A visit to the beautiful beachside city of Newcastle is something that everyone should plan to do. Tucked in the heart of the scenic Hunter Region, the city has an interesting arts culture, rich history, wonderful dining opportunities and a thriving shopping scene. Newcastle is a versatile city that is ever changing, and it boasts of everything from world-class business to centres of research and industry. This is a beautiful city with hardworking and genuine people, and it is definitely a great place to vacation.
Few places in the world can boast as many beaches as Newcastle. Surrounded by eight beautiful beaches, it is fair to say that life here revolves around the water. The most popular fishing and surfing locations are Merewether, Nobbys, Newcastle and Bar Beach. Their convenient location close to the centre of the city has helped to enhance the surfing culture among the locals. Enjoying an early morning dip while looking out for whales and dolphins, is a great way to while away your time.
Spending time watching activity at the busy port is something that many visitors find fascinating. You can learn a lot just watching the huge freight ships being guided into the harbour. The busy harbour is home to vessels of different sizes including fishing boats, freight ships, ferries, kayaks, yachts and private vessels. Seeing the vessels maneuver skillfully in the chaotic yet exciting scene will make your day. You can also enjoy dining at one of the restaurants where you can enjoy a front row view of the action.
Galleries and boutiques
A visit to Newcastle is not complete without immersing yourself in the local culture. The numerous boutiques and galleries along Newcastle East, Darby Street and Cooks Hill will allow you to feast your eyes on everything the city has to offer and you can shop for items to remember your trip. Take the time to enjoy a show at the Art Deco Civic Theatre and visit the Newcastle Art Gallery, which is one of AustraliaÃÂÂ¢ÃÂÂÂÃÂÂÂs leading galleries. Here you will find a wonderful collection from local and international artists.
A visit to Newcastle is not complete without a history tour of Fort Scratchley. This historic Site has a proud commanding position overlooking the Hunter River Estuary. With perfect views of Nobbys Beach and lighthouse, this is one Fortress that has an interesting military history. Christ Church Cathedral is another famous historical site that is worth visiting. The location is a survivor of Japanese submarine attacks during WWII, as well as the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake.
You can satisfy your appetite from one of the numerous restaurants the city has to offer. From the harbourside restaurants to Mediterranean restaurants in the cosmopolitan Beaumont Street, you can easily get any dining experience that you desire. Enjoy!