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Things to do in Newcastle

You’ll find a range of things to do in Newcastle throughout the year. This fast-growing coastal city in New South Wales is just two hours’ drive north of Sydney and a short hop to the Hunter Valley wine region. Its stunning beaches and awesome variety of activities are just a couple of good reasons why it’s well worth a closer look. From skydiving to treetop adventures, it has something for everyone.
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What to do in Newcastle

There are plenty of things to do in Newcastle, NSW throughout the year. Whether you live in the city or you’re just visiting, you’ll find the best activities and attractions here at Adrenaline. Take a look through the site to find awesome experiences or read on for a little inspiration. 

While you’re in Newcastle, don’t miss the stunning coastline and beaches, like Newcastle Beach, Merewether Beach and Bar Beach. We’ve outlined a few interesting ways to view these from a unique angle below, but it’s also worth heading to spots like Fort Scratchley, Bogey Hole, King Edward Park, Newcastle Ocean Baths and its various art galleries on foot… perfect for winding down after a thrilling experience. 

Take flight 

A helicopter ride is a sensational adventure wherever you do it, but the views are particularly impressive along this stretch of gorgeous New South Wales coastline. Take a peek out the window during your flight and expect to spot Honeysuckle, Nobbys Head, the ANZAC Memorial Walkway, Bar Beach and Merewether Baths, plus plenty more picturesque sights. 

Feeling even more adventurous? Strap in for the ride of a lifetime in Red Bull Air Race competitor Matt Hall’s two-seat, 300 horsepower race plane. The Air Race Experience gives you time to enjoy the scenery, then get ready for the rush of aerobatic manoeuvres including spins, rolls, loops, tumbles and high G turns. 

Nothing beats the view from above, and the panoramic aerial views over Newcastle city and the beautiful coastline will prove it. 

Skydive over the beach

Are you ready to freefall at speeds of up to 200kph? Skydiving over the beach in Newcastle is an experience you’ll never forget. Securely attached to your tandem instructor you’ll jump from up to 15,000ft, taking in breathtaking coastal views across Newcastle and beyond. This is a real bucket list favourite and we can’t think of many better places to do it. 

Drive a supercar or muscle car

Newcastle’s gorgeous coastline offers some superb scenic drives, so do them in style by getting behind the wheel of one of the cars of your dreams. You certainly don’t need to be a motoring enthusiast to appreciate incredible supercars like the Lamborghini Gallardo and McLaren 12C, and muscle cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, but it won’t hurt if you are! You can even book a driving experience for you and a passenger, so it’s a great way to see some sights in style. 

Tackle some Tree Top Adventures 

Slide down flying foxes, cross from tree to tree and have a whole lot of fun tackling obstacles. Tree Top Adventures are an adventurous day out in a beautiful natural environment that all kinds of people can enjoy. It’s an experience that can be enjoyed rain or shine and is suitable for a range of fitness levels.

Eat and drink well on a bar crawl 

Keen to visit Newcastle’s best bars and pubs? You’ll be taken to a few of the coolest spots in the city on the Newcastle Bar Crawl, with food pairings and beer tasting at each. It’s the perfect day out for groups of friends, couples and anyone who enjoys tasty eats and boozy treats. A tour is a great alternative to going it alone and it’s a good way to learn more about Newcastle, as your knowledgeable guide will share a little history along the way. 

Head to the Hunter Valley 

Newcastle is just a short journey away from the famous Hunter Valley wine region. If you like a tipple or two it’d almost be rude not to sample some of the produce while you’re in the area, but it’s worth remembering that there’s so much more to do in the Hunter Region than just drink wine. 

One thing not to miss is seeing the spectacular scenery from above. Take your pick from a hot air balloon ride, helicopter flight or even a skydive. Back on ground level there are trike tours, horse riding adventures, rally driving experiences and more to keep you entertained.

Go paintballing

The perfect group activity for adventure lovers? You be the judge. Paintballing has come a long way in recent years, with courses and games now more sophisticated than ever. Get your group together and prepare for a seriously fun day out with state of the art paintballing gear, across a variety of themed scenarios. Who’ll come out victorious?

Hop on a whale watching cruise

Between May and November each year the east coast of Australia is passed by thousands of whales, migrating to warmer waters and returning with their newborns. Whale watching tours are an amazing way to see this phenomenal natural spectacle up close. Jump on board for what’s sure to be a memorable trip, with many tours also offering refreshments to keep you fuelled along the way. You’ll definitely want to pack your camera for these experiences.

Get adventurous in Port Stephens

Around an hour’s drive from Newcastle is the popular holiday and weekend getaway destination of Port Stephens. This beautiful region has so much to offer visitors, including the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere at Stockton Sands. Adventure lovers can explore the dunes on a quad biking tour, and even head out in a 4WD for some sandboarding. 

Where is Newcastle and how to get there from Sydney?

The city of Newcastle, New South Wales, is on Australia’s east coast around 117km north of Sydney. The journey between the two typically takes a couple of hours by car via the M1 and slightly longer by train. Those planning to catch the train can travel via the Central Coast & Newcastle Line from Sydney Central. 

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Whether it’s weekend fun near you or the adventures for your next holiday, you’ll find Australia’s most exhilarating and exciting experiences at Adrenaline. Take a look through the site and use the category and location filters to narrow down your search, there’s something to suit every kind of adventurer. Take a look and book today.

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