Newcastle is a great hidden gem of the state. Locals know of its magic and tourists are spellbound. The lifestyle, leisure activities and people are some of the greatest you'll find in a place to visit, or put down roots. It's a fast growing region, and for good reason. While we know all about affordable, quality homes in premium positions that, in terms of proximity to the beach, would be entirely out of reach in our state's capital, there are other lifestyle benefits that we also love to spruik. When you're buying a house it's as much about location as it is about the house itself. So, let's take a wander through some of our favourite places to venture in our downtime, making up a major part of why we love our community so very much.
The City Hub
By Day: The CBD of Newcastle is a busy and bustling place. There are plenty of shops to browse through during the day and beach front bars to relax in on a Sunday afternoon (socially distance, of course). The shopping in Newcastle is not to be missed, with many specialty stores and shops filled with locally made products.
There are parks to take the kids for outdoor fun and plenty of places to stop for a family-friendly meal.
By Night: The bars are a great place to hang out into the evening, with great music, cocktails and fun times. There are shops, attractions and plenty of seasonal activities to keep you busy on those warm summer nights.
For some of the best places to get an enjoyable meal or a cheeky drink after dark, head to Beaumont Street, King Street and Darby Street.
The Civic Centre is also home to many different entertainment options including dance, music and comedy shows; perfect for everyone!
By Day: Being on the water’s edge is a fan favourite when in Newcastle. Surfing is a passionate pastime here, with locals heading out on the daily and many out-of-towners traveling to the area for the great surf. With six beaches, two baths and a Bogey Hole, the biggest issue is choosing where to go first. Newy is the epitome of sun, surf and sand.
By Night: The beach fun does not have to stop when the sun goes down. The beaches are beautiful to walk along of an evening. Looking into the starry nights with the smell of the ocean in front of you, what else makes for a more perfect summer’s night?
Walks & Trails
By Day: Newcastle is home to some of the most beautiful walking tracks and cycle trails you will find. The Bather’s Path is a 6km walk around the coastline that is popular with locals and visitors alike. It showcases the coast through Nobbys Beach across to Merewether Beach. Blackbutt Reserve and Glenrock State Conservation Area are two popular destinations for those who are wanting to go for a walk or cycle through nature and great for families.
Events & Attractions
By Day: The social calendar of Newcastle is always full of exciting things to do.
During the day there are sporting events such as the Newcastle 500 and surf competitions to go along and watch. There are weekly classes you can attend such as crafting and cooking, and even beach yoga. Don’t miss out on the weekly farmers markets where you can pick up some amazing local produce.
By Night: The parties are just getting started after dark in this city. You can visit the local cinema and catch the latest new release movies. The Civic Centre has various shows and exhibitions on throughout the year. If you are a lover of art, then do not forget to visit the local gallery. If you are looking for entertainment and a great meal, then Lizotte’s is a must see.
Newcastle is one of Australia’s oldest cities, which means it is full of history. When visiting or staying in Newcastle, you are bound to find something intriguing and interesting.
Learning about the history and culture of the area is also a great way to spend your time. The Newcastle Museum has something for everyone (including the kids). Fort Scratchley and Nobbys Lighthouse are two spots that you can visit whilst staying and see the history behind the area.
Whether you are a local looking for something new to do, or a tourist planning a stay, you will not be disappointed. Newcastle has so much to offer both during the day and of a night. The question is, what is on the top of your list to do when you are here?