Top things to do in Sydney Region

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 Modern Australian in Newcastle

Edwards

If new Newcastle had a beating heart, it would be found at this happening West End bar-cafe-diner, stylishly flaunting its warehouse chic on this light-industrial street. It’s the place to be at all hours, for delic…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Katoomba

Echo Point

Echo Point's cliff-top viewing platform offers a magical prospect of the area's most essential sight, a rocky trio called the Three Sisters. Warning: the point draws vast, serenity-spoiling tourist gaggles, their id…
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 European in Hunter Valley

Muse Kitchen

For a fabulous lunch, head to this relaxed incarnation of the Hunter's top restaurant, Muse. Dine outside on a seasonal menu of European bistro food inspired by the vegetables, fruit and herbs grown up the road. Sav…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Hunter Valley

Muse Restaurant

Inside the dramatic Hungerford Hill winery complex is the area's highest-rated restaurant, offering sensational contemporary fare and stellar service in an attractive modern space. Presentation is exquisite, especia…
Top Choice Landmark in Katoomba

Three Sisters

The Blue Mountains' essential sight is a rocky trio called the Three Sisters. The story goes that the sisters were turned to stone by a sorcerer to protect them from the unwanted advances of three young men, but the…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Hawkesbury River

Berowra Waters Inn

Wow! On the riverbank upstream from Berowa Waters township and only accessible by boat or seaplane, this Glenn Murcutt–designed restaurant is a real showstopper. The inn has a sensational Mod Oz degustation menu and…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Newcastle

Coal & Cedar

Pull up a stool at the long wooden bar in this Prohibition-style speakeasy; early on it was so underground it didn't even publish the address. Now the secret's out, you'll find Newcastle's finest drinking old-fashio…
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 …