Coast to Newcastle

From the Central Coast, this trail leads north to the dynamic city of Newcastle, reputed for its flourishing DIY arts scene. There there are plenty of stops and side-trips along the way - historic sites to meander and gorgeous art galleries to browse. Vibrant and innovative communities of arts, culture and heritage exist along the trail from the Central Coast to Lake Macquarie.

Begin on the beautiful Central Coast with Gosford Regional Gallery and Art Centre. Make sure you take time to walk around the Japanese garden. The leafy surrounds and great touring exhibitions are just some of the many reasons the Art Centre is visited by approximately 120,000 people each year.

The turn off from the Pacific Motorway to Cooranbong is definitely worth your time. Located at the base of the Watagan Mountains on the western side of Lake Macquarie it is home to the South Sea Islands Museum. This museum showcases ethnographic items from Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, PNG, Pitcairn Island, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu that have been collected by Seventh-day Adventist Missionaries.

After this head towards Lake Macquarie, the largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia. Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground linked by more than 90 villages, heritage listed towns and 3 great cultural experiences; Dobell House, Lake Macquarie and District Museum and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

Dobell House is the home and studio of the late artist Sir William Dobell. Guides are available on all occasions. Groups receive a presentation about Dobell, his life, his art and the history of the House before they experience the House and Studio at their leisure.

Travel north to Toronto and Lake Macquarie Heritage Centre. Originally the Toronto Railway Station the Heritage Centre is situated on Toronto Bay with outstanding views across Lake Macquarie. It is accessible by public transport, vehicle, water, walking or cycleway which connects to Fassifern Railway Station.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Set in the leafy grounds on the lake front, the award-winning gallery exhibits touring shows alternately with gallery-curated exhibitions featuring nationally significant artists. The Gallery is located by a sculpture park, mosaic pathways, and the historic Awaba House Restaurant Café, a perfect place to have lunch or afternoon tea while taking in the sparkling surrounds.

Newcastle Museum is ocated in the historic Honeysuckle Railway workshops, the Museum is right in the heart of Newcastle.It has an extensive exhibition program and a dynamic range of community events for a diverse audience.

Newcastle Art Gallery presents a diverse, changing program of up to 20 local, national and international exhibitions a year.

Museums & Galleries of NSW helps small-medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres create exciting experiences for visitors and, through this, thriving local NSW communities. We don't run museums, galleries and cultural centres but we care about those who do. We develop their skills, connect them with others in the industry, provide funding, point visitors their way, and give them access to ground-breaking exhibitions.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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