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There’s so much to do in Newcastle,  from surfing the waves at the beach, to chilling out at a trendy bar or café, to exploring the city’s great surrounds.

Hire a car from Sydney Airport, drive two hours north and explore the incredible surrounds of Newcastle.

Knobbys Lighthouse (pictured) A local icon since it was established in 1858, Knobbys Lighthouse is a must-see for anybody visiting Newcastle. Visitors walk 800m from the car park up a steep climb to marvel at the beautiful 360 degree views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. The Knobbys Lighthouse grounds are open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm and entry is free.

Hunter Valley Zoo Get the family together for a day out at the Hunter Valley Zoo. There are popular daily shows, such as Wombat Talk and Patting and the Lion Lock Down and Meet the Keeper shows, which will keep you busy for hours. While your there you can also get up close with cheeky meerkats and dingoes, take a photo with a koala or learn more about our famous Tasmanian devils.

Treetop Adventure Park With nearly 100 challenges high up in the tree tops, this adventure park will have you sliding down 20 different flying foxes, crossing suspension bridges and much more. From 20m high you’ll also be able to take in the stunning Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. The experience is suitable for people of all ages, with each course having different grades of difficulty and each participant able to go at their own pace.

Myall Lakes National Park This national park is one of New South Wales’ largest coastal lake systems and it’s also one of the states most visited parks. It’s also home to a 76m high flooded gum, known as The Grandis – one of the tallest trees in the states. The stunning beaches and lakes within the national park are perfect for swimming, while on land you can go hiking.

Sea kayaking Head out and explore the stunning ocean off Newcastle’s coast. There are many tour companies that will take you in a small group and keep you safe as you glide through the waves. Operating a kayak requires no previous experience, as your instructor will teach you all you need to know. The activity is suitable for the whole family. Whether you want to paddle along as fast as you can or at your own leisure, the choice is yours!


Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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