Have you heard about Newcastle, you know, that biggish town above Sydney? Well, if you haven’t, it comes as no surprise because the city has remained a well-kept secret for centuries. However, things are slowly starting to change. Five years ago, Lonely Planet named Newcastle one the best ten places in the world to visit. They even called it “Australia’s most underrated city.” The home of Mad Max has definitely a lot offer. If you ever decide to grab a bus up from Sydney and stay in this Australia’s hidden gem, here are 10 top things to do in Newcastle, Australia:
1. Have a Picnic in King Edward Park
Populated with evergreen trees and decorated in Victorian Style, King Edward is one of the most stunning parks in New South Wales. The locals often throw weddings and birthday parties here. King Edward also offers an open-air cinema during the summer, and there is no better way to spend a warm evening out in Newcastle, making a visit to this park one of the best things to do in Newcastle.
2. Borrow Toys from the Toy Library
Packing for a family holiday is always a daunting task; you have to make sure to pack enough shirts, underwear, cosmetics and, if you are a parent, enough toys. However, if you decide to go to Newcastle for a family holiday this year, you don’t have to carry any toys – you can borrow them, instead. Newcastle and Hunter Toy Library allows members to borrow toys for up to a month.
3. Visit Beaumont Street and Darby Street
If you are looking for some gourmet food, Newcastle has you covered. For example, Beaumont Street features over 40 different restaurants and cafes. There you can visit Kavon Theatre, where you can grab a dinner and watch a horror show. Conversely, Darby Street, located just a couple of miles from the Civic Train Station, is lined with numerous coffee shops, bookstores and boutiques that will keep you occupied during the whole afternoon. So, visiting these places should be in your list of things to do in Newcastle, Australia.