Simply pick up a leaflet or a map and walk around the streetscapes of beautiful Victorian buildings. When you get tired you can hop on Newcastle’s Famous Tram, a replica of the original Newcastle working tram in service in the 1920’s. Stops are outside Newcastle Railway Station on Watt Street and the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wharf Road on weekdays only.
Newcastle Regional Museum gives a good overview of Newcastle’s history as the hub for the region’s mining and steel industry. Variety of exhibitions, including permanent and special ones are of great interest for the visitors. One of these exhibitions is the Supernova hands-on science centre, which is fun for the whole family. Don't forget to book your tickets in advance!
Head north of the city and relax at Stockton Beach. You will find that this long, wide beach with massive dunes is somewhat of a playground. Try thrilling quad-bike tours, slide down the dunes on sand boards or explore the beach on horseback. An exciting experience is awaiting you!
Convict Lumber Yard was once a industrial workplace for prisoners. This museum now houses sculptures and charts that bring back the visitors about hundred years ago and show them what the life as a convict was like but it also gives an insight of the development of the local settlement.
Blackbutt Reserve is located nearby Newcastle. This nature reserve offers amazing walks with a rich opportunity to get close to the typical Australian flora and fauna. The nature reserve is a great option for a family day out and it will be a great entertainment for the kids.
Located west of Newcastle, this region is home to many of Australia’s top wineries, most of which are centred around Polkobin, although Cessnock is the area’s main town. The main attraction here is visiting the wineries and tasting their drinkables, of course. There is no public transport between the wineries in Hunter Valley, so your best bet would be to take a tour. Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours:
Parasail Port Stephens cares for customers seeking for that adrenaline kick. Parasailing tandems will take high flyers soaring up to 100 metres above the water. The ballooning parachute is winched into the air from a speed boat and enables you to see Port Stephens from a rare and fascinating angle. Don't miss this once in a lifetime experience!
One of Newcastle’s most impressive art venues can be found at the corner Laman and Darby Street. Newcastle Art Gallery started as an idea to exhibit some 137 Australian paintings and today hosts about 6100 works of art. The opening in 1977 was celebrated with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II and except the paintings, the architecture of the building itself makes this place worth a visit.
This building is not only an observation tower but also hosts a wharf, a tavern, a brewery as well as a restaurant. Opened by Queen Elisabeth II in 1988, the tower was developed by Joy Cummings, the first women ever to hold the position of Lord Mayor in Newcastle. The building is a good point of orientation in the city and cannot be missed on a city walk.
One of Newcastle’s landmarks is the Christ Church Cathedral. Next to the impressive architecture, interior and art you can visit Newcastle's principal War Memorial and Memorabilia inside. The impressive choir and the pipe organ attract tourists from all communities.
Whybagarba or Nobby’s Island is located outside the Newcastle Harbor and served as a coastal defense station in WW II. The lighthouse on the island is an important landmark as it is included in Newcastle’s coat of arms. You can visit the lighthouse every Sunday from 10.00-16.00, admission is free.
Enjoy the ocean at its best at King Edward Park. The former recreation reserve is a popular place for weddings and holds a bowling green as well as an Obelisk. Families BBQ and picnic here all day long and if you're lucky you can even catch an open air movie on summer nights.
The local craft scene of Newcastle is on its rise and several mini breweries and local shops offer quality beer with refreshing, new tastes. If you don't want to miss even one of them, join the One for the Road-tours through the city. The day trip is much more than a mere pub crawl and includes lunch as well as background information on the local brewing culture.
If you want to experience Newcastle from its most colourful side, join the Street Art Tours. The team of graffiti buffs and spray-paint enthusiasts take you to creative places with a story. While passing oversize art on foot or bike you get background information on artists, insights on techniques and new perspectives on the city’s creative scene.
The Kent Hotel is a traditional and historic pub with a plant-filled beer garden. Here you can also find a great bistro serving high-quality pub meals and they come in big portions too for a good value. Burgers, fish, pasta and succulent meat are some of the yummy dishes to enjoy here. Follow the pub's calendar for the various events which are organized here.
