Historical sites and attractions

Australia's second oldest city enjoys a long and rich Aboriginal culture, and grand Victorian and Art Deco architecture. It is a city bursting with culture, arts and history.

Nobbys Headland

Nobbys Headland

Nobbys Lighthouse on Whibayganba (Nobbys Headland) has been guiding vessels into the Coquun (Hunter River) since 1854. Macquarie Pier was built by convicts between 1818 and 1846 to bridge Nobbys Island to the mainland and protect the harbour.
Bogey Hole

Bogey Hole

The Bogey Hole, built by convicts for Major James Morisset in 1819, is an icon of our city. Loved by locals and visitors alike it is a popular swimming spot and is accessible from King Edward Park. Explore more about its history here.
Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

Is built on a site overlooking the city which has been a place of worship for over 190 years, beautiful grounds and views surround the city's 'Castle'.
Miss Porter's House Museum

Miss Porter's House Museum

Take a step back into history in the heart of the city. Visitors of all ages can explore Porter family stories and discover the secrets of an Edwardian home.
The Lock Up

The Lock Up

The Lock-Up was built to support the Newcastle Police Station located in the adjacent Court House and was used from 1861 until its closure in 1982. The cells and exercise yard are now a creative hub, with contemporary art gallery and events space.
Newcastle Signal Box

Newcastle Signal Box

The Newcastle Signal Box was constructed in 1936 and in operation until 2014. It is the last remaining of its type and highly intact. Why not combine a tour with a delicious meal at the Signal Box restaurant?
Newcastle Railway Station - The Station

Newcastle Railway Station - The Station

Newcastle Railway Station was constructed in 1878 under the supervision of John Whitton, Engineer in Chief of the NSW Railways, linking Newcastle with Sydney and opening up the north of NSW to rail travel. Repurposed for events and boutique shops.