Newcastle Attractions

Live Music

Jeff Duff Presents Walk on the Wildside The Music of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground

Friday 3 April,


A gutsy and powerful night of very cool Music – ground breaking music that evolved from Andy Warhol’s famed Factory in New York during the creative madness of the 60s and 70s.

Sound Station Music and Arts Festival 

Saturday, 4 April 2020,

The Station Newcastle


An incredible day and night of live music showcasing some of the best local bands Newcastle has produced over the past five decades.

Truly Lionel & Rod – The Lionel Richie & Rod Stewart

Saturday 4 April 2020, Wests New Lambton

From Chicago USA, music icon “Doug Williams” as Lionel Richie joins the international voice of Rod Stewart “Dave Patten” for a truly magnificent celebration concert event.


Saturday 4 April 2020,


Dragon manages to reframe 30 years of Australian musical history into one coherent picture and do justice to a great collection of timeless songs.

Art Galleries

Lake Macquarie Art Gallery

First Class 19

14 February – 5 April 2020

Now in its 12th year, First Class is a much-anticipated annual exhibition project celebrating the high calibre of work produced by students from the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

Case study: Guan Wei

 15 February – 5 April 2020


In line with its commitment to education and youth programs, MAC is pleased to present a further exhibition in the popular case-study series. The focus is on leading Australian-Chinese contemporary artist Guan Wei, whose sculpture No1 Sky Pig, installed on the Warners Bay sculpture walk,is a favourite.

The LockUp Gallery

The Lock Up Gallery

Cooks Hill Galleries

Cooks Hill Galleries

Maitland Art Gallery

Brett Piva- Remnants Before the Tasman

August 24, 2019 — May 31, 2020

Piva has created a mural on the side of the Gallery building to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Gallery’s redevelopment.  He has drawn inspiration from the landscape within which the Gallery sits and has amplified the patterns that can be seen in the natural environment

Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay From the Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection

January 1, 2020 — December 31, 2023

Consists of more than 130 Lionel Lindsay artworks from the Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection, featuring examples of Lionel  Lindsay’s finest etchings, wood engravings and watercolours. These works on paper are rich in visual texture, and depict scenes from abroad and closer to home, exotic and domestic animals and birds, and the lushness of gardens, floral abundance and portraiture.

Newcastle Art 


George Gittoes: on being there

8 February - 26 April 2020

George Gittoes AM is a highly recognised Australian artist, photographer and filmmaker. For over four decades he has documented some of the world’s worst conflicts.

Stopping Time: Material Prints 3000 BCE to Now

29 February – 10 May 2020


Expands on the definition of printmaking by bringing works of art together in thematic clusters, regardless of their period or place of production.

Independent Galleries 


Owner-run and artist-run galleries that exhibit regularly changing exhibitions of local, national, and international artists

Family Activites

Newcastle Beaches

If you are lucky enough to get a still, sunny winter’s day, go to any of the city beaches (Nobbies, Newcastle, Bar Beach, Dixon Park, Merewether).  Parking is free at all of the beaches, and a stroll along all or part of Newcastle city’s coast includes Newcastle’s ANZAC memorial walk gives spectacular costal views - dotted with funky beach kiosks (and amenity blocks) along the way

Newcastle Museum

A hands-on Science and exploratory space for children: Mininova, a dedicated soft play area for the little ones; Supernova, a series of interactive Science displays for school age kids. Entry is free; Sprout Canteen is on site and offers delicious treats.

Blackbutt Reserve

A 15 minute drive from your conference site,  Blackbutt Reserve covers 128ha of natural bushland, with walking trails, picnic & bbq areas, inventive children’s playgrounds, and wide open spaces. Wildlife exhibits let you get up close with local fauna: koalas, rock wallabies, birds of many feathers, and wombats. The boardwalk makes it wheelchair and pram friendly. The exhibits are open 10am to 5pm every day and it's free.  Paid parking at the Carnley Avenue entrance is $4/hour; $12/day

Hunter Wetlands Centre

$5 entry fee, aged 5 years and older; aged 3 & 4, $2; under 3, free.  Take a walk through the Wetlands, book a tour, or go canoeing.  Bring your camera and photograph some of our amazing wildlife. The Discovery Playground is excellent for toddlers through primary school aged children.  Try dip-netting, and meet some of our birds and reptiles.  Eat at the Café, bring a picnic, or use the BBQ facilities. 


In the heart of the Hunter Region and is bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches



With more than 150 wineries, restaurants aplenty, sweeping landscapes and mobs of kangaroos - and just a two-hour drive north of Sydney - the Hunter Valley is a fabulous holiday destination, whether it’s a sneaky weekender or a full-on fortnight.



Choice of 26 beautiful beaches & bays, award-winning accommodation, gourmet restaurants, whale & dolphin watching, sand dunes and much, much more

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