An Insider's Guide to Newcastle

If you’re planning a road trip to Newcastle but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got together all the best places to eat, drink and play in and around Newcastle. Well, what are you waiting for? Load up your car with snacks and get driving – Newcastle awaits!

Where to Eat

Restaurant Mason

For a fine dining experience that you’ll never forget, head straight to Restaurant Mason on Hunter Street. This Modern Australian restaurant is a stylish space with large windows and elegant tall back chairs. Reserve your spot here.


In prime position, overlooking Newcastle Beach, Rustica serves tapas style dishes with a Mediterranean influence. The menu includes dishes such as Roast Pork Belly and Crispy Zucchini flowers. Yum! Book your table here.


If you’re craving delicious Spanish tapas, make your way directly to Bacados on King Street. Pass Go, do not collect $200. The extensive menu features goodies such as Patatas Bravas and Grilled Marinated Squid. You can make a reservation here.

Where to Drink

Coal & Cedar

For a pre-dinner cocktail in a retro-chic bar, look no further than Coal & Cedar. This Hunter Street bar is mixing up some inventive cocktails along with your favourite classics. Find out more about Coal & Cedar here.

Bar Petite

Newcastle’s original tapas lounge bar, Bar Petite feels just like your grandma’s house with quaint furnishing and a French-boutique warmth. We recommend visiting on a Friday or Saturday night to enjoy the live music. Find out more here.

Grain Store

For lovers of craft beer, the Grain Store’s for you! This spacious bar showcases Australian craft beer. With over 20 varieties of beer on tap, you’re in for a real treat. Click here to see which beers are on tap now.

Where to Play

Bathers Way Walk

This stunning coastal walk winds its way from Merewether Ocean Baths to Nobbys Beach. Along the 6km walk, you’ll enjoy sweeping ocean views and discover hidden sea life in the rock pools.

Check out the street art in Wickham and Belmont

Wandering around the streets of Wickham and Belmont, you’ll think you’re in an amazing art gallery. On apartment walls and laneways, there is magnificent art that pays homage to Australia’s heritage.

Sand Duning in Worimi National Park

Whether you’re four-wheel-driving or brought along a boogie board, you’ll have so much fun on the sand dunes of Worimi National Park. Enter via the Anna Bay Lower Car Park and prepare for a great day of fun.

Where to Stay

Travelodge Hotel Newcastle offers comfortable rooms perfect for travellers looking for great value in one of NSW’s favourite coastal towns. Book your next stay now.

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