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CITY CREW: Eating, uncovering & exploring in Newcastle for families

It’s a great time of the year to bring the family into town and explore our ever-evolving city. The warm weather, exciting new places to eat and the unique shops offer a virtual playground for families to enjoy. Below you’ll find some ideas for your next family adventure in our town.


Every family outing needs adventure and or some physical activity. Below you’ll find three options that will not only entertain the whole family but really showcase Newcastle at it’s best.

The Beach

Our beaches are the jewel in the Newcastle crown. They are what visitors from out of town are drawn to on arrival and for very good reason. It’s hard to go past our beautiful beaches, and they’re a literal playground for families to enjoy and explore. You can relax with a dip in the ocean or by exploring the rock pools, but if you want to kick it up a notch you can always bring a ball along for a game of volleyball or check out one of the many learn to surf schools.

#PROTIP: The Kiosk at Newcastle Beach do a mean coffee.

Newcastle Art Gallery

It’s not a widely known fact, but Newcastle Art Gallery has one of Australia’s most substantial public art collections outside the major capital cities. Not only that but throughout the year the gallery plays host to some of the country’s most exciting art exhibitions. Their Art Trails are a great way to entertain children in the Gallery, offering questions, puzzles, clues and quirky pieces of information and the Torchlight Tours offer a fun family night not to be missed!

#PROTIP: Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm the Newcastle Art Gallery hosts Art Cart. It’s a free, drop-in activity with no bookings required. The only stipulation is that children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nobbys Headland, Lighthouse & Breakwall

No trip to Newcastle is complete without a walk along the breakwall, but you’d be surprised just how many locals haven’t taken the stroll. And if you’re making the trip on Saturday or Sunday you can venture up the hill to the lighthouse area between 8 am and 4 pm. For free. The headland is a great spot for that perfect Instagram shot and once you reach the end of the breakwall you’re gifted a truly unique perspective on the city.

#PROTIP: Grab a Bykko from the Newcastle Interchange to take your trip to the breakwall to the next level.


Newcastle is packed full of great places to eat. Below you’ll find just three we think will excite and entice even the fussiest eater in the family.

Valerie’s Pizza Parlour

Who doesn’t love pizza? This is, apparently, Australia’s first Detroit-style pizza shop and it’s right in the heart of Newcastle. For the uninitiated, Detroit-style is all about rectangular pizza that has a thick crisp crust, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Inside the Hunter Street restaurant, you’ll find a laid back, friendly vibe with relaxed service perfect for a family lunch or dinner.

#PROTIP: Taking the family out can often be a little stressful for the adults… Valerie’s has a cheeky list of cocktails that just might take the edge off.

Beach Burrito Co

Located opposite The Delaney Hotel in Darby Street, Beach Burrito Co serves up lashings of exceptional Mexican cuisine at affordable prices. If you’ve built up a hunger exploring the nearby beaches, you should head straight to the burrito section of the menu but they also offer salads, tacos and smaller eats like Jalapeno Poppers and corn chips with guacamole.

#PROTIP: If you’ve got little ones, grab a spot out the back in the courtyard.

Chiefly East 

Sandwiches are the backbone of family eating and the offerings here will have both kids and adults looking forward to their next visit. There’s the standard menu and an ever-evolving daily specials menu. The hardest thing about a visit to Chiefly East is choosing what you’re going to order. Viva la sandwich!

#PROTIP: This is the perfect option if you want to grab some takeaway on the way to the beach, park or picnic spot.


Take home a little part of Newcastle and spend some dollars with the characters reshaping our amazing city.


Got a teenager in your tribe? Well, Abicus is the place to head. Along with their highly curated lineup of fashion, Abicus is also known for its selection of vinyl, music books, Impossible Project Film and vintage Polaroid cameras. Culture hunters could spend the best part of an hour just browsing here.

#PROTIP: Not sure what you’re looking for? Start a convo with the staff here, tell them what you’re into and they will absolutely point you in the right direction.

High Swan Dive

This glorious hidden gem, located in King Street, isn’t your usual family-friendly spot at first glance. But, trust us, the kids will love it and you’ll be hard-pressed not to pick up a new green family member after browsing around this amazing space.

#PROTIP: High Swan Dive also has a shop in Glebe Rd, Merewether that’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 am till 3 pm

Timeless Textiles

Timeless Textiles Gallery is a centre of fibre and textile art. If you’re interested in textile crafts or just want to get away from screens, this is your spot. This place provides an opportunity to explore the beauty, wonder and collectability of all forms of fibre art.

#PROTIP: Check out their range of funky, unique and colourful jewellery!


These itineraries are all part of the Peninsula City Project which gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with the characters reshaping our amazing city.

You can find out more about the project by clicking here.

Written by Newcastle Live

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