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Top 10 Things to Do in Newcastle

top 10 things to do in Newcastle, Australia


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Newcastle or Newie (as it’s called by the locals) is a harbour city in Australia enclosed with incredible coastline with amazing beaches. It is considered to be a world famous surfing destination that hosts annual international surfing competition or ‘Surfest’. But Newcastle is not only known for its beaches, it also has number of attractions including sightseeing, art & music, theaters, museums, galleries, outdoor activities and adventure sports. The best way to make the most of your time in this charming city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Newcastle. Make sure to read our list for you.

Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley was the only military installation on the East Coast of Australia that actually fired guns in anger during WWII when a Japanese Submarine surfaced & shot shells at Newcastle. I guess they were after the Port installations or the Shipyards. […]

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Newcastle’s Annual Surfest

Surfest began back in 1985 as an initiative of Newcastle City Council, who were looking for a ‘major event’ to host within the city. Well… they got it all right! […]

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Beautiful Beaches & Some History

You can also take advantage of the five kilometres of Newcastle Beach’s walking path, called Bathers’ Way to explore more of the beachfront. You can download a map for this wal from the website below. […]

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Newcastle Art Gallery

The two storey gallery in Laman Street, Cooks Hill always seems to have a very eclectic mix of works. I just happened to be viewing 3 of Rodin’s sculptures when I realised I hadn’t seen that many in one room ever. […]

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King Edward Park

Right smack in the middle of the city there is a park. Actually there are several parks. One that has views to die for and wonderful landscaping is King Edward Park. […]

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Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

There are so many themed gardens, the Protea garden [south african plants] was one of my favorites, and the Succulent garden would have to be one of the best I have ever seen, so many different types of cacti here! They also have an area with the plants that grow in the region. Rainforest, Wetland, a really nice place for a stroll! […]

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Bush Stone-Curlew

Some Facts on the Bush Stone Curlew.
Also called the bush thick knee or Willaroo.
Scientific name is Burhinus grallarius.
The bird is now one of Australia’s Endangered Birds. […]

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Blackbutt Nature Reserve

Whilst walking though the various aviaries of Blackbutt Reserve you will see a nice selection of parrots. This is a rosella, a fairly common variety and one of the more colourful though there are several that fit into that category, the lorikeets being a notable example and they have a couple of species on display here as well.
For the budding ornithologist this is a great place to kick off your Australian tour. […]

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Tanilba Bay

Tanilba Bay means ‘place of wild flowers’ [thought to be Flannel flowers] It is located in a quiet spot, surrounded on three sides by the waters of Port Stephens and Tilligerry Creek. […]

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