Newcastle, located 2-hour drive to the north of Sydney offers families a day out they’ll remember. Set along the coast, there are many activities to keep the whole family entertained. For a different type of adventure, catch the train, or take your car for the convenience of getting around – the choice is yours. Whichever way you want to get there, we’ve found seven family-friendly activities, so you don’t have to do the research – just jump in the car and go!
Get out amongst nature with a stroll through the 182-hectare nature reserve. Pack a picnic lunch or barbeque and enjoy a leisurely lunch with wildlife as your hosts – just don’t let them steal your food! Wombats, Koalas, goannas and lyrebirds, swans, ducks and Australian birds live in this natural wonderland and there are plenty of viewing platforms and opportunities to get up and personal (where safe) with these native friends. Take a walk along the treetop walk or a nearby nature trail. Whatever tickles your fancy, your hip pocket will love you for it as the nature park is free!
Quad Biking at Stockton
Stockton Sand Dunes offer a world of activity housing the largest moving coastal sand mass in the southern hemisphere. Used as a backdrop in the iconic Mad Max movie, patrons can partake in quad biking, sand boarding, four-wheel driving or camel rides.
Just for the kids! Spend some time on the grassy park with a huge playground for the kids to run around and exert some energy. Have a picnic at the tables and bench seats sprinkled around the pond or take a bike ride along the foreshore, all within walking distance to downtown Newcastle.
Hit the Beaches
Newcastle has some wide-open beaches for a fun family day out, all within easy reach of the city centre. Pack your rashie, throw in your sunblock and a towel and hit the water for a refreshing dip. If you are feeling energetic, you can take the 3-hour coastal walk overlooking Nobbys, Newcastle, Mereweather and Bar beaches, all with their unique offerings and specialities. Bar Beach is patrolled with a sheltered rock pool so best for families, particularly with young or weak swimmers.
Swim in the Ocean Baths
Merewether Beach reveals a sizable ocean bath, entirely enclosed and overlooked by an Art Deco pavilion. Built in 1910, it is still as popular today as it was all those years ago. Many residents still recall being taught to swim in its depths, it is now considered a historic landmark of the immediate area.
Sunday Farmers Market
If you make your way to Newcastle on Sunday, you must make time for the Farmers Market at the showgrounds. Stalls are filled with fresh produce, traditional market-ware and arts and crafts, so working out what to buy will be the hardest decision of the day.
For those looking for an overnight escape or even a week-long adventure, you can’t look past the Travelodge Hotel in Newcastle. With comfortable rooms, full service including 24-hour reception, internet and cable TV you will relax as soon as you enter the doors. Close to Stockton beach, in the heart of the café and nightlife, beaches and close to the waterfront, you will create so many lasting memories in this fabulous location.