Top 10 Places to visit near Newcastle

Seeking new found places within the Newcastle region?

Seeking new found places within the Newcastle region? Mapping out a day trip north or south of the city? How about a delightful Hunter Valley expedition? Great, because we’ve compiled the Top 10 Must Visit Places near Newcastle. All you have to do is choose;  

The Newcastle Museum

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The home of history for the Newcastle and Hunter Valley regions. Come visit a place of innovative storytelling that celebrates an interactive excursion into local folklore - past, present and future. The Newcastle Museum is both a technological and scientific learning centre that appeals to guests of all ages.

Tyrells Winery, Hunter Valley

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Arguably one of the countries finest wine producers the Tyrells brand is always committed to producing high quality wines for Australia and the world to treasure. Tyrrell's Winery is part of the thriving Hunter Valley food and wine trail and a must visit place to add to your holiday itinerary.

Binnorie Dairy, Pokolbin

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Say cheese. This specialist dairy sources local milk to create an enviable selection of the best cheese about. Founder and chief cheese maker, Simon Gough expertly combines his talented production techniques with his passion for all things food to bring you some of the tastiest soft cheeses in Australia.

The Hunter Wetlands Centre

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This non for profit reservation is Australia’s oldest community owned wetland centre. Spread over 43 hectares, volunteers work tirelessly to rejuvenate and protect the delicate environmental area. Come to walk amid the wildlife, bbq by the playground or canoe around the gentle lakes and streams.  

Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle

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A trip to Newcastle is not complete without a stop at the famed Nobbys Beach. It’s excellent for surfing, shell collecting or simply relaxing upon the shore. Walk to the Nobby’s Beach Lighthouse and capture the incredible Pacific Ocean views that make Newcastle an iconic Australian destination.

Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is the main town of the coastal Port Stephens region. Approximately a half hour drive from Newcastle city centre. Ensure to call by Nelson Bay during whale watching (May-Oct) season and book in for a dramatic boat tour to see these majestic sea mammals in their natural environment.

Barrington Tops National Park

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The great outdoors is best explored on foot and the Barrington Tops National Park is the cream of the crop, when it comes to a relaxing nature escape. Make the day trip from Newcastle and spend the day rainforest hiking and picnicking throughout the ranges. Tip; there’s plenty of charming villages dotted throughout the area too.

The Grain Store

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Check out the Grain Store - Newcastle’s best craft beer and specialized restaurant in one. The beautifully restored warehouse setting features art deco tiling and sleek timber flooring; interestingly it was once the site of the old Tooheys brewery. Swing by for a decadent lunch and brewery tour for a super fun afternoon. Tip; the poached eggs on brioche is a winner for brekky too.

Day Trip to Seal Rocks

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Into the wild. Seal Rocks is a rugged and pretty part of the eastern seaboard coastline, about a 2 hour drive north of Newcastle. The sheltered bay has great longboarding waves and has also appeared in scenes of feature films. That’s how divine the beauty of Seal Rocks is!

Aloha from the Surf House

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The Surf House at Merewether is a popular place to visit in the Newcastle district for locals and tourists alike. The epic Merewether ocean views and fabulous food, guarantee a good time will be enjoyed by all. Check their website for live music events and regular dining specials.