Top 10 Things to Do in Newcastle NSW

With your car safely and securely parked, no doubt you’ll be eager to explore some of the exciting things to do in Newcastle NSW. Newcastle is a vibrant beach city in the heart of the Hunter Valley and the second biggest city in NSW, just 160 kms north of Sydney.

With your car safely and securely parked, no doubt you’ll be eager to explore some of the exciting things to do in Newcastle NSW. Newcastle is a vibrant beach city in the heart of the Hunter Valley and the second biggest city in NSW, just 160 kms north of Sydney. It’s the gateway to the Hunter Valley’s wondrous wine region, but you don’t have to leave the city to experience some of Newcastle most interesting activities. Read on to find out more about activities in Newcastle NSW – from daredevil excitement to shopping and relaxation.

1. The Olive Tree Market

The Olive Tree Market

Image source: The Olive Tree Market

The Olive Tree Market was launched in 2008 with the goal of providing Newcastle’s artists and designers with a space to showcase and sell their work. The first Saturday of each month (and two Saturdays in November), Civic Park on King Street comes alive with the sound of local musicians and the colour of more than 150 stalls. Women’s fashion, men’s fashion, food, jewellery, homewares, photography and art – it’s all waiting for you at the Olive Tree.

2. Newcastle Beaches

Newcastle Beaches

Newcastle’s own Merewether Beach is home to Surfest, Australia’s biggest surfing festival, so this city definitely has some waves! But you don’t have to be a surfing champ to enjoy Newcastle’s clean and scenic beaches such as Merewether, Nobbys Beach and Dixon Park Beach. Nobby’s is regarded as the safest beach for swimming and its open all year as well!

3. Newcastle Ocean Baths

Newcastle Ocean Baths

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A seaside attraction in its own right, the Newcastle Ocean Baths has a classical-style façade, an art deco pavilion and a wave-cut rock platform. As a bonus, it has on-site lockers so you can keep your belongings safe.

4. Darby Street

Darby Street

This bustling street is only a seven-minute walk away from our parking facilities. You can sample Newcastle’s dining in one of the 25+ cafes or 20+ restaurants. Check out one of the fashion boutiques, or pick up some second-hand books from the much-loved Cooks Hill Books and Records.

5. Heritage Listing Lock-Up

Darby Street

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This heritage building was the Newcastle Police Station and lock up until 1982 but is now the home of a fascinating multi-disciplinary art space. With galleries and exhibitions, heritage-listed cells and a residencies program, the Lock-Up is sure to keep history and art lovers occupied.

6. Newcastle Museum

Newcastle Museum

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Discover Newcastle’s intriguing history with Newcastle Museum’s variety of permanent exhibitions: A Newcastle Story shines a light on the character and past of this city, Supernova is an interactive science centre with an area just for kids, while Fire and Earth explores Newcastle’s coal mining history.

7. Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

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Looking very much like a magnificent castle, this extravagant Anglican church has been a worship place for over 190 years, and a tour will allow you to see its raised roof, impressive organ and beautiful gardens.

8. Bogey Hole

Bogey Hole

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Cut into rocks by convicts in 1819, the Bogey Hole is a small seaside swimming spot popular with those who don’t want to get their feet sandy when they cool off.

9. Fine Food

Fine Food

Outside of Darby Street there are many sweet spots to go out for a meal in Newcastle. All around the city you can find fine dining, beachside eats, seafood (naturally), and bargains. Try King Street or Hunter Street to get started.

10. Flying High

Flying High

If you’re a sucker for a good view, see Newcastle from up high by going paragliding, hang-gliding or skydiving. You’ll have an unbeatable view of Newcastle’s magnificent beaches, so what better time to overcome your fear of heights?

With so many fun things to do and places to visit in Newcastle NSW, all you have to do is park your car and be off to explore this city. 

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