Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Newcastle

Newcastle Art Gallery

Ignore the brutalist exterior, as inside this remarkable regional gallery are some wonderful works. There's no permanent exhibition; displays rotate the gallery's excellent collection, whose highlights include art b…
Top Choice Museum in Newcastle

Newcastle Maritime Museum

Newcastle’s nautical heritage is on show at this museum, appropriately located on the harbour. The intriguing exhibition provides an insight into the soul of the city, and there's a good dose of local history, cover…
Top Choice Public Art in Newcastle

Merewether Aquarium

Not an aquarium in the traditional sense, this pedestrian underpass has been charmingly transformed into a pop-art underwater world by local artist Trevor Dickinson. There are numerous quirky details, including the …
Beach in Newcastle

Newcastle Beach

Surfers and swimmers adore this picturesque patrolled beach at the eastern end of the town centre. Nearby accommodation and eating options mean that you can base yourself here.
Nature Reserve in Newcastle

Hunter Wetlands Centre

Transformed from a dump and abandoned sporting fields into a magnificent conservation sanctuary, this swampy centre is home to over 200 species of bird, including magpie geese, freckled ducks and egrets, and a huge …
Museum in Newcastle

Newcastle Museum

This attractive museum in the restored Honeysuckle rail workshops tells a tale of the city from its Indigenous Awabakal origins to its rough-and-tumble social history, shaped by a cast of convicts, coal miners and s…
Fort in Newcastle

Fort Scratchley

Perched above Newcastle Harbour, this intriguing military site was constructed during the Crimean War to protect the city against a feared Russian invasion. During WWII the fort returned fire on a Japanese submarine…
Cathedral in Newcastle

Christ Church Cathedral

Dominating the city skyline, Newcastle's Anglican cathedral (begun in 1892, finished in 1979 and re-finished in 1997 after heavy damage in the 1989 earthquake) is filled with treasures like a gold chalice and a reme…
Beach in Newcastle

Merewether Beach

South of the city centre, this magnificent, wide stretch of sand has excellent surfing conditions and is home strand of the legendary Aussie surfer Mark Richards. At the southern end is a huge sea pool. The northern…
Viewpoint in Newcastle

Nobby's Head

Originally an island, this headland at the entrance to Newcastle’s harbour was joined to the mainland by a stone breakwater built by convicts between 1818 and 1846; many of those poor souls were lost to the wild sea…