Last day. Time to take Olive home for a well deserved rest. This is one of our regular stomping grounds so although we didn’t get up to much, four days of constant driving had taken its toll, there are a few ideas below of how to wile away some time in Newcastle.
The Newcastle Memorial Walk was built to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC. It is a 6 kilometre walk along the coast, partly on paths and partly on a boardwalk suspended over the cliff edge. Great for a walk or grab out the binoculars for some whale watching. Even when whale watching season is over you can often see dolphins in the waves near Merewether Beach.
Walk from Fort Scratchley and the Foreshore Park to the Honeysuckle development along the harbour. The walkway is also bicycle friendly. Newcastle has a lively working harbour with something always happening. The Honeysuckle development is a redevelopment of industrial land adjoining the harbour and now houses a myriad of restaurants, bars and family friendly eateries right on the harbour.
The Olive Tree markets, held in Civic Park, are artisan markets where locals show off their original art, clothing designs, gift wear and jewellery. There is also entertainment with new local live acts performing and an array of food stalls to keep you fed. They are on a Saturday once a month. The Hunt and Gather markets have also been growing and adding more events to their calendar.
Restaurants and bars abound especially in Darby Street, Newcastle and Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Some of our favourites around Newcastle are:
Moor– We like to go here for breakfast but it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yum.
The Lucky Hotel – a nice pub that has had a tasteful and innovative renovation. The dining room opens into a huge space with an indoor garden wall down one end. A dining room, front bar and lounge area all flow into each other but also allow you to find a quiet place to linger over a cocktail or watch the movies that are projected onto the backwall of the dining room.
Parry Street Garage is an Italian restaurant with a funky vibe. If you want to make sure you get a table book ahead or move to the bar area and wait for one to be available.
Goldbergs in Darby Street is another place we often end up at for lunch or a coffee and cake but it is open all day from breakfast through to dinner.
If your heading to Hamilton make sure you go to the Northern Star Cafe in Beaumont Street. This cafe is open for lunch and dinner and features home-style Italian meals. They also have amazing coffee and real gelato. Mmm gelato.
Reserve housed in the old ANZ bank building the decor is superb and features the door to the old safe. The food is amazing and the wine list extensive featuring both local and European wines.
Make sure you take a few days and try everything.
Day 5 Newcastle to Gosford
Newcastle take the Pacific Highway to Bluehaven
Join M1 Freeway and continue to Ourimbah
At Ourimbah take the Pacific Highway to Gosford