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Zaara Cosy Terrace House

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  • 7 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathroom

About Newcastle East

Newcastle: Artful Seaside Living

Newcastle’s coastal location makes it a popular destination for beach breaks, but there is so much more to discover in Australia’s 7th largest city. Perhaps inspired by the scenic surrounds, many regional artists have set up shop in the CBD.

Newcastle is a very walkable city, with many options for self-guided and guided tours, introducing visitors to the region’s arts, history and best spots for ocean views. Of course, swimming and surfing are popular local activities, with a beach for every taste.

Holiday rentals in Newcastle range from chic studios in the city centre to stately family homes overlooking the ocean.

Beaches and Water Sports in Newcastle

Newcastle’s beaches cater to different crowds, with plenty of spots for swimming and surfing. Families with small children prefer Bar Beach, which has a shallow rock pool, a leafy foreshore and sheltered water for swimming. There’s also a snack stand on site.

If you’d like to surf with the pros, hit up Merewether Beach, setting of the famous surfing event Surfest each February. To learn how to surf, head to Nobby’s Beach, with its breaks for experienced and beginner surfers. Meanwhile, the city’s main beach features historic ocean baths and offers a long stretch of golden sand just steps from the shops and cafes.

History and Heritage in Newcastle

Discover Newcastle’s rich history at the Newcastle Museum, where exhibits take you through the ages, from Aboriginal times to European settlement and beyond. The museum focuses both on human and natural history. For details on Newcastle’s coastal heritage, visit the Maritime Centre, located in a renovated wharf building. One of the most popular permanent exhibits tells the story of shipwrecks and survivors.

If you’d like to sit down as you are ferried between heritage buildings, opt for a ride on Newcastle’s vintage style tram. The tram loops around the beach and city centre, unveiling details about the city’s past and present at each stop. The tram serves a double purpose: each weekend, you can ride it out to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting tour.

Just a short way from the CBD, Fort Scratchley Historic Site is open to visitors. Here, you will be able to wander around the city’s first fort, dating back to the 1880s. Immerse yourself in local history by taking a guided tour. Towering over Newcastle, Fort Scratchley’s lookout is a strategic spot for whale watching, offering sweeping views out to sea.

The Newcastle Arts Scene

Newcastle is increasingly known as a hub for emerging Australian artists. As you wander around the city centre, you can duck into variety of independent galleries, showcasing pieces by locals. To go behind the scenes, you can join an art walking tour, introducing you to some of Newcastle’s trendiest galleries.

Visitors interested in Indigenous art can spend some time at the Outback Art Gallery, located within the confines of a heritage 1852 cottage. You will be able to take in 1500+ paintings and other works by local Aboriginal artists.

The Newcastle Art Gallery also harbours over 5000 pieces, many of which depict Newcastle and the greater Hunter region of New South Wales. One of the larger regional galleries in the country, there are year-round events, talks and exhibits.

Walking around Newcastle

One of the best, free ways to get to know Newcastle is on foot. Wander off on your own or undertake one of the many self-guided walking tours, catering to different interests. Make sure you get a map of Newcastle’s various walks at the Visitor Information Centre. None of these itineraries exceed 3 hours.

History buffs can take on the Convict and Industry Walking Tour to learn about the prisoners who helped shape the Newcastle of today. The photographer in your group might prefer the Shoreline Walking Tour, which will lead you past prime photo taking spots along the harbour and beachfront. With this walk, you have the option of bringing your bathing suit and jumping in the water when you choose.

Newcastle for Families

If you’re visiting Newcastle with the kids, there are many ways to keep them busy. Take the wildlife enthusiasts in your family to Blackbutt Reserve, where you will be able to mingle with koalas, kangaroos and wombats, while colourful parrots fly overhead. Other features include a treetop walkway, playground, picnic area and BBQ equipment.

A short drive from Newcastle, you will find the Stockton Sand Dunes, which begin just beyond the waterfront. There are activities for young and old, including camel rides, sand boarding and 4WD desert tours.

For a quiet, relaxing day by the beach, spend some time at Newcastle’s foreshore park, with its cycling trails, playground and pond. You can access the foreshore in a few minutes’ walk from the CBD.

Getting to Newcastle

Newcastle is a 2-hour drive from Sydney and an 8-hour drive from Brisbane. If you don’t have access to a car, you can take a train or bus from either city. Another option is to fly into Newcastle Airport from most other Australian cities.