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Re-discovering Newcastle

You’ve got to admire a city that can redefine itself with casual grace. From smog-thick skies to a fresh and vibrant urban scene, this coastal New South Wales city is scattered with happy surprises.

Newcastle has kept some of its industrial roots, like the busy port and nearby mines, but it’s also now known for outdoor lifestyle, colourful cafes and artisan delights.

Here a a few quick tips to help you discover the more creative, cultural side of Newcastle.

Wander along Darby Street

If you’re looking for a funky, inner-city scene, Darby Street in the historic suburb of Cooks Hill is a must. This is where local fashion, quirky jewellery, retro shopping and art galleries meet within a charming strip of restaurants and bars. Dedicate an afternoon to window shopping and wine sipping here.

Relax at Mereweather Beach

Mereweather Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales

There is something about Mereweather Beach that makes me feel like life is one big holiday. Casual cafes overlook surfers and sun-bakers, and the beach is clean and friendly.

To truly indulge in the salty bliss, walk some or all of the five kilometre stretch from Nobby’s Headland, near the city centre, to the more southern wilderness of Glenrock Reserve. Along the way you’ll pass the iconic Art Deco Newcastle Ocean Baths, some spectacular views, and the cafes and sea baths at Mereweather Beach.  This coastal path is known as Bathers Way and takes a couple of hours of relaxed strolling.

Watch the boats go by in the Port of Newcastle

Although at a glance the harbour foreshore is all about boutique bars and alfresco dining these days, the area is very much still an industrial hub too. The Port of Newcastle still the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia. The Honeysuckle precinct on the harbour promenade is the perfect place for a cheeky midday beer while watching the tug boats tow container ships in and out.

Explore Beaumont Street and Rolador Cafe

Vibrant and evolving street art has become common in Newcastle, and Rolador Cafe in Beaumont Street, Hamilton, is a great place to sip an espresso, munch on some wholesome eats and enjoy the colourful view. Explore the rest of Beaumont Street too for great cafes and restaurants.

Rolador Cafe in Hamilton - Newcastle New South Wales


3 comments on “Re-discovering Newcastle

  1. mfryan
    March 20, 2015

    I never imagined making a trip to Newcastle a priority, but you’ve swayed me and I’ll definitely keep it in mind! 🙂

  2. Patti Freeman
    March 21, 2015

    Love Newie. xoxo

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