Newcastle Attractions & Activities
Fort Scratchley Historic Site, with its commanding position guarding the Hunter River Estuary, is undoubtedly Newcastle's most spectacular vantage point and is worth the visit for the views alone.
The Newcastle Memorial Walk was constructed to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC. The original concept for the project was a one-way walk along the cliff top with visitors having to turn around at the viewing platform and return the way they came via Strzelecki lookout. The addition of the stairway to connect the walk to the Bathers Way is a fantastic addition enabling a 430m boardwalk providing visitors with a range of options for enjoying the walk.
Enjoy fantastic waves and white sandy beaches on the spectacular Newcastle coastline, including at the iconic Merewether Beach. Surfest is Australia’s biggest surf festival and is held every February.
With world-class waves, Australia’s largest surfing festival, and towering sand dunes, Newcastle and surrounds are perfect for outdoor adventure. You’ll be amazed by the sandy beaches and families will enjoy swimming in protected ocean pools, such as the art deco Newcastle Ocean Baths.
Take a stroll along Newcastle Harbour Breakwall and continue up the hill to Nobbys Lighthouse for breath taking views of our beautiful city. Everyone can now enjoy this stunning vista from Nobbys Lighthouse grounds, a fantastic photo opportunity, EVERY SUNDAY from 10 am until 4 pm. Entry to the Lighthouse is Free.
You can also enjoy a hot coffee, cold drink or a snack, available from the onsite kiosk.
Honeysuckle is a vibrant waterfront playground where the harbour meets the city. There aren't too many places in the world where you can sit back, relax and take in the incredible views of a working coal port; Newcastle is one of them.
With a strip of restaurants, hotels, bars and cafes lining the waterfront punters are spoilt for choice. You can choose to go upmarket with an array of a-la-carte restaurants and bars or go casual with pub meals and craft beers and ciders on tap.
Take a tour of Christ Church Cathedral and discover its rich history.
The Bogey Hole
The Bogey Hole was constructed by order of Commandant Morisset in about 1820 for his own personal use. Morisset was Commandant of Newcastle from 1819 to 1822. It was known, originally as the "Commandants Baths". The name "Bogey Hole" was applied afterwards and comes from the indigenous word meaning "to bathe".
Blackbutt Reserve is an undulating natural environment consisting of peaceful picnic settings with electric and wood fire barbecues, open spaces, nature trails, and a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems. It also features wildlife exhibits which allow close viewing of the animals, including koalas, wombats, native birds, emus and kangaroos.
Bathers Way Coastal Walk
Hunter Wetlands Centre
Treetop Adventure Park
TreeTop Adventure Park consists of 85 challenges in the tree tops, where participants can slide down Flying Foxes, move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and enjoy many other exciting activities up to 15 metres above the forest floor!