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Newcastle:

Population: 288,732 (2006)
Density: 1103/km  (2,856.8/sq mi)
Established: 1804
Elevation: 9 m (30 ft)
Area: 261.8 km (101.1 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location: 162 km (101 mi) NNE of Sydney
Region: Hunter
County: Northumberland
State District:
  • Newcastle
  • Cessnock, Charlestown
  • Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens
  • Swansea, Wallsend
  • Federal Division:
  • Newcastle
  • Shortland
  • Charlton
  • Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    23 °C 12.4 °C 1,117.1 mm

    The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and includes most of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Local Government Areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the Local Government Areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

    Situated 162 kilometres NNE of Sydney, at the mouth of the Hunter River, it is the predominant city within the Hunter Region. Famous for its coal, Newcastle is presently the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, exporting over 97 Mt of coal in 2009?10 with plans to expand annual capacity to 180 Mt by 2013. Beyond the city, the Hunter Region possesses large coal deposits. Geologically, the area is located in the central-eastern part of the Sydney basin.

    Morpeth & Tastes of the Hunter - vineyard and sightseeing full day tour more_vert
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    Discover the charming history of the quaint port town of Morpeth, delve into the unique character of it’s buildings and enjoy morning tea treats with a view, with ample time to meander through and learn the history of the speciality shop fronts.

    We then continue to the vineyard trail of the Hunter Valley, with a cafe lunch set amongst the vineyards following with boutique cellar door wine tastings, olive samplings and chocolate tastings at chocolate shop to wrap up a truly one of a kind experience!

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    Stop At: Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St, Morpeth, Maitland, New South Wales 2321 Australia

    Discover the charming history of the quaint port town of Morpeth, delve into the unique character of it’s buildings and enjoy morning tea treats with a view, with ample time to meander through and learn the history of the speciality shop fronts.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hunter Valley Wineries, Vintage Hunter Wine and Visitor's Centre Main Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325 Australia

    We then continue to the vineyard trail of the Hunter Valley, with a cafe lunch complete with wine included, then onto cellar door wine tastings, olive product samplings and chocolate tastings at an artisan chocolate shop to wrap up a truly one of a kind experience!

    Duration: 4 hours

    • $119.00
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    Wine & Dine the Day Away - Hunter Valley food & wine full day tour more_vert
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    This full day wine tour takes you to the heart of the Hunter Valley wine Region and into 4 boutique cellar doors with amazing vistas, we'll share with you the history of the area before you sit back to enjoy wine tastings at each vineyard we visit - each with their own unique charm!

    We dine in style with a 2 course main and dessert lunch with breads to start and a wine to match! On the day we'll give you a selection of dishes to choose from for your meal so once we're seated there's time to mingle with our fellow guests and enjoy in the surrounds... a day of great wines, food and company and certainly one to remember.

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    Stop At: Hunter Valley Wineries, Vintage Hunter Wine and Visitor's Centre Main Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325 Australia

    This full day tour takes us to 4 boutique vineyards, each with wine tastings and their own unique charm.

    Sit back and relax as you brush up on your knowledge and journey from vineyard to vineyard - Perfect for wine lovers!


    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320 Australia

    Sit down for a 2 course meal with breads to start and a glass of wine to match at The Cellar Restaurant, included in the price of the tour and located in the Hunter Valley Gardens precinct.

    Duration: 1 hour

    • $119.00
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    Looking for a fun experience, hit the sweet spot with beer and pizza at Slice! more_vert
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    Play real golf on courses from around the world, you simply hit a regular golf ball into the large screen on which a hi-tech video projector displays the high resolution image of the selected course. The picture changes automatically depending on the length and position of your shot. Once the ball has hit the screen, a simulated ball flight takes over showing exactly where your ball flies through a sophisticated ball-flight measurement system as you play shot after shot. It's just like playing real golf but indoors! Private golf lessons are available from a qualified golf instructor within the airconditioned and licensed venue.

    Challenge yourself playing one of the World's best golf courses while enjoying your favourite beverage and handmade pizzas at this family friendly licensed venue.

    • $90.00
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    Spring Hire Cars more_vert
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    Spring Hire Cars was founded with the mission of providing first-class chauffeured transportation to the Newcastle and Hunter regions using late model Luxurious sedans.

    With value-based Pricing and Professional customer service you will always arrive on time, in comfort and style whatever the occasion may be.

    Spring Hire Cars is an experienced chauffeur company, based in Newcastle, NSW , that will provide you with that personal touch. Whether your booking is for business or pleasure we will ensure your experience is second to none. All of our chauffeur driven vehicles are immaculately presented, you can be assured your journey will be a calming and relaxing one.

    • $90.00
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    Newcastle Harbour Luncheon Cruise more_vert
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    Enjoy all the sights Newcastle Harbour has to offer as we cruise the working port and picturesque foreshore. See the harbours coal loading facilities, tug boats and big ships up-close.

    Indulge in our freshly prepared buffet lunch consisting of seasoned roasted chicken, double smoked leg ham hand carved off the bone, fresh local prawns, and a selection of salads to compliment. Enjoy a selection of petit fours for dessert with complimentary tea & coffee or select from a full range of drinks available from our fully licensed bar.

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    Pass By: Nobbys Lighthouse, Nobbys Road, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300 Australia

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    • $59.00
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    Newcastle Whale Watching Cruise more_vert
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    NOVA Cruises pioneered whale watching from Newcastle back in 2006. Join Newcastle's longest running most experienced operator for an unforgettable 2.5-3 Hour ocean voyage and witness the amazing migration of over 25,000 Humpback whales passing Newcastle's scenic coastline.
    TOUR:
    Chance to see huge pods of playful dolphins, sea birds, seals, penguins, sharks, & much more.
    Includes bonus harbour and outer beach tour.
    Complimentary morning & afternoon tea.
    Informative commentary & free fact sheets.
    Licensed bar & snack food available onboard.
    Fully heated and air-conditioned
    Indoor & Outdoor viewing areas
    Best value whale watching in the Hunter!

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    Join the professional crew on board NOVA Cruises for an unforgettable 2.5 - 3 hour ocean voyage and experience the amazing migration of over 35,000 Humpback whales.



    • $65.00
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    Newcastle Private Day Tours - Shore Excursion - Newcastle & Central Coast more_vert
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    This Luxury Private Shore Excursion picks you up from Newcastle Cruise Terminal or Accommodation and takes you beyond the usual tourist destinations to visit the beautiful Australian Central Coastal holiday region. The tour is fully inclusive of all attraction entry fee's - all you have to do is relax and enjoy the luxury of private touring with your own professional, friendly local driver / guide!
    • Visit the Australian Reptile and Wildlife Park & hand feed Kangaroo's!
    • Take in the Spectacular scenery of Newcastle & NSW Central Coast 
    • Stop at the historic Norah Head Lighthouse - you can climb to the top or simply enjoy the views from the base
    • Visit beautiful beaches and enjoy the Australian bushland
    • Discover many of the attractions of Newcastle region
    • We guarantee to have you back at you cruise ship on time after enjoying a wonderful day ashore!

    Commence the day with a stress free pick up from the Newcastle Cruise Terminal. Your friendly, professional local guide will be waiting for you when your ship arrives in port.

    Tour Highlights and Key Features
    • Fully inclusive of all entry fee's including: Wildlife and Reptile Park and Hand Feeding Kangaroo's!
    • Fully inclusive guided tour of the spectacular and historic Norah Head Lighthouse
    • Fully inclusive of National Park entry fees
    • Luxury Private Guided Tour - You will not share this tour with other groups!
    • Highly recommended for Solo Traveler, Couples, Seniors and Families 
    • Enjoy time to wander around exclusive beaches and bayside villages
    • Stop at some of the Central Coasts most beautiful beaches
    • Get up close to hand feed and pat Kangaroo's and other Aussie wildlife
    • Enjoy a complimentary delicious Morning Tea and Fresh Fruit in a beautiful seaside location

    The journey starts by heading south to the Central Coast region. The morning highlight is a visit to the world renowned Australian Wildlife and Reptile Park located in a rural bushland setting. Get up close to many of Australia's weird and wonderful animals  - Koalas, Kangaroos and Wallabies. You will also see one of Australias largest collection of snakes and reptiles! Your private tour guide will escort you through the park and you will be able to hand feed and pat the Kangaroos!

