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Top Choice Historic Site in Newcastle

Fort Scratchley

Perched above Newcastle Harbour, this fascinating 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 submarin…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Newcastle


Book in advance for a table at tiny Subo, an innovative, highly lauded restaurant serving light, exquisite food with a contemporary French influence. The restaurant exclusively serves a five-course menu that changes…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Newcastle


If new Newcastle had a beating heart, it would be found at this happening bar-cafe-diner. It’s the place to be at all hours for delicious egg breakfasts, share plates from the wood-fired oven and late-night bar snac…
Top Choice Bar in Newcastle

Coal & Cedar

Pull up a stool at the long wooden bar in this Prohibition-era styled speakeasy; in the early days it was so underground they didn't even publish the address. Now the secret is out, you'll find Newcastle's finest dr…
Cafe in Newcastle

Blue Water Pizza

Bright and brassy, this lively waterfront eatery is the place to come for wood-fired pizza, particularly on a Monday when all pies are a bargain $14.
Cafe in Newcastle


Start the day with breakfast at this sun-drenched cafe overlooking Newcastle Beach – although there's no rush as it's served all day. When the temperature soars, drop by for gelato.
Nature Reserve in Newcastle

Blackbutt Reserve

Sitting in a tract of bushland with plenty of walking trails and picnic areas, this council-run reserve has enclosures of native critters: koalas, wallabies, wombats and a cacophonic chorus of native birds. It's a s…
Gallery in Newcastle

Newcastle Art Gallery

Ignore the brutalist exterior as inside this remarkable regional gallery are more than 5000 wonderful works; highlights include art by Newcastle-born William Dobell and John Olsen as well as Brett Whiteley and moder…
Art in Newcastle

This is Not Art Festival

In early October, an independent arts and new media festival for emerging and established writers, artists and music makers.
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…