Discover the historic cityscape, remote beaches and budding culture of the port town of Newcastle. Explore the old buildings and museums of Newcastle’s downtown area, then branch out into the surrounding countryside to find beaches and a wide selection of wineries.
At over 200 years old, Newcastle is one of the oldest cities in Australia. Throughout its history, it has served as a convict-miner colony, a shipping hub and an important centre of industry for the region. Start out at Newcastle Cathedral, where you can get a great aerial view of the city from the steeple of the hilltop church. The red-brick cathedral is one of the city’s oldest buildings.
Learn about the history of this age-old port city at the Newcastle Museum. Discover the city’s humble origins as the site of a colony for convict-miners. While the colony itself has not survived, a 19th-century jail designed by some of Newcastle’s earliest architects is on display at the Lock-Up Cultural Centre. The building has been repurposed as an art gallery, so you can experience Newcastle heritage while exploring the city’s contemporary culture.
Spend an afternoon enjoying Newcastle’s beaches. Survey the waterfront from Nobby’s Head, which looks out over the city and the port. Surfers should head to Dudley Beach, a long, exposed stretch to the south of town. Families should visit Nobby’s Beach, which has calmer waters and is more centrally located. Otherwise, relax in one of the ocean baths.
Explore the area’s natural beauty at Blackbutt Reserve, a 182-hectare (450-acre) bush park. Discover trails, wildlife exhibits and panoramic views just 8 kilometres (5 miles) from town.
Newcastle is a 2-hour drive from Sydney and a 90-minute drive from the Hunter Valley, famous for its vineyards and quaint villages. Take a wine-tasting tour and sample some of Australia’s finest wines. With its outdoor attractions and intriguing past, Newcastle is a destination not to miss.
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Overlooked by a 19th-century lighthouse atop a rocky headland, this beach and its long breakwater wall are perfect for sunset strolls and romantic moments.
Bring your family to swim laps and enjoy the sun in these two pools filled with saltwater delivered by ocean waves.
Upload your portrait to the Face Wall, see a 19th-century locomotive and play with fire in the steel manufacturing simulation of this fascinating museum.
Sandboarding, Port Stephens You have to experience sandboarding in Port Stephens. The thrill of sliding down the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes is so much fun! From our meeting point at Birubi beach, you will board our custom built off road vehicles to start your adventure on the short, bouncy ride into the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere.
Take on the sands of Stockton Beach with an ATV ride that carries you across some of the biggest dunes around. This outing lets you challenge yourself on the high, shifting slopes for an adventure that's both casual and exhilarating.
Visit boutique wineries guided by local experts and learn about the wine making process while tasting over 15 different wines. Indulge in local produce and sample gourmet cheeses, chocolate and fudge. Find your favorite and buy some to take home.
The Encounter Tour is a nature-based CoastXP immersion experience. The tour focuses closely on the annual Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) migration between the months of June and November each year.
Embark on a tour around the oldest and most historic areas of Newcastle whilst learning about the city's dark, often violent past. Retrace the steps of infamous criminals and venture down prominent alleys and nooks, listening to the captivating tales that proves truth is stranger than fiction.
Spend some time exploring the beautiful Hunter Valley—Australia’s oldest wine region. Follow your expert and friendly guide on a tasting circuit that takes you to 5 different vintners, a cheese maker, and a chocolate factory—all in a day.