Newcastle boasts a diversity of natural attractions offering ample opportunities for exploration and discovery.
Be captivated by the native animals in this lush parkland overlooking the city. Featuring bushwalking trails, peaceful picnic settings, a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems and charming wildlife exhibits which are modern, spacious and allow close viewing of the animals.
Glenrock State Conservation Area
This unique 500 hectare pocket of relatively undisturbed coastal bushland is nestled between Merewether and Dudley Beaches. Crisscrossed with nature trails, its rocky creeks flow over waterfalls, past enclosing cliffs into water-worn rock pools and then into the picturesque Glenrock lagoon.
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park
This relatively new park is constructed on land previously used for open-cut coal mining near Minmi, west of Newcastle. Experience nature from a higher perspective with the Tree Top Adventure Park.
The Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia
Discover this magical wildlife sanctuary, a RAMSAR listed Wetlands of International significance. Explore 45 hectares interlinked with tranquil ponds by strolling the walking trails or canoe on Ironbark Creek. With 204 bird species some on global migration flights this is a special place to discover.
Boardwalks, walking tracks and cycleways help you explore the wonders of this intertidal world, glimpse the majesty of once luxuriant rainforest and discover historic ruins.
The Stockton Sand Dunes
This 33 km moving desert coastal sand dune system is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Explore this area with your own 4WD (permit required) or take a guided tour via quad bike or 4WD.