Civic Park Newcastle

At the heart of the city’s cultural precinct, Civic Park sits proudly between City Hall, the Newcastle Art Gallery and Newcastle Regional Library. Flanked by historic buildings including the Baptist Tabernacle, Presbyterian Church and Newcastle City Hall, this urban green space offers large shady trees, tiered garden beds, war memorial and expanses of lawn perfect for impromptu picnics. The park is also home to the monthly Olive Tree Markets, a contemporary handmade art and design market.

Once coal mining land, the 2.5-hectare space was passed into public hands and opened for community use in 1937. On her visit to Newcastle in 1970, Queen Elizabeth opened the Captain Cook Memorial Fountain designed by the late modernist sculptor Margel Ina Hinder. With its arresting parabolic arcs of water, the fountain was later adopted as the city’s emblem.

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  • Family Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • King Street
  • (02) 4974 2000