Day trip and weekend itineraries, and self-guided walking trails

Whether you’ve got 48 hours or are making it a day trip from Sydney, Newcastle has something for everyone. We’ve pulled together a bunch of great itineraries to make the most of your trip. From short stays to longer vacations, we’ve got plenty of insider tips for you!

Get outdoors and experience one of the great walks that Newcastle has to offer. Explore the city through its relationship with the shoreline and surrounds — from the renowned ANZAC Memorial Walk to the more challenging Bathers Way Walk, Newcastle offers an incredible array of strolls, walks, and hikes for all abilities.

Planning a family trip? Newcastle with kids is easy. Hire a bike and spend the day cruising along the city's family-friendly cycling paths, stopping for some fresh fish and chips by the water. Take a short 5-minute ferry ride across the harbour to Stockton, nestled on a peninsula with the Hunter River, and explore the adventure playground, slides and dunes, as the sun goes down.

Newcastle isn’t just for families and nature lovers — the city boasts some incredible cultural events and activities. Jump in and explore Newcastle's burgeoning cafe and coffee scene, with stops to admire the local street art and heritage-listed architecture dotted around the city. Take a seat at one of the many coastal cafes, pubs, and restaurants, and experience the incredible views and hospitality Newcastle has on offer. 

Foodies, eat your heart out! From fresh market fare to fine-dining, you can criss-cross the city in search of incredible food experiences whatever your taste — day and night. Seek out the best coffee around, try a locally made gin or craft beer at one of Newcastle’s many distilleries and breweries, and dine at one of the city’s stunningly situated waterfront eateries. 

Explore our list of tailor-made itineraries to plan your next day trip from Sydney or long weekend getaway.