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12 things to do in Newcastle that won’t break the budget

Some of Newcastle's most awesome attractions can be covered by the spare change in your pocket.

1. ANZAC Memorial Bridge
This unique bridge walk has already become an icon in Newcastle with amazing views out towards the harbour and down to Merewether Beach. If you've done the trek during the day why not take the night version and catch the city lights. 

2. Nobbys Lighthouse
The restoration is now complete and one of Newcastle's most recognisable landmarks has reopened to the public. Open each Sunday from 10am-4pm, there's a kiosk on site for you to grab a bite to eat and soak up that view.

3. Glenrock
Regardless of your fitness level, the Glenrock State Conversation Area offers some picturesque bushwalking trails for everyone. For scenic views, waterfalls and picnic spots try the Yuelarbah walking track.

4. Bogey Hole
Cut into the ocean rocks in the 1800s, the Bogey Hole has become a popular swimming spot, both day and night. It wouldn't be right if you didn't take a dip at least once this summer!

5. The Groper Bar
With the refurbishment all done and dusted the Groper Bar has reopened at Nobbys SLSC which means one thing, the Sunday Coldies are back! From 12pm - 5pm sit beach side and enjoy a couple of cold ones, all for a good cause with all money raised going towards the purchase of vital surf rescue equipment.

6. Blackbutt Reserve
From emus, koalas and wombats to pythons and bluetongue lizards, Blackbutt is the perfect day out for the whole family. Feed the animals, have a bbq and let the kids run wild in the playground. 

7. Bathers Way Walk
Newcastle prides itself on its beaches and with a pathway stretching from Merewether to Nobbys why wouldn’t you take advantage of this beautiful coastline. If you've got the time stop for a coffee at one of the many cafes that dot the coastline and take in the beach scene.

8. Newcastle and Merewether Baths
Forget the Bondi Baths, our Baths are free to use, less crowded and just better in general…no bias!

9. Fort Scratchley
Built in 1882, you can go on a guided tour through the fort, visit the interactive museum and take in the awesome views of Newcastle.

10. Paragliders off Strzelecki
Whether you're up for the thrill of flying through the air, or you're just there to watch, the paragliders have become an iconic fixture along the Newcastle coastline. Pack a picnic and head to the coast for a relaxing afternoon by the ocean.

11. Christ Church Cathedral 
Standing high above our city, the Cathedral is truly a magnificent building, especially when you see it up close. If you've got a spare $10, make sure you take the 'Climbing the Tower' option for the best views in Newcastle.

12. Catch a ferry to Stockton
Only 5 minutes across the harbour, once there you can look over the water and admire the beautiful skyline of Newcastle from afar. While you’re on that side of the harbour grab some lunch at the Wash Tub before making the return trip back.