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What to do in Newcastle
Newcastle is the coal capital of Australia. It’s also second largest city in New South Wales and the sixth in our country. The city’s popular with visitors for its laid-back lifestyle, fantastic beaches, and lush greeneries.
Start seeking the sands of Newcastle’s pristine beaches for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing. Stop by Bar Beach, Glenrock Lagoon, and Stockton Beach. Experience a different kind of surfing, and go kite surfing at Nobbys Beach. Travelling with dogs? Don’t leave your best mate behind and enjoy spending quality time at Redhead Beach and Dudley Beach.
Have a lovely picnic and eat some great barbecue at King Edward Park, Hunter Wetlands Centre, and Blackbutt Reserve. You can even do more activities at the wetlands like bird watching, walking trails, bike and canoe trails, or see native animals and wildlife exhibits at the reserve.
Newcastle is also a cosmopolitan for history and art. Spend a day touring the museums and art galleries like Fort Scratchley, The Lock Up Cultural Centre, The Maritime Centre, and Newcastle Region Art Gallery. Once you’re done, check out all of the city’s landmarks such as the Obelisk. There’s also Christ Church Cathedral, Nobbys Head, and Queen’s Wharf Tower where you’ll find gorgeous views of Newcastle.
Have a relaxing tour of the city with an arvo of shopping. You can start at the famous Charleston Square and High Tea with Mrs Woo, where you’ll find hip and quirky outfits. Find the best bargains at Macquarie Fair, and the freshest produce at Hunter Street Markets.
There are lots of things to do in Newcastle, but if you want to get the most out of their culture, plan your trip during the city’s events like the Mattara Festival. Celebrate Australia Day Maritime Festival for a bit of twist on Australia Day. Toy collectors shouldn’t miss the Newcastle Collectormania Fair on September. And for a guaranteed ripper time, watch man conquer beast and see Professional Bull Riders at Brendon Clark Invitational.
When to visit Newcastle
Newcastle is hot throughout the year, so you can enjoy the beach whenever you want. Just remember your hats and sunnies and to always apply sun block. We also recommend going during the middle of the year when it’s a bit cooler.
We Aussies don’t need a passport or visa to travel across our country, but you should bring a national ID card for different transactions during your trip.
Travelling to and around Newcastle
After your scenic flight route of Australia, you’ll land at the Newcastle Airport. From there, you can reach the city proper by bus and taxi, and easily start wandering Newcastle by bus, taxi, and train.
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