Newcastle

Top Things To Do

Civic Precinct

In the heart of Newcastle the Civic Precinct comprises many of the region’s major cultural venues. Wowing audiences for more than 80 years the Civic Theatre hosts a wide range of live performances and events. The historically significant theatre adjoins Wheeler Place, which is utilised for major outdoor events. Adjacent is the stunning architecture of Newcastle City Hall, also built in Henry Eli White’s famed ‘Spanish Baroque’ style of the 1920s. See website for specific dates and admission prices.

Contact details

Phone:(02) 4974 2165
Address:Civic Precinct, 375 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300, Australia
Email:majorvenues@ncc.nsw.gov.au
Website:http://www.civicprecinctnewcastle.com.au/
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Fort Scratchley Historic Site

Fort Scratchley Historic Site, with its commanding position guarding the Hunter River Estuary, is undoubtedly Newcastle’s most spectacular vantage point and is worth the visit for the view alone. Overlooking Nobbys Beach and lighthouse, the Fortress boasts panoramic ocean, coastline, harbour and city views. The site has seen a wide range of human activities over the centuries. A guided tour brings the fascinating history of this national treasure to life.

Contact details

Phone:02 4974 5033
Address:Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Nobbys Road, Newcastle East, NSW, 2300, Australia
Email:subllen@ncc.nsw.gov.au
Website:www.fortscratchley.com.au
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Glenrock State Conservation Area

This coastal strip, bounded by the suburbs of Merewether and Dudley, protects the last remnant of coastal rainforest in the Newcastle region. Swim, surf or fish at Dudley or Burwood Beach (both unpatrolled), explore cycling trails, picnic at Dudley Beach, or walk the Yuelerbah Track, part of the Great North Walk.  Join a guide for a new experience on one of our Discovery Tours. A hang gliding pad is available at Hickson Street. Baileys Cottage offers comfortable holiday accommodation.

Contact details

Phone:(02) 4946 4100
Address:Glenrock State Conservation Area, Burwood Road, Newcastle, NSW,
Email:central.coast@environment.nsw.gov.au
Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/glenrock-state-conservation-area
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Hunter Regional Botanic Gardens

Stop and enjoy the cafe for casual dining before a walk around the gardens to revive.  A must see for those travelling along the Pacific Highway.  There is plenty for garden visitors to see and do from a casual stroll through the native themed gardens to a hike through natural bushland where you can spot wildlife, native birds and wetlands. Plant sales available too.  Open 9.00 till 4.00am except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Contact details

Phone:(02) 4987 1655
Address:Hunter Regional Botanical Gardens, 2100 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae,
Email:admin@huntergardens.org.au
Website:www.huntergardens.org.au
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Merewether Beach

Whilst in the Newcastle, see what the coast has to offer at Merewether Beach. It is a national surfing reserve and includes the Merewether Ocean Baths, the historic Fort Scratchley is not far and has panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, north of Nobbys Lighthouse headland and the harbour. Home to the annual International Surfest competition, it’s a favourite among surfers due to its challenging surf conditions. Four times world champion surfer Mark Richards learnt to surf here at age five, and can often be seen catching a wave or relaxing on the beach with his family. Ride the wave of surfing culture that characterises Newcastle and join the locals and take a dip in the nearby art deco Newcastle Ocean Bath.

Contact details

Address:Merewether Beach, Newcastle, NSW,
Website:www.visitnewcastle.com.au
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Moonshadow Cruises

Moonshadow Cruises is a family owned and operated business running specialised cruises in Newcastle Harbour including Sights & Sounds, dinner & lunch cruises. We operate 5 vessels and offer a range of memorable cruising experiences around Newcastle Harbour and Port Stephens and cater for a diverse range of clientele.

Contact details

Phone:(02) 4984 9388
Address:Moonshadow Cruises, Dock F, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Wickham, NSW,
Email:info@moonshadow.com.au
Website:www.moonshadow.com.au
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Nova Cruises

Discover Newcastle and the Hunter aboard a range of cruises on offer from NOVA Cruises. With two vessels to choose from you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a cruise that suits you best. We specialise in harbour and river cruises to the historic shipping port of Morpeth and the Junction Inn at Raymond Terrace for lunch on the rivers edge. Lunch and dinner cruises available weekly and from May-Nov witness the amazing experience of spotting a humpback whale on their yearly migration. Private charters and functions can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

Contact details

Phone:0400 381 787
Address:Nova Cruises, 5 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, NSW,
Email:info@novacruises.com.au
Website:www.novacruises.com.au
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Renew Newcastle

Constantly evolving and changing within the central business district, Renew Newcastle is living demonstration of the vibrant DIY art culture of Newcastle. The project aims to fill the vacant buildings in the centre of Newcastle with art and culture.  Pop up artists, cultural projects and community groups use and maintain the empty buildings until they are redeveloped – there’s cafes, art galleries, shops, workshops and design studios.  As projects pop-up and down, it’s best to check the website for details and maps.

Contact details

Address:Renew Newcastle, 3 Morgan St, Newcastle, NSW, 2300, Australia
Email:hello@renewnewcastle.org
Website:www.renewnewcastle.org
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Stockton Beach

Stockton Beach is a short ferry ride away from Newcastle and offers sweeping views across the Stockton Bight to Port Stephens. With the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, Stockton Beach is a popular spot for sand board riding and 4WD tours. The nearby Shipwreck walk along Stockton Break-wall features a number of shipwrecks dating back as far as 1928. Among the sand dunes is the famous Tin City, built as a base for shipwrecked sailors. The Tin City was also used to shoot a number of scenes in the 1979 movie Mad Max.

Contact details

Phone:1800 654 558
Address:Stockton Beach, Off Mitchell Street, Stockton, NSW,
Email:tourism@ncc.nsw.gov.au
Website:www.visitnewcastle.com.au
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The Lock-Up Cultural Centre

The Lock-Up Cultural Centre is housed within one of Newcastle’s most architecturally significant buildings, formerly the city’s police station from 1861-1982. The centre now houses the John Paynter Gallery, an artist in residence program, the city’s police museum including heritage holding cells, The Hunter Writers Centre and a program of various workshops and exhibitions. The buildings themselves are constructed of Sydney Sandstone and are listed in the NSW Heritage Register. Open Wednesday to Sunday – free admission.

Contact details

Phone:(02) 4925 2265
Address:The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300, Australia
Email:info@thelockup.info
Website:http://www.thelockup.info/about/
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Newcastle Museum

Contact details

Phone:(02) 4974 1412
Address:Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Newcastle, NSW,
Email:enquiries@newcastlemuseum.com.au
Website:www.newcastlemuseum.com.au
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TreeTops Newcastle

Contact details

Phone:(02) 4026 7617
Address:Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, Minmi Road, Minmi, NSW,
Email:newcastle@treetops.com.au
Website:www.treetops.com.au
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