It’s been rated as one of Lonely Planet’s ‘must see destinations’ in the world and among the top Smart Cities to watch by National Geographic Traveler. Forward-thinking Newcastle is a city that’s been revolutionising its once gritty reputation and the world is standing up to take a closer look.
Tourists flock to Newcastle’s innovative city appeal, on an ocean backdrop.
Thanks to initiatives such as Renew Newcastle, creative entrepreneurs have breathed new life into a city that once suffered from empty streets and a lack of culture. In fact, Newcastle is now often touted as one of the trendiest destinations in Australia, with designer boutiques, unique homewares, art galleries, fine jewellery stores, craft-beer breweries, festivals, markets and an exciting performing arts scene.
It’s enviable location near the Hunter Valley’s farms and vineyards isn’t the only reason foodies now flock to Newcastle. Funky Darby Street is a hot spot for quirky cafes, alfresco fine dining and international cuisine. Along the harbour, Honeysuckle is a waterfront rejuvenation project turned recreation central, with a foreshore promenade lined by restaurants that range from casual dining to chic cafes in open squares. You’ll still find a wealth of typical Aussie pubs though, and plenty of spots for fish and chips on the beach.
The Bogey Hole, along the Bathers Way Coastal Walk
Bathers Way Coastal Walk is both a playground for locals and a tourist attraction to rival Sydney’s Bondi to Coogee trail.
Bathers Way Coastal Walk
Bathers Way Coastal Walk is both a playground for locals and a tourist attraction to rival Sydney’s Bondi to Coogee trail. Starting at the iconic Nobbys Headland, the walk stretches across 5 kilometres of ocean vistas, historic sites and spectacular beaches. Information signs lead the way to discover Fort Scratchley, lookouts to spot dolphins and whales, famous Ocean Baths, the hidden Bogey Hole, waterfront restaurants and ice cream stores.
From scenic pub tours to golf, quad biking and skydiving, Newcastle offers tourists as many adventure activities as one can possibly fit into a holiday. There are quirky options too, like Big Red Trike Tours through the city and the Hunter Valley, and Fighter World, an Australian aviation museum dedicated to preserving RAAF fighter aircraft.
With its grungy reputation of old, a bustling pub scene and historic hostels, Newcastle has always been on the backpacker radar. Now, budget accommodation shares the city with luxury hotels, such as the Crowne Plaza, sleek self-catering city apartments and family holiday houses on AirBnB.
It’s always been blessed geographically, but now Newcastle’s industries have risen to match the scenery, resulting in booming tourism, along with sound property investment opportunities.
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