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Heritage walks

  • 17 August 2021

Exercise is one thing we can do in lockdown, but you might be finding Newcastle's popular walking paths a little busy right now.

If you want to get your daily walk in while avoiding the crowds, why not take the path less explored in some of Newcastle's most historic suburbs?

We've pulled together some of Newcastle's best heritage walks, where you can journey into the past and discover Newcastle's heritage buildings and environment at a leisurely pace. Happy strolling!

Newcastle Architecture Walk

The architecture of Newcastle showcases a rich diversity of styles that reflect the city’s prosperity and growth throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. On this tour you’ll explore buildings that have acted as cultural, political and economic icons for the people of Newcastle, and discover designs created by architects of local, national and international significance. 

View the Newcastle Architecture walk map.

Hamilton Heritage Walk

Discover how a 19th century settlement of immigrant coal miners transformed into the vibrant multicultural suburb of Hamilton.

View the Hamilton Heritage Walk map.

Lambton Heritage Walk

This is a self-guided walking tour of a prosperous 19th century mining town, Lambton. This heritage walk takes about 35 minutes to walk at a slow to moderate pace. This time frame does not take into account observation time at various points of interest. 

View the Lambton Heritage Walk map.

Convict and Industry Walk 

During this walk you will explore the city’s early years as a convict settlement. Visit remnants of the great industrial enterprises that once defined the city, and discover amazing engineering feats that allowed the city and its people to prosper.  

This walking tour starts at the Convict Lumber Yard, one of the most significant archaeological sites of convict industry in Australia. It ends at Newcastle Museum, the home of incredible objects and exhibitions that celebrate the industrial and convict heritage of the region (the Museum is currently closed).

View the Convict and Industry Walk map.     


Newcastle at War

Generations of Novocastrians experienced the impact of war on their lives and their city.  

This walk lets you explore Newcastle through the conflicts that have shaped its landscape and character. Meet locals that left Newcastle to participate in some of the most devastating wars in history and walk in their footsteps, visiting places dedicated to their memory.  

View the Newcastle at War map.

Historic Wallsend Town Centre Walk

Walk through historic Wallsend and enjoy highlights such as the Grapes Inn (c1869), the Railway Goods Shed (1877) and The Rotunda (1888) built by Robert Snowden and George Froome cast iron fluted columns.

View the Wallsend Town Centre Heritage Walk map.


Under the current COVID restrictions you can go anywhere in your local government area (LGA) for exercise, but if you have to cross into the neighbouring LGA, it can only be a maximum of 5km from your home. You must also be carrying a face mask with you at all times. See the NSW Government website for more information.


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