The Hunter Region is practically a playground when it comes to leisure activities and things to do.
Between Stockton Beach & Merewether Baths, you’ll find six world class beaches perfect for surfers and sun-seekers and for the outdoorsy types there is opportunities to ride quad bikes along the sand of Stockton beach or walk the bush trails in the stunning Glenrock State Conservation Area which stretches along the coast from Newcastle to Lake Macquarie.
Little ones can search for water critters whilst dipnetting at Hunter Wetland Centre and Sandgate Road in Shortland & in Maitland and the picturesque surrounds of Walcha Water Works are the perfect back drop for a picnic.
Culture vultures can learn about Newcastle’s coal mining past and vibrant present at Newcastle Museum, see works from renowned Australian artists Brett Whiteley and William Dobell at Newcastle Art Gallery and Margaret Olley at Matiland Regional Art Gallery. There is also tours run at Maitland Gaol, you can even sleep over if you’re game!
Fort Scratchley built in 1882 is situated on a strategic part of the south-eastern headland at the entrance to Newcastle Harbour. There are tunnel tours, a museum and other events at Fort Scratchely.
Blackbutt Reserve – provides nature trails, wildlife exhibits, children’s playgrounds and recreational facilities. It is the perfect place for a relaxing family picnic or to explore the wonders of nature
Newcastle City Farmers Markets – NSW Farmers Market Pty Ltd has been operating Farmers Markets since 1999 where we trialed our very first farmers market. The Markets are now held at at Newcastle Showground almost every Sunday.
The Olive Tree Market since its inception has gained the reputation of being one of Newcastle’s hidden treasures, wowing people with the high quality of work on offer. It provides visitors to the market with the unique opportunity to meet local artisans and view high quality work. The Olive Tree Market is held at the Junction Public School on the first Saturday of each month, with over 100 stalls each month.
Australia’s biggest country market , set on 84 acres in the Hunter Valley in NSW is Maitland Markets. It is on the first Sunday of each month, February to September and first and third Sunday of each month in Oct, Nov, Dec.
Speers Point Park boasts the newest and biggest children’s playground in the region. It is situated at the north western corner of Lake Macquarie and there is certainly nothing else like it in the area. The newly constructed playground boasts a 4 story slide, flying foxes, pirate ships, a wet play area, sculptures, rickety bridges just to name a few things.
Fat As Butter Music Festival – October 26th Newcastle Foreshore
Newcastle Entertainment Centre hosts the very best local, national and international events in a market that is continually growing and very supportive.It is located six minutes from the centre of Newcastle on the Newcastle Showground. The Newcastle Entertainment Centre services a population base in excess of one million patrons. From Coffs Harbour in the north, west to Armidale and Moree as well as the Central Coast of New South Wales. It is the premier regional venue with the sixth largest market in Australia.
Civic Theatre is located in the heart of the city centre and encompasses some of Newcastle most popular and prestigious venues. Less then 2 hours north of Sydney it is easily accessible by road or rail and offers some of the best in Theatre, musical and comedy acts.
The Cambridge Hotel offers live music right in the heart of the City, attracting both local and international artists.
Great Northern Hotel in Newcastle features live and original music and likes to showcase local artists.