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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Newcastle Art Gallery presents a dynamic range of exhibitions and events for the local community and visitors alike, and is nationally recognised for one of the finest public collections in Australia. lack Totem II, one of only two large sculptures ever produced by the late Australian artist, Brett Whiteley stands 11 metres high in the Gallery forecourt, and John Olsen's ceiling painting The sea sun of five bells 1964 is on permanent display inside. It's collection continues to grow, through the support of the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation, the Newcastle Art Gallery Society, and the benefaction of countless individuals, artists, and companies. Founded on a 1945 bequest from Dr Roland Pope consisting of almost 200 major Australian paintings, it now numbers more than 6,700 works. Key artists include: Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, Rupert Bunny, Judy Cassab, Grace Cossington-Smith, John Coburn, William Dobell, Donald Friend, Emily Kame Kgnwarreye, Margaret Olley, Margaret Preston, Lloyd Rees, Brett Whiteley, as well as extensive Indigenous art and Japanese ceramics sub-collections. The nation’s first purpose-built regional gallery; Newcastle Art Gallery was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in March 1977.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Flower Shop
“Newcastle Museum is a vibrant and welcoming centre for and about Newcastle. The new Museum opened to the community on 4 August 2011. Located in the historic Honeysuckle Railway workshops, the Museum is right in the heart of Newcastle. The new Museum is a more than simply a re-invention of the original Newcastle Regional Museum which was located in Newcastle West and founded in 1988 as a Bicentennial project. It is a reinvigorated, contemporary Museum that brings new exhibitions and experiences in a centre designed to provide efficient and sustainable services as well as appealing and accessible programs. Newcastle Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays except during holidays when it remains open seven days a week. The Museum aims to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Entry is free.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Newcastle's Memorial Walk is a spectacular coastal walk with a personal connection for thousands of locals. The 450 metre walk along the cliff top links Newcastle’s Strzelecki Lookout to Bar Beach. Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the commencement of steel making in Newcastle; it acts as a magnificent memorial to the men and women of the Hunter who served their community and their country. The Walk is located above Memorial Drive The Hill, on Strzelecki Headland (between Bar Beach and King Edward Park).”
  • 46 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the site of an old fort originally built in the early 1800s and is the only fort in Australia to have fired its guns at the Japanese during WWII. It's a nice historical spot that kids will love but there is also a great view of the harbour and city from the lawns.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Nature
“Head out on the breakwall past the lighthouse for a lovely walk being surrounded by water! Watch the big container ships come into port right next to you walking.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Connecting to Bathers Way is the poignant Newcastle Memorial Walk. Suspended above the sea, this scenic bridge and walkway was built to commemorate the centenary of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and honor the fallen soldiers. You can also spot whales from here during their annual migration, from late May through early November.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Pub
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“Honeysuckle Hotel is not your traditional Restaurant / Bar / Pub, Located right on the harbour in the Honeysuckle precinct. Honeysuckle Hotel offers great views, regular entertainment and a dance floor, for more options near by head to the boardwalk to explore more bars and restaurants all with harbour views.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Newcastle Beach has a reputation for being one of the best surf locations in Australia and is a favoured spot for board riders wishing to catch that perfect wave off Newcastle Point. Lifeguard Services are provided seven days a week during swimming season. A stroll between Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Beach will take approximately 15 minutes along the scenic Bather’s Way, with iconic Newcastle Ocean Baths in between. There is easy access from Newcastle Central Business District, train and bus facilities. Plus it has a kiosk and shaded table area, (kiosk open during swimming season), volley ball nets and change room facilities available.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Market town shopping centre is spread over two sites. One side has a Coles and specialty shops and the other side has Woolworths and Big W and specialitiy shops. Dan Muprhys and Liquorland, Post Office, Chemists, health food stores, fashion shops, Newsagents etc. it's all there. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Theatre
“This beautiful Venue is a Premier Regional Theatre & one of the most exquisite in Australia.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Nature
“A must visit for the beach lovers, the bogey hole is a natural swimming pool etched in the rocks at the far end of Newcastle Beach.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
“Goldbergs has been open as long as i can remember. Located on the popular Darby street that is full of a great selection of cafe's, restaurants and bars, for Goldbergs it's the perfect place to grab a coffee, tea, drink or meal and simply relax and socialise. If you are hungry i insist you try the chicken walnut carbonara! it's 10/10”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Rustica offers stunning views overlooking Newcastle Beach. Mediterranean cuisine and a full selection of fine wines. Rustica Newcastle Beach was established in 2011, and offers diners a varied menu featuring dishes from tapas, to main fare, that is typical of med-basin Mediterranean cuisine. Their chefs source local product where they can, including Port Stephens oysters, Upper Hunter lamb, and Hunter Valley verjuice. Call 02 4929 3333 to book your reservation for casual or corporate dining today. $$ - $$$, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options. U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beach
“Newcastle's highest profile beach, it is a favoured swimming spot for family groups and those learning to surf and some of the local dolphins. The first beach on the Bather's Way, take a walk along the break-wall and to Nobby's Lighthouse. The walk from Nobbys to Newcastle Beach taked in Newcastle Ocean baths and the Historic Soldier's Baths Rock Pool. Catch the Light Rail to the Newcastle Beach stop, and walk from there, or parking available onsite. Offering picnic areas with BBQ grills.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Small ‘Speak Easy’ Whisky Bar with excellent bar staff and great vibe. Often live music on Wednesday nights and weekends. Take your mobile phone as you need to text a code at the front door to get let in : ) ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar Petit is a cosy cocktail lounge near the Novotel. They have a great food menu, too. A popular spot after work and on weekends. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Rustica offers stunning views overlooking Newcastle Beach. Mediterranean cuisine and a full selection of fine wines. Rustica Newcastle Beach was established in 2011, and offers diners a varied menu featuring dishes from tapas, to main fare, that is typical of med-basin Mediterranean cuisine. Their chefs source local product where they can, including Port Stephens oysters, Upper Hunter lamb, and Hunter Valley verjuice. Call 02 4929 3333 to book your reservation for casual or corporate dining today. $$ - $$$, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options. U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle”
  • 23 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Jump on the tram and travel a few stops or go for a stroll for some great craft beer selections and good food.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Brewery
“Warehouse vibe, interesting craft beers brewed on site, fresh generous meals at reasonable price.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is great for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Junction is a great to place shop and eat - and this place is my pick. The food is fabulous, the setting is lovely, and the staff are friendly. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“The Lucky Hotel has a long history and ever since it's amazing redevelopment has one of the best beer gardens you will ever see. a must visit for a great feed, drink and to enjoy the regular local acts that perform.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Extraordinary view, right on the harbour, great seafood - order the seafood platter for two”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Great eats which you will eat right in the harbour. You beaut location particular at full moon”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Mood lit and intimate. Fine Dining with a set menu. Paired wine optional. Bookings essential. ”
  • 13 locals recommend

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