Getting to know Newcastle
Newcastle's great climate makes it a fantastic city to get out and about in.
Take in the spectacular coastline by walking all or part of the 5km Bathers Way, which stretches from Nobby's Beach to Merewether. Why not stop for a swim at one of the beautiful beaches along the way?
Or get to know the city and some of its key attractions and landmarks on a self-guided Walking Tour. See the map for the free travel zone, for those who prefer to travel by bus.
Cycling is also very popular in Newcastle, with a comprehensive network of dedicated bike trails and on-road bike lanes that will take you along the harbour foreshore and further afield. Don't miss a ride along the Fernleigh Track which follows a disused coal haul rail line for 15km from Newcastle to Lake Macquarie.
Places to see
Newcastle offers all the usual city comforts including great restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theatres, art galleries and museums, shopping centres and nightclubs. We've listed some of these on our Out and About page.
A few kilometres south of the city is Australia's largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie, scene of many national and international sailing events. Travel a bit further and you will reach the Central Coast.
Less than one hour's drive to the north is the impressive harbour of Port Stephens, a popular centre for big game fishing, sailing, surfing, and sailboarding. To the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, many of them more than a century old.