    The next stop is at the seaside town of Gosford where we provide a delicious morning tea at a stunning waterfront location!

    The tour then heads to Norah Head and Soldiers Beach. We visit the historic Norah Head Light House, located at the

    Northern end of the Central Coast (this is roughly the halfway point between Sydney and Newcastle) the views here are amazing and sometimes you can even see whales breaching depending on the season. 

    If you are feeling energetic we take you on an informative tour to the very top of the lighthouse which involves 96 steps - the 360 degreesviews from the top are spectacular! If you choose not to climb to the top of the lighthouse you would still find that it is great place to visit. The beaches beside and below the light house are quite spectacular.

    In the afternoon you visit Newcastle city area, Nobby's Beach and the stunning Merewether Beach.

    There would be opportunities to stop for lunch at The Entrance or Norah Head - lunch options include fish and chips on the waterfront, restaurants or quaint local cafes. Lunch is at the guests expense - we can recommend many great locations catering to all tastes and budgets

    Our tours are Private Tours, you would not be sharing this tour with other guests, tours are charged on a per person basis - making it an affordable Private Tour for couples and Solo travelers!

    • $395.00
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    Hot Air Ballooning Over The Hunter Valley Including Breakfast more_vert
    $289.00 AUD Book
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    Highlights
    • Experience the bliss of hot air ballooning
    • Spectacular views and photo opportunities
    • Experienced pilots with expert local knowledge

    Experience the exhilaration of a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Hunter Valley followed by an a la carte breakfast. Peaceful yet exhilarating, the flight lasts for approximately one hour. The perfect hot air ballooning experience set high above the Hunter Valley!

    What's Included?
    • 1 hour hot air ballooning over the beautiful Hunter Valley
    • A la carte breakfast for each person at a local winery
    • A glass of sparkling wine for each person

    Located just two hours north of Sydney and forty-five minutes from Newcastle, the Hunter Valley - Australia’s premier vineyard region - offers the perfect backdrop for the flight of a lifetime. Hop aboard a daily sunrise balloon flight over the spectacular vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Share the magic of an hour long balloon flight with fellow balloonists, and then celebrate your exciting adventure over a gourmet a la carte breakfast and champagne celebration. Experience the Hunter Valley from a perspective like no other.

    • $289.00
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    Newcastle Tandem Skydive more_vert
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    Experience the ultimate rush as you free fall over the Hunter Region to the north of Sydney in a tandem parachute jump! Feel your adrenaline pump as you race to earth at speeds of more than 130 mph (220 kph) before the safety ripcord sends you into a peaceful parachute decent. See fantastic views over the greater Sydney area and the spectacular coastline, lakes and hinterland.

    Self-drive approximately 1-hour 40-minutes by road to Belmont from Sydney or approximately 30-minutes from Newcastle. Upon arrival, you will be given a full safety briefing from the professional and highly experienced instructors. 

    Board the plane and prepare for takeoff as you feel your excitement building! See views over the coast, the hinterland and lakes, as the aircraft reaches optimum altitude. Then, soar weightlessly through the open air! Feel the exhilaration as you free fall for up to one minute at speeds of more than 130 mph (220 kph). With the pull of the safety ripcord, your parachute will open and allow you to float through the air.

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    Newcastle Afoot East End Walk more_vert
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    This Newcastle Afoot walking tour is the ultimate introductory walking tour in Newcastle. Come on a fun and informative stroll of the inner city and beaches with a passionate and friendly local. You will discover the stories of Australia's 2nd oldest city, walk eclectic streets, find hidden architecture, art and laneways, and check out exciting local businesses, grabbing a delicious coffee and beach views along the way.

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    Stop At: Newcastle Afoot, Hunter Street Mall Shopping Ce 152-160 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300 Australia

    Newcastle Afoot tours are top-rated on TripAdvisor and give you a local experience mixed with history & culture.

    What you'll see: Find some of the east end's interesting hidden historic sites and architecture, beautiful beaches, and new creative hubs. You will be introduced to local community leaders and we will explain how they are shaping the city.