In the heart of the Hunter Valley wine country, Robert prepares and serves traditional country fare with a twist. Ingredients range from fresh oysters, crabs and scallops to quail, duckling, exotic fungi, locally grown vegetables, handmade pastas and risottos, freshly churned ice creams, berries, farmhouse cheeses, home-made breads and pastries.
If you’ve had enough of boring cafes and ordinary diners, visit the creative eatery 5 Sawyers. Surrounded by curious paintings and unusual art you can enjoy craft beer, Hunter wine or a range of cocktails within. On the menu local and seasonal products meet traditional dishes which will warm the hearts of real foodies.
Open six days a week, Cazador is your place for a relaxed evening in a stylish atmosphere. You can step in for breakfast, lunch or dinner and besides the creative menu you can choose from a selection of drinks and cocktails at the bar. If you’re out with friends, take the sharing plates and make sure to try out something new together.
In this upbeat restaurant, simplicity meets creativity. Minimalistic bites are carefully prepared by the chefs and you will find a number of fruity cocktails and drinks that fit your menu. Drop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between and enjoy a burger, salad, seafood or a meat dish.
Do you want to surprise your loved one with a romantic evening by the sea? Then Jonah’s on the beach is your fit. The place dazzles with luxury interior and the breath-taking ocean view will make an evening at Jonah’s unforgettable. Enjoy the large selection of wine and let the friendly staff take care of you while you feast in food like oysters, king prawns, scallops and fish or a meat dish like lamb fillet.
Located near the harbour, this restaurant is well-known among local food-lovers. Not only for the waterfront view but also for the outstanding menu (with seafood and meat dishes) this place is worth a visit. Besides, a great offer of cocktails, a number of well-selected wines and local beers make people linger at Silo until late.
Scotties is a restaurant where the great blue sea and the local tasty food go hand in hand. Located at Newcastle Beach, you get a stunning ocean view, delicious seafood and a maritime atmosphere. You can step in every time of the day and enjoy homemade meals or grab a bite to take away.
This family-run restaurant offers a French dining experience in the middle of Newcastle. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and step in for casual lunch or romantic dinners. The friendly staff will help you select the ideal wine for your dish, all you need to do is to lean back and enjoy the time at Mason.
Located at The Crown & Anchor Hotel, Sprout Dining offers seasonal, modern French Italian food, fine wines by the glass, carefully crafted cocktails and bar food and it is all served in a relaxed ambiance by the attentive staff. Grab a bite with your family or relax with a cocktail in their lounge, the location is a fit for every occasion.
Positioned at the Newcastle waterfront, Scrachleys is a seafood paradise. Next to an amazing view of the harbour you get fish plates, shellfish as well as meat dishes fresh on your table. The place is popular among the local party crowd, so whether you’re planning a relaxing evening with friends or are looking for a starting point for a night on the town, Scratchleys is your fit.
Whether you’re looking for refreshing sushi or enjoy the theater of teppanyaki cooking, Nagisa is a hidden gem for lovers of Asian food. Next to special Japanese beer you get all kinds of exotic dishes. Prepare yourself for hot soup, spicy meat and fruity deserts.
Watch busy King Street while enjoying Mediterranean food on the outdoor terrace of Rustica. Positioned at Shortland Esplanade, this restaurant is the ideal place to pop in for a quick lunch. The stunning interior with crafting of local and foreign artists, attracts local art-lovers and open-minded tourists alike.
When you’re around Foreshore Park, head over to Paymasters for a refreshing lunch or dinner. Try seafood or a meat dish and experience the view of the lovely harbour on a sunny day. Inside the dining rooms you get utmost comfort in modern furniture and design. Note that the place can get crowded in the evenings – a dinner reservation might be a good idea.
Goldbergs Coffee House is a European style cafe and they don´t compromise on quality, which is reflecting on the menu. Here you can enjoy yummy breakfasts, tasty coffees and delicious dinners. Start your day with a Goldbergs' omelletes or cinnamon pancakes with a cup of warm coffee or try some of Chef's favourites for dinner while enjoying the cosy ambiance.
