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Why you should a plan a trip to Newcastle now

We give you the lowdown on what to do, where to eat and the newest hotel in one of NSW’s coolest cities.

New to Newcastle or visiting for a weekend? Here are just a few of the best spots in town for a coffee, delicious meal and Novocastrian goodness.



Take in your surroundings at a cafe overlooking the beach. Estabar is a local favourite, using locally sourced organic produce. Breathe in the fresh ocean air, sip a coffee, brunch on eggs that have Just Been Laid, under the shade of umbrellas painted by local artist Kiasmin Burrell.


Newcastle’s most spectacular walk, The Memorial Walk is a great way to exercise whilst soaking up breathtaking views.


If you’d prefer to view the Hunter Coastline from the waterside, book a seat on premier offshore boating experience, CoastXP’s Adventure Tour, you might even spot dolphins or whales.


Depending on what day of the week you’re visiting, you may be lucky enough to chance upon the Olive Tree Markets for a gathering of Newcastle’s best designers, artists, makers and food trucks. Sit back, enjoy live music and the market vibes.



Peruse the latest exhibitions at Newcastle Art Gallery, Cstudios Art Gallery, artdork Studios and The Lock-Up.


Wander down Darby Street to see what takes your fancy: The Autumn Rooms, Turkish iced tea at Baba Yaga or artistic dishes almost too good to eat at Core Espresso. Browse Pushing Pansies, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Betty Mim and Blackbird Corner for eclectic fashion, local art and quirky collectibles.


Keen for a picnic? Pork Ewe Deli have all the ingredients for an indulgent charcuterie platter to take to a nearby park: choose between the leafy Centennial Park or King Edward Park for vast ocean views.


For sourdough, flaky buttery pies, gourmet sausage rolls and other baked goodies, you can’t go past Baked Uprising at Maryville. Be prepared, on weekends there’s usually a line out the door but it’s worth the wait.



Newcastle West is a hot spot for cafes and restaurants: try Sherwood Coffee Bar on Parry Street for awesome toasties and delicious coffee. Antojitos’ authentic Mexican street food is packed full of flavour, and pop in to Bao Brothers Urban Eatery for your bao fix.


Spend an afternoon watching the bulk carriers move in and out of the harbour from Honeysuckle, sipping cocktails at Moneypenny, or Japanese craft beers at Nagisa.


Treat yourself to an Italian trattoria dinner at cosy Una Volta, or mouthwatering tapas at Basement on Market Street. Afterward, head to Babylon on King Street, a magnificent 1920’s inspired restaurant and bar with an impressive whisky selection.


For some serious cocktails, see if you can find speakeasy, Coal and Cedar on Hunter Street.



Where to stay?

There are plenty of hotels to choose from in Newcastle, from budget to luxury, and beachside to inner city, so finding accommodation shouldn’t be an issue.

The latest hotel to open its doors is Holiday Inn Express, which is located in Newcastle West. The hotel’s close to the CBD, Newcastle University, Honeysuckle dining and business precinct, Newcastle beach and foreshore, and Marketown Shopping Centre.

It’s the smart choice for savvy business and leisure travellers, delivering a fresh and hassle free stay every time.

Book at here.


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Published: 6 August 2019

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