I love driving up to Newcastle and going on little outings for the day. Every time I go up there I find a new place that amazes me. Newcastle has a lot to offer from beaches, cute cafes, beautiful walks, historical sites and old pubs. I have created this list to share of my favourite and most recommended places to visit in Newcastle- NSW.
Newcastle Farmers Markets-
Located outside in the entertainment centre, the farmers markets is on every Sunday from 7am-1pm. Apart from the abundance of different fruits and vegetables, the markets also have food carts, coffee vans and a wide range of other local produce. It’s a great morning out for the family, to have a walk around or to do some plastic free shopping! This is now my favourite thing to do in Newcastle after only recently finding out it exists!
A unique coastal water spot in NSW, Boggie Hole is unlike anything you have seen before. After a short drive through King Edwards Park, you must park on the side of the road (very busy during summer) and walk down to find the right spot. The views are amazing from up the top and the walk is about 5 minutes down the stairs. Once at the top of Boggie Hole, there is a metal staircase leading you down to the secluded area. Similar to ocean baths, the small pool has access to the ocean via waves that break over the rocks. It is a very small and a popular area but definitely worth a visit to take some photo, watch the sunrise and go for a swim.
This is one of the most popular streets in Newcastle due to the vast amount of quirky shops, cafes and restaurants. In summer the street becomes very alive at night time with many people going out for dinner and drinks. I would recommend walking through here to have a meal, to maybe get a gelato and to have a look at some of the cute shops.
Newcastle Memorial Walk to Bar Beach-
This is only a 15-20 minute walk, but with stunning views of the coastline. I highly recommend doing this walk, although be prepared for strong, cold winds (especially in Winter). The walk was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the business of making steel in Newcastle. So be filled with history and awe at the same time!
Once an old bank, now this whole food and mostly plant based cafe creates some amazing dishes to try. They have a large selection of raw treats and many different cold or hot beverages to try. This is one of my favourite cafes in Newcastle and although it is a little pricey, I am happy to spend a little extra with the great service and quality of food you receive.
Nobby’s Head and Coastal Walk-
This beach and lighthouse is one of the main icons for Newcastle, NSW. Nobby’s Beach is very popular in Summer, with lifesavers and a local cafe right on the beachfront. Further along you can walk down to the lighthouse, which shows some stunning views of the harbour front. Fort Scratchley is in the opposite direction, high above on a hill. You can drive up closer or walk from Nobby’s Beach and experience this old military site which was used during WW11 with the Japanese submarines.
Based in unique old and small buildings, Newcastle Museum is definitely worth visiting for a historical tour of Newcastle and surrounding areas. The general admission is free and they are open 10am-5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. You won’t spend the whole day there because it is quite small but it really is interesting learning about the history of Newcastle in steel making.
A popular walking or cycling track that covers 15km from Adamstown to Belmont. This is a really peaceful and nature filled walk where you will go through 2 long tunnels and pass old railway stations and old rail relics still visible next to the track. There are a few access points making the whole track shorter if necessary, more information can be found here.