9. The Bogeyhole
If you’re a foreigner you’re probably thinking ‘bogey hole…whaaaat?!’, but the Bogeyhole is actually a sea bath. Lieutenant Morriset had convicts build it in 1820 for his own personal use; but now it’s well loved local hideout.
10. The Foreshore
The Foreshore is a great option if you’re one of those awful people who hate sand and won’t step foot on a beach (why are you in Newcastle?). But seriously, Newy’s Foreshore is a great option when you don’t want to get your feet wet. From here, walk along to The Brewery, or…
13. Queen’s Wharf Tower
It’s an awesome vantage point, but you’re better off walking up before you’ve visited The Brewery. The stairs look deceptively few in number.
18. Terrace Bar
One of Newy’s best kept secrets.
20. Merewether Surfhouse
We’re just going to put this out there, on the end of the coastal walk you’re able to find delicious $10 pizzas on the beachfront. It’s basically the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Go forth, and conquer.
Is this bad? Let’s be honest, I don’t care. Those not surfing are usually looking at the surfers. If ya know what I’m saying.
24. The University
The University itself is ranked 9th in Australia, and one of the best Universities under 50 in the world. The student body of 35,000 helps keep the city fresh, except for Wednesdays (that’s student night).
25. International Student Base
Of that 35,000, over 6,000 are international students - Olá!
26. Sweet Traditions, The Junction
The lolly Gods rained down on this store…The Junction has loads of great restaurants, but none of them sell Vimto, Hula Hoops or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The lady behind the till is always lovely too.
There are tiny shops crammed with old books all over Newcastle, and that combined with the coffee makes it a bookworms dream.
28. It’s not Sydney.
If you ask Novocastrian locals, this is probably one of their favourite things about this city.
It has enough going on to keep you occupied, but it’s also quiet enough for you to hear your own thoughts. You can escape to the beach for the weekend, without having to elbow small children for towel space (ahem, Bondi). Darby, Hunter and Beaumont St have adapted to integrate the European cafe culture, which is far from the hustle & bustle of Sydney.
This city has been built into one of Australia’s best kept secret cities, and it’s going to bloom within the next 10 years. Watch this space.
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