Eat & Drink

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!

A must-stop as a child, I can’t remember passing an ice-cream shop or stand without begging mum and dad for a sweet ice scoop. I had pretty poor timing and nearly always asked before dinner and while reasonable enough as the no I got was, now as an adult I’m free to eat as much ice cream as I please.

Lucky for us, Newcastle and its surroundings have a huge selection of gelato and ice-cream shops with lots of flavours as well as vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options to suit everyone all year round.

Baskin Robbins
This oldie but a goodie is an obvious choice for those who need ice cream on the go! With flavours for days, a treat from Baskin Robbins is sure to keep you on your toes!
Where: 14/111 Turton Rd, Waratah
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Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.
This newly arrived venue in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD may be known for its burgers, but their in-house rich and creamy frozen custard ice cream is the bee's knees!
Where: 11 Perkins St, Newcastle
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Cold Rock Ice Creamery
Spanning across plenty of locations for all your crazy combinations, Cold Rock is where it’s at to shake things up. Proudly 100% Australian owned and made, the classic ice cream flavours change things up with your favourite mix-ins spanning from M&Ms to sour lollies to Nutella.
Where: Charlestown | Hamilton | Honeysuckle | Kotara | West Wallsend | Rutherford
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Common Circus Hamilton
The incredible lifestyle store over at Hamilton even has its very own gelato bar! With the good brought to you by The Hood Milkbar, you can choose 1-2 scoops of your favourite gelato flavour!
Where: 1A Dixon St, Hamilton
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Dippin’ Dots
This place brings back lots of high school memories! I mean ice cream, but in small dots; how can it get any better? With plentiful flavours and colours, there’s something for the whole family at this iconic spot on Lake Macquarie’s shores.
Where: 478 The Esplanade, Warners Bay
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Dullboy’s Social Co.
Here for good times, nights out and memory-making, the in-house gelato at Dullboy’s is the perfect cool off after a swing on the green or some intense bowling. Home-made gelato flavours include salted caramel and peanut butter, strawberries and cream, fresh mint and chocolate, and Piña Colada.
Where: 326 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay
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East End Ice Creamery
Warm sunny days + ice cream = perfect day! That’s exactly what you’ll get when you pop into East End Ice Creamery for your daily dose of ice cream. Supplied by Serendipity, the premium ingredients and delicious 36 flavours will be sure to make you take a few trips to get a taste of everything. Unlock your tastebuds with unique flavours next time you’re in the east end.
Where: 40 Zaara St, Newcastle
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Estabar has, for as long as we can remember, supplied some of the best gelato in town, but with Bec wanting to serve only really seasonal and local gelato, the challenge was put to the team. Sourcing their flavour inspiration from seasonal fruits, Bec explains, “the chocolate and vanilla are made using cream and milk from the Little Big Dairy Co, and they’re the basics and will always be on the menu. The other two flavours are what we get to have fun with.”
Where: Cnr Ocean St & Shortland Esp, Newcastle
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G & G Gelato
Tucked away at the end of the street, G & G Gelato remains a crowd favourite that brings locals back time and time again. The ever so popular authentic Italian gelato has operated for over 12 years. If you’re looking for a spot for lunch as well, the shop also houses various Italian eats such as lasagne, arancini, and spaghetti Bolognese all handmade on-premise by owner, Gaetano.
Where: 67 Hunter St, Newcastle
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Greg & Audrey’s
A gorgeous 50s style diner that sits opposite the foreshore of Toronto and serves homemade gelato style ice cream. Offering up a big menu of sundaes, shakes, and floats. You can also expect to find hot dogs, fries with toppers, nachos, burgers, ribs, wings, and more on the menu!
Where: 2/32 Victory Pde, Toronto
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Hoppo’s Milkbar
The modernised take on a milkbar, Hoppo’s is creating their very own gelato on-site!
Where: 268 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
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Hunter Valley Chocolate Company
Come for the chocolate, stay for the handmade gelato!
Where: 2320 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
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Jetty Gelato
Port Stephens has a new gelato bar! Located in Shoal Bay at the traffic lights opposite the beach, Jetty Gelato is handmade artisan gelato and is open 7 days a week!

Jim’s Dairy Delite Bar
Always a safe bet, this old-school dairy bar has been operating since 1957 and has got you covered with classic Peter’s ice cream and a cool milkshake if you’re on the go. Rocking the iconic sign on the corner of Tudor and Webster streets, it’s hard to miss and easy to pop in for all your classic ice-cream needs.
Where: 79 Tudor St, Hamilton
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Jubilo Gelato
Located over at Stockland Greenhills, Jubilo Gelato features over 100 flavours of gelato made in-house daily with fresh local and Australian ingredients.
Where: 8/1A Ken Tubman Dr, Maitland
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Kiwi Waffle & Cones
This iconic ice-cream joint has been keeping Warners Bay locals cool over the warmer months for years!
Where: 2/87 King St, Warners Bay
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All-natural and made from scratch on-site, Monella’s array of flavours are sure to hit the spot. From classics like chocolate fondant and dulce de leche to flavours for all the wannabe gelato connoisseurs out there like lemon meringue and apple pie. Experimenting with new flavours, Monella is the place to be if you are looking to try something new.
Where: 150 Darby St, Cooks Hill
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Nero’s Gelato
If you’re craving a creamy gelato or ice-cold sorbet after a day in the sun, Nero’s Gelato is the place to be! Located right in the heart of Nelson Bay on Magnus Street and with all gelato made on-site, your mouth is set to water!
Where: 93 Magnus St, Nelson Bay

Popolo Gelato
With a large range of flavours available, the gelato is sure to catch your eye with vibrant colours and a vast array of flavours. Made from scratch each day, Popolo offers a range of gelato flavours from lemon and chocolate to even early grey tea!
Where: Newcastle | The Junction | Charlestown
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The Hood Milk Bar
One of life’s simple pleasures, the Hood Milk Bar is the perfect place for an after school hangout or a sweet treat after the beach. Think an abundance of flavours, triple scoop crunchy waffle cones, and thick peanut butter shakes. The retro-industrial establishment features a mouth-watering dessert menu from dessert tacos to unicorn spiders.
Where: 188 Union St, The Junction
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Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack
It’s called an Ice Cream Shack so of course, it’s packed with the goods! Choose from their 45 tempting flavours of ice cream, gelatos, and sorbets at this fun retro spot.
Where: 2/79 Marine Dr, Tea Gardens
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The Marina Ice Creamery
This joint has been continually serving the people of Nelson Bay and its many visitors for over 27 years! Sourcing only the best, you can expect the finest gourmet quality ice creams, gelato, and of course, sorbet!
Where: 9/6 Teramby Rd, Nelson Bay
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