Newcastle’s Historical Sights to Weave the Past with the Present

Posted on 15 September 2016

If you’re looking to get to the heart of Newcastle, the first thing you want to explore is its history. But like most locals and tourists, you’re probably tempted to head straight to vacation spots and visit historical sights later.

So here’s the plan: once you’ve crossed some of the major Newcastle attractions off your list, spend some time exploring underrated yet equally worthy historical experiences around the city.

In no particular order, here are the top historical experiences to include in your  next Newcastle itinerary:

Newcastle Museum

Museum entrance public art

Photo Courtesy of Newcastle Museum Website

When you’re searching for Newcastle’s historical gems, heading to the museum seems like a no-brainer. After all, what could be better than a neat place where all the city’s iconic objects, memorabilia, and historical pieces are carefully preserved, arranged and displayed?

Located at 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle, the museum can be quickly accessed by bus, car, or train. There is also an in-house cafe and shop worth checking out during your visit. Don’t miss the spectacular five-minute audiovisual show about Newcastle’s famous steelmaking process known as the BHP Experience. It is played every hour, from 11am to 4pm (when the museum is open). For more information, visit. newcastlemuseum.com.au.

Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley - Newcastle

Fort Scratchley welcomes visitors interested in Newcastle’s only coastal defence installation to fire against the Japanese submarine that attacked it in 1942. Now, the fortress has three main historic attractions: the Military Museum, the Maritime Museum, and the Underground Defensive Tunnels.

Full site and tunnel tours take about two hours and $16 (adult) or $8 (child) if you join the guided tour. Otherwise, admission and self-guided tour are free of charge. To tap into the wealth of knowledge the guides have accumulated, opt for the paid tour (and check this nifty timetable before you go).

Consider the stunning view of Newcastle’s coastline, whales, and dolphins as unexpected reward for your visit.

Newcastle Memorial Walk

Newcastle Memorial Walk Australia

As Novocastrians pause to observe the ANZAC centenary, the Newcastle Memorial Walk is built. What better way to remember and honour the heroes of the war than dedicate an entire walking path to them?

This spectacular infrastructure now serves as one of the top historical landmarks and tourist magnets in Newcastle for a litany of reasons. For starters, you can take a stroll on a 450-metre walkway while soaking up the scenic skyline, coastal and city views around.

This historical site is also a modern, impressive way to pay tribute to the noble men and women who served in the World War I. Visit the official website of Newcastle City for further information.

Newcastle’s Famous Tram

Newcastle Famous Tram

If you don’t have a day to explore the city’s historic sites, Newcastle’s famous tram is your best shot at seeing the most significant historical spots. This highly affordable and absolutely fun tour will take you to old Newcastle buildings and popular historical sites as well as the new tourist destinations and prominent structures (yes, including the ANZAC Memorial Walk lookout).

The tour, which costs $20 (adult)/$5 (child), lasts for about an hour (or more). Hop on the tram at Queen Wharf Tower at around 10:30AM and 12 noon.

Confirm the departure schedule and other details by visiting famous-tram.com.au.

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