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Architectural and Hidden Laneways Walk

Rated 4.75 out of 5 from 12 reviews.Newcastle, Australia

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Experience hosted by Steve

90 mins
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

I offer a leisurely 90 minute walking tour starting In the heart of town. Firstly, there is an introduction to the architecture around the Civic cultural precinct, before a moderate climb up to The Hill and the Obelisk. It has a panoramic view of the city, harbour and coastline. I describe the major landmarks and places of interest, providing detailed commentary and sharing stories about their past. We'll then see the cathedral and Newcastle East. This historic beachside area includes relics from the convict days and hidden laneways behind old terraces. Then it's on to the Hunter River foreshore facing north over the working harbour. You will enjoy the view from Fort Scratchley and a level stroll along the waterfront past the Stockton Ferry wharf and the new light rail. The walk showcases the Port of Newcastle, an interesting mix of buildings and recreational precincts. It includes old and new architecture, the scenic landscape, inner city homes, pubs, cafes and streets full of charm and character. I briefly explain some of the planning issues and controls which have helped to preserve the heritage buildings, while allowing renewal and growth. There will be ample opportunity to answer questions and provide local insights, as well as finish with an excellent coffee when we return to Wheeler Place.
I offer a leisurely 90 minute walking tour starting In the heart of town. Firstly, there is an introduction to the architecture around the Civic cultural precinct, before a moderate climb up to The Hill and the Obelisk. It has a panoramic view of the city, harbour and coastline. I describe the major landmarks and places of interest, providing detailed commentary and sharing stories about their past. We'll then see the cathedral and Newcastle Eas…

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Sun, Sep 27
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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Wed, Sep 30
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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Wed, Oct 7
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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Meet your host, Steve

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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I've lived in Newcastle for 15 years and worked as an urban planner on a diverse array of interesting planning issues and projects. I've grown to love the city and gained unique insights into the past, present and it's emerging future. I enjoy exploring the many precincts around town, admiring the rich architectural heritage and the innovative new buildings which have recently gone up. The geography of Newcastle is also beautiful, with spectacular cliffs and surfing beaches along the coast, iconic Nobbys Head at the mouth of the Hunter River and the busy working harbour directly adjacent to the city centre. I regularly walk through the neighbourhoods of Newcastle and detour to "out of the way" places that provide a window into the life of the city.
I've lived in Newcastle for 15 years and worked as an urban planner on a diverse array of interesting planning issues and projects. I've grown to love the city and gained unique insights into the past, present and it's emerging future. I enjoy exploring the many precincts around town, admiring the rich architectural heritage and the innovative new buildings which have recently gone up. The geography of Newcastle is also beautiful, with spectacular cliffs and surfing beaches along the coast, icon…
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Where you'll be

Places visited include out of the way homes and historic buildings, hidden laneways used by locals plus neighbourhood parks and pathways. These are areas I have discovered around Newcastle during my time here. The obelisk park is special because it overlooks both the natural and built environments of the city. The foreshore walk features the industrial past, working harbour and the emerging future, as Newcastle undergoes major change and growth.

Rated 4.75 out of 5 from 12 reviews.

Cheryl
August 2020
Walking tours are a great way to get to know a city. Very enjoyable walk, I didn't realise that Newcastle is so hilly.
Caryn
January 2020
Had a really insightful tour with Steve., who is very knowledgeable about Newcastle. The walk was easy, unfortunately the weather was not great but we still had fun 👍
Kate
December 2019
This tour is excellent! It includes secret locations that many would never know about, such as the hidden lane of beautiful wooden two story houses and the site of the first coal pit. Steve was very willing to adapt the tour for my 88 year old mother in law who could not walk up the stepped sections of the tour, and provided an engaging alternate route. Steve was a generous and very knowledgeable tour guide. He also provided insights into interesting local current developments, as well as historical features in Newcastle. He added in some details about street art and told us about other places we might visit in Newcastle e. g, Jazz music venues, the raised Anzac walk and the Merewether painted Aquarium tunnel. Steve's tour was a highlight of our visit to Newcastle. Do not miss it, it is a real gem of an experience.
This tour is excellent! It includes secret locations that many would never know about, such as the hidden lane of beautiful wooden two story houses and the site of the first coal p…
Nick
November 2019
Steve was great. Easy going, friendly passionate about this city and history as well as giving us a depth of understanding in a contemporary context, our walking conversation around and about Newcastle city centre was just what we wanted.
Bud
October 2019
Steve knows what he's talking about. His tour is a master class in Newcastle history and his personal perspective brings it alive. Thanks, Steve-- I learned a lot and had a great time as well!
David
August 2019
Fantastic tour, Steve gave us insights to Newcastle that we could not have got ourselves. He showed and told us about so many interesting things that we wish we had more than 2 nights here. Highly recommend this tour

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

You don't need to be a planning expert or architect to enjoy this tour. It's aimed at people who have an interest in exploring cities in a little more detail, finding out about the history of the city and new developments underway. You’ll be getting off the beaten track in between major highlights

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes

Drinking water