Top 4 Things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle is one of the largest regional centres in Australia. Known for its ‘small town’ aesthetic with the perfect mix of major city attractions, restaurants, and community events. There is a no shortage of activities, but here is a short list of some of the best!

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Go for a swim

Newcastle is a coastal town, so take advantage of our awesome swimming spots!

There is an array of beaches you may enjoy in town like Bar Beach, Dixon Beach or Merewether Beach. Alternatively, travelling a short distance to the Lake Macquarie district there are other great beaches like Caves Beach or Redhead Beach. All just as great as the next.

If waves are not your thing, but you still love the salt water we also have a range of swimming holes. Perhaps you could try the Bogey Hall or perhaps the Canoe Pool near Newcastle Beach.

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Eat out, with a side of cocktails!

Only second the Melbourne, Newcastle has amazing bars and restaurants. Whether you are looking for an intimate speak easy, or perhaps a super trendy hipster vibe you will be sure to find it here. Some of the favourites include The Edwards, 529 Terrace Bar, MoneyPenny, MEET, Cazador, or Basement on Market St.

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Just about any weekend there is bound to be some markets on, allowing you to enjoy the sun and find some treats too.

Newcastle City Farmers Market

Sundays 8am – 1.30pm
Newcastle Showground

Hunt and Gather Markets

3rd Saturday of the Month 9am – 2pm
Pacific Park, Newcastle

Olive Tree Markets

1st Saturday of the Month 9am – 3pm
Civic Park, Newcastle

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Go for a Walk

Being on the coast, there are also some great natural (and some manmade) wonders to see.

Anzac Memorial Walk

A spectacular coastal walk located above Memorial Drive in The Hill. Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary landing at Gallipoli in 1915.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

Less know than other parts of Newcastle, Glenrock, located close to the CBD, offers more than 30kms of trails, merging beach, bush, and wildlife

The Bathers Way

Starting at Merewether Baths, this walk offers a spectacular view of Newcastle’s beautiful beaches and plenty of coffee stops along the way. This also happens to link up with the Anzac Memorial Walk.


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