    What you'll learn: The tour is full of stories from Aboriginal culture, and convict and industrial history, right through to Newcastle's internationally recognised urban renewal. The city has been going through big changes - will show you how a colonial industrial city is becoming a creative and creative and tech leader.

    Details:
    - 2.5km easy stroll over 2.5 hours
    - Coffee, tea or ice cream included

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300 Australia

    Built in 1861, this old Police "Lock Up" held the main Newcastle holding cells for 120 years. This exciting building is now being used in exciting and contemporary ways, with two world-class galleries fitting into the old gaol cells.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Customs House Hotel, 1 Bond St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

    This beautiful historic building has an iconic tower and great views of Newcastle Harbour. Learn about the maritime history of Customs House and discover how it is now being adaptively re-used in modern Newcastle.

    Stop At: Newcastle Beach, Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300 Australia

    Newcastle's inner-city beach allows for beautiful views of the ocean, modern architecture, surfing and some exciting sea life.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    • $40.00
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    Eat And Drink Newcastle History Walking Tour more_vert
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    Come on a fun and social walking tour of Newcastle East. Newcastle Afoot’s ‘Eat and Drink Newcastle History’ walk is a 3 hour local experience where you will be introduced to 3 inner-city bars. You will learn the stories of the city’s boozy history and enjoy complimentary seasonal tapas along the way! You will also get specialty drink recommendations at each venue so you can purchase something special.

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    Stop At: Customs House Hotel, 1 Bond St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

    Starting at the water fountain in front of Customs House Hotel, Newcastle Afoot will take you to three small venues in Newcastle East. You will have shared food along the way and we will point out some great local drinking options for you to purchase along the way.

    Inclusions: 
    - High quality bar food and shared tapas (eg. arancini, gourmet mini burgers, etc) 
    - Recommendations for local drink purchases

    Details:
    - 2km easy stroll over 3-3.5 hours
    - 3 stops at small bars
    - Starting at Customs House in Newcastle East and finishing 1km away near the Civic Precinct.

    The tour is packed with interesting stories from Newcastle's night time economy to keep you informed and entertained. From Newcastle's convict settlers to more recent liquor licence changes, Newcastle has been at the forefront to many changes that have shaped Australia. You’ll learn about convict escapees, female publicans, the six o'clock swill, and rock'n'roll and class riots.

    Duration: 3 hours

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    Newcastle Dark Stories True Crime Tour more_vert
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    Take a walk on the dark side - revisit the scenes of the crimes.

    Retrace the steps of Newcastle's most infamous murderers. Descend into the murky world of fraudsters, adulterers and lordly impersonators. Unearth the keys to the heart of the Tomahawk Murderer. Relive a time that proves truth is far stranger than fiction. Book your ticket for a unique investigation into a dark and crime ridden history.

    100% True - 100% Unbelievable.......stories the city tried to forget.......

    Departs from the corner of Scott Street and Watt Street, Newcastle; adjacent to Customs House and the Convict Lumberyard. Bring comfortable shoes.

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    Stop At: Dark Stories, 104 Scott St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300 Australia

    Our guide will take you to revisit the scenes of the crime, secret locations in addition to enjoying some breathtaking views.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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    Hunter Valley Wine Tour ex Newcastle incl Lunch, Cheese, Chocolate & Distillery more_vert
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    Spend a day tasting some of Australia’s best wine, cheese, and chocolate in the Hunter Valley on this small-group, full-day tour from Newcastle. Your guide will take you on three wine tastings at select boutique wineries in the area. Enjoy a one course lunch with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink at a Hunter Valley restaurant. Plus sample cheeses, chocolate, fudge, and The Hunter Distillery for tasting of their organic vodkas. Relax and listen to upbeat music on board your comfortable coach, and learn all about the region from your knowledgeable driver-guide.

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    Pass By: Zepher Tours, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

    Get picked up from Newcastle at 10.00am and begin your tour to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s most celebrated wine producing regions. Travel by coach with your guide and small group while you watch the rolling hills and stunning vineyards of the region pass you by.

