Newcastle - Cities, Towns and Localities
metropolis of Newcastle bustles with the energy of its arts community, producing
some of Australia's finest musicians, artists and performers.
A fine Victorian city that has retain
many historical buildings that sit abreast of the Hunter River (Maiyarn).
Other attractions include the many beaches, lookouts, and national parks.
Check out some of our listed attractions.
A magnificent Victorian building
designed by James Barnett and built in 1876. Built on the
former convict stockade.
Fort Scratchley Maritime Museum
The site was
originally used to house Newcastle's first Lighthouse, with
the Fort only being built after the lighthouse was moved to Nobbys. The 80 pound guns, were installed in 1882, and a
Battery of the Volunteer Artillery were trained to use them.
It wasn't until 1942 that the Fort saw any action, when a
Japanese Submarine fired on Newcastle during World War II.
Equipped at this stage with 9.2-inch guns with a range of 17
miles, it took the firing of two salvos from Fort Scratchley
to persuade the submarine to break off the engagement. It is
estimated that the submarine fired 24 rounds on Newcastle,
on the night of June 7th, 1942. Today Fort Scratchley is a
Maritime and Military Museum. The Maritime Museum is open
Great North Walk Department of Lands
PO Box 2213,
DANGAR NSW 2309
Ph: 02 4929 9817 (Great North Walk Co-ordinator)
A 250 km
track from Sydney to Newcastle. The track offers plenty of scope for walkers to
join anywhere along the route, with campsites having been established at about 3
hour intervals in some areas. The best time for the walk is during winter to
spring (July to November). This period usually provides the best weather with
the lowest rainfall. The walk can be attempted during summer, but extreme care
should be taken, especially during the hotter days. Some of the track passes
through suburban areas, with stretches of long road. As well, some of the track
moves, and may even be temporarily closed due to conflicts with land owners.
enhance your walking experience, a discovery kit has been produced, and is
intended as a guide to help you plan and enjoy your trip(s) on the Great North
The kit provides you with
general information such as the localities of main and link tracks, public
transport, flora, fauna, points of interest, historical background and geology
The kits consist of
6 individual maps, approximately 20 cm x 80 cm in size, in easy foldout format.
For convenience, the kit is enclosed in a 20 cm x 9 cm weatherproof plastic
sleeve. The discovery kits retail for $11.00 ($10.00 plus $1.00 GST) and are
available through the Department of Lands at the above address or by
contacting the Great North Walk Co-ordinator on the number above.
An artificial promontory built over many years by convict
labour and rock fill from Fort Scratchley. In 1857 a
lighthouse designed by Edmund Blacket was constructed here.
Newcastle Famous Tram
A replica tram from when they were a major means
of transport, provides a 45 minute commentary on the cities tourism attractions,
forts, gaols, convict history and more. Departs from Newcastle Railway Station
on the hour from 10am till 2pm seven days a week. Extra services on public
holidays. Call 02 4963 7954 or
Marina, ferry stop, brewery and tavern, cafe and
restaurant with an observation deck with views up the Hunter
River and across the city.
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
Housing over 3000 works
of art, mainly of Australian colonial heritage. Works on
exhibit include Russell Drysdale, Arthur Streeton, Sydney
Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Brett Whitely and William Dobell.
Great family beach with wading pools
for the young ones. Fantastic surf beach around the southern
section. Home to the annual Surfest Surfing Competition.
|Mt Sugarloaf Lookout
At 412m this lookout has spectacular
views over Newcastle, Lower Hunter Valley and Lake
Macquarie. Picnic facilities available at the top. Vehicle
access is allowed.
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