Newcastle, Queensland


Newcastle is a coastal city in the Australian State of New South Wales.  First established in 1801 as a convict camp where the most dangerous criminals were sent to mine coal and cut timber, it remained penal colony until 1823 when the convicts were removed and military rule in Newcastle ended.  These days Newcastle remains the economic and trade centre for the Hunter Valley and much of the North and North West New South Wales, to this day it is the world’s largest coal export port.


Exploring Newcastle



A few of the recommendations:

Fort Scratchley

Opening hours 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays)

Built in 1882 to be a coastal defence installation against possible Russian attack, Fort Scratchley is now a public museum.

Newcastle Museum

Established in the old Castlemaine Brewery building, the museum was founded in 1988.  It is a family friendly museum with interactive exhibits related to the area’s industrial and natural history

Tree Top Adventure Park

TreeTop Adventure Park Newcastle

A Tree Top Adventure designed to bring you up close and personal with the native Australian wildlife and gum trees.  Here you can test your adventuring spirit as you navigate the obstacle courses through the iconic Australian Bushland.