    Visit boutique Hunter Valley wineries and tasty red and white wine varieties and learn about the wine making process.

    Enjoy a gourmet lunch with a glass of beer, wine or soft drink at a local Hunter Valley restaurant whilst overlooking the beautiful scenery.

    Sample local cheese, chocolate and fudge, as well as visiting The Hunter Distillery for organic vodka tastings before making the journey back to Newcastle where your tour will conclude at approximately 5.00pm.

    Tours run every Saturday, and Sunday. Wine tastings, lunch, food samples, guide and transport are all included.

    • $139.00
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    Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle more_vert
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    Enjoy close encounters with Humpback Whales along the Hunter Coast. The CoastXP 'Encounter Tour' is a 2 hour immersive experience with Humpback Whales, showcasing the stunning Newcastle and Lake Macquarie coastline from the water. Departing from the 3rd largest port in Australia, the tour features authentic interpretation around the history of the port, the City, the marine life which inhabit the coastline, local geology, Aboriginal heritage as well as unique destination landmarks including: wrecks, cliffs and ships. Along the way you may get the opportunity to see playful dolphins and seals!

    Your tour will begin at Harbour Square Boat Dock, out the front of Rydges Newcastle, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore. We take in the sights before heading offshore for an adventure boat experience! The tour focuses specifically on the Humpback Whale Migration along the East Coast. 

    Humpback Whale numbers have been increasing at a rate of over 10% each year, with more than 35,000 individuals passing the coast in 2017. Adult Humpback Whales grow to 14 – 18 metres in length and can weigh up to 50 tonnes. While Humpback calves are born at 2 tonnes - now that's a big baby!

    Humpback Whales are some of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals. These spectacular whales make exceptionally long journeys from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator each year. At CoastXP, we pride ourselves on providing you with the best experience possible.
    • Premier whale watching experience
    • Hightlights of Newcastle and the Hunter Coast
    • Unobstructed 360° views
    • Safe and comfortable eco-tourism vessel
    • New wet weather jackets provided
    • Complimentary high-quality digital images of your trip

    Come and witness these amazing animals up close on our brand-new adventure boat, Atmos!

    Our whale watching practices have been designed in line with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

    • $95.00
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    Coastal Adventure Tour From Newcastle more_vert
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    CoastXP’s Adventure Tour is a premier offshore boating experience showcasing the magnificent Hunter coastline. Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle, with pods of resident dolphins, seabirds, turtles and other marine life. Enjoy the thrill as you cruise 30 kilometres down the Hunter Coast in comfort and safety on board CoastXP’s new custom-built vessel ‘Atmos’ to stunning Caves Beach and historic Catherine Hill Bay. 

    CoastXP’s Adventure Tour is a premier offshore boating experience showcasing the magnificent Hunter coastline. Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle, with pods of resident dolphins, seabirds, turtles and other marine life.

    Enjoy the thrill as you cruise 30 kilometres down the Hunter Coast in comfort and safety on board CoastXP’s new custom-built vessel ‘Atmos’ to stunning Caves Beach and historic Catherine Hill Bay. 

    Along the way you will have a unique view of Newcastle Harbour, historic World War Two coastal forts, world renowned surfing beaches and rugged cliffs.

    The tour visits Newcastle’s most impressive sights including the ANZAC Memorial Walk, the Bogey Hole, Glenrock Lagoon, Redhead Shark Watchtower and hidden gems Moon Island, Pinney's Headland and Shark Bay. Marvel at the amazing sea caves at Caves Beach, with CoastXP the only adventure boat to visit these caves up close. 

    You will be captivated by the marine life and beautiful landscape of the Hunter Coast, including fascinating coal seams, volcanic rocks, and sedimentary cliffs. Many of these are important Aboriginal sites which carry great significance for the local Awabakal people.

    Highlights include:
    • Unobstructed 360° views
    • Safe and comfortable eco-tourism vessel
    • Local knowledge of the coastline
    • Up close experience of sea caves
    • Complimentary high-quality digital images of your trip (perfect for sharing with friends and family)

    Come and experience the Hunter Coast for yourself, with CoastXP!

    Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore. 

    • $95.00
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