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Maritime Centre

Study the extensive collection of maritime artifacts and records to learn about two centuries of harbor activity in this scenic portside museum.

The Maritime Centre is a charming museum that sheds light on the history of Newcastle, its port and the Hunter River. The exhibits are housed in a quaint wharf building overlooking the harbor. Get involved with the interactive exhibits that bring the story of the harbor to life. 

Chat with the museum’s friendly docents for personal tales and extra facts. Consider how the port has shaped the city’s past and present. Admire the impressive restored Victoria lifeboat that pays tribