Newcastle Travel Guide

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Newcastle Highlights

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     the surf, the beaches, the music scene and of course Newcastles laid back lifestyle!! 

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     taxi's can be a nightmare, eccentric trash, slummy areas. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A pleasant stopover between Sydney and Brisbane 

Newcastle Things to Do

  • Newcastle Art Bazaar

    Every December at Civic Park there's an art bazaar. How do I know? Because I was one of the stall holders!One of 120 in fact. There's a wonderfully diverse range of the arts on display from music to all manner of arts. Everything in the tents is for sale (except the staff) and it's a great place to find a bargain or just enjoy yourself.

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  • BLACKBUTT WILDLIFE RESERVE

    Located just outside Newcastle city is this wonderfully maintained Wildlife Reserve . Recently I was invited for a "mini VT meet up" at this location and we were having a small get togeather For Dorrise and friend who was visiting from Cairns ..The meeting?BBQ was set up by " "Betska" and what a great job she did organising it Thanks also to her...

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  • The changing face

    Like very city around the world, things change, some for better, some for worse. Around the beach area along the Merewether/Dixon Park/Bar Beach strip things are getting better.There's a new skating ramp at the rear of Bar Beach, a whole new restaurant complex at Merewether and new picnic facilities in the park at the back of Dixon Park that...

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Newcastle Restaurants

  • Newcastle's best seafood restaurant

    This is seafood of the highest order. I love the freshness of it, I love the way it's cooked and I find the service to be very good.Price wise it's not at the cheaper end of the spectrum but you'll not regret eating here. I've had fish here in two different forms, the beer battered is one of the cheaper items and it is delicious. Can't speak...

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  • Lots, but the Bogie Hole is...

    I used to frequent this place a lot but I've since moved out of town. This place is in a lovely location, not too far from the beach and has an ambience I've always liked. The food is good and the menu covers a range of diets and is reasonably priced so you shouldn't get any shocks here.The Bogie Hole Cafe offers al fresco and sits between two...

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  • An air of satisfaction

    The view. What we're talking about here is a sweeping landscape through a sculpture park completed by the serene waters of Lake Macquarie, Australia's largest seaboard lake.The pleasant staff seem to be afflicted by the tranquil setting and a relaxed atmosphere is guaranteed, even if they're busy, particularly on weekends. We loved the soup but,...

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Newcastle Nightlife

  • Vintage

    The Great Northern has had a chequered career. When railway was king this used to be a thriving establishment. Since those days it has gone through a succession of owners but, as Newcastle's profile continues its rapid change, there is life in the old, now converted, beast yet.Its proximity to some backpacker establishments and the influx of new...

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  • Pub by the harbour, mark two

    This venue, opened late 2010, was an instant hit and has, along with other cafes etc., helped to open up the foreshore even further.Although in this pic it seems rather forlorn, it was taken early one rainy morning. In the evening the place is bustling with life.It's situated in a converted warehouse from bygone days, so good that the shape has...

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  • Blues/Rock

    There aren't many places left in Newcastle that support live bands but Wickham Park Hotel is one. I know this because my son's band (Swan) gets to play there from time to time.The Ritz it's not but if you want down to earth music played by good musicians then you could do worse than check out the bands they have scheduled. Dress code here is...

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Newcastle Transportation

  • SYDNEY TO NEWCASTLE BY INTERCITY TRAIN

    NEWCASTLE .Todays journey to Newcastle was an enjoyable one..I say that as I love to travel by train as there are usualy very few hassles involved with train travel. I took this City to Newcastle service as I felt like a train ride and as this was the next train to leave Central I boarded the 10.42 am Intercity. There were plenty of seats to be had...

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  • USE THE LOCAL FREE BUSSES.

    NEWCASTLE When I visited Newcastle again today I arrived by train so had to search out the transport situation upon arrival!! Just like Woolongong and Sydney City the local CBD (Commercial Buisiness District ) busses are free .. except here in Newcastle they are only free between (9.00 AM and 3.00 PM.) But thats fine as this is the time mostly...

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  • The Stockton Ferry

    If you're dining at Queens Wharf then you're sure to notice a little ferry docking from time to time.Now, when I was a lad you either caught that or the punt with your car to get over to Stockton. These days there is no punt. Now that it's gone I have to admit that I miss it, or one of the three that were used.No, there's a bridge today; actually,...

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Newcastle Shopping

  • What's on in Wickham

    Wickham is a suburb not noted for its shopping but there is a boutique wine seller located right in the middle who knows his stuff and only sells top quality. I have to thank my eldest son for putting me on to this. Rather than waffle on, I'll quote the man from his own site-'Peter Howland gets to know his single vineyard wines intimately. It's the...

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  • Honeysuckle Markets

    Held every sunday morning in a large shed and the surounds the Honeysuckle markets are a nice place to spend the morning shopping, catching up with friends and relaxing away from the city. An assortment of crafts, food and other odds and ends. anything from nothing to alot

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  • Newcastle Mall

    An assortment of stores surround the Newcastle Mall. From Department Stores, to smaller specific stores, also a great place to stop for lunch. everything

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Newcastle Local Customs

  • Sooooooooo fresh

    Frankie Frasca's Fruit Affair. A name I've never forgot. This guy is something of a legend. He made his name doing one minute ads each week on the radio and his personality burst across the airwaves.Then, suddenly, after a few years, Frank was out of the fruit market and in to the restaurant business. People used to go to his restaurant because,...

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  • Show us your motor.

