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newcastle’s best

How to get there... Newcastle Taxis......................133 300 Newcastle Buses & Ferries...131 500 City Rail....................................131 500


The Wharf Restaurant & Bar - Seared Scallops & Cauliflower Puree w/ Almond & Celery Burnt Butter Jus La Vespa Restaurant - Black, Squid Ink Pasta @ La Vespa Restaurant

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Brownsugar At Bayviews 16 Carrington Place 20 & 21 CBC Bar & Grill 8 Grand Mercure Apartments The Pinnacle 2 39 The Exchange Hotel 3 The Wharf Restaurant & Bar Scotties Fish Café 9 Squids Ink On The Lake 13


Hogs Breath Café Lobster House Squids Ink On The Lake The Wharf Restaurant & Bar Tides Café & Restaurant

Sesames On The Lake 38 Siam Taste Thai 31 Star Buffet Family Restaurant 32 & 33 27 Vistana Malaysia


Star Buffet Family Restaurant 32 & 33 Hogs Breath Café Scotties Fish Café Tides Café & Restaurant

Casual Cuisine

Brownsugar At Bayviews Grand Mercure Apartments The Pinnacle Joe Dolce Italian Experience The Burwood Inn The Clarendon Hotel The Wharf Restaurant & Bar

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Star Buffet Family Restaurant 32 & 33


CBC Bar & Grill / Charlestown Bowling Club Star Buffet / Mayfield Ex Services Club


Indiana Raj Siam Taste Thai

Fine Dining Bacchus


Joe Dolce Italian Experience The Burwood Inn The Clarendon Hotel The Exchange Hotel

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Ice Cream/Dessert

Cold Rock Ice Cream 23 Star Buffet Family Restaurant 32 & 33


Indiana Raj


Joe Dolce Italian Experience La Vespa Restaurant The Exchange Hotel


Kitami Japanese Nagisa Japanese

Lounge Bar / Bars

Bacchus Brownsugar At Bayviews La Vespa Restaurant The Wharf Restaurant & Bar


Vistana Malaysia 40 6 13 3 35




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Modern Australian

Carrington Place 20 & 21 Grand Mercure Apartments The Pinnacle 2 34 The Burwood Inn 3 The Wharf Restaurant & Bar Tides Café & Restaurant 35


Brownsugar At Bayviews 16 Carrington Place 20 & 21 CBC Bar & Grill 8 6 Lobster House 9 Scotties Fish Café Squids Ink On The Lake 13 Star Buffet Family Restaurant 32 & 33 3 The Wharf Restaurant & Bar


CBC Bar & Grill Hogs Breath Café Joe Dolce Italian Experience The Burwood Inn The Clarendon Hotel The Exchange Hotel

Take Away

CBC Bar & Grill Indiana Raj Scotties Fish Café Sesames on the Lake Siam Taste Thai Vistana Malaysia


Sesames On The Lake Siam Taste Thai

Waterfront Dining

Hogs Breath Café Lobster House Squids Ink On The Lake The Wharf Restaurant Bar Tides Café & Restaurant


Attractions Content Get Results Live Theatre and Music Map Newcastle City of Determination & Pride Phone App Special Events

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Newcastle is Australia’s second oldest city and a region rich with unique history. Following European settlement, Newcastle became a penal station, a steel city, a coal town and today it is NSW’s second largest city. Newcastle is renowned for its beautiful beaches; Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park, Merewether and Stockton and are all within 5km of the CBD. All seven beaches are patrolled and offer your family a safe place to surf, swim and have fun. With these pristine beaches and spectacular coastlines, the area has been marked with the creation of ‘Bathers Way’, a five kilometre coastal walk that starts at Nobbys and finishes at Merewether Beach. Experiencing the Bathers Way should be a “must” during any visit to Newcastle however, if you would prefer to swim in an enclosure there is always the protection of our ocean baths, overlooking the majestic blue waters for you to cool off in. The Harbours edge better known as the boardwalk or foreshore is located along Honey Suckle Drive and is the perfect place for a relaxing family picnic or gathering. With large expanses of grassy parklands, you can mingle with the many people who flock to the area every day for recreational activities such as kite flying, roller blading, jogging, fishing and bike riding or simply to just sit and relax while watching the massive bulk carriers navigating the harbour and busy tugs playing the waters.


City of Determination and Pride

Newcastle offers a diverse array of Dining and Entertainment hubs such as Honeysuckle Drive, Beaumont and Darby Streets, Warners Bay, Belmont along with many other restaurants and cafes in between. All are perfect places to be to while away the hours. So whether you are enjoying a coffee, meal or drink in one of the harbour side cafes, bars or restaurants or listening to the relaxing rhythms of a Jazz band in a Cafe Bar or Hotel, you will certainly be assured of a memorable dining experience time and time again.

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Home to some of the finest entertainment venues on Australia’s East Coast, you can catch the very best of live performers from around the country and overseas at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre or check out the live music at one of our many Local Pubs. Here, there is always something for everyone. Just visit au / Special Events to view what’s on in Newcastle. With its worldly charm and relaxed atmosphere, Newcastle has long been a preferred place for a ‘life style change’ for many. Located in the heart of NSW, it provides an exceptional mix of natural attractions, a thriving cultural scene, employment opportunities and promise of the future.



