Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a rich maritime history and a world-famous surfing destination.
You’ll discover cool bars, quality restaurants, and a lively arts and music scene in NSW’s second-biggest city, just two hours’ drive north of Sydney.
Threading its way along Newcastle’s coastline, the Bathers Way is a sublime walking track that strings together many of the city’s prime historic attractions, some of which date back to the convict colonial era. On a sunny day, there is no better way to explore the history and culture of Australia’s second-oldest colonial settlement – with a few contemporary enhancements such as gelato bars and shady cafes.
The Bathers Way adjoins the Memorial Walk. It was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the commencement of steel making in Newcastle. The walkway winds its way around the cliff edge, offering incredible views of the coastline, city and up into the Hunter Valley. Pass along the 160-metre cliff-top bridge which is adorned with steel silhouettes of soldiers, and inscribed the names of almost 11,000 known Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted during World War One.
Newcastle Maritime Museum
Located on the Newcastle Harbour foreshore in a restored wharf building, the Newcastle Maritime Museum tells the stories of wrecks and rescues, and preserves 200 years of local maritime activity in Newcastle and the Hunter River. Not only does the Maritime Museum provide a unique insight into a rich and vibrant past, it is also a superb location from which to experience and appreciate a superb working port.
Newcastle’s Merewether Ocean Baths are the largest in the southern hemisphere, while Newcastle Ocean Baths is famous for its Art Deco design. The Bogey Hole, also known as the Commandant’s Baths, is a heritage-listed sea bath that was hacked out by convict labour in 1819, and is still a popular swimming spot.
Once an industrial city, Newcastle is now home to a plethora of trendy cafes, restaurants, pubs and small bars run by passionate locals. For waterside dining, visit the Honeysuckle Precinct, on Honeysuckle Drive at Newcastle’s Harbourfront.
Here you’ll find a range of cafes, bars and restaurants all in a spectacular and lively waterfront area.