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Newcastle - Cities, Towns and Localities
The thriving 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.

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Newcastle Attractions

Customs House
• 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 from 12-4p.m.
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.

To 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 Walk. 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 etc.

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 Email.
Queens Wharf
• 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.
Newcastle Beach
• 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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