Harry’s pies are world famous and this rolling cafe has quite a remarkable history. This place dates back to the 1930's, and even Frank Sinatra is said to have tried them once. Over the years, the cafe has managed to maintain the freshness and the authentic flavour of its products, which are recognizable for the locals and a pleasant surprise for the visitors from abroad.
The Three Monkeys is a gathering place for the local bohemian intelligentsia who order their coffee by the bowl in the old-fashioned Parisian way. This is a great place for every meal of the day. You can observe the works of local artists on the walls inside and listen to occasional live music and theatre performances.
Snows Patiserie is a great place to reload. The bakery, offers to its customers four different locations in Newcastle and one of them, The Junction is ideally located in the centre of Newcastle. Here you can choose between a large range of cakes, food and other sweet treats.
This cafe is not only a great place to satisfy hunger during daytime, from Thursday to Saturday night it also turns into a lounge and cocktail bar, welcoming the early Newcastle party crowd. Step in at any time of the day and you will find dishes and cocktails for every occasion.
You never know what to expect behind a door but you can be sure that behind this blue door you will find a cosy bakery offering baked goods, desserts and beverages. Here you can enjoy quality products that is healthy for the body. Fruit and nut toast, buttermilk pancakes, salads, aromatic coffee, freshly squeezed juices are all in one place.
As the name of the cafe implies, here you will have the chance to experience authentic Italian flavours. Enjoy some homemade food in a modern interior and friendly atmosphere. The coffee, piadini (Italian flatbread done with pizza dough) and the ricotta cake are among their specialties. Grab your morning coffee or just have some lunch! You will not be disappointed!
One Penny Black cares about your personal comfort, and that’s why a refined and cosy atmosphere is created where you can enjoy your morning coffee. The hot roasted drink is prepared with care and attention, leaving a trail in your hectic everyday life. You might be also tempted by the well-selected seasonal food, pastries and cakes.
Three Bears Kitchen offers a wide choice of culinary delights including healthy breakfast like zucchini and corn fritters or avocado and cherry tomatoes snacks. On the menu, you will also find a varied lunch options and desserts. Pop in if the hunger kicks in or just grab a cup of coffee or a soft drink.
For authentic European baking flavours, in particular the Czech one, head over to Pekárna. As soon as you cross the doorstep, your smile appears on your face. The irresistible scent of homemade pastries and cakes merges with the smell of coffee, creating an emotion and pleasure for the senses. Do not skip the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake!
Madame Mo's is a real paradise for all tea lovers. The huge range of tea from all around Asia as well as dumplings will surprise you pleasantly. The cafe is an appropriate place to relax, socialize and laugh. On Friday you can listen to live performances. Feel the magic of tea at Madame Mo’s.
Bolton Street Panty is a cafe that serves varied food in a cosy ambiance. The menu includes breakfast and lunch choices, as well as hot and cold drinks and fresh cocktails. The place is great for a business meeting or just for having a relaxing break with a cup of delicious coffee.
This is a local establishment frequented by Newcastle’s gay and lesbian community. Located in the Gateway Hotel, the venue features a rotating mix of local and Sydney DJ’s, special events and performers. A venue that includes a nightclub, main bar and bistro. Pop in and dance the night away!
Sydney Junction Hotel, or SJ’s is a well-known local favourite and usually hosts indie rock groups, live bands and from Friday to Sunday DJs are spinning their tunes to get you on the mood. The bar and the dance venue are great options for a night out with your friends.
This well-known city boozer has top 40 hit music upstairs and live bands downstairs. Located in a convenient location, the establishment features extensive menu, including starters, main dishes and desserts. Try to get one of the tables on the outdoor balcony overlooking the busy street.
