Newcastle's Cultural Experiences
Explore Newcastle's Cultural Experiences
The culture in Newcastle is wide and varied. The greater Newcastle area is rich in culture and history and there is so much to see and do around the area to learn more about the local heritage. Have a look at some of our ideas below:
Newcastle's indigenous culture:
The Awabakal and Worimi peoples are acknowledged by City of Newcastle as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters situated within the Newcastle local government area, including wetlands, rivers creeks and coastal environments. It is known that their heritage and cultural ties to Newcastle date back tens of thousands of years. Places like Nobby's Headland have significant meaning in the Awabakal Dreamtime story. Read more about them here
The Newcastle Museum is a must see when visiting the Newcastle CBD. It's located right near the popular dining precinct in Honeysuckle, near the visitor's centre and convenient to the light rail. Inside you'll find both free and ticketed exhibits. Learn about Newcastle's history and have fun in the interactive science centre!
If you're interested in history then we recommend checking out Fort Scratchley in the centre of Newcastle, between Nobby's and Newcastle beach. It has an exciting history since it's establishment in 1882 and played an important part in World War 2. It's now a museum open everyday except Tuesdays from 10am-4pm and offering guided tours including tours of the underground tunnels!
Art Galleries in the Newcastle Region:
Newcastle's cultural experiences wouldn't be complete without a trip to an art gallery. The wider region of Newcastle has some great galleries that offer a variety of artworks as well as interactive experiences. The Maitland Regional Art Gallery is a must see attraction which offers workshops, artist talks and also has a great cafe and gift shop on site.
We also recommend a visit to the Museum of Art and Culture in Lake Macquarie. It's set on the beautiful shores of the lake at Booragul and features a cafe, souvenir shop, workshops, classes and beautiful exhibitions.
Theatre & Entertainment:
The cities of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are lucky to have many wonderful entertainment venues including the amazing Civic Theatre and the newly built Multi-Arts Pavillion at Speers Point. There is always something to on so we recommend checking out their programs and following them on social media to stay in touch.