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Are you planning a Newcastle staycation?

Let’s face it. The closest most of us will get to going ‘overseas’ this year is a ferry ride to Stockton and back. 

And perhaps we just need to embrace that fact. 

It might be time we all took a Newcastle staycation. A Newy holistay? 

Call it what you will, now could be the perfect time to see your local area as a destination. Take a look at it through the eyes of a tourist. 

With businesses throughout the city operating with COVID safe practices, there are plenty of options out and about, in your own backyard.

Sipping a coffee to rival any around the world before heading to the Anzac Memorial Walk on a clear day, taking a break along the way to watch pods of dolphins surf the waves below.

A beautiful way to start the day.

A long lunch followed by a little shopping. Farmers markets, flower markets. Tour through an art gallery, spot of golf, spirit sipping or some inner-city wine tasting?

Sitting back and relaxing – enjoying live music, a comedy show, cycling the coast or taking a boat ride around the harbour.

Finishing up with cocktail hour and a dinner of fresh local produce and native Australian ingredients. 

Sounds totally delicious!

If you need some help getting your “tourist” on you can call into the newly opened Newcastle Visitor Information Centre. The Information Centre is located in the recently renovated Civic Railway Station at 430 Hunter Street, Newcastle and is currently open Monday – Saturday.

Here you’ll find maps, self-guided walking trails, Newcastle souvenirs and products created by talented makers and artists local to the area.

You can also head to the Visit Newcastle website for some inspiration.

And you don’t even need a passport!