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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
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
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
Flower Shop
“Interesting museum on the coal history of Newcastle with some great science exhibits”
  • 31 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
Cafe
“Fantastic for breaky, lunch or dinner. Delicious Indonesian cuisine. Funkyn street side cafe.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Pizza and Pasta, dine in or take away. They also have a cute little bar :)”
  • 18 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
Scenic Lookout
“The views of the beaches and history of our Anzacs are displayed along this bridge”
  • 47 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
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
Shopping Mall
“Local larger shopping centre with three supermarkets, Kmart and other stores.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Entertainment
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“Amazing new Lake View Gallery now free to the public. Great food and spectacular terrace views of Wallis Lake. Perfect club venue inside or outside on the lawns at the lakes edge.”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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
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
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
“One Chef Hat. Located at Broke. The Award was for "modern winery fare in a beautiful setting with considerate touches".”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Atmosphere, views, service and amazing food with a French influence. A very special place to enjoy.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Two Chef Hats. Located at Hungerford Hill Winery. Owner Troy Rhoades-Brown was awarded the 2005 Brett Graham Scholarship. There is an open fire in winter.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Pub
“Always great live music here every weekend. Good Aussie style pub food. Tap beers”
  • 15 locals recommend

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