Bordered by sun-drenched beaches and infused with an easy, relaxed lifestyle, the city of Newcastle is experiencing a renaissance that has the streets bursting with quirky bars and cafés, galleries, theatres and a host of unique artisan shops. Darby Street, Honeysuckle and Beaumont Street are local favourites for a bite to eat, craft beer or a caffiene hit.
When you’ve had your fill of food and drink, some of the things you might like to check out include Newcastle Museum, for a glimpse into Newcastle’s past and present; Stockton sand dunes, where you can enjoy an adrenalin pumping 4WD, quad bike or sandboarding tour; and the newly built ANZAC Walk, for spectacular views of the city and ocean. Tree Top Adventure Park offers a range of high ropes courses among the trees for kids and adults; and Fort Scratchley historic site is the only coastal fort in the country to have been active during a time of war and runs daily underground tunnel tours.
Newcastle also has the luxury of being within close proximity to the famous Hunter Valley wine country and blue water paradise of Port Stephens, popular for whale and dolphin watching.