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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
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“Especially wonderful in spring. Beautifully maintained gardens fantastic for kids. Take a picnic, there's also aqua golf nearby & a few quaint shops including the lollie & Christmas shops”
  • 77 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Huge shopping centre only a 30 min car trip lots of cool shops and cinemas. We favour the Hoyts around the corner from here awesome comfy seats and nice a quiet.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Second biggest shopping outlet in Newcastle. Loved by all. Big restaurant area on top floor. Inside fats food dining options too ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Zoo
“Get up close and comfortable with our native animals. Koalas kangaroos emus lizards birds. Daily koala feeding at 2 PM. Picnic areas barbecues children’s playgrounds”
  • 62 locals recommend
Flower Shop
“Interesting museum on the coal history of Newcastle with some great science exhibits”
  • 31 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Waterfront dining. Restaurant upstairs - or casual dining downstairs at the Little Beach bar and cafe. Excellent choice. Licensed bar - with great in-house beer on tap.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
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“Great location overlooking Merewether beach with take away, cafe, bar and restaurant options”
  • 54 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This gallery has one of the biggest collections for a regional gallery in Australia.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The views of the beaches and history of our Anzacs are displayed along this bridge”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Pizza and Pasta, dine in or take away. They also have a cute little bar :)”
  • 18 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the site of an old fort originally built in the early 1800s and is the only fort in Australia to have fired its guns at the Japanese during WWII. It's a nice historical spot that kids will love but there is also a great view of the harbour and city from the lawns.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Cafe
“Fantastic for breaky, lunch or dinner. Delicious Indonesian cuisine. Funkyn street side cafe.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Zoo
“You'll see & get up very close to an amazing variety of animals, some that are not at Taronga Zoo! Easy to get around, well designed Zoo for everyone to enjoy. Very family friendly with lots of interesting talks & opportunities to sit with Meercats, Lemurs, feed animals & enjoy a family picnic.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nature
“Nobbys Lighthouse is open on Sundays for coffee and i has a great view back over Newcastle”
  • 32 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A favourite place for all our family - walks safe swimming at Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay , restaurants , fresh seafood Whale watching -just a wonderful place to either travel 1 1/2 hours or have as another holiday destination or next stop over heading up the Coast ! Our coast has some much to offer 😀”
  • 28 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Local larger shopping centre with three supermarkets, Kmart and other stores.”
  • 31 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Australian Restaurant
“Waterfront dining. Restaurant upstairs - or casual dining downstairs at the Little Beach bar and cafe. Excellent choice. Licensed bar - with great in-house beer on tap.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
“Great location overlooking Merewether beach with take away, cafe, bar and restaurant options”
  • 54 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Pizza and Pasta, dine in or take away. They also have a cute little bar :)”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One Chef Hat. Located at Broke. The Award was for "modern winery fare in a beautiful setting with considerate touches".”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy the weekends with some great food, live music, kids jumping castle and activties down by the beach at The Caves Beach hotel.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Atmosphere, views, service and amazing food with a French influence. A very special place to enjoy.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Hotel
“This popular and trendy venue is the ultimate place to visit for breakfast, lunch and dinner or for having a drink. They are kid friendly and also offer daily activities for children during the school holidays. They also provide a fantastic music and entertainment scene. Only a 5 - 10 minute walk from Isla Villa.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
“Fantastic location overlooking Birubi Beach - wondeful food. Also great spot for takeaway coffee.”
  • 24 locals recommend

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