Top things to do in Newcastle

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 Cocktail Bar in Newcastle

Coal & Cedar

Pull up a stool at the long wooden bar in this Prohibition-style speakeasy where you'll find Newcastle's finest drinking Old Fashioneds to the blues. Cocktails are great; let the expert bartenders guide you. Normal …
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 flair for presentation but no frippery. The restaurant exclusively serves a five-course menu tha…
Top Choice 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; it's a great scene.
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…
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…
Wine Bar in Newcastle

Reserve Wine Bar

Run with great enthusiasm for wine but zero pretension, this bar, in a former bank, has numerous wines available from all over the world, and of course many from Newcastle’s Hunter Valley backyard. As well as weekly…
Modern Australian in Newcastle


This elegant dining room near the beach opens pleasantly to the street, where extra tables sit under the plane trees. The cuisine is refined and stylishly presented, focusing on subtle flavour and texture combinatio…
Cocktail Bar in Newcastle

The Koutetsu

Wire mesh and upside-down lampshades give an offbeat industrial vibe to this dark and atmospheric speakeasy-style West End bar. A sizeable choir of carefully selected spirits, including some fine Japanese whiskies, …
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 …