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 unique feel and character.
Newcastle East - Where the city meets the ocean and harbour
The birthplace of Newcastle this precinct was the original town site and affords delightful contrasts and architectural diversity. Take the time to wander the back lanes or explore via the sign posted Heritage Walk. In 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 - The soul of the city, the place where artists play
Featuring 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 Regional Art Gallery housing a magnificent collection and attracting an impressive schedule of exhibitions. Wheeler Place is the hub for Livesites, a cultural program bringing the city to life.
Honeysuckle and the Harbour - Connecting the harbour to the city creating dynamic and spectacular places
The harbour is home to Honeysuckle a major waterfront rejuvenation project transforming Newcastle. 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 Promenade along the harbour foreshore is an easy shared pathway suitable for all the family.
The Junction - Newcastle's prestigious shopping village by the sea
The Junction is so called because originally it was the junction point for trains converging on the way to the port from the outlying coalmines. Today this area is a junction of designer labels, fascinating jewellery and hip home wares. This is an up market shopping precinct with a smattering of first class restaurants and cafes to relax in.
Hamilton - The cosmopolitan heart of Newcastle is in Beaumont Street
Beaumont Street is the centre of all the action after its refurbishment post the 1989 earthquake. This precinct was home to Newcastle’s first Italian and Greek arrivals and there is still a strong Mediterranean focus. With many sidewalk cafes and a thriving pub-scene, this is a favourite spot with the locals.
Cooks Hill - Darby Street is the lifeblood of this funky inner city suburb
Discover the shops, galleries and food delights. Choices abound for dining from buzzy street-side cafes to fine dining. Buy the latest street designer wear, alternate music, second-hand books, quirky home wares, jewellery and local designers. Cooks Hill is dotted with private art galleries where you can chat with local artists - so explore the leafy back lanes to take home a special art piece.
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.