Visit More Of Newcastle & Hunter Valley
Newcastle may be one-tenth the size of Sydney, but Australia’s second-oldest city is punching well above its weight. Superb surf beaches, historical architecture and a sun-drenched climate are only part of the city’s charms.
There is fine dining, hip bars, quirky boutiques, and a diverse arts scene. And did we mention the laid-back attitude? Yes, Newcastle is definitely worth a day or two of your time.
The lonely planet recognises the port city of Newcastle has been on the brink of big things. Coal, steel and timber were its lifeblood but the cultural, the gastronomically and the creatively entrepreneurial have been on the rise for a long while, and now Newcastle’s time has finally come.
Newcastle’s famous beaches are all within walking distance from the CBD, and are rich in heritage. The Bogey Hole to the south of Newcastle beach, below King Edward Park is Australia’s oldest ocean bath. A convict carved ocean pool provides a unique place to splash about as the waves from the Pacific Ocean spill over it’s edge.
Fort Scratchley, perched high above Newcastle and the Harbour, is a former military site constructed in 1882 to defend the city against a possible Russian attack.
Another attraction that’s worth a visit whilst in Newcastle includes the Newcastle Museum, recently moved to the restored Honeysuckle rail workshops. Exhibitions are interactive and engaging whilst telling a tale of the city from its Indigenous Awabakal origins to its era as an industrial heartland of coal miners and steelworkers.
For many more sites and attractions within the city, visit the Sights in Newcastle
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s major wine-growing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s. Known for varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz, it’s home to well over 100 vineyards. Most operate cellar doors so the public can sample their bottling’s. When visiting the Hunter Valley, most people don’t want to leave, and why would you? With amazing wines, fabulous local produce & quality restaurants, cosy accommodation properties, quaint galleries showcasing talented local artists & gorgeous scenery.
To see more of the Hunter Valley region, visit Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism