NEWCASTLE GUIDED TOUR – 2 HOURS
DAILY DEPARTURES – 9:00am
SCENIC TOUR OF NEWCASTLE
Newcastle is well renowned for its world-class beaches, ocean baths, waterfront venues, and other coastal attractions. The Newcastle Scenic Explorer tour is a great way to get an overview of the city and surrounds, including the impressive coastline and harbour.
  • We will pick you up at your accommodation within the Newcastle CBD, and then return you back to your accommodation at the end of the tour. ( other pick-up locations may incur a surcharge )
  • If you are coming from outside of the Newcastle CBD, meet us at the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre, where the tour will depart at 9.00am
  • Transportation is in late model air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All tours come with an accredited driver / host.
  • PRICE: $59 Weekday $69 Weekend
  • Minimum two (2) persons per booking.
  • Discounts for larger groups.
  • Children up to 12 years FREE, Teenagers $25
  • Bookings close 24 hours prior to tour date/time.
  • FREE – Hotel Pick-up within Newcastle CBD
  • FREE – Bottled Drinking Water Provided
  • FREE – Beer/Wine/Drink Voucher (Queens Wharf Hotel)
TOUR ITINERARY
9.00am – Pick-up from Newcastle CBD accommodation, or from the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre.
  1. Nobbys Lighthouse / Breakwall / Nobbys Beach (10 minute stop for photos)
  2.  Drive-by sightseeing of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach.
  3.  Newcastle Memorial Clifftop Walkway (15 minute stop for walk & photos)
  4.  Drive-by sightseeing of King Edward Park and the spectacular Newcastle Coastline.
  5. Shepherds Hill Reserve (10 minute stop for photos)
  6. Drive-by sightseeing of Bar Beach, Dixon Park Beach, and Merewether Beach.
  7. Merewether Beach / Ocean Baths / Surfhouse (15 minute stop for walk & photos)
  8. Drive-by sightseeing of Christ Church Cathedral overlooking the city – stop if time permits
  9. Fort Scratchley (30 minute stop for walk & photos)
  10. Drive-by sightseeing of Queens Wharf and Honeysuckle Harbourside Precinct.
    *** If Fort Scratchley is closed for maintenance, the tour will visit the popular Newcastle Regional Museum.

11.00am – Arrive back at Newcastle CBD location.
Option – Drop-off at Queens Wharf Hotel
FREE – Beer, Wine, or Soft Drink

NOBBYS BEACH
Newcastle’s highest profile beach, Nobbys Beach is a favoured swimming spot for family groups, those learning to surf and some of the local dolphins.
It is also popular among kite surfers whose aerial acrobatics add colour and movement to the city seascape. With the beach on one side and a public recreational area including barbecue facilities on the other, it’s the perfect spot to spend the day.

This beautiful beach is a tourist favourite, and is also the northern point of the popular Bathers Way pathway. The beach is wide and is sheltered from the southerly winds by a hill behind the surf club. A kiosk that serves good coffee and takeaways is also located in the same building as the surf club.

The beach also contains the famous Nobbys lighthouse and breakwall.

NOBBYS LIGHTHOUSE & BREAKWALL
Originally, Nobbys was an island until it was joined to the mainland by the construction of the southern Breakwall in 1846 by convicts.
Nobbys Beach was then formed as a result of the Breakwall, which today backs the entire beach. Nobbys Lighthouse is a famous landmark at the entrance to Newcastle Harbour, and one of Newcastle’s premier tourist attractions.

Walk along the Breakwall and enjoy the magnificent views from this heritage listed Lighthouse, which was built in 1858. The Breakwall extends past the Lighthouse and provides spectacular views back onto the city and beaches.

At very close proximity, you can also watch the ships come and go from the busy working harbour.

NEWCASTLE OCEAN BATHS
With its distinctive and architecturally significant Art Deco pavilion, Newcastle Ocean Baths is one of the city’s outstanding historic landmarks and has a long history as popular swimming location.
The Ocean Baths were constructed and in use before World War One, though not formally opened until the 1920s. The baths are opened all year round, a wonderful recreational facility, which is available to everyone free of charge, subject to maintenance and cleaning.

Cleaning is done every Wednesday. This is a nice place to hang out, the pool is big enough for plenty of people and there’s a lap pool if you’re interested in doing some laps.

Waves will come over the pool’s edge as the tide comes in and the floor is sand, which gives the effect of swimming in the ocean.

NEWCASTLE BEACH
Located directly adjacent to the Newcastle CBD, this is an iconic patrolled beach, where you can sit back and relax while soaking up the sun or get active in the water and nearby ocean baths.
The impressive pavilion has eateries and all the facilities a tourist or surfer needs to relax and enjoy a great location. From the beachfront, you can stroll north around to Nobbys Beach, stopping off at the historic Newcastle Ocean Baths in between.

Towards the south, the scenic Bathers Way pathway connects to the clifftop Newcastle Memorial Walk, which has sweeping coastal views down to Merewether Beach. The local Council employs professional lifeguards to patrol the beaches throughout the year.

Most local beaches are patrolled during spring, summer and autumn.

NEWCASTLE MEMORIAL WALKWAY
The Newcastle Memorial Walkway, is a spectacular cliff top walkway, spanning 450 metres from Strzelecki Lookout.
At each end of the walkway are silhouettes of returned services personnel that bear the 3,859 family names of those 11,000 Hunter men and women who served during the Great War of 1914-1918. The walkway and viewing areas provide sweeping southern and eastern views of the beaches and rocky cliffs, and magnificent views of the city to the west.

There are magnificent photo opportunities available for visitors at this impressive location. On a seasonal basis you can see dolphins and the tips of whales. There are many spots along the walkway to stop and enjoy the view.

Often you can also encounter some of the hand gliders that frequent this location.

KING EDWARD PARK
King Edward Park was dedicated as a recreation reserve in 1863.
Within the grounds are gardens, the Obelisk (built as a navigational marker in 1850), and the focal point a
Victorian rotunda. The park has spectacular ocean views, Norfolk Island pines and a sunken garden are usually ablaze with colour. On the southern boundary are the remains of the Shepherds Hill Battery and Gunner’s Cottage which were in regular use from 1890 to World War II.

The park also has links with Newcastle’s penal past, with the Bogey Hole (or convict hewn ocean bathing pool) at the foot of the eastern cliff face. A popular place for family picnics and barbecues, with playground facilities, and now an outdoor movie venue in summer.

This expansive parkland in Newcastle is definitely one of its hidden gems.

SHEPHERDS HILL RESERVE
At the top of King Edward Park is Shepherds Hill Reserve. This old gun emplacement played a significant role in the defence of Newcastle during WWII.
Defence of Newcastle during that time was of high significance to Australia, as Newcastle had become an area of great strategic and industrial importance in NSW, with its steelworks and operational port. You can access the turntable that the gun once was positioned, and some of the fortification built to protect the city from Japanese submarine attack.

Importantly, this reserve has a great view over the city and Newcastle Beach, and out over the Pacific Ocean, with well-maintained grassed areas.

This location is an amazing place for photo opportunities, with its expansive views across the coastal vista from the landscaped grounds.

BAR BEACH
Everyone raves about Sydney beaches, but Newcastle locals know better.
Not only are the beaches on par with some of Australia’s most beautiful sandy strips, the crowds are significantly smaller, and it has some of the best waves in the world. Bar Beach is the quintessential family beach. It features a patrolled swimming area as well as a sheltered rock pool for children and those who prefer to swim in calmer waters.

Bar Beach is a favoured stretch for joggers and walkers and a great place to watch Hang Gliders who take off from nearby Strzelecki Lookout. Across from Bar Beach is Empire Park which provides cricket, rugby league and tennis facilities, a children’s playground area and a skate park.

Bar Beach itself has kiosk facilities, picnic areas, public toilets, parking and is patrolled by lifeguards.

MEREWETHER SURFHOUSE
At Merewether Surf House, scenic drinks can be enjoyed atop the venue’s picturesque deck.

This idyllic location is one of the best places in Newcastle to sit back and relax with a world class view of some of the best beaches in Newcastle.

This venue overlooks the Bar Beach to Merewether coastal strip, as well as the impressive ocean baths. With such a beautiful location and view, with a nice atmosphere, good music, and good vibes, the ambience of this place makes it easy to relax and enjoy a drink and/or meal.

Across the road is the famous Beach Hotel Merewether, which is one of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s most popular pubs. There you can also enjoy great food and refreshments, excellent customer service, and a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean.

MEREWETHER BEACH
There are few cities in the world beyond Newcastle that can say their city centre is surrounded by so many world class beaches, and there is definitely a wave of surfing culture that characterises the city.
Merewether Beach is one of Australia’s most famous surfing locations, the venue of the international Surfest surfing competition, and the location of the largest ocean baths in the southern hemisphere.

It is home to four times World Surfing Champion, Mark Richards, and in 2009 was declared a National Surfing Reserve. Merewether Beach is a great example of a typical Australian beach. The water is clean and embracing, and it is never really too crowded.

It has to be one of the best beaches on the east coast, with great views, great surf, and great coffee from the café at the surf clubhouse.

MEREWETHER OCEAN BATHS
Opened in 1935, Merewether Ocean Baths are the largest ocean baths in the Southern Hemisphere.
Free to access, and hugely popular among visitors and locals alike, the Merewether Ocean Baths are the perfect place to cool off, enjoy some wave free frolicking, or do some laps.

It is quite a large area and visitors can see waves crashing in and bringing fresh ocean water consistently into the pools. The views out over the ocean are fantastic and there are sheltered tables and chairs for those who would like to picnic.

The Merewether Ocean Baths continue to be an important place of leisure and recreation for the people of Newcastle, while the impressive visual aesthetic of the baths also continues to inspire local photographers and artists who frequent the area to work on their art.

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
Christ Church Cathedral is the Anglican cathedral of the Diocese of Newcastle.
This building is recognised as one of the great Cathedrals and one of the most imposing buildings of its type in Australia.

The present cathedral replaced an earlier cathedral, built in 1817. Work started in 1883 and the older building was demolished the following year. The magnificent architecture of the new cathedral was completed in 1902, with the tower being added in 1979.

Extensive repair works were undertaken after the 1989 Earthquake, but even today the restored Cathedral still dominates the Newcastle skyline. The viewing tower is often open to visitors who, for a small donation, can experience the 360 degree views across the entire city.

FORT SCRATCHLEY
Constructed in the 1800’s, Fort Scratchley is the only Australian fort to have fired on the enemy. Originally a coalmine, the headland above Nobbys became a military installation in 1882 amid fears of a Russian attack.
In June 1942 the Fort’s guns opened fire at a Japanese submarine which had bombarded Newcastle with about two dozen shells. These days this historic site has an impressive military museum, and there are volunteers in army uniform around the site to explain things further, including the impressive gun placements facing out to sea.

The site presents fabulous photo opportunities with 360 degree panoramic views of the ocean, coastline, lighthouse, harbour, and city. Entry to Fort Scratchley is free, whilst guided tours of the fort tunnels attract a nominal fee. The Newcastle Scenic Explorer Tour will not have sufficient time for participants to undertake a tunnel tour, however guests are welcome to return on another day should they wish to explore the tunnels.

QUEENS WHARF
Queens Wharf sits on the edge of Newcastle’s busy harbour port.

Newcastle is the biggest exporter of coal in the world, however sharing the harbour with the coal ships are freight ships, cruise liners, fishing boats, ferries, and private vessels, which all make for a very unique scene
which can be viewed from a very close proximity.

The Queens Wharf Hotel is one of Newcastle’s favourite destinations with mouth-watering food menu’s, delicious cocktails, and fabulous views across the harbour. This venue is as waterfront as you are going to get, with inside or outside dining along the wharf, and a great vibe.

Option – Drop-off at Queens Wharf Hotel.
FREE – Beer, Wine, or Soft Drink

HONEYSUCKLE PRECINCT
A popular area on the edge of Newcastle harbour known as Honeysuckle, a major waterfront rejuvenation project which has transformed the previously industrial landscape.

Working wharves have become places of play with the creation of foreshore promenades and open squares offering waterfront cafes, restaurants and the Newcastle Museum.

This Honeysuckle Harbourside Precinct is home to a range of chic cafes, world-class restaurants, coffee shops, bars and pubs that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

One such venue is Honeysuckle Social, where you can feast on delicious share plates, enjoy creative cocktails, an impressive set of icy cold beer taps and well-executed, fresh and approachable dining. This venue is renowned for its exceptional customer service.

NEWCASTLE MUSEUM
Newcastle Museum is located in the historic Honeysuckle Railway workshops, right in the heart of Newcastle.
It has become a must see destination venue for domestic and international visitors to the region. It is a casual and welcoming hub for visitors of all ages and interests to drop in or stay for the day. What better way to learn about Newcastle’s story than visiting the Newcastle Museum? General entry into the Newcastle Museum is free of charge.

To remain dynamic and relevant, the Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year. From blockbuster visiting shows, to locally based community exhibitions, the Museum ensures there is always something new to entice and interest visitors. One highlight is the steelworks exhibit with some beautifully set displays, and an hourly show/demonstration about steel making.

The Newcastle Scenic Explorer Tour will only visit this venue on days where Fort Scratchley may be closed for maintenance. However guests are encouraged to visit the Museum on another day during their stay in Newcastle

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