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Fort Scratchley »

This was one of several forts built on headlands along Australia's shore in the mid- to late 19th century to defend the colony against a possible Russian attack. Built in 1882, its guns had never been fired in anger until June 8, 1942, when the fort returned fire from Japanese... more »

Newcastle Museum »

Opened in 2011 in the former headquarters of the Great Northern Railway, right on Newcastle Harbour, the museum tells the story of the city's coal mining and steel production. Visitors can don a hard hat to witness the Fire and Earth exhibition, which re-creates life in a steel mill complete... more »

Merewether Baths »

The largest ocean baths (swimming pools) in the Southern Hemisphere, Mereweather Baths are a Newcastle icon perfect for swimming and splashing all year-round. Opened in 1935 at one of the city's six fabulous beaches, they comprise two pools, with one suitable for children. Complete with barbecues and picnic tables, the... more »

Newcastle Kayak Tours »

As the world's largest export coal port, Newcastle has a genuine working harbour. It's fascinating to watch the huge freighters as they line up beyond the harbour in the open sea, come through the heads, fill up with coal, and depart. Since the steelworks closed down in 1999, the harbour... more »

Nobby's Lighthouse »

The Newcastle landmark, Nobby's Lighthouse (on Nobby's Headland) was the third to be built in New South Wales when it opened in 1854. It's at the end of a long narrow spit (a longshore drift) and is accessed by a nearly 1-km (½-mile) path. Before it was converted to electricity... more »