Top 10 things to do in Newcastle on Public Holidays

Got time spare on your public holiday itinerary while visiting Newcastle City? Good, read on to discover our picks of things to do, places to see and a range of all age activities to suit your holiday needs.

Got time spare on your public holiday itinerary while visiting Newcastle City? Good, read on to discover our picks of things to do, places to see and a range of all age activities to suit your holiday needs.



1.Everybody’s Surfing

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Newcastle has a multitude of excellent waves that range to suit beginners through to the advanced surfer. The beach breaks right in town are super fun, as is the Merewether locale.  If you have time, take a short 16km drive south to Redhead Beach, it features 9 miles of unspoiled Pacific Ocean vistas, perfect for fishing and surfing.

 Feast at Customs House Hotel

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The Customs House Hotel is your go to zone for a quality meal - stakeout a spot on the historic balcony for sweeping harbour views or head to their excellent beer garden for a pint or three. Disclaimer; we’ve done our research thoroughly and can attest that a cold drink on the deck here is one of the top things to do in Newcastle ;)

Nobby’s Beach Lighthouse Walk

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Take a hike or rather a leisurely stroll along the scenic 5km walk aka ‘Bather’s Way’ that stretches from the lighthouse at Nobby’s to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock Reserve. The natural landscape combined with the lighthouse lookout is truly outstanding.

Visit Queens Wharf

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The Queens Wharf space is ultra pretty. There’s a brewery to sample and ample cafe’s abound. Chill out and watch the yachts and marine life create a postcard setting in real life.

 Newcastle Ocean Baths

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Arguably Newcastle’s most famous attraction, the Ocean Baths are a wonderful place to spend the day. Even in overcast weather the baths are oh so inviting. Swim, float or simply dip in your toes. The one thing you absolutely must do is GO!

Dinner on the Hunter River

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Life life to the full and treat yourself to a delicious dinner on the Hunter River. Here’s a few of our favourite’s below;



Newcastle Memorial Walk

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Stretch your legs and clear your head as you breathe in the crisp sea air. The Memorial Walk is a magnificent tribute to the men and women of the Hunter region who served their country and, in turn, their local community. The 450 meter long cliff top walkway connects Newcastle’s Strzelecki Lookout to Bar Beach.

Lunch at Merewether Beach

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Spoil yourself and your friends and go out for a group lunch in the sun at one of the most pristine beaches in all of the shire! Share meals, cheers beers and relax a while at any of the Merewether beach eateries. Get in early during holiday season to ensure your crew snags an epic beachfront view.



  1. King Edward Park

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The glorious King Edward Park has been a dedication recreation space since 1863! Featuring sunken landscaped gardens, towering Norfolk Pines and absolute oceanfront access, it is easily the best park in the region for a family picnics and barbecues. During the Summer months outdoor movies are often screened in the park after dark. Tip: King Edward Park hosts a huge gathering at the annual Christmas Carolling event.  

The Newcastle Marina

The Port of Newcastle Marina features up to 260 slips, deep sea fishing charter boats, expansive shaded garden areas, non-motorised watercraft hire (including kayaks and stand up paddle boards), a licensed snack bar and quality pierside dining. Keep an eye on their website for specialized Newcastle holiday events including wooden boat races and live music entertainment.

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