Newcastle Sights and Landmarks Guide, Australia
Newcastle, the seventh largest city of Australia, has not the charm of a Canberra or Sydney or even that of Gold Coast, but it has its own magnetism, its own appeal, which is quite hard to resist. Being a coastal city, Newcastle has been abundantly endowed by Mother Nature. This, together with the city’s cultural richness and historic importance, has turned Newcastle into one of the most popular tourist destinations of Australia. Every year thousands of tourists from around the world flock to see the Newcastle Sights and take pleasure in the kind of entertainment they offer.
Newcastle Sights – Natural Attractions
Newcastle has some spectacular beaches like Bar, Dixon Park, Nobbys, Stockton, etc. Being close to the city center (within a distance of 5 km), the beaches give you easy access. And once on the beaches, you can easily engage in fun-activities both on the beach and in the sea.
Apart from the pristine beaches, Newcastle also has open lush gardens and parks by the harbor (which, in itself is a great attraction) and in the city center. These gardens happen to be the recreational grounds of the locals on weekends and you can easily join them. If you are planning to do a little bit of wildlife viewing, you can go to the Blackbutt Reserve, which is home to emus, kangaroos, koalas and wombats. The Shortland Wetlands Center is an ideal bird-watching haven.
Besides, there are the many Hunter Valley vineyards and wineries to explore.
Newcastle Sights – Cultural Attractions
Newcastle city has a very cultural ambience and this is best reflected in the existence of a bunch of galleries – Cooks Hill Galleries, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Outback Art Gallery, Von Bertouch Galleries and Wide Horizons Gallery. The Newcastle Region Art Gallery is undoubtedly the very best when it comes to art-works but the others have sizeable collection of art-works, too.
Newcastle is also home to a number of museums like Newcastle Regional Museum, Newcastle Region Maritime Museum, Miss Porter's House, The Police Station Museum, etc.
Newcastle Sights – Historical Attractions
Settled as a penal colony in 1804, Newcastle still has a number of historic structures built in the 19th century like the Christ Church Cathedral, Fort Scratchley, the Customs House, the Court House, the Post Office, and other structures like the Convict Lumberyard & Stockade and Nobbys Lighthouse & Breakwater.
Prominent among the Newcastle Sights belonging to the 20th century are the Art Deco structures like the Newcastle Civic Theater and the University House. (Newcastle Civic Theater is one among the still-operating Newcastle historic theaters; built in 1929, it can seat about 1500 spectators).
Before we finish off, a word of advice – Ferry/cruise rides do add to the pleasures of your tour of Newcastle sights, but your Newcastle trip remains incomplete without your boarding Newcastle's Famous Tram.
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