How To Spend A Weekend In Newcastle

23/04/2016

You’re going to Newcastle only for a couple of days and you want to make the most of it.  My friend, you’ve come to the right place! I’m here to support,  and guide you through your Newcastle  experience. Newcastle quickly became one of my favourite cities in Australia, so you can rest assured these tips are legit!

Act local

Start your day off right with a stroll through the Newcastle Sunday Market. Rub shoulders with the locals and get your fill of fruit and veg, homemade preserves…and a lot of knitting. .

Do the walk

Newcastle east Heritage Walk is a most do.
newcastle East is where the city meets the ocean and also the oldest percint. 
The Newcastle east Heritage Walk goes through a lot of the points of interest and spectacular coastal views that will make you understand better Newcastle East’s remarkable history.  This walk can take up to 2 hours. 
I started at the Watt street and passed in front of the Customs House into the Convict Lumber Yard, left into Scott Street then on into the Newcastle East residential and warehouse precinct At Stephenson Place, the Jean Perrett stairs lead to the former rail marshalling yards  and old commercial wharf area .Macquarie Pier can be explored from here and the ocean promenade can be followed around Fort Scratchley to the Newcastle Ocean Baths. The Walk continues along Nobbys Road southtowards Parnell Place and the old gaol site . Several of Newcastle East’s streets can be visited from here before continuing down to the NewcastleOcean Baths . A promenade leads around to Newcastle Beach, where the Newcastle beach YHA hostel was. I dropped my bag  and got ready for lunch!

Lunch with a view

Eat your lunch while taking in the amazing views at the Fort Scratchily. This historical landmark is the perfect spot for lunch. It used to be a lookout for the Awabakal people (traditional owners of the land) and later it had a major role in the WWII when the big guns were deployed against enemy attack. make sure you have your lunch before 1pm- as the field gun is fired at 1pm daily coinciding with the Customs House time ball drop. 
At 2 pm there are guided tours through the network of underground tunnels.
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Roll high

Honeysuckle Drive is as sweet as it sounds – hire a bike  and peddle your way along the foreshore drive. If you’re lucky enough to catch a sunny Sunday, there is almost no better place you’d rather be.
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Go Culture

Newcastle is one of the Australia’s oldest and most interesting cities, containing a quirky blend of new and old architecture, rich indigenous history and one of the busiest ports in the world. Go to the Newcastle Museum to learn more about the history and head to The Lock Up to catch some contemporary culture
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Dive in

There is so much amazing architecture in Newcastle. Check out the art deco delights of the Newcastle Ocean Baths for a start and then stroll along the beach for a swim between the flags like a good little Aussie. There’s a rad little tunnel just near the beach with some street art that is worth hunting out for a snap.
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Finish big

Get ready for a treat, Sobu is a serious stand out. Chef Beau Vincent has an impressive track record, with stints at Tetsuya, Guillaume and Assiette. This tiny little Japanese gem is hard to fault, but it’s not for the spontaneous soul…you gotta plan ahead – these guys are booked up months in advance.

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