on a segway tour.

If you prefer the beach, take the Bathers Walk along the coastline or hire a bike and ride it, past the art deco pavillion and baths.

For lunch

Shop in Darby Street where there are cosy cafes, clothing boutiques, gift shops and more.

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