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50 things to do if you're new to Newcastle

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If you're a first timer to the city here's a few things you should know about.
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1. Check out the local beaches, there's at least 10 to choose from and you won't go wrong whichever one you choose. 

2. Best way to see the city is to jump on a bike, there are loads of on and off-road trails, here are few to get you started. Metro Cycles in Newcastle West hire them out so there's no excuse.     

3. Newcastle's foodie scene is pretty impressive these days. Here are a few you should know about.

4. Friday night cocktail hotspots.

5. The ANZAC Memorial Walk has some of the best views in Newcastle!

6. Baked Uprising, be warned it gets busy, but it's always worth the wait for delicious bakery goods.

7. For mouth-watering Mexican head to Antojitos or TWO MULES

8. Keen to check out the Newcastle burger scene? RASCAL has a pop-up out the front of Restaurant Mason, Fri - Sun 10am - 5pm (or until sold out)

9. Newy Burger Co. also rustle up a pretty mean burger as do  Bistro Lowlands and Good Time Burgers.

10. Beers on the balcony, or rooftop, at the Beach Hotel on a Sunday arvo overlooking Merewether Beach.

11. The Bathers Way Walk which starts at Merewether Beach, and depending on how much energy you have, can take you all the way to Nobbys Lighthouse.

12. For those who like serious good looking and tasting cocktails head to Coal & Cedar

13. Islington. It's eclectic and awesome, drop in for a coffee at Peaberrys or Suspension, some vintage shopping and a bite to eat at the Tailor's Workshop.

14. If you're after a seriously good coffee then here's a list of Newcastle best.

15. Coffee with a view? Here's Newcastle's best cafes with a view.

16. For the Bao lovers out, Bao Brothers Urban Eatery on Hunter Street is the bomb!

17. Steak lovers need to visit The Burwood in Merewether.

18. Drop into Pork Ewe Deli, either in Mayfield or Darby St, and grab yourself a picnic platter of Charcuterie tasties and take yourself on a picnic by the beach. 

19. Pizza, we all love it, if you get a craving try Masa Madre, or the Ori in Cooks Hill.

20. For world class Ramen and Gyozas check out the new kids on the block, Susuru.

21. Craft beer's a big thing in Newcastle these days, if you like your hops head to The Grain Store, FogHorn Brewhouse, The Happy Wombat and The Hop Factory

22. King St, it's got a little bit of something for everyone. Gelato, Tea, Cupcakes, Ethiopian, Pizza, Golf and much more. 

23. The Junction has just about everything going, there's a tasty food and coffee scene, sophisticated shopping and gelato!

24. If you're wanting to get a little active here's a list of 8 running trails to try.

25. Newcastle's Small Bar scene has come a long way, there's loads of small bars scattered around the city.

26. For your gelato fix you can't go past Popolo Artisan Gelateria.      

27. If you're hanging around on Monday, here's what's open.

28. Vegetarian? Then you must try The Bhakti Tree in Mayfield or Zaaki Espresso just next door for felafel. The Persian Place in the city, Saluna, Surtaj or Uber Thai in Hamilton for a vego Massaman Curry. 

29. For a bar with a roof-top head to 529 The Terrace.

30. Keen to catch some lakeside dining, visit Crusoe's on the Lake.

31. For some delicious seafood sitting on Newcastle's harbour, Scratchley's is your go-to venue, but not before having a drink next door at Battlesticks Bar.

32. Meat lover? Then MEET at Honeysuckle or Figtree Churrasco in Mayfield.

33. Order anything from the Swell Kiosks menu either at Nobby's or Bar Beach and take in those ocean views.

34. If you love your Thai, Greek, Italian, Mexican and more head to The Rooftop at Westfield Kotara 

35. Surround yourself with your favourite cartoon friends, with a cocktail in hand and a slice of pizza at Holey Moley Golf Club.

36. For a bit of culture, visit one of Newcastle's many art galleries. Newcastle Art Gallery, Cooks Hill Art Gallery, cstudios Art Gallery, and The Lockup just to name a few. 

37.  Head to Honeysuckle with sweeping harbour views you'll be in awe as bulk carriers cruise by whilst enjoying cocktails, Japanese sashimi or modern Italian.

38. Take a drive to Dudley for a Deep Blue Platter at the Royal Crown Hotel.

39. Street Feast night market, for delicious street food and live music at Dixon Park.

40. Feeling active? Grab a bike and make your way to Warners Bay for a ride around Lake Macquarie.

41. Go for a dip at the Bogey Hole  

42. The Newcastle Flower Markets are a nice detour from the revving of engines and are open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 9:30am - 12pm.

43. With over 150 vineyards, The Hunter Valley sits on Newcastle's doorstep and is the perfect excuse to taste all the wine, and enjoy a long lunch amongst the vines. 

44. Head out to Common Circus at Belmont for beautiful coffee and uninterrupted views of Lake Macquarie.

45. Over the bridge in Carrington, enjoy a pub lunch at the Criterion or Carrington Place, or the dog friendly Cafe Inu.

46. Newcastle's favourite BYO restaurants.

47. Tight arse? Here's a list of where to eat cheap in Newcastle.

48.  Only a one hour drive, escape to Port Stephens for the day. Walk up Tomaree Head Summit, enjoy a whale watch cruise, sit alongside the marina for a cocktail or enjoy many of the delicious food options around town. 

49. Want to drink like a local, head to anyone of these; Greenroof Hotel, The Commo or The Ori.    

50. Jump on your Smartphone and be sure to book a return trip real soon!

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