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DIY historical walks

Newcastle is home to many spectacular old and historic buildings, each with their own story. Take a day out and walk around and explore some of Newcastle's most iconic buildings while eating and drinking along the way. With a lot of walking space to cover, here are two suggested routes to take.

Walking Route 1:


• Start your morning with a coffee at Estabar, looking across at Newcastle beach.
• Begin your walk by walking along Newcastle Beach up towards King Edward Park.
• First building on the agenda- Jesmond House. This 1875 mansion sold for a crazy $7 million in 2008, making it the most expensive property at the time.
• Next stop, the old courthouse. Although no longer in use, this heritage listed building holds a lot of history for our city and has since been sold to a Japanese University.
• Make your way down towards Hunter Street Mall where you will see buildings such as the old post office and old banks that have since been turned into restaurants such as the Reserve Wine Bar.
• Take a quick morning tea break at Ground Floor Café before walking across to Customs House. Customs House is a heritage-listed building, which was also designed in the Italianate Renaissance Revival Style in 1877.
• Make your way back up to Newcastle East for a delicious lunch at East End Hub to finish off.

Walking Route 2:


• Like always, you have to fuel your energy with a coffee before you embark on your walk. Get your coffee fix from Umbrian on Hunter Street before you begin.
• As you walk up along Hunter Street the first unique building you will come across is Newcastle's new courthouse. This building officially opened in 2016 and has helped brought new light into the CBD.
• A little bit further along is Wheeler Place, which is the area outside Civic Theatre and Town Hall. Originally built in 1929 as a picture theatre, the elaborate interior and exterior of the theatre is now a popular attraction hosting regular live performances.
• Currently under construction, the New University campus is due to open this year and is already becoming the architectural structure must see of the CBD.
• From the University walk across to Civic Park and bask in the sun near the Civic Fountain which was designed back in the 1960s.
• Above the Civic fountain your eyes will meet with a giant egg sculpture, which sits outside the Newcastle Art Gallery and next to the Library.
• After exploring the CBD of Newcastle, sit amongst it all at Rascal and enjoy a burger or take your pick from the many cafes and restaurants along Darby Street or Honeysuckle, which are both within walking distance.

Check out Visit Newcastle for other guided tour options www.visitnewcastle.com.au

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