Newcastle is home to stunning beaches, picturesque national parks and plenty of outdoor adventure spots. When the weather turns cold what does this city of natural wonders have on offer? Plenty! This sprawling metropolis is home to cultural enclaves and indoor fun that will keep you entertained on cold winter days. So here's our list of the ultimate activities to undertake in Newy, when beach days and hikes simply aren't an option!
INNERCITY WINE MAKERS (Wickham)
Had plans to head to the Hunter Valley but don't want to trek all that way in the cold? Never fret for right in the heart of Newcastle is Inner City Wine Makers. Set in Church Street, just walking distance from the CBD, the small shed is home to red, white, sparkling and fortified wine varieties. Set alongside a small collection of art exhibitions and with cheese platters available, you won’t feel like you’ve missed out at all.
Location: 28 Church Street, Wickham NSW 2293
THE LOCK UP (Newcastle)
Do you like politics with your contemporary art? That’s what this police holding centre-come-gallery on Hunter Street offers its patrons. Spend a winter's day checking out innovative art and wacky installations all housed within heritage listed holding cells. The building's originally housed delinquents for short term stays from 1861 till the police lock ups closure in 1982. The re-appropriated space sends a clear message - all art is political - and is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday.
Location: 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
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THRIFT SHOPPING (Newcastle, Wallsend & Hamilton)
Newcastle is home to many vintage, thrift and antique stores; spend a cold day foraging throughout them on your very own treasure hunt. Second hand gems can be sourced from pre-loved stores such as Newcastle's Ritzy Rose with their new and retro vintage finds. For other options throughout the city get thrifty at Newy's charity stores such as Wallsend’s Samaritans and Hamilton’s St Vincent de Pauls. Get ready to op-shop 'til you drop!
Price: Free (until you find a vintage gem)
Location: 9 Newcomen Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
CIVIC THEATRE (Newcastle)
Newcastle's Civic Theatre is a popular venue for comedy shows, theatre productions and live music. The gorgeous heritage listed building is an exquisite example of the 1920's Georgian Revival style, empirically decked out with Moroccan and Spanish overtones. This theatre holds around 1,700 attendees and houses a quaint little bar - making it the perfect venue for your winter night out.
Price: Check website specific events
Location: 375 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
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NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY (Newcastle)
Stay dry and soak up the culture of this Laman Street gallery. The medium-sized gallery houses some 6,200 works, including the nation’s best Japanese and Australian ceramics. A cultural asset for Newcastle City, the ever changing exhibitions are stored within an architectural example of early 1970’s geometric construction. Get ready to analyse and get your art on!
Cost: Free (some extra exhibitions will incur costs)
Location: 1 Laman Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
WHALE WATCHING AT NOBBYS HEADLAND (Newcastle East)
If you're ready to brave the winter wind you might just be treated to one of the most spectacular sites Newcastle has to offer - the migration of humpback whales through Australian waters. Head to Newy's notorious Nobbys Beach headland with a blanket and thermos in tow and set yourself down for a few hours of whale watching. Even if you don't catch any whales (June and July is the best time of year) the views over the foreshore are stunning enough to warrant a visit.
Location: Nobbys Beach, Nobbys Road, Newcastle East NSW 2300
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