June 12, 2022


We love our city and with the QT Newcastle opening on Thursday (they’ll be stocking some of our products!), we’ve been thinking about how amazing it is to have another beautiful hotel in the city. Then we were thinking about how great of a place for tourists our city is, with so many things to do. I’ve just had friends visit from out of state who were shocked with how many amazing restaurants, bars, beaches, and general cool things there were to do around Town. So I thought I’d put together some of my favourite places to go, things to eat, drink and see.




Franky’s Dumplings 

Authentic, yum, Chinese food, in the least expected setting. It's BYO (each table gets their own esky), with live music and a great atmosphere. Get up for a dance after you've finished eating!


Trip Advisor's #1 restaurant in Newcastle for a reason! The atmosphere and funky decor takes the incredible contemporary food & delicious cocktail menus to another level.

Vincent’s at the Coliseum

Set next to Newcastle's largest antiques centre, Vincent's is my pick for the most charming and delicious place breakfast or lunch. With an exclusive Hunter Valley wine list and a local farm to table ethos, every aspect will have you wanting more (except you'll be so full you won't be able to fit another bite).


Mexican street food at it's best! I've had several out of towners tell me this is the best Mexican food they've ever had. Everything is fresh and authentic. With live reggae music on Friday nights.



The Koutetsu

A small speakeasy bar situated on an otherwise dull section of Hunter street, specialising in more than their fair share of cocktails, spirits, craft beers & premium wines.

The Ship Inn

A great old pub, with delicious food, beer, cocktails and live music on the weekends. What more could you ask for?


A retro harbour-side garden party atmosphere, combined with ocean breezes and cosy / dimly-lit booths, look no further than MoneyPenny. Good food, good drink, good chat.



Things to do:


There is always markets on around Newcastle, it just depends when you're here for which one is happening. A quick google will sort you out. There are arts and fashion, farmers, handmade, night markets. 

 Newcastle Memorial Walk

This is a great early morning or late afternoon walk because you can see both the sunset or sunrise. Perched high above the cliffs between Newcastle and Bar Beach, this is where you'll get to see just how beautiful Newy is!

Nobby's Lighthouse walk

What says Newcastle more than the iconic Nobby's Lighthouse. A must do walk for morning or afternoon (make sure you bundle up and don't go out along the breakwall if the swell is going off). A great way to see the harbour and the beach. There is an art gallery up by the lighthouse too.


Newcastle has a huge art scene and plenty of worthwhile galleries. While our Newcastle Regional Gallery is currently closed for refurbishment there are so many other places to see. Have a look at the link above for An Art Lovers Guide To Newcastle.


Ocean Pools - Merewether / Bogie Hole

WIth the Newcastle Ocean Baths closed for a super exciting refurbishment, there are still a couple of places for a few laps. Merewether Baths are the perfect alternative. Or if you're feeling more adventurous, head down to the Bogey Hole at the bottom of King Edward Park.

Blackbutt Reserve

A gorgeous nature reserve 10 mins from the CBD. It's free entry, and you can see the daily animal feedings. There are Koalas, Wombats, Echidnas, Kangaroos and heaps more. Possibly one of Newy's best things to do!

Drive up to Port Stephens for a Whale Watching cruise and climb Mt Tomaree

Port Stephens is paradise with some of the most beautiful beaches. Take the hour drive north and check out this gorgeous beach town, with plenty of restaurants, pubs boutiques and hikes. But if you're there in season, a whale watching tour is a must! Or if boats arent really your thing, you could always climb Mt Tomaree for 360 degree views of the Peninsula and a great vantage point for spotting a humpback or ten.

And my hands down favourite thing to do on a weekend in Newcastle is rug up, grab a picnic blanket, some nibbles a bottle of wine and a few loved ones, climb and sit on the top of the hill on the south side of King Edward Park and watch the ships as the sky changes from blue to pink to purple. I’ve been there the last few weekends and it’s just been the best way to end the weekend. But make sure, if you’re going in winter, to pack a beanie and a scarf because it’s been pretty chilly!

 For everything else on what's good in Newcastle, check out hunterhunter.com.au 


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