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Newcastle Attractions & Activities
Fort Scratchley

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.

Overlooking Nobbys Beach and lighthouse, the Fortress boast panoramic ocean, coastline, harbour, and city views. The site has seen a wide range of human activities over the centuries. a guided tour brings the fascinating of this national treasure to life.

Newcastle Memorial Walk

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.

Newcastle Beaches

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.
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Nobbys Lighthouse

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 Precinct

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.


Christ Church Cathederal

Take a tour of Christ Church Cathedral and discover its rich history.

A survivor of the Japanese submarine attack of WWII and the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake, Christ Church Cathedral is now a fully restored masterpiece. It is built on a site overlooking the city which has been a place of worship for over 190 years, beautiful grounds and views surround the city’s ‘Castle’.

The Bogey Hole
Take a dip in the Bogey Hole, which was cut into ocean rocks by convict labour in 1819. You will realise the convicts amazing achievement when you see the waves crashing into the pool.

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
Blackbutt Reserve occupies approximately 182 hectares of land, six kilometres from Newcastle city centre. It offers visitors many opportunities to link recreational activities and environmental education with conservation and research programs.

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
Stretching from the commanding lighthouse at Nobbys Headland to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock Reserve and the early coal workings at Burwood Beach, Newcastle's Bathers Way is a scenic five kilometre coastal walk waiting for you to discover, play, swim and eat any way you choose.

Take two hours to walk the path or a month of Sundays to experience it all.


Fighter World
Fighter World is a totally ‘hands on’ experience. Exhibited in two hangars, visitors can walk-around, touch and look into the cockpits of such famous aircraft as the Mirage III, the Avon Sabre, the Gloster Meteor, the first Vampire jet built in Australia and new in 2013 the mighty F-111. There is a Russian designed MiG-21 jet fighter, Hawker Hunter, WWII Spitfire replica, a Messerschmitt replica and much more. Fighter World also offers the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a Mirage interceptor and Macchi jet trainer and experience first-hand what it’s like to be one of Australia’s ‘Top Gun’ pilots in today’s hi-tech world.

Hunter Wetlands Centre
Discover over 250 wildlife species located throughout the 45 hectare site whilst also enjoying walking trails, guided tours, canoeing, dipnetting, feeding talks, birdwatching, childrens discovery playground, Cafe Jacana, picnic and BBQs, seasonal and activity program and much more. Find out why visitors continue to be inspired by these tranquil surroundings that provide a habitat for unique and diverse wildlife. The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a community owned, not for profit organisation and is also an accredited Visitor Information Centre.

Treetop Adventure Park
Within the beautiful site of Blue Gum Hills Regional Park enjoy a unique experience high in the trees.

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!


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