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Rediscover your Port of Newcastle: Where to take friends and family when they visit

Whether you’re new to Newcastle, just visiting or have lived in the area all your life, there is always something new to see, do and rediscover along Newcastle’s dynamic working harbour. Rediscover the unique sights, sounds and flavours across more than five kms over publicly accessible waterfront. Discover new gems or get reacquainted with familiar favourite ways to spend the day at Port of Newcastle.

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If you're trying to convince the relos or out-of-towners to book a visit to Newcastle these summer holidays, best be showing them this two-day portside itinerary to get them over the line.

DAY 1

9AM – Coffee at the Signal Box

Start your day by ordering a coffee, or settle in for your morning breakfast at one of Newcastle’s most beautiful heritage sites. Made entirely from steel and concrete the Signal Box is a nod to the site's industrial past and will impress your guests not only with its buzzing harbour views and structural beauty, but a carefully curated menu made almost entirely in-house. Keep an eye out for the tugs or one of the port’s most familiar vessels, the David Allan dredger.

Where: 155 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
Open: Wednesday – Saturday 7:30–11am, 12–10pm
Sunday 7:30–11am, 12–3pm
To Book: click here

Signal Box
Signal Box

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11AM – Take a ride along Macquarie Pier

A visit to Newcastle wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Macquarie Pier and Nobbys Headland. Work off those morning calories and take your guests on a harbourside ride. From the Signal Box walk up to Customs House and hire some Bykko bikes for an easy electric ride. From Nobbys cruise back along the Newcastle Harbour taking in all the port happenings as you go. Macquarie Pier is due to open by the end of 2020.

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12PM - Wine tasting at Inner City Winemakers

Take a detour from the harbour and visit Inner City Winemakers located within one of Newcastle’s oldest portside suburbs. Chat with Rob who has been sourcing grapes from a variety of wine regions since 2009 and bringing the cellar door experience to the city. You’ll be talked through the range of wines available all whilst sitting right next to where all the winemaking action takes place.

Where: 28 Church Street, Wickham
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm

1PM – Nor East Bistro

Finish your cycling tour at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and head on in for a beverage and light lunch at Nor East Bistro. Prop yourself up by the open windows that look out onto the marina and order yourself some of the local regions' best seafood with Chef Tony Harrison and the team bringing a new edge to the harbourside venue

Where: 95 Hannell St, Wickham
Open: Monday to Saturday Lunch 11.30 am – 2:30 pm | Dinner 5.30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday Breakfast 8.30am - 10.30am | Lunch A la Carte 11.30am - 3.00pm
To Book: click here

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Tony Harrison and Darryl Popp of Nor East Bistro
Tony Harrison and Darryl Popp of Nor East Bistro

2PM –  Go shopping, take a wander or have a siesta

Offer your guests a couple of afternoon options before your evening out. For the ladies whilst you're in the area drop into Wickham’s House of Lita and shop at one of Newcastle’s most beautiful boutiques. If they have a little energy wander around the Throsby Basin and make your way to the Mangrove Boardwalk to take in a completely different angle of Newcastle. Or, if they're feeling a little weary take the siesta option to be well-prepped for the night ahead.

House of Lita Open: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 3pm | Saturday 9am - 12pm.

7PM - Pre Dinner Drinks at Earps Distilling Co.

Start your evening in the beloved portside suburb of Carrington at one of Newcastle’s most spectacular bars, Earp Distilling Co. Nestled amongst Carrington’s industrial heartland Earp's minimalist interiors mixed with Earp’s working distillery views and superb drinks list will offer your guests a unique and surprising experience. Impress your guests with the fact that Carrington was originally an island that went underwater at hightide and was slowly built up by ship ballast and reclamation work.

Where: 41 Darling St, Carrington 
Open: Monday & Tuesday 12–4pm | Wednesday & Thursday 12–10pm | Friday & Saturday 12pm–12am | Sunday 12–7pm
To Book: click here

Earp's Distiling Co.
Earp's Distiling Co.

8:30PM - Dinner at Flotilla

To round out your evening make your way to Flotilla, one of Newcastle’s signature dining experiences. Sitting within the inner-city fringe suburb of Wickham this incredible restaurant has taken inspiration from Abbot Kinney Boulevarde and Venice Beach in California and will impress even the most sophisticated of diners.

Where: 9 Albert St, Wickham 
Open: Wednesday & Thursday 5pm–12am | Friday & Saturday 5–11pm | Sunday 12–6pm
To Book: click here 

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DAY 2

10AM - CoastXP Boat Tour

Take on one of Newcastle's most spectacular adventure activities with Dominic May and his team from CoastXP who operate daily ocean boat tours out of Newcastle Harbour.

Catch the whales as they cruise past from June - November, get up close to a bulk carrier as it enters the port on the high tide or explore Newcastle and Lake Macquarie's stunning coastline learning about the local geology, Aboriginal heritage and the unique destination landmarks as you go. If the weather allows you may even get to explore one of the local sea caves.

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12PM – Lunch at Nagisa Japanese Restaurant

Once you’ve returned to shore and left your sea legs behind wander along the Honeysuckle Foreshore and explore the collective of bars and restaurants all situated port side. The Honeysuckle restaurant strip is located directly in front of the operational port Basin area, where grain, steel, and even orange juice concentrate is handled. The port’s historic Engine House is also front and centre with its heritage-listed façade.

If seafood is your preference Nagisa Japanese Restaurant will hit the spot. First opening in 2004 the team at Nagisa have consistently delivered the perfect fusion of traditional Japanese food with a contemporary attitude. Choose from fresh sashimi and sushi, rare Japanese craft beers, whisky and sake all while the harbour happenings quietly pass by.  

Where: Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.30am - 9.30pm
Sunday 11.30am - 3.00pm
To Book: click here

2PM - Drinks Port Side

If you and your clan aren't ready to call it a day just yet, make your way to one of the many bars at Honeysuckle for a drink and relaxing afternoon port side. Take your pick of craft beers at Harbour Bar or The Dockyard, if it's cocktails head to MoneyPenny, The Landing or Honeysuckle Social. To truly get waterside order drinks and enjoy from The Pier at Honeysuckle Hotel and soak up the afternoon sunset and the front row views of the bustling harbour.