Newcastle, Australia

In 1770, Captain James Cook christened Nobbys Headland on his journey north along the Australian coast. European settlement of Newcastle, however, began 17 years later when Lt. John Shortland sailed up a fine broad river while searching for escaped convicts. Shortland named the stream the Hunter River after Australia's then Governor-General. During that short voyage the lieutenant also discovered vast deposits of coal. In 1804 the burgeoning mining settlement and lumber port was christened Newcastle after the famed English coal city. Newcastle, Australia, also served as a gateway to the rich lands of the Hunter Valley - a region producing internationally acclaimed wines by the mid-19th century.

Christ Church Cathedral is the symbol of Newcastle. The restored church has survived both devastating earthquake and Japanese attack. In 1942, the Japanese submarine I-21 surfaced to shell the city and its dockyards.

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Points of Interest

  • Port Stephens
  • Hunter Valley
  • Stockton Beach
  • Fort Scratchley
  • Newcastle Museum
  • Honeysuckle Harbour side Precinct
  • Nobby beach Reserve
  • Merewether Surf house

More about Newcastle, Australia Points of Interest

  • Port Stephens

  • Hunter Valley

  • Stockton Beach

  • Fort Scratchley

  • Newcastle Museum

  • Honeysuckle Harbour side Precinct

  • Nobby beach Reserve

  • Merewether Surf house

9 EXCURSIONS

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Newcastle on Your Own

1.17 hours | Newcastle | N T L - 1 8 5
  • Honeysuckle Harbour side Precinct
  • Nobby beach Reserve
  • Merewether Surf house

The best way to see the local sights is at your own pace so jump aboard a coaster for a hop on / hop off tour to take in the attractions of the local Newcastle region.

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AUD$34.95

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Best of Newcastle

5 hours | Newcastle | N T L - 1 0 0
  • Fort Scratchley
  • Newcastle Museum

Newcastle is steeped in heritage and culture with historic architecture, a thriving arts scene and a community proud of its past.

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AUD$84.95

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Port Stephens Dolphin Watching Cruise

6 hours | Newcastle | N T L - 2 4 0
  • Port Stephens

Port Stephens on Nelson Bay is often described as the "Dolphin Capital of Eastern Australia" - its inner harbor is home to a resident population of 165 bottlenose dolphins.

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Beer & Barra

6 hours | Newcastle | N T L - 3 1 5

Enjoy a great day out in Newcastle and the surrounds where you'll uncover some of the local's hidden gems.

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Hunter Valley Food & Wine Trail

8 hours | Newcastle | N T L - 3 0 0
  • Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is home to over 4,000 acres of vines, 90 wineries and a number of Australia's oldest and most acclaimed wine estates.

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Moderate Activity, Includes meal; Includes snack

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