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Published February 10th 2022
Put on your walking shoes & start exploring
Walk along the ANZAC Memorial Bridge
Newcastle is a coastal city that is located 2 hours north of Sydney, and is surrounded by the Hunter Valley to the west and Port Stephens to the north. The city has an industrial feel to it, from its history as a steel-making city and as part of a coal-producing region, but it has more than meets the eye. Check out this A-Z Guide of things to do to get you started and find your own adventure! Happy exploring!
ANZAC Memorial Bridge is located on the Newcastle Memorial Walk, which can be accessed from Strzelecki Headland. The bridge opened on ANZAC Day in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. The bridge is 160 metres long and is part of the Bathers Way Coastal Walk, below.
Bathers Way Coastal Walk is a 6 kilometre path that starts at Nobby's Beach and ends at Merewether Beach, with spectacular views along the way. Be aware that it contains stairs and hills, so it isn't a flat walk. This popular walk is where you will find the locals each weekend!
A few stairs to tackle - but look at the views!
Civic Theatre in the CBD was built in 1929 and has a wide range of shows and events.
Dog Friendly Beach can be found at Horseshoe Beach, just around the headland from Nobbys Beach, on the Hunter River. Watch your pooch make new friends as they have a swim and race along the sand. This beach is also a good spot to watch the huge coal ships go past.
Eating at local cafes, pubs and restaurants is a highlight of visiting Newcastle, as there are so many places to explore! Enjoy the multicultural delights on Beaumont Street in Hamilton, the cute cafes on Darby Street in Cooks Hill and the waterside pubs and cafes along the Hunter River - just to name a few places to start!
Walk along the Hunter River and stop for breakfast at Lynch's Hub
Fort Scratchley is a museum that is located on the hill above Nobby's Beach. It was built in 1882 to defend the city against a possible Russian attack. Take a tour and learn about the history of this fascinating building.
Hunter Valley Gardens is a highlight for locals and visitors, especially during the Christmas season when they have rides and Christmas lights. There are 8 kilometres of walking paths winding through 14 hectares of gardens. This stunning venue is "must" for all garden lovers!
The Border Garden at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Image: Hunter Valley Gardens website
Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters is located 45 minutes north of Newcastle at Anna Bay in Port Stephens. This family friendly venue offers a unique experience where you can paddle in the outdoor pools with stingrays, or get in the water and be able to touch them.
Jellyfish will be coming soon to the venue above!
King Edward Park is a grassy parkland and playground, which is popular for picnics.
Fun for kids at King Edward Park Playground
Lake Macquarie is a beautiful region located south of the city centre and the lake itself is twice as large as Sydney Harbour!
Newcastle Museum contains the story of Newcastle, including the history of steelmaking, how immigrants came to the region, famous bands who started in Newcastle and war-time history. Catch the Newcastle Light Rail to get there, with a stop located right out the front.
Explore the Newcastle Museum and learn about the city's history
Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary is located 1 hour north of Newcastle at One Mile and helps injured and sick koalas back to health, so that they can return to the wild. Walk along the boardwalks and view them high in the trees.