HUNTER ICE SKATING STADIUM Come into Hunter Ice Skating Stadium at Warners Bay and enter a whole new world of frozen fun. Try ice hockey, figure skating or just have a bit of fun and learn the skill of ice skating. The cool dudes at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium will make sure you have the best fun you can have standing up. 230 Macquarie Road, Warners Bay P. 02 4954 4499

LOLLYPOPS PLAYLAND Lollipops Playland & Cafe is Newcastle’s biggest and best indoor play centre. Suitable for kids 0 to 11 years old Lollipops Playland is a safe, secure play centre where the kids can have hours of fun climbing, sliding, swinging, jumping and spinning while you relax over a cup of coffee and delicious treat from our cafe. 6/154 Park Avenue, Kotara P. 02 4965 5466

TREETOP ADVENTURE PARK NEWCASTLE From up high in glorious gum trees participants slide down flying foxes, move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and tread the high wires floating above the forest floor. A huge range of physical dexterity is catered for with 90 challenges available. People from 3 years of age can monkey around in total safety. Blue Gum Hills Regional Park Minmi Rd, Minmi P. 02 4026 7617

JETT BUZZ Jet Buzz offers an exciting way to experience the sights of Lake Macquarie through Jet Boat Thrill Ride, Sports Boat Hire and Boat Charter. Our Staff will ensure a fun-filled event so whether you’re a local looking to rent a boat to go skiing or fishing or a tourist seeking adventure - Jet Buzz is a perfect choice to accommodate your needs. 3/89 Soldiers Point Road, Pelican Marina, Belmont P. 02 4972 1777

ZONE EMPIRE For your experience at Zone Empire your game will be played in a fluorescent 3 level arena, famous for losing people in its tricky corridors. To play the game you wear a special vest with a “phasor” (a futuristic looking gun) attached. The game itself can be played as either a solo free-for-all or as a strategic team game. 8 Council Street, Wallsend P. 02 4951 2753 NEWCASTLE MARITIME CENTRE Now relocated in the beautifully restored heritage harbour front wharf building, this innovative, world-class Maritime Centre with the port as its backdrop, will transport you via a series of interactive exhibits into the story of our harbour and the people and events associated with it. Lee Wharf - 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle P. 02 4929 2588 12

GO KARTS GO Here at Go Karts Go we have the biggest 4-stroke outdoor go kart track and the fastest 4 stroke karts in the whole of the area. Our karts are the latest specification RIMO go karts from Europe and we also have specially modified junior go karts as well as twin seaters which allows us to cater from as young as 3 years to 99 years of age. Griffiths Rd, Broadmeadow P. 02 4952 9129 HUNTER WETLANDS CENTRE Escape the everyday and discover the magic of wetlands at the Hunter Wetlands Centre. Just 10 mins from Newcastle’s CBD, this incredibly diverse 45 hectare wetland site offers endless opportunities to explore, discover and relax with nature. 412 Sandgate Rd, Shortland P. 02 4951 6466 For more events check out……

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RAFFLES / BINGO Weekly Mayfield Ex Services Club Raffles - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sundays - Tickets on sale @ 4:30pm and drawn @ 5:30pm & Bingo Tuesday to Friday @ 11:00am and Monday @ 7:00pm Charlestown Bowling Club Raffles are held each Friday evening at 6.00pm and 7.30pm

BOXING DAY RACES 26 Dec 2011 Broadmeadow hosts the biggest day of the year - the famous Boxing Day Races. Known as Newcastle’s biggest party, the Boxing Day Races attract more than 16 000 people. With a full race program and multiple live entertainment, this is the ultimate race day.

HAPPY HOUR VENUES Weekly Mayfield Ex Services Club Monday and Tuesday’s Between 5:00pm and 6:00pm

NATIONAL MARITIME FESTIVAL 25 & 26 Jan 2012 Celebrating Newcastle’s extensive Maritime history, the National Maritime Festival is one of the largest of its kind held in Australia. The purpose is to raise the profile of the Maritime Centre and increase community awareness of the vital importance of our Maritime heritage. P. 02 4929 2588 for more information

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH 25 Dec 2011 The Grand Mercure Newcastle Pinnacle Restaurant is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Christmas day. Please phone 02 4922 0799 for bookings or further information. Star Buffet, located inside Mayfield Ex Services Club will be open for Lunch on Christmas day. Phone 02 4960 1133 for bookings or further information

AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS 26 Jan 2012 Celebrate this iconic date and enjoy Australia Day with live entertainment and family amusements along Honeysuckle Foreshore and other locations across Newcastle. Visit for further information

INKFEST TATTOO EXPO 10 - 12 Feb 2012 Newcastle’s first Australian, wide and global tattoo convention Inkfest, will be held at Newcastle’s City Hall, King Street between the 10th & 12th Feb 2012. There will also will be hot rods, entertainment for adults and kids, car displays, market stalls and much more. Contact Emma on 02 4962 5222 for further information

HERALD TO HILL HARBOUR CHALLENGE 1 Apr 2012 This year’s event will be offering the classic 10km run starting at 8.30am from Bar Beach to Newcastle Harbour. The Half Marathon will also be offered and will begin at 7.00am from Shortland Lawns in Foreshore Park to Bar Beach and back.

