The charming, laid-back beachside city of Newcastle offers a beautiful coastline and diverse natural landscapes ranging from lush rainforests to preserved wetlands to coastal sand dunes. The most spectacular views of the beaches and harbour are found at Fort Scratchley Historic Site, where you can also learn about the city's naval and mining history in the system of underground tunnels. In addition to its celebrated beaches, the city's ocean baths are among the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a dip and then trade your bathing suit for high fashion in the Junction or go more low key with a bohemian look from the local shops on Darby Street. Before you head back to the ship, grab some fish and chips with a friendly local.
What youNEED TO KNOW
Port Name & Location Port of Newcastle Ship will DOCK at this port.
Time Zone AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) UTC/GMT +11 hours
Language The local language is English.
Currency & Shopping Australian Dollar (AUD) Shop local wines, arts and crafts.
Best Way to Get Around Buses and ferries are the best ways to get around this city. Organised shore excursions are available for sightseeing, surfing, and beach visits.
Famous For Known for its celebrated beaches, Newcastle offers much natural beauty. Take a dip in an ocean bath, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fun Fact: Foodies Stop in for a brew at a local pub with views of the harbour. Classic fish and chips are also popular with the locals.
Fun Fact: Landmarks For the best views of Newcastle, visit Christ Church Cathedral. Built over 180 years ago, the stunning landmark is still a place of worship.