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A vibrant city with coastal charm

Newcastle is a harbourside city that blends coastal relaxation with a buzzing urban vibe. It's got an incredible food scene, knockout museums and super scenic beaches. Go for a surf, go to a gallery or go to brunch – Newcastle can deliver on all fronts.

Fun things to do: Newcastle

  • Go for a swim at the stunning Merewether Ocean Baths 
  • Get yourself a prime whale-watching spot at Fort Scratchley 
  • Travel back in time at the interactive Newcastle Museum 
  • Enjoy coastal views with a dash of history on the Newcastle Memorial Walk 
  • Hit the streets on a delicious walking tour of Newcastle bars

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Dive into Merewether Ocean Baths

Aerial view of Merewether Ocean Baths on the Newcastle Coast. Image credit: Destination NSWDestination NSW
Go for an invigorating swim at the Ocean Baths.

Go for a super scenic swim at Merewether Ocean Baths, the largest ocean baths in the Southern Hemisphere. Built in 1935 and set right on the coast, they're a stunning, family-friendly place for a dip. Get there at sunrise for an unbeatable photo op. There are also the nearby Newcastle Ocean Baths, which are an icon of Art Deco style.

Go whale watching at Fort Scratchley

Humpback whale flipping backwards out of the ocean on a sunny day. Image credit: ShutterstockShutterstock
Watching whales migrate along the ocean is an unforgettable sight.

Head to the lookout at Fort Scratchley between May and November to see humpback whales making their annual journey north along the Newcastle coastline. The grassy headland is the perfect place for a picnic and a panoramic view of the ocean and the 'humpback highway'. Other good viewing spots include Bar Beach Cliff, the Newcastle Memorial Walk and the obelisk at King Edward Park. If you want to get up super close, book one of the many whale-watching tours available in the area.

Get interactive at Newcastle Museum

The back view of a family looking at a wall of historical Newcastle images at the Museum. Image credit: Destination NSWDestination NSW
There's something for everyone at this interactive museum.

Explore the past, present and future of Newcastle at the award-winning Newcastle Museum. There are three permanent exhibitions showcasing the history, industry and technology of the city in exciting and interactive ways, with guided tours and activities for kids. The museum also hosts travelling blockbuster shows. You'll find it in the historic Honeysuckle Railway workshops and entry is free. 

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