Noah and I spent a couple of days exploring Newcastle and here is our pick of the top things to do in the former “Steel City”, with a kid:
Visit Blackbutt Reserve
A proper Aussie bush experience and it’s free. Wildlife exhibits are open from 10am to 5pm each day (note that some animal exhibitions and special shows incur a small charge) and there’s plenty of room for picnics and simply wandering around and soaking up some outdoorsiness.
Have a hamburger at Scotties Fish Cafe
A cute, hipstery sidewalk cafe that’s been around since 1950, serving up the best meat patties, buns, chips and all the trimmings in town as well as moreish fish and chips.
Noah likes fish more than meat – so it was pure bliss to throw a picnic blanket over the grass and share a fish burger with little man!
Barbecue on the harbour foreshore
Have a barbie. That’s right, Newcastle Council have thoughtfully set up clean, easy-to-use barbecues along the waterfront so you can bring your own snags and salads and spend the day there. Noah was thrilled at the sight of the enormous oil tankers and container ships churning through the waterways.
The Famous Tram
Taking a local tour is one of the best ways to discover the best kept secrets in Newcastle. The Newcastle’s Famous Tram runs weekdays and takes in the must-see sites across the city and beach in a jam-packed hour, with full commentary provided.
Visit the Newcastle Ocean Baths
These would have to be some of the prettiest, and most family-friendly sea baths in the country, facing out to the wide blue Pacific and overlooked by a historic art deco pavilion that’s just begging to be instagrammed. The waveless ocean bath is large and mostly shallow which is great for the littlies, and you can grab a yummy fish burger at the old-school beach canteen for lunch.
The only thing Noah didn’t quite like was the water temperature which for us was a bit cooler than what we are use to on the Gold Coast but apart from that we had a ball.