...and the changing landscape and mild weather means it's a great time to explore the great outdoors. With so many options right on our doorstep, make the most of what Newcastle has to offer by heading outside and exploring our beautiful city.
Here are three ways to enjoy Newcastle in the Autumn...
Make the most of the mild Autumn weather and stop by Blackbutt Reserve and get to know the local residents. Get up close and personal feeding the emus with cones available from the kiosk, or grab an activity pack and follow the trail around the boardwalk to explore the animal exhibits. There are wombats, koalas, reptiles and so much more. You can also book a private reptile or critter encounter with the Blackbutt Rangers.
There’s also 10km of walking trails and plentiful picnic and playground facilities to enjoy. Drop into Richley Reserve and experience the adventure playground with rope courses, bridges, swings and slides, and an adventure tower. The playground at the Carnley Avenue entrance is more suited to children aged 6-10 years with interactive musical instruments and activities.
Visit the Blackbutt Reserve website for opening hours and more.
With spectacular vistas across Newcastle’s coastline, Fort Scratchley is not only home to one of the best views in Newcastle but a great place to discover more about the history of our city. Make the most of the rolling green hills by packing a picnic and taking in the views across Nobby’s Beach and the lighthouse.
If you would prefer to reflect on the times of yesteryear, you can book in for a tunnel tour where you'll learn about this history of this amazing site. To top off your day, stick around for the daily gun firing at 1pm (weather permitting).
For opening hours and more visit the Fort Scratchley website.
Visitor Information Centre
Live like a local and explore like a tourist at the Visitor Information Centre. From its new home in the former Civic Railway Station, the Visitor Information Centre is the place to source information about the latest offerings and sights to see around our great city.
The Centre stocks a comprehensive range of maps and brochures - you‘ll find city maps, guides to fascinating themed walks and flyers on local attractions such as harbour cruises and scenic tours. Pop in and say hi to the team who are passionate about sharing local stories and showcasing product from local makers.
See Visit Newcastle for opening hours and more.