The city’s unique geography and 200 year story has helped create distinctive precincts - all alive with energy. Explore and uncover the flavour and allure of the city’s streetscapes and waterfronts - each with its own individual character.
Newcastle East - Where the city meets the ocean and harbour
This is Newcastle’s oldest precinct and was the original town site. The area affords delightful contrasts, with the city centre surrounded by beach on one side and harbour on the other. As Australia’s second oldest city, the streetscapes abound with gracious heritage buildings and this precinct showcases some of the nation’s most significant sites.
City Centre - A place of revitalisation and transition, a mixture of the raw and refined
Like countless cities across the world, our city centre has seen a migration of businesses into the suburbs. However, that trend is now being reversed. New developments, shops and restaurants are opening, bringing life back to the centre.
Civic Cultural Precinct - Where Newcastle's cultural scene comes alive
The Civic Cultural Precinct features the city's most prestigious venues, including City Hall and the Art Deco Civic Theatre, both built in the 1920s. On the other side of Civic Park is the Newcastle Art Gallery housing a magnificent collection and attracting an impressive schedule of exhibitions year round. The newest addition to the precinct is Newcastle Museum, with three permanent exhibitions including a Supernova, a hands on science centre for kids.
Honeysuckle and the Harbour - For a meal with a view
Newcastle harbour is home to Honeysuckle, a major waterfront rejuvenation project transforming the previously industrial landscape. Working wharves are becoming places of play with the creation of foreshore promenades and open squares offering waterfront cafes and restaurants – all with glorious views.
The Junction - Newcastle's boutique shopping village
This area is a junction of designer labels, unique jewellery and hip home wares. To satisfy your appetite, The Junction also has a smattering of restaurants and cafes and is a popular spot for a weekend breakie after a dip at the nearby Bar Beach or Merewether Ocean Baths.
Hamilton - For a multicultural mix and old world treasures
Hamilton was home to Newcastle’s first Italian and Greek arrivals and there is still a strong Mediterranean focus in the dining offerings along Beaumont Street. At the corner of Beaumont Street and Maitland Road is Islington, an area known for fantastic antique and bric a brac shopping.
Cooks Hill - For the young and hip
The lifeblood of Cooks Hill, Darby Street is a local favourite for quirky sidewalk cafes, shops and galleries. The street is buzzing day and night with hipsters hanging out of the many cafes or seeking out the latest street designer wear, alternate music, second-hand books and unique jewellery, gifts and homewares. The leafy streets branching off Darby Street are also dotted with private art galleries where you have the rare opportunity to meet the artists behind the works.
Stockton - For maritime history and a spectacular coastal landscape
A short ferry ride away from Newcastle is Stockton. Stockton has a rich maritime history and has seen over 100 ships wrecked on its shores, one of which has been incorporated into the 'Shipwreck Walk' along Stockton Breakwall. Stockton is also famous for its massive sand dunes, the largest moving coastal sand mass in the southern hemisphere. The sand dunes have formed the background of many films, including the popular Australian 'Mad Max' films. It's also a popular spot for four wheel driving and sand boarding tours.