Newcastle is a gorgeous Harbour city in New South Wales, located only 2 hours from Sydney. With terrific beaches, coastal walks, historic sites, a vibrant hospitality scene and a number of incredible family activities to pursue, it’s no wonder Newcastle is a family holiday haven. Check out our favourite things to do in Newcastle all year round.
Things to do in Newcastle, Australia
Stockton Beach is famous for its endless dunes which tower up to 40m high. Constantly moving with the winds, the dunes offer a great day out adventuring either via foot, 4WD or on a guided quad bike tour. Sandboarding is great fun for the all ages, as is visiting the ‘tin city’ – a group of shacks cut off from the rest of the world.
Stockton Beach is situated just metres from your accommodation at the park and features a patrolled swimming beach that’s well protected from the prevailing winds. The area directly in front of the holiday park is perfect for a dip, beach games for the whole family, and those long, romantic walks at sunset. Or why not admire the beach from afar and look across to the harbour and city on the 2km return Shipwreck walk along the Stockton Breakwall, just moments from the park.
Fishing around the park is popular with guests and locals. The beach offers great fishing year round for bream, whiting, tailor and flathead. Serious fishermen can choose to fish from the nearby breakwall where large jewfish can be caught. The nearby Hunter River offers a variety of fishing options from the land, boat or kayak.
Stockton Beach offers great surf right up and down the 36km of beach. The curve of the coastline means there’s protected options for kids and learners in front of the holiday park while further up the beach receives more swell and is suited to those looking for some more serious beach breaks.
Spend the day exploring Newcastle city via the nearby Stockton Ferry. The ferry makes regular trips from Stockton across the Hunter River to Newcastle, offering stunning views towards the city and port area on your ride. Whether you’re adventuring on foot or bringing a bike along, you can easily make a great day of it.
The Stockton Swimming Centre is located on King Street, which is right next door to the holiday park. It features a heated 50m pool for your leisurely laps through to serious training, a little learners pool for the kids to enjoy, along with a kiosk and BBQ. The centre is open from 6am – 6pm, 7 days a week.
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