Hunter St, Newcastle
Great live entertainment, restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes
Perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a rich maritime history, vibrant arts culture, cool bars, acclaimed restaurants and accommodation options aplenty. Merewether Beach is also one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves and home to the international Surfest surfing competition held in February each year.
The emerging food scene in Newcastle is evident in the great restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes around the city. Sip cocktails at one of the many harbourside restaurants or bars at Honeysuckle or head to Beaumont Street in Hamilton to dine at outdoor mediterranean-style cafes. Darby Street, in Cooks Hill, is a bohemian strip with eclectic boutiques, bookshops and cafes just perfect for a late breakfast.
Port Stephens is a 40-minute drive from Newcastle. As well as beautiful waterways, Port Stephens is a great place to see dolphins in the wild and take a whale-watching cruise. Meanwhile, if you fancy a trip to a Hunter Valley vineyards, it’s only an hours’ drive from Newcastle.
Arts and culture in Newcastle
If you enjoy exploring local art galleries and museums, you’ll find plenty to experience in Newcastle. Australia’s second oldest city has a thriving arts and culture scene that has launched many talented artists, actors, singers, dancers and filmmakers.
Eating out in Newcastle
A thriving cultural scene and bustling eat streets have helped Newcastle become an exciting regional food destination. The city has four distinctive dining neighbourhoods offering plenty of opportunities for eating out in style.
If you have a passion for wine, then a visit to the nearby Hunter Valley is a must. Home to some of the oldest wine families in Australia, the Hunter Valley produces a range of tempting wines that utilise traditional methods and techniques.
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