Newcastle is located 169km northeast of Sydney on the banks of the Hunter River. The state’s second largest city enjoys a beautiful esplanade, picturesque foreshore with ocean baths and close proximity to the magnificent Hunter Valley wine region.

The scenic city is perched on a peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Shortland Esplanade is very scenic with a gorgeous beach, safe swimming ocean baths and a walkway winding along the coast. The headland views are stunning and the pathway is a great way to see the city sights.


The foreshore along Honeysuckle Drive is another heavily frequented place. With river views, cafes, restaurants, lawn and shade the setting is very inviting and indeed relaxing. Harry’s Café de Wheels is also located here, serving pies, pasties and hotdogs of all sorts from a roadside tram. The temptation is too great to ignore.

Nobby’s Beach is a popular surf beach and is patrolled by lifeguards. You can walk along the breakwall here past Nobby’s Lighthouse which is mounted on the prominent headland. Dogs are allowed on lead and on the harbor side of the breakwall is Horseshoe Beach which permits them to exercise off lead.


In the southern suburbs Bar Beach offers some good surf and lifeguard supervision and further down at Merewether is another ocean bath suitable for swimming laps in.

City and coastal views can be enjoyed from King Edward Park at the top end of York Drive and Strzelecki Scenic Lookout on The Terrace.


Another picturesque area is the Hunter Wetlands Centre, a wildlife haven on Sandgate Rd on the outskirts of town. Bird watchers can enjoy spotting different species frequenting the wetlands and canoes are available for hire. The centre also has a reptile display, café and barbeque and picnic facilities. Entry fees of $10 per adult apply.

Inland is the ever popular Hunter Valley wine region, the town of Cessnock being the region’s capital. This fabulous wine lover’s paradise is very scenic and offers a huge selection of wineries, gourmet produce, restaurants and accommodation. No visit to Newcastle is complete without venturing to the famous Hunter Valley.

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Destinations in New South Wales

Anna Bay


Batemans Bay


Blue Mountains

Bundjalung National Park

Byron Bay

Coffs Harbour


Evans Head

Hunter Valley


Lakes Way

Mt Warning National Park

Nambucca Heads

Nelson Bay



Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Port Macquarie

Royal National Park


Snowy Mountains

Stanwell Park




The Entrance


Waterfall Way




Yuraygir National Park

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