15 Best Things to Do in Newcastle, NSW

15 Best Things to Do in Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle is mostly known for its industrial significance namely its coal mines and steel productivity. But did you know, there are some awesome hidden gems, some travel treasure points for you to check out of your to-do list as sell? From sandboarding to feeding the emus, Giant constantly moving dunes to historical lighthouse, traditional culture and craft to modern Australian luxury living. Visit Newcastle and fall in love with the city of beautiful coastal sights.

Sandboard and pose for Pictures

Birubi Beach
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If you enjoy sandboarding and taking interesting photos for your Social media profile then you have got to check out The Birubi Beach at port Stephens!
Nothing quite screams cool like pictures of outdoor beach adventures, specifically sandboarding, on your social media feed. Grab a few of your friends around and have fun sandboarding, experience the heat, get a tan, make it a picnic. Just enjoy however you can. It’s a beach after all, there’s no lack of things to do for fun. Capture some beautiful memories.

Walk the Newcastle Memorial Walk

Newcastle Memorial Walk
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A place for memories and Remembrance of Local populace that partook in the war as part of British Army. You will find metal silhouettes of soldiers along the path, showing a scenic view of the sea, snaking from Strzelecky Lookout to bar beach.
A good place to walk around, clear your head, enjoy the ocean view and immerse yourself in the quiet Newcastle memorial walk.

Enjoy 360° view from Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley
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If you enjoy visiting sites with historical significance, this Fort built for protecting the region around the harbour during WWII, Also known for being the station of the very first European coal mine built In Australia is must-visit. Enjoy an unobstructed View of Pacific Ocean and if you’re lucky you might find some Dolphins playing around, along with a clear sight of the local region. If you enjoy the quiet serenity of higher perspective in your lonesome then visiting this fort should be in top of your to-do list.

Stroll along the giant dunes of Stockton beach

Dunes on Stockton Beach
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Have you ever seen regularly shifting giant dunes going high up to 30 metres?  And no, you don’t have to go to Sahara for that, neither the expensive desert in Rajasthan India, If you’re already in Newcastle Australia, then just visit the Stockton beach.

Take a walk, perhaps some pictures with the dunes, although do keep in mind that some of them maybe protected, so sandboarding and climbing without prior permission is not a good idea. This spot is a major tourist attraction for its special aspects, such as the moving dunes, and the fact that in New South wales, its counted among the largest beaches.

Meet the wildlife at Blackbutt reserve

Blackbutt Nature Reserve
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Are you interested in wildlife? How would you like to meet the exotic Australian animal, kangaroo? Now is your chance to experience what you’ve always seen on tv! If you enjoy shows related to dangerous animals, the crocodiles in the reserve will surely captivate you. If you prefer birds, then why not try feeding an Emu instead.

There are kangaroos, koalas and wombats as well, most Australian native critters can be found in here. Take a hike in the forest trails of the reserve if you’re in the mood for some sightseeing.

How about a beer?

There is a very good chance that you enjoy a beer, if not that’s okay, but if you do, I have some places that you need to check out when in Newcastle. Taste crafts beer at “Grain store Newcastle”;  If you’re looking for a family-friendly bar that focuses in local crafts beer rather than the mainstream beer than this is where you go. With their 21 different taps of authentic Australian crafts beer, they make a separate visitor base for themselves.

Feel the freedom at “The Beach Hotel”; Enjoy the feel of the sun on your skin and a gentle breeze rustling your hair as you take a sip of your drink, a content smile in your face. Beer, wine, cocktails, entertainment and most importantly, an outdoor patio with a beautiful view of the ocean.

Get romantic at “The koutestu”; One of the sexiest interior decor in a bar you’d have ever been to, with eccentric lighting and industrial mashup with art. The top end selection of its wine collection is remarkable, along with beers, cocktails and what have you.

Relaxing Bath at the bogey hole

Bogey Hole
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A place where nature, adventure and relaxation come together in a strange Symphony of scenic beauty. Imagine yourself taking a dip in a naturally formed ocean experience bathhouse, The difference being only a railing separates you from the real sea, It may be a test of your patience to relax in the unpredictable yet enchanting atmosphere.

It may even be unsafe to take a swim in the bogey hole at high tide on difficult days, so take the weather into account when planning your visit. Alternatively, you can choose to enjoy your bath at one of many artificial ocean baths in Newcastle.

Mountain Biking at Glenrock state conservation area

Glenrock state conservation area
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If you are a biking enthusiast and looking for a place to enjoy mountain biking, then Glenrock state conservation area offers the best bike trails in the region.
Travel around in the rainforest looking for waterfalls or pools to take a dip in. There are many daring bike trails that you can select from, it is a local hub of mountain bikers.

Are you a foodie?

If you’re a foodie and prefer to check out the best places to eat in the town you visit to, then these are some of few places than you might find up to your liking;
“get comfy at Subo”; One of the comfiest spots to eat at. With their modern Australian cuisine and Remarkable collection of drinks, definitely one of the major attractions for a foodie in the city.

“Mediterranean mood at Rustica”; A place with beautiful an innovative interior, a mouth salivating menu of Mediterranean dishes based on the theme of share-style and banquet pattern. “Authentic Australian experience at Surfhouse Restaurant”; The great coastal views from restaurant maybe a plus but the modern Australian yet local seasonal dishes on the menu is what sets it apart from other restaurants of this theme.

Learn something new at Newcastle Museum

Newcastle Museum
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For the kind of people of curious minds that prefer to learn something new rather than do a daring bike ride. The Newcastle museum might be a good place to start their trip. Listen to A Newcastle story; This permanent exhibition displays the story of Aboriginal origin history, relevance with the changing times and history of Newcastle itself.

Learn through Fire and Earth exhibit; This exhibition is a display of Industrial prowess of Newcastle, revolving mostly around steel and coal productivity of the region. If you are curious to learn about the industrial significance of Newcastle to Australia, then you need to see this exhibit.

Science stuff in Supernova; A scientific exhibit in its essence. Best for kids and those that find themselves interested in learning maths, engineering.
A little something for all age group is present in the museum, for a curious mind, a perfect pick.

Relax at the Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie
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You had fun and boarding, learning at the museum, even feeding the exotic wildlife if you feel yourself being mentally or physically drained, then I’d suggest to relax at the lake Macquarie. You can try paddle boarding or kayaking, check out one of the barbecues in the coastal area if you feel like it. Lake Macquarie is the vastest salt water Lake in Australia, In its 32 km of coastline, there are bound to be things that you might enjoy.

Hunter Valley ; become a wine connoisseur!

Hunter Valley
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Are you passionate about tasting wine? Or are you out with small group of fun friends who would enjoy pretending to be wine connoisseurs? Well, welcome to the Hunter Valley. Taste some wine, pair it with either chocolate or cheese, giggle with a group of funky friends, take some pictures, get something to eat outside and feel like a legitimate oenophile.

Check out Nobbys lighthouse

Nobby's Lighthouse
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There are people that just wander than there are people who try to learn thoroughly about the past of the place they travel to, if you’re the second type, then you might enjoy visiting this piece of ancient history. This lighthouse was built in 1857 and it still refuses to retire. Cheque out this legend of a lighthouse, working even after more than 150 years, guiding ships to their destination.

It was a land of value to the Aboriginal people back in the day, which later became the land for the lighthouse. It used to be more than 60 meter high earlier on but it was trimmed down to facilitate better passage for moving ships as the obstructive height made it difficult to keep the wind in its sail.

Wander along Newcastle Breakwall

Newcastle Breakwall
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If you feel like taking your mind off of things and relax watching the sea, enjoying the breeze, then might I suggest wandering along the Newcastle Breakwall perhaps? It is situated next to Nobbys lighthouse built with years of hard work in dangerous weather, starting back in 1818 and the construction lasted up to 38 years. In case of bad weather some precaution is advised as the Waves might reach over the way and soak you too.

Bathers way coastal trail trip

5 kilometre long trail of beautiful scenery, One of the top most famous places to take a walk in Newcastle area. Getting a chance to see few Dolphins is not that unheard of in the area and if you're really lucky you might even see a migrating whale. Take a lungful of fresh air, enjoy the sights. This is one of the best place for working out your physical and mental health both at once.

It’s always good to plan your trips much ahead of the time, so that you get to enjoy every major tourist attraction of the place. But Sometimes, some places might be famous for something that you are not interested In, so rather than blindly choosing to go to all the famous places, why not filter out the places that you would rather skip and choose some hidden gems instead.