Things to do in Newcastle

Whether you’re planning a day trip from Sydney, or a weekend getaway, we guarantee that your trip will be jam-packed full of things to do in Newcastle. Newcastle is the kind of place you’ll visit and never want to leave! From the golden sand beaches with stunning coastal walks to architectural wonders where the present pays homage to the city’s industrial past, Newcastle doesn’t disappoint.

Newcastle is where the city meets the sea, from museums and craft markets, to stunning coastal views and world-class beach breaks. Grab your surfboard and hit the waves at the famous Merewether Beach, home to the international surfing competition, Surfest. Or head to Newcastle Beach, a favoured spot for board riders near and far and easy walking distance from Newcastle CBD. For a day of swimming, Nobbys Beach is perfect for families and those learning how to surf, as well as kite surfing when the wind calls for it. Take a walk to Nobbys Lighthouse and the breakwall, where you might even spot a friendly dolphin or two off the coastline. 

With a number of historical sites including the breathtaking Newcastle Ocean Baths (*currently closed for upgrades) and The Lock-Up — one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings — culture vultures will be kept busy exploring the wonders and architecture of the area’s rich and proud history. A trip to Newcastle wouldn’t be complete without a dip at the Bogey Hole, which is one of the oldest and most iconic ocean pools in Australia.  The name 'Bogey Hole' is said to come from the Dharawal word meaning 'to bathe'.

If it's family activities you’re looking for, you’re spoilt for choice! With go-karting, golfing, mountain biking and stand up paddle boarding only a short distance from Newcastle’s CBD, the kids will be entertained for hours and won’t want to leave. And Blackbutt Reserve offers a native wildlife experience with walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and free wildlife exhibits! Newcastle Museum also has a rotating calendar of exhibitions to keep the whole family entertained in all weather conditions.

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