Discover Newcastle

Newcastle is a lively city that has an abundance of activities and sights for you to discover and experience.

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Here is a small selection of what you can do during your time in Newcastle. For more detail on things to do in Newcastle or on sights and activities around the city please click on the below links, or see the Visit Newcastle website for more information.


Immerse yourself in nature

Set off on your own Newcastle adventure and experience one of Australia’s most picturesque destinations. Wander the scenic winding walking trails, get up close to native wildlife, and take in pristine rainforests and misty waterfalls as you go. Choose from a variety of trails or head to the tree tops for a family fun day out.

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discover underwater ecosystems

If you have ever wanted to swim alongside wild dolphins, explore the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park. This is the largest marine park in NSW and covers approximately 98,200 hectares of coastal and marine habitat. Serving as a marine highway for aquatic wildlife such as dolphins and whales, there are a range of activities to choose from.

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enjoy the hunter valley wineries

Breathe in the fresh earthy air, sample innovative local cuisine, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of the Hunter Valley, just an hour from Newcastle. Explore the galleries and cafés in charming villages, relax with a spa day, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique and award-winning wineries.

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learn the history of the city

Explore the historical background of the city of Newcastle through cultural sites located in and around the city centre. Established in 1804, Newcastle holds a rich history for you to discover.

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explore the art of newcastle

Engulf yourself in the art Newcastle has on offer through various art galleries, museums and the theatre. With a multitude of conveniently located art hubs throughout the city centre area, experience local and historical art of Newcastle. If theatre is more your taste, discover the plays that are showing at one of the theatres during your stay.

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a view of newcastle from new heights

To have a truly unique experience in Newcastle, take in the sights from above! If you are a thrill-seeker, paragliding or hang gliding over the city could be your next adventure!

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Walk through the centre of the city to find the perfect spot for a bite to eat. See the following for some suggestions.

Breakfast and Brunch

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Left something at home? Rydges Newcastle is a short walk to the city centre, where you can find the Marketown Shopping Centre. Darby Street Precinct is also a well-known area for shopping fans.

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Newcastle markets

Wander through some of the markets Newcastle has on offer. With a variety of markets to choose from, you will be able to see a wide range of the local produce available as well as view some of Newcastle’s design products.

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