Sea change

As the second largest city in NSW, Newcastle is in the midst of a renaissance & fast becoming known for its quirky culture, thriving cafes, restaurants & artisan retail offerings.

Discover shopping, food and art on Darby Street

Just two hours north of Sydney on the north coast of NSW, stay for a holiday or short break as you need a few days to discover Newcastle’s Darby Street.  It is a local favourite for delicious meals, superb coffee and boutique browsing. The street is lined with cosy cafes, galleries, clothing boutiques and quirky gift stores and don’t forget to visit the Newcastle Art Gallery.

Experience the beaches

Newcastle is well known for its spectacular coastline and surfing beaches. Learn to surf, paddle board or kite surf with one of the locals.

Immerse yourself in Newcastle’s history

As the second oldest city in Australia, Newcastle is steeped in history. Explore the Maritime Centre and learn how Newcastle has been shaped into the city it is today at Newcastle Museum. Discover the tunnels beneath Fort Scratchley and learn about the fort’s important role in WWII.

Get up close and personal with Australian animals at Blackbutt Reserve

Featuring bush walking trails, peaceful picnic settings, Blackbutt Reserve is one of Newcastle’s most popular attractions. Entry to the reserve is free and at 2pm every day you can have a close encounter with one of Australia’s best loved native animals, the koala.

Have a drink with a view at Honeysuckle

The newly developed Honeysuckle precinct is one of the best places in Newcastle to sit back and unwind with a drink or meal and watch the passing parade of freight ships, sailing boats, kayaks, fishing boats, tugs and ferries navigate Newcastle’s busy harbour.