The best way to explore the stunning coastline is on the Newcastle Memorial Walk, which connects with the Bathers Way, a scenic 6km walk from historic Nobbys Lighthouse to Merewether Ocean Baths, near Glenrock State Conservation Area. Stop for a swim at the art deco Newcastle Ocean Baths and Bogey Hole, a rock pool built by convicts in 1819.
For more outdoor adventure, soar on ziplines at TreeTop Adventure Park or learn to surf with the Newcastle Surf School. Unforgettable wildlife experiences include meeting koalas at Blackbutt Reserve, and whale watching with CoastXP or Nova Cruises during their annual migration between May and November.
Don’t forget to walk the Honeysuckle harbourside precinct where you’ll find a delicious range of waterside bars, cafés and restaurants. Have lunch by the ocean at the chic Merewether Surfhouse. There are oodles of other restaurants scattered throughout the city, particularly on Darby Street. Or pick up fresh local produce at the weekly Newcastle City Farmers Market on Sundays.
Learn about the town’s rich history and heritage at the Newcastle Museum and on guided tours, including Aboriginal cultural tours, walking tours and harbour cruises. You can also tour the tunnels at Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Australia’s only coastal fortification to fire upon a World War II Japanese submarine.