Take a self-guided tour through Newcastle's past
One stop history shop
What better way to indulge in some history than visiting the local museum? As you step foot into the Newcastle Museum the first thing you’ll notice is the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, then secondly the feeling of excitement as you immerse yourself in all the antique objects and tales of heroes and heroines from generations ago. It doesn’t matter whether you take a self-guided visit through the many historic artifacts or you join a tour of the Fire and Earth exhibit, you’re guaranteed to get your history fix at the Newcastle Museum.
Where: 6 Workshop Way Newcastle NSW
After you’ve spent the morning exploring every inch of the Newcastle Museum, give yourself a well deserved timeout at Frankies Place. If you’re a fan of music history you can amuse yourself for hours with a wall of old school records as you sink into your chair and indulge in a Campos blended coffee. This funky cultured cafe is located on Darby Street and provides the perfect surroundings for you to fuel up with breakfast before a day of discovery. A popular favourite is the bacon and fried egg sambo with rocket, cheese and Frankies eggplant chutney, but you can’t go wrong with any of the selections at this little gem.
Where: 131 Darby Street Cooks Hill NSW
Remember our fallen
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Recently constructed to commemorate the centenary of the ANZACs, bring your whole family down to the Newcastle Memorial Walk for an experience that’ll make you appreciate the little things in life. Teach the kids about the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting to make Australia what it is today, all while soaking up the views of the city and coastline. Park at the Bar Beach car park for immediate access to the walk, or If you are feeling energetic after your meal you can walk Bathers Way from Nobbys to Merewether for a scenic adventure.
Where: 88 Memorial Drive Bar Beach NSW
Marine history lesson
When looking to discover more about the history of Newcastle you can’t go past the Maritime Centre Newcastle. Learn about the many past wrecks and rescues, as well as over 200 years of maritime activity that are filled with stories and artifacts that’ll have history lovers mouths watering. One of the most popular attractions is the ‘Then, Now and Tomorrow’ exhibit, which provides a 300 year snapshot of the Hunter Waterways, from early 1800s all the way to what it could be like in the 2100s. You could spend an hour or you could spend an entire day admiring all the rich history in Maritime Centre Newcastle.
Where: 3 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle NSW
Finish off in style
After a big day of discovery in Newcastle, what better way to top it off than with a couple of Jame Squire ales and a first class restaurant feed at the Squires Maiden. Located harbourside on Honeysuckle Drive, sink into your chair with a beer in hand and reflect on all the stories you learned about earlier in the day as you order from their extensive menu. A popular selection is the 125 day aged, grain-fed, 300 gram Wagyu rump, otherwise if you’re with family or some friends a butcher’s plate share platter may be more suitable. If you’re not already historied-out, you can even learn about the history of James Squire – the man behind the beer and this restaurant – who was a convict transported to Australia and was credited with the first successful cultivation of hops and first commercial brewery in Australia.
Where: 11 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle NSW
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