VALENTINES DAY 14 Feb 2012 Why not mix it up a little this Valentine’s Day and treat your ‘someone special’ to not one, but several amazing restaurants. Entrée’s at Lobster House, Mains at Scotties Fish Cafe, Dessert at The Pinnacle and after dinner drinks at The Clarendon Hotel. Remember to plan and book ahead of time at any chosen venue. Visit for other quality restaurants to ‘mix your night up’ in the area.

ANZAC DAY 25 Apr 2012 For further information and locations on Anzac day please phone Newcastle Tourism on 1800 654 558 or visit the web site on

NEWCASTLE SHOW 16 - 18 Mar 2012 The Newcastle Showground at Broadmeadow will come alive with a myriad of displays, expos, entertainment, carnival rides, and many more attractions when the largest regional show in Australia opens its gates. Don’t miss this major event.

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live theatre and music

COLD CHISEL LIGHT THE NITRO TOUR 2011 11 Dec 2011 - Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Iconic rock band Cold Chisel, have announced their biggest tour in nearly 30 years. Cold Chisel will be rocking the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Sunday 11th Dec 2011. Seeing is believing - so don’t miss your chance to experience the legendary COLD CHISEL. Tickets 4921 2121 or THE WIGGLES BIG BIRTHDAY TOUR 13 Dec 2011 - Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Australia’s most loved children’s entertainers, The Wiggles are celebrating their birthday and Newcastle, you’re invited. Due to unprecedented demand from Wiggles fans around Australia, as a major part of the Birthday Celebrations of ‘The Wiggles Big Birthday Tour’ the super group will perform their shows in towns they haven’t visited for years. Tickets 4921 2121 or


CELTIC THUNDER 14 Feb 2012 - Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Over the past twelve months, Australians have been quietly discovering what American audiences already know, that CELTIC THUNDER is a phenomenal international hit. With their DVD and CD “The Show” having just gone twice Platinum in Australia and their DVD “The Show” still in the Top 30 ARIA charts after a staggering 33 weeks. Tickets 4921 2121 or

CLOSER 10-18 Feb 2012 @ 8pm (No shows Sun/ Mon). A multi-award winning play of sexual passion and betrayal is both a romantic comedy and brutal anatomy of modern love. Patrick Marbers ‘Closer’ is the story of a quartet of strangers who meet, fall in love and become caught up in a web of sexual desire and deception. Tickets 4929 1977 or AN EVENING WITH JOHN CLEESE 5-6 March 2012 Newcastle Civic Theatre Legendary UK comic John Cleese has wowed his comedic antics in cult films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and the ever memorable television series Fawlty Towers. Cleese is bringing his one man show – An Evening with John Cleese to Australia in 2012. NAMATJIRA 13-14 Mar 2012 @ 8pm Newcastle Civic Theatre This wonderful show is at turns hilarious, compelling and mesmerising. It is the story of Australia’s most iconic Indigenous artist. A Big hart production created with the Namatjira Family. Tickets 4929 1977 or

WISH I’D SAID THAT 15-17 Mar 2012 @ 8pm - Playhouse Written and performed by Henri Szeps, Wish I’d Said That is the story of Joe Bleakly, an ageing failed actor who regales his fellow retirement home inmates with speeches from parts he never played. But beneath all the bravado is a troubled man. Tickets 4929 1977 or MY IMAGINARY FAMILY 10-14 April 2012 - Playhouse My Imaginary Family is a living memoir performed solo by Grahame Bond with rich reminiscences to past Australian comedy television and theatre performances. The show is like going to a family dinner – if you’re part of the family, then you’ll understand the in-jokes. If you’re a generational stranger, then you’ll have a good time. Tickets 4929 1977 or MIRIAM MARGOLYES 28 April 2012 @ 8pm - Newcastle Civic Theatre. Miriam brings to life twenty-three of Charles Dickens’ most affecting and colourful female and male characters. Join us for an interesting evening. Tickets 4929 1977 or

LET THE SUN SHINE 9-12 May 2012 - Newcastle Civic Theatre Award winning Australian playwright David Williamson’s play has been described as part Romeo and Juliet, and part Meet the Parents. This satirical comedy is set in the picturesque Noosa. Tickets 4929 1977 or GROUNDED 9-19 May 2012 - Playhouse Against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastle’s recent history, the grounding of the Pasha Bulker onto Nobby’s Beach, we meet Farrah, a young Novocastrian with a fascination for Newcastle’s industrial port. Tickets 4929 1977 or

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Dining Out Newcastle - December 2011 Issue  

Dining Out Newcastle - December 2011 Issue