Top 10 Things to do in Newcastle with Kids

Are you searching for things to do in Newcastle with the kids? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Enjoy these local favourite family activities and make lifelong memories in our charming city.


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Are you searching for things to do in Newcastle with the kids? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Enjoy these local favourite family activities and make lifelong memories in our charming city.

Cowrie Hole Rockpools

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Cowrie Hole Rockpools

Located near the ocean baths in Newcastle you’ll find Cowrie Hole rockpools. These natural pools are the perfect excuse to get the kids up close and personal with sea life plus it’s an affordable activity the whole family can enjoy.

Speers Point Park & Sals Cafe

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Speers Point Park & Sals Café

You have to take the kids to Speers Point Park in Newcastle! Winner of best play space in Australia, this exciting park is located in Lake Macquarie and is packed full of fun. There is a bike track, flying fox, huge slide, picnic space, BBQ area and even a café so the parents can sit back and relax as well.


Misty Valley Blueberry Farm

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Misty Valley Blueberry Farm

Get back to nature and pick your own delicious blueberries with the kids at the Misty Valley Blueberry Farm, around a 50 minute drive from Newcastle (and well worth it!). Picking season is from mid-December to late January and is a must do if in Newcastle over summer. It costs around $15 per bucket and the whole family is welcome.


Fighter World

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Fighter World

Aviation lovers or not, the kids will love Fighter World! It’s full of planes from over the decades and little pilots can get in the cockpit of selected aircrafts. Situated just 20 minutes north of Newcastle, Fighter World is a must do with admission only $40 for a family of 2 adults and all kids under the age of 18.



Newcastle Museum

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Newcastle Museum

The Newcastle Museum is an all time family favourite with something for everyone to enjoy, including an under fives zone for even the littlest of visitors. Best of all, entry is completely free!


Blackbutt Reserve

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Blackbutt Reserve

A full day activity for the whole family is awaiting you at Blackbutt Reserve. There’s animals galore with koalas, wallabies, wombats, peacocks and loads of other critters sure to interest the kids. Pack your walking shoes and be prepared to pay admission and parking charges for this exciting day out.




Hunter Wetlands Centre

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Hunter Wetlands Centre

The Hunter Wetlands Centre gets the kids out into nature and learning about animals and the environment. Activities include dip netting for bugs, a treasure hunt and walking tracks. Admission is very affordable at $10 for adults and $5 for the kids (under 3 years old are free).


Newcastle Memorial Walk

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Newcastle Memorial Walk

Take the family to experience stunning 360 degree views of Newcastle on this ANZAC dedicated boardwalk and bridge. There are several viewing platforms along the way with picturesque views of Newcastle and the South Pacific Ocean, all pram friendly.  



Newcastle Beach

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Newcastle Beach

As with most Australian cities, the beach is always a favourite for families with children. It’s cheap and there’s endless entertainment to be had in the water and on the sand. Newcastle Beach has lifeguards 7 days a week during swimming season and is easily accessible from Newcastle CBD.



Broughton Island

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Broughton Island

For families seeking a little more adventure with the kids in Newcastle, why not visit Broughton Island and spend a night or two under the stars? You need to pre-book a campsite and bring all your own camping supplies, but there are plenty of things to do including swimming, fishing, boating, snorkelling and generally enjoying the great outdoors.

Pack your hats, sunscreen and maybe a snack or two and take the kids on an adventure every day with these things to do in Newcastle!  

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