It's one thing to see a city by car, bus, train or boat. It's entirely another to experience it on foot. For a unique view of some of Newcastle's lesser known, but most fascinating and entertaining sights and sounds, check out these new walking tours – all that's required is a sense of adventure, a bit of leisure time and a comfy pair of walking shoes.
Newcastle Memorial Walk
For an unparalleled panoramic view of the city and the surf – with a healthy dose of history – stroll the region's newest attraction, the Newcastle Memorial Walk. Officially opened on the eve of Anzac Day 2015, the walkway offers views from the coastline to the valley, not to mention a view of the city lights after dusk that's hard to beat. Newcastle Memorial Walk features a series of soldier silhouettes and the names of thousands of locals who enlisted from the Newcastle area. For further information, click here.
Artists' City Walking Tour
Setting off on foot isn't just for nature lovers, it's also a fabulous way to see the downtown area with fresh eyes. Newcastle is a city that has always supported, hosted and inspired artists and public art. The Artists' City Walking Tour (self-guided) begins at Obelisk Park – one of iconic artist Margaret Olley's favourite drawing spots – before taking in a range of galleries and public art sites before concluding at Newcastle Art Gallery, home to a collection of more than 6000 works.
Convict and Industry Walking Tour
To explore Newcastle's early years as a convict settlement and visit remnants of the city's great industrial origins, amble the Convict and Industry Walking Tour. Beginning at the Convict Lumber Yard, the walk takes in significant archaeological sites from the city's convict past and concludes at the Newcastle Museum, jam-packed with artefacts from the region's industrial and convict heritage.
Newcastle at War
A self-guided walking tour, Newcastle at War, invites visitors to delve deep into the city's war-time tales. Beginning at iconic Fort Scratchley and finishing at the Newcastle War Memorial Cultural Centre at the city's library.
Two wheel alternative
For those who prefer to explore on two wheels, why not hire a bike from Interbike's station at Crowne Plaza in the heart of the Honeysuckle precinct? It's fun, cheap and environmentally friendly for all the family!
Further information on Newcastle's walking tracks and trails, including maps and guides, can be found by visiting http://www.visitnewcastle.com.au/maps-guides
Accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets can be found here.
For more information on things to do in Newcastle, please visit www.visitnewcastle.com.au