    If you're a petrol head you'll probably be heading to the Wharf Road/Esplanade area on the weekend. Here you will see endless hotted up 4 cylinder Asian cars with matching boom boxes parked end to end for about two kilometres.The thing that amazes me is that some of them bring their fold out chairs just to sit on the roadside or in the gutter and...

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  • Storm chasing

    A lot of the storms at Newcastle come in from the south. An ideal place to watch them arrive is Bar Beach carpark which, rather obviously, is what we are doing here!This is also quite near a spot where hang gliders take off when the wind is right. One such person once caught the updraft and soared about 40kms inland!One or two others have found...

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Newcastle Warnings and Dangers

  • BATHE BETWEEN THE SAFETY FLAGS

    NOBBYS BEACH When swimming at Nobbys or any city beach in Australia ALWAYS swim between the safety flags. Nobbys Beach has its own Surf Club and its own dedicated group of Surf Lifesavers. Australia prides itself on its Surf Life Saving fraternity of mostly volunteers who save thousands of swimmers every year that get into difficulties on our...

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  • Speaking of storms

    When the swells are up and people come to have a look it never ceases to amaze me just how many people still get caught.If you haven't been raised or taken part in surfing I have only one word to say - BEWARE!It always happens on Nobbys Breakwall. Every time the seas are up, people go out to have a look and don't notice the bleeding obvious signs...

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  • Beware the storm

    There were around 50 ships off the port of Newcastle. The day was June 8th, 2007. There had been a severe weather warning and most ships took the hint and cleared out. Some, however, grossly underestimated nature's power. At one stage four ships were in danger of founding. The first one to beach was the Pasha Bulker, an ore carrying ship of 40,000...

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Newcastle Tourist Traps

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    Yet one thing one must witness is NEWCASTLE AT NIGHT, its the TRUE city of light, all famous landmarks,historical or natural areas are illuminated with spectacular colours ,every night! ITS A MUST SEE!

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Newcastle What to Pack

  • Bring beachwear and a camera

    Beach gear, and sunscreen (you can burn very quickly here). usually our weather obeys the seasonal norms, but occasionally it goes haywire (the two photos were taken from the same spot an hour apart in Sept '04) everything is readily available same with photo equipment plenty of great camping locations in surrounding area so if you're into...

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  • Packing List

    The Civic Fountain in Newcastle, it's right next to the station, you can't miss it, and is basically the starting point of many walks around this charming place.

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  • Summer time is simmer time

    A pair of thongs or sandals is good in summer as it can get quite hot when you're up at the beach. Do bring sunburn cream. If you are from Europe you will get burnt to a crisp if you don't take precautions. Remember, Australia is the melanoma (skin cancer) capital of the world and we don't need you to add to our statistics. Polarizing filters...

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Newcastle Off The Beaten Path

  • Hunter Botanical Gardens

    I re-visited this place, this time in summer when many of the flowering plants have moved on from their blossoming stage but, not so the cacti. In addition, it's peak time for dragonflies, one of my favourite photographic subjects. The main one there is called a fiery skimmer but many others can be seen as well, including tau emeralds, rosy...

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  • The fernery

    Eventually, I met Craig. As I waited for some birds to come a couple of dogs came happily running along the path, eventually followed by their owner. It transpires that Craig and his wife are the main ones responsible for all the tracks (probably 4-5 kms of them) that criss-cross the area.He tipped me off about the creek. It's hardly fit to be...

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  • The quarry

    I used to look across the northern end of the lake to the big hill, wherein lay the gravel quarry. I had a small yearning to go and have a look but, I was young and growing up and other things took priority. In the fullness of time I moved away but, nearly 40 years later I moved back to the lake, right beneath the quarry.So it was that I decided to...

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Newcastle Sports & Outdoors

  • Water sports

    Newcastle is big on water sports. A new marina, completed in 2003, has opened and already has added colour to the harbour.Surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, body surfing, fishing, swimming, sailing, cruising on Lake Macquarie or Nelson Bay, kayaking, rowing and surf boat rowing are all popular, especially in spring to autumn.Facilities are many...

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  • "The Forum"

    The Forum at the University of Newcastle has the 2nd highest climbing wall in Australia. At an awesome height of 18 metres, the artificial wall is a magnificent centre piece of The Forum where members and guests can experience the extreme world of climbing. The colour coded routes range from an easy 10 for the beginner to the more advanced...

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  • Mucking about in boats

    Yachting has taken on a new lease of life since the opening of the Newcastle Marina around the turn of the century.Most sundays they head out for some offshore racing and you'll often see them right up close as they come out through the breakwalls.This shot was taken from Nobbys breakwater.

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Newcastle Favorites

  • Glenrock State Recreation Area

    This is a place near Newcastle where you can mountain bike, bushwalk, hang glide, fish, bird watch or surf, no wonder they call it a "recreation area"!There are mountain bikes tracks criss-crossing the whole area and many bushwalking trails, some of which take you down to the beaches. On this particular trip I came in from the Dudley end and was...

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  • Green Point - Lake Macquarie

    The Green Point you can walk today is a result of a protracted battle over nearly 70 years that commenced when 400 hectares was at stake. In the end, 152 hectares were set aside as Green Point Foreshore Reserve after protracted negotiations with a developer who wanted to set up a major tourist complex and marina but ultimately was conceded 66...

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  • Newcastle Regional Museum

    Out the back of Civic Railway Station there's a new attraction in town. It's the Newcastle Regional Museum and it took around a decade to get the old train workshop building converted into its new life.There's also a kiosk there should you become a little peckish or thirsty.Newcastle Museum is open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. You may think...

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