Newcastle City reaches out to the sea on a Peninsula at the mouth of the Hunter River. This distinctive geography creates the only Australian City with a CBD simultaneously on the beach and the harbour waterfront. The long layout of the city centre and its 200 year story has helped create distinctive precincts – all alive with energy.
Newcastle has a vibrant arts scene, a strong youth culture and a proud history. Immerse yourself and find out what makes Novocastrians so proud of their city. Explore and uncover the flavour and allure of the city’s streetscapes and waterfront’s – each with its own feel and character.
The capital of the Hunter Valley, Newcastle is a modern beachside city boasting a spectacular coastline, rich heritage and a sunny climate.
The city possesses some of Australia’s best beaches and these provide ample recreational opportunities. From surfing to beach fishing, meandering along the Bathers Way Coastal Walk, swimming in the fabled Ocean Baths or just catching some rays and enjoying the great view, Newcastle’s beaches offer something for everybody.
Newcastle is built around a large working harbour, at the entrance to which stands Nobby’s Breakwater and Lighthouse -the city’s most prominent landmark.
The adjacent foreshore area is the perfect place to while away the hours watching the busy harbour traffic while enjoying refreshments in one of the many cafes, bars or restaurants.
Art enthusiasts are well catered for with the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery housing one of the most significant collections in the country. The city is also home to a diverse range of commercial galleries; most of which are conveniently located within the Civic Cultural Precinct.
If nature is your forte, nearby Blackbutt Reserve is the perfect setting to explore natural bushland with modern spacious facilities allowing you to get up close and personal with the native wildlife.
Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Newcastle is a city proud of its history and determined to preserve the integrity of its heritage buildings. Must-see heritage sights include the Convict Lumber Yard, Fort Scratchley and the Newcastle Maritime Museum.
Whenever you decide to visit Newcastle, you’re always assured of a warm welcome.
Newcastle doesn’t have much of a reputation among Sydney – they still think of it as a dirty industrial city with little to offer. But the Sydneysiders are wrong. While there is a lot of industry, it’s largely limited to the outskirts of town; the rest of the city has some superb architecture and excellent beaches, and is within easy access of national parks and wineries.
A major distinguishing feature of Newcastle is its thriving arts and music scene, with more working artists per head of the population living here than anywhere else in Australia, and an amazing choice of live home-grown music most nights of the week.
Nearest Airport: Newcastle
- Caravan and Camping
- Eco Tourism
- Food and Wine
- Nature based
- Soft Adventure
- Off Road Driving
- Bird Watching
- Bush Walking
- City Sightseeing
- Horse Riding
- Scenic Flight
- National Park
- Quad Bike Riding
- Hang Gliding
Accommodation In Newcastle
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- Backpackers By The Beach
- Best Western Hotel Novocastrian
- Bimet Lodge
- Crowne Plaza Newcastle
- Fernwood Bed And Breakfast
- Hotel Delany
- Hotel Ibis Newcastle
- Maggies at Newcastle
- Newcastle Beach YHA
- Newcastle Serviced Apartments
- Newcomen B&B
- Quality Hotel Noahs On the Beach
- Terraces For Tourists
- Travelodge Hotel Newcastle
- Wentworth Cottage Serviced Accommodation
Tours In Newcastle
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