Newcastle: So Hot Right Now

See why Newcastle was on Lonely Planet’s list of hottest cities in 2011.  

As soon as you take a walk along the harbour front you see why Lonely Planet picked Newcastle. It may be just one-tenth the size of Sydney, but the city punches well above its weight with surf beaches, a sun-drenched subtropical climate, and diverse dining, heritage and culture.

Newcastle has a thriving arts scene, where creative pursuits are encouraged and artistic flair is celebrated. Wander through the colourful and expansive array of inner city art galleries, from the University’s Watt Space Galleries, historic John Paynter Gallery, the prestigious Newcastle Art Gallery, to the Newcastle Art Space, a non-commercial exhibition space representing a diversity of emerging and established artists.

As Australia's second oldest city, Newcastle is a region rich with unique history. The Awabakal and Worimi peoples are acknowledged by Council as the traditional custodians of the land and waters of Newcastle.  Delve into Newcastle's 200 year history with a visit to the award-winning Newcastle Museum or explore Newcastle's sea adventuring past at the Maritime Centre at Lee Wharf.

Walk from Nobby’s Head to historic Fort Stratchley – the only fort in Australia to have engaged the enemy in a maritime attack. Experience life behind bars with a guided tour of Maitland Gaol, hosted by an ex-inmate. If you still haven’t had enough history then the delightful Miss Porter’s House will take you gently through turn of the twentieth century Newcastle.

Not only is Newcastle ideally located just two hours by road or rail, it's less than an hour's drive west to the Hunter Valley wineries. Everything here is within walking distance.

To learn more about everything that's happening in Newcastle in March go to Visit Newcastle or Visit NSW. To discover the vibrant arts community of Newcastle visit

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.

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