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The Newcastle Maritime Centre tells the stories of wrecks and rescues, the port and its city. Its restored wharf building houses a collection preserving the record of two hundred years of local maritime activity in Newcastle and the Hunter River. Not only does the Maritime Centre provide a unique insight into a rich and vibrant past, it is also superb location from which to experience and appreciate a modern working port.


After more than two centuries of operation, the Port of Newcastle remains a globally recognised hub.

Explore the rich maritime history of Newcastle and the Hunter river, and learn about the Port's importance to the development of Australia from the early days of European settlement to the present time.

Since 1972, the Newcastle Maritime Museum has collected interesting artefacts, while at historic Fort Scratchley. Now relocated in the beautifully restored heritage harbourfront wharf building, this innovative, world-class Maritime Centre with the port as its backdrop, will transport you via a series of interactive exhibits into the story of our harbour and the people and events associated with it. Meanwhile, outside on the water the working life of this dynamic port continues.

Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays)

Entry Costs: Adults $10, Children (up to 14yrs) $5, Concession $7, Family (2 Adults + up to 3 Children) $25. Group discounts and annual passes also available

Lee Wharf - 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia


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