The attractive location of Silo Lounge Bar, on the Newcastle harbour, offers its guests fantastic views. Some of the draw cards of this trendy bar are its selection of Belgian beers available. The abundance of appetizing dishes, sparkling wines, and sweet desserts complement the menu list. Feel the cosiness and the pleasant atmosphere of the bar regardless of the time you enter it.
Known to the locals as the Del, this great pub with three bars has live entertainment from Wednesday to Sunday. The restaurant, which offers variety of different dishes to suit all tastes, is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Everything here is made from fresh seasonal products. Try the French and the Italian flavours and have one unparalleled delight!
This is the place to go on Sunday nights. The bar is recognizable for its pleasant atmosphere, well-chosen music and quality drinks. The right place for a glass of beer, whiskey, gin or wine. Sit on the front deck overlooking Merewether Beach at sunset and take a locally brewed Bluetongue beer while listening to the live bands playing.
Built in 1885 this building on Scott street was restored and today houses the Grain Store Craft Beer Café. Drop by to get some of the best local brews, grab a bite and take in the upbeat interior design. A total of 21 different crafts is on their menu, so step in and find your favourite.
This bar in the heart of Newcastle offers you plenty of options to spend a cosy evening. You can take in the last rays of evening sun on their outside sitting area, share the latest gossip with your friends at the bar or sit in the comfy dining room to share some tapas or snacks. Don’t forget to ask for the cocktail menu!
A small bar with a great offer, Bar Petite attracts guests who are looking for a place with character. Step in for the great choice of wine and drinks or enjoy live bands on stage. While the regulars frequent this place every day of the week, also foreign visitors and tourists are warmly welcomed by the friendly staff. Relax after work or get some rest after a full day of sightseeing.
This bar is the ideal place to warm up for a night out in Newcastle. Choose from the wide selection of pizza, tapas, light meals or even oysters and watch out for live bands and other events. The cosy atmosphere and reasonable prizes make the Dockyard a must visit for bar-hoppers.
Bands, DJs, Student Parties – you name it. The Argyle House has it all. Attracting a crowd of 20-somethings with hip clothes and an upbeat lifestyle who are looking for a good time. If you want to experience the razzle-dazzle in the Newcastle nightlife – this is the place for you.
Have you tried Australian wine yet? In any case, you should head over to this spectacular wine bar with a passion for grapes. Here you can join a wine tasting, share some fingerfood and discuss taste, colour and bouquet. The place can get crowded so make sure to book a table in advance.
Coal & Cedar breathes the spirit of a 20s speakeasy and is a hidden gem in Newcastle nightlife. Experience the atmosphere of days gone by and enjoy some small bites with your whiskey or beer. From time to time you can even catch live concerts in this small bar. Coal & Cedar is the kind of place you don’t want to miss on your itinerary.
You won’t find any bored faces in Bar 121 as they offer a wide range of entertainment. Next to cool drinks and delicious bites you can play a round of pool, air hockey, a number of arcade games or pull faces in their photo booth. If you’re looking for a quiet night go elsewhere – all you’ll get here is fun and the giggles.
Cafe and bar in one. This entertainment venue is a must see in Newcastle nightlife and features a regular on-stage program as well as a typical pub atmosphere. Ideally positioned on the Newcastle Campus, the place is frequented by students, university staff, locals and tourists alike. Their menu and their great offer of drafts won’t disappoint you.
The Honeysuckle Foreshore project is one of the region’s busiest tourist attractions. On top of the numerous cafes, restaurants and hotels, the complex boasts several antique centres and outlets with a great range of collectables from bygone times. Feel the bustling city life and find something that corresponds to your lifestyle.
Hunter Street offers a combination of shopping, dining and entertainment right in the heart of the city. This is where you will find the David Jones’ Department Store, hundreds of speciality shops, and a great lunch. Hunter Street also has a number of antique outlets to choose from.
At the Newcastle Farmers Markets all visitors can choose from a vast range of locally produced food. Walk around the stalls and look at the variety of natural produce picked from local gardens. Here you can also find arts and crafts, clothes, pottery and fashion accessories.
In the heart of Newcastle you can find one of the most popular shopping centres in the area. Step in to buy something that makes life a little more fun or enjoy a whole day of shopping in the mall and its surroundings. A number of brand stores, office and speciality shops await you here.
The ideal place for alternative fashionistas and rock rebels can be found on Newcastle's Hunter street. The famous Rockshop sells everything from neon hair-dye to sneakers and stocks well-known brands such as Dr. Martens, Thrasher or Santa Cruz. Step in, reinvent yourself – and rock on!
If you want to buy local and natural fashion, head over to the High Tea with Mrs. Woo boutique. The shop opened its doors in 2004 and stands for minimalist, artsy fashion made with organic fabrics. This is the ideal place for eco-conscious fashionistas with a sense of style.
There’s almost nothing you can’t get at Adamstown Lion Market. From second hand bric-a-brac to antiques and a number of markets and food stalls, this place has everything for an exciting shopping stroll. Mind that the place can get quite crowded on sunny days, so make sure to come early.
Over 100 stalls of local designers and craft artists can be found at this charming market in the heart of Newcastle. Drop by to get a unique souvenir and support the local craft scene by purchasing ceramics, knitted clothes or home accessories. You won’t leave here empty handed.
If you’re planning an active vacation with some sports and fresh air, drop by at Paul’s Warehouse and equip yourself with everything you need. Be it running shoes, hiking gear or water sports equipment, the place offers you a wide selection of leisure and sports brands at reasonable prices.
If you’re on the lookout for luxury body products, this market is your fit. Everything you can get here is based on natural and organic ingredients. Next to soaps, oils and beauty products on sale, you can find workshops, body therapy sessions and everything else that supports your well-being. Bring the whole family and enjoy the food stalls and kid's programme.
Whether you’re planning to purchase some new furniture or just enjoy checking out the latest trends in interior design, Darby Street is worth a visit. The boutiques and designer stores will warm the hearts of decoration buffs and home accessory lovers. Rest your feet from a long day of shopping in one of the many cafes nearby and recharge your batteries.
Art Bazaars are regularly held at various places around Newcastle. The events are organised by the Hunter Arts Network, a non-profit community that aims to support local artists and young talents. Next to handcrafted goods, paintings and sculptures there are food and refreshments on offer.
At My Souk Drawer, everything revolves around good taste. Inspired by spice markets around the world, the creative team opened a shop with natural products and unique blends. Here you can get high quality herbs, chili, peppers (and more) for every kind of cuisine. Drop in and spice up your holiday!
Newcastle Airport is located only 25 minutes from the city centre. The airport is serviced by two different bus companies. Port Stephens Coaches run between the airport and the Newcastle train station and the Nelson Bay area. Hunter Valley Buses run between the airport and Maitland, Raymond and Stockton. The two bus companies accept cash payment or Opal cards (not sold at the airport). Port Stephens Coaches +61 02 4982 2940 www.pscoaches.com.au Hunter Valley Buses +61 02 4935 7200 www.cdcbus.com.au Taxis are available 24 hours a day at the taxi rank right outside the terminal. Uber is another alternative.
The public transport network in Newcastle is extensive and provided by Newcastle Buses & Ferries. There are numerous ticket types to choose from. There are timed tickets, Travel passes, Excursion tickets, Concession travel tickets and ferry tickets. Most tickets can be used on both buses and ferries. Tickets can be bought from the bus driver, CityRail, at the stations, and from ticket agents. Note that all ticket types are not available at all outlets.
There are several post offices spread around the town. Newcastle Post Shop: Ground Floor 1 Market Street Newcastle Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 12:30pm Stockton LPO: 29 Mitchell Street Stockton Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm Dangar LPO Post Office: Shop 30 136 Parry Street Newcastle Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm, Sat: 9:00am - 12:00pm Carrington LPO: 97 Young Street Carrington Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm Wickham LPO: 74 Hannell Street Wickham Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:00am - 5:30pm, Saturday: 5:00am - 12:00pm Sunday: 5:30am - 11:00am