Things to do in
Newcastle, Australia

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Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

1. Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

This tour provides 1 Guide per 5 people so most groups have two guides, one out the front leading you around and one as a tail end to make sure no one gets left behind. This means you get a fantastic experience with highly informative guide throughout! Ride over the maintained tracks through coastal grasslands to get to the dunes. Be led by your guide as you travel over more and more challenging sand dunes with the only local tour provider that has access to the highest sand dunes on Stockton Beach. The large sand dunes can be from 12 - 30 meters high. The tours are tailored to meet the needs and experience of the customers. Sand boarding can be added to the 2-hour quad bike tour. No licence is required. 

Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

2. Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

Uncork unexpected and unique experiences on a tour of Australia's Hunter Valley. Your 7-hour tour includes multiple wine tastings, a cheese and wine masterclass, a mystery wine experience, chocolate and wine pairings, a generous lunch, a glass of wine, and a tour of a working brewery. Go off the beaten track with your small group and find great Hunter wines that exist beyond the shelves of a bottle shop. Don’t expect to go on the path well-traveled—it’s too busy there, and there’s no room for surprises.   Speaking of surprises, did the mystery wine experience catch your eye? Your tour includes a unique wine encounter that is not available to your average walk-in wine-taster. The mystery wine experience is designed to build your wine knowledge while getting you involved, having a few laughs, and teaching you what makes Hunter Valley wine unique.   Your best day ever wouldn’t be complete without the dream weavers: knowledgeable guides are a huge part of what makes your day unforgettable. They’re passionate locals who love their wine and the Hunter Valley. So, are you ready for the best day ever?

Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

3. Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

Take a stroll through one of Australia's oldest settlements and uncover a city with a disturbing criminal past. Perfect for history buffs or lovers of true crime, your guide will engross you with tales of famous crimes that unfolded right where you stand. The tour takes you to iconic sites in the Newcastle East area including the Convict Lumberyard, the original Newcastle gaol site, the cathedral as well as the best scenic views that Newcastle has to offer. You'll walk down hidden laneways and discover iconic nooks as you attempt to put together the facts for yourself. Each waypoint will include a retelling of the mysteries that lie beneath your feet. These are the stories that the city tried to forget.

Cheeses of the World Masterclass

4. Cheeses of the World Masterclass

Tour your taste buds around the globe with a mouth-watering hour spent tasting 9 world-famous cheeses and small goods, matched with 9 outstanding Hunter Valley wines and a whole lot of laughs with your fun guide. Learn how to select any cheese to match certain varieties of wine. Find out why a Hunter Valley Semillon can be a match made in heaven when served with one cheese but a disaster when matched with another. Cheese lovers have been raving about this experience for years - it is a great way to do a wine tasting with a difference and will become the highlight of your trip.

Newcastle Hidden Gems + Pub Walk with Tastings

5. Newcastle Hidden Gems + Pub Walk with Tastings

The Newcastle small bar scene is thriving and now is your time to discover it! Explore the character and unique atmosphere that each of Newcastle’s small bars have to offer. This pub walk is a 3 hour trip that is not to missed in Newcastle. The tour takes you to all of Newcastle’s hidden gems from small bars to breweries. More than a pub crawl, think of our day trips as a progressive lunch with healthy dose of local history. The tour involves learning about the history of beer, how beer is made, different beer styles and how to match beer and food. We blend this with the history of our city, told to you by your very own local guide. When it comes to things to do in Newcastle, this tour is not to be missed. You get priority seating, custom menus, priority service, meet and greet with the owner, brewery tours, tasting notes and so much more.  

Newcastle: Harbor and Coast 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

6. Newcastle: Harbor and Coast 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle on a 2.5-hour eco cruise. See pods of dolphins, seabirds, turtles and more. Enjoy 360-degree views as you cruise in a custom-built rigid inflatable. Be captivated by the marine life and beautiful landscape of coal seams, volcanic rocks, and sedimentary cliffs, including important Aboriginal sites. Travel down the Hunter Coast, passing Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay. See unique views of Newcastle Harbor, World War Two coastal forts, and world-renowned surfing beaches. Pass ANZAC Memorial Walk, the Bogey Hole, Glenrock Lagoon, Redhead Shark Watchtower and hidden gems Moon Island, Pinney's Headland and Shark Bay. 

Newcastle: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

7. Newcastle: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

Try some of Australia's best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers and spirits on this tour of the Hunter Valley. After pickup from Newcastle, you'll visit 3 local boutique wineries and a distillery, with a guided tasting at each stop. At some venues, chocolates and local cheeses will be brought to match the wine, and keep your tastebuds exploring the flavours of Australia's first wine region. In addition to all the beautiful wines and handcrafted produce, you will also enjoy a relaxed one-course lunch with a wine, beer or cider to wash it down. You'll have ample opportunity to take in the valley’s charm. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to Newcastle.

Encounter Humpback Whales Along the Newcastle Coast!

8. Encounter Humpback Whales Along the Newcastle Coast!

Humpback Whale numbers have been increasing at a rate of over 10% each year, with more than 35,000 individuals passing the coast in 2017. Adult Humpback Whales grow to 14 – 18 metres in length and can weigh up to 50 tonnes. While Humpback calves are born at 2 tonnes - now that's a big baby! Humpback Whales are some of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals. These spectacular whales make exceptionally long journeys from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator each year. This tour provides you with the best experience possible. Come and witness these amazing animals up close on a brand-new adventure boat, Atmos! Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.These whale watching practices have been designed in line with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

Newcastle: Tandem Beach Skydive

9. Newcastle: Tandem Beach Skydive

Skydive at Newcastle’s closest beach for the ultimate adrenalin rush. Drop from a height of up to 15,000 feet and freefall at over 200 km/hr for up to an insane 60 seconds. Float under canopy over Newcastle for 5 - 7 minutes soaking up spectacular beach and city views. Enjoy the skydiving experience of a lifetime and step outside your comfort zone. Push your boundaries with the friendly skydiving crew and create special memories.

Port Stephens: Stockton Sand Dunes 4WD Tag-Along Tour

10. Port Stephens: Stockton Sand Dunes 4WD Tag-Along Tour

Join a 4WD tour around the Tomaree National Park and Stockton Sand Dunes. Learn how to safely drive your vehicle in the sandy terrains and follow behind experienced guides to discover hidden places in Port Stephens that are loved by locals. Visit Tomoree National Park and see a spectacular collection of nature’s finest work. See unique natural settings filled with wildflowers and look over to the ocean to spot whales passing close to shore in the winter months. Also, keep your eye out for a Koala high in the trees. Experience driving across pristine beaches, Samurai, Little Rockys, Birubi, and the famous Stockton Sand Dunes. Here, sandboard down on some of its best dunes while enjoying the 360-degree views from the very top of the dunes.

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What people are saying about Newcastle, Australia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 124 reviews

We had a fabulous experience in the Hunter Valley with the Uncork the Hunter Full Day tour. We received a warm greeting upon arrival and were provided with thoughtful and informative facts on the wines and pairings. The lunch was tasty also! We would definitely return and recommend this to others!

Really enjoyed the tour with Violet, lots of interesting details and delivered in a entertaining way. Thank you so much :)

Informative and fun, a great walk around some of Newcastle’s oldest beautiful buildings and streets

We throughly enjoyed our cruise. With a beautiful coastline and very informative skipper.

Was great fun with the family, we would all recommend