About Newcastle

An out-of-towner's guide to Newcastle

The five must-dos of Newcastle

Newcastle is a compact cosmopolitan city surrounded by magnificent natural and architectural scenery.

With more artists per capita than any other city, street art and galleries are abound, and creative chefs and world class producers are plentiful. Creativity flows through Newcastle like the tides of our stunning coastline.

Come and spark your curiosity and experience Newcastle from a different perspective! 

Walk Bathers Way

Bathers Way runs for 6km along the coastline from Glenrock State Conservation Park to Nobbys Headland. Our version of the Bondi-Coogee walk, it’s the best way to appreciate the array of beaches and spectacular views Newcastle has to offer, while ticking off some of the most Instagrammable sights along the way such as the ANZAC Memorial Walk, Bogey Hole and the Obelisk. Sunset and sunrise are particularly special!

Wine and dine yourself

Our small city is brimming with amazing chefs, producers and purveryors. You can enjoy a memorable meal at the best restaurants and tastiest breakfast cafes in Newcastle, explore some of our many boutique city bars, or find your new favourite drop at one of our boutique breweries or distilleries.

Take a walk in the past

As the second oldest city in Australia, Newcastle is steeped in history and bursting with colourful characters and stories. Amongst the oldest ocean baths and historic architecture you will find heritage theatres and relics of war alongside iconic music venues, street art and contemporary galleries. Here's some of our top architectural sites to explore.

Enjoy an outdoor adventure

Hike or mountain bike through Glenrock State Conservation Park past waterfalls and lagoons to your own private beach. Or cycle the 14km Fernleigh Track through a heritage railway tunnel past forests and marshes. Or take to the water to see the last of the whale migration and see the city from the sea.

Explore the East End and Darby Street

Home to over 100 independent boutiques, Darby Street is a treasure trove of artisan products, quirky fashion and homewares, and some of the tastiest spots in Newy. The East End stretching from the coast into the CBD is where you will find some of the best local artisans and designers, alongside cocktail bars and the cities best coffees. Check out the Makers and Traders guide for more info.

For more inspiration see the top places to visit in Newcastle at visitnewcastle.com.au.