Newcastle sits north and a little east of Sydney, and it makes its mark as the second most populous city in the state of New South Wales. Depending on traffic, if you jump in a car in Sydney, you can arrive in the city of Newcastle in just over 2 hours – nothing major by any means in the spread-out country of Australia.
Known historically and commercially for coal mining and as a working port, Newcastle does not seem to top the travel destination lists for visitors. Perceptions are changing, however, and Newcastle truly claims a place amongst cities with great beach town atmospheres, perfect for weekends away and stops on east coast road trips.
Go fishing or surfing.
Just minutes away from the city center lies a number of beaches ripe for a good fish, or better, a good surf. Choose from Merewether, Bar, Nobbys or Newcastle beaches, but if it’s a good surf you’re after, then you should head to Merewether – one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves.
Complete the Bathers Way walk.
The Bathers Way coastal walk connects Merewether Beach and Nobbys Beach and takes about 3 hours to complete. Along the walk, visitors get to pass through both Bar and Newcastle beaches for a well-rounded view of Newcastle’s shoreline.
Swim in the Bogey Hole.
The Bogey Hole swimming pool, cut into the beach rock by convicts in 1819, is a delightful way to take a dip in the ocean without having to deal with the beach sand or the completely open nature of the ocean water.
Get historical at Fort Scratchley Historic Site.
The fort was constructed in the 1880s, in response to a Russian fleet after fuel, in order to protect the the city and the city’s resources of coal. Take a guided tour of the fort and the underground tunnels.
Peruse the Newcastle Art Gallery.
Featuring over 5,000 pieces in its collection, the Newcastle Art Gallery calls for a visit from anyone looking to get in touch with the cultural side of the Hunter region.
Dive into the food scene.
Brilliant restaurants, cafes and bars fill the city with an inviting atmosphere from dawn until dusk. Catch a strip of cafes and boutiques on Darby Street, or head to Beaumont Street for outdoor Mediterranean inspired meals.