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Things To Do In Newcastle

Perpetually prepared for imaginative ways to get your kicks and have an eye-opening adventure, you're prepared to explore a new city like the expert traveller you are. It's not difficult to fill your days, because Expedia can hook you up with tons of things to do. Book your activities now, and all you'll have left to do is pack your luggage and get excited!

  • The things to do in Newcastle are not only top-notch, but they won't break the bank. We have 35 things to do here, and you can make them yours starting at just £14. Reserve your favourite tour on Expedia at an ideal rate, and you may still have money for a top hotel or decadent meal while you are in town.
  • Newcastle is a favourite among adventurers similar to yourself. In fact, lots of travellers have been visiting to check out local hot spots and find the top activities, and many are already planning to return. The most booked activities can grab the enthusiasm of even well-versed globetrotters, and one look at our list explains why. Our collection includes a wide range of historically themed excursions and opportunities for fun. From unequalled ways to check out the best this area has to offer like a Quad bike Adventure & Brewery Tour to spectacular ways to find the thrill of your life like the Worimi Sand Dunes Quad bike Tour, there are loads of selections at your fingertips when you consider all the options for fun available here at Expedia.

Our activities are the perfect way to organise your getaway. It takes a little planning to make the most of a trip to Newcastle, particularly when you long to pack in a lot of exciting activities. And we realise you don't want to hunker down in your hotel room遥ou're ready to get out and take it all in. You're anxious to sign up for the most essential activities around, and an exploration of historic city neighbourhoods is what you love best. Book professional area tours on Expedia, and you don't need a map.

Things to Do in Newcastle

One of the oldest cities in Australia, Newcastle punches well above its weight for its size. A one time industrial heartland, it has reinvented itself as a trendy and creative destination with a thriving gastronomic scene. Of course, there’s incredible beaches with an ever-growing surf scene backed by plenty of sunny weather. But recently they have added a whole new choice of hip bars, shopping options and a real chilled out atmosphere. Much of the regeneration has centred around the old wharves that were once used to ship steel around the world, with warehouses becoming hot new restaurants and drinking dens. Newcastle is well worth a place on any Australian itinerary.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Newcastle

Stockton - To the north of the city, this area has stunning golden beaches that stretch right the way up to Nelson Bay.

Nobbys Head - A small island connected to the mainland by a pier. Great views of the harbour and up the coast towards Stockton.

Fort Scratchley - A historic site that houses a military museum. It’s been refurbished in recent years and is just next door to the Newcastle Ocean Baths.

Bar Beach - Regarded as one of the best beaches in town, although when the sun is shining it can get a little busy.

Things to See in Newcastle

Newcastle is known for its heritage architecture - the railway station and post office are particular favourites. Walk over the pier to Nobbys Head to enjoy some great views of the harbour or climb to the top of the Queen’s Wharf Tower for views out across the whole city. The museum at Fort Scratchley is well worth a visit and the Newcastle Region Art Gallery showcases work by some of the best Australian artists. Hang out at the foreshore, a large open space with bars and cafes to enjoy, or spark up a BBQ in King Edward Park.

Things to Do in Newcastle

You can’t help but notice how big the surf scene is here, with six beaches in the city and reliable waves. With plenty of surf schools where you can arrange lessons or rent gear, it’s hard not to be inspired to get in the water. Take a dip in the Merewether baths, the largest ocean baths in the southern hemisphere or learn more about your surroundings at the Newcastle Museum, in the former headquarters of the Great Northern Railway. You can also pay a visit to Nobbys Lighthouse, which was the third to be built in New South Wales, opening back in 1854. Road trip up the coast or head inland to explore some bush walking, cycling and riversports. The Hunter Wetlands Centre and Blackbutt Reserve are just two of the top attractions to visit with stunning wildlife.