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25 Best Newcastle Attractions Every Tourist Must See

The steel capital of Australia, Newcastle is a 2 hour drive north of Sydney. The city has some wonderful beaches and pools stretching the coastal line with Nobbys Lighthouse overlooking the ocean. Check out the Merewether Ocean Baths on the shore and Bogey Hole built in 1820 by convicts.

For visitors interested in history, the Convict Lumber Yard is the oldest recorded industrial site, now a heritage park. The old Newcastle Police Station has also been revitalized and reborn as The Lock-Up. With the station restored, the old exercise yard is now a cultural centre. Another historical site worth visiting is the Fort Scratchley.

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25 Most Popular Attractions in Newcastle

1. McDonald Jones Stadium

  • Depends on event
  • 02 49 561624
  • McDonald Jones Stadium, Turton Road, Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mon to Fri 9am-5pm

2. Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium

  • Depends on event
  • 61 2 4961 3185
  • Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Young Road, Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia
  • Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

3. Hunter Wetlands Centre

  • Adults $10, Children $5
  • 61 2 4951 6466
  • Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia, Sandgate Road, Shortland, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily 9am-4pm

4. Newcastle Maritime Museum

  • Adults $10, Children $5
  • 61 2 4929 2588
  • Newcastle Maritime Museum, Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Tue to Sun 10am-4pm

5. Blackbutt Reserve

  • Depends on activity
  • 61 2 4904 3344
  • Blackbutt Reserve Wildlife Exhibit, Carnley Avenue, New Lambton, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily 10.00am-5.00pm

6. Stockton Beach

  • Free
  • Stockton Beach, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily

7. Werakata National Park

  • Free
  • 1 2 6574 5555
  • Werakata National Park, Lovedale, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily

8. Fort Scratchley

  • Free
  • 61 2 4929 3066
  • Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Nobbys Road, Newcastle East, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily 10am-4pm (except Tuesdays)

9. King Edward Park

  • Free (different admissions for weddings may apply)
  • 61 2 4974 2807
  • King Edward Park, Reserve Road, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily

10. Newcastle Museum

  • Free
  • 61 2 4974 1400
  • Newcastle Museum, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Tue to Sun 10.00am-5.00pm

11. Foreshore Park

  • Free
  • Foreshore Park, Wharf Road, Newcastle East, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily

12. Newcastle Entertainment Centre

  • Depends on event
  • 61 2 4921 2100
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Brown Road, Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia
  • Depends on event
  • 1

13. Queens Wharf

  • Free
  • 64 9 336 8820
  • Queens Wharf, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Daily

14. Nobbys Lighthouse

  • free
  • 61 2 4929 4644
  • Nobbys Road, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
  • Sun 10am-4pm

15. Newcastle Art Gallery

  • Free
  • 61 2 4974 5100
  • Newcastle Art Gallery, Laman Street, Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia
  • Tue to Sun 10.00am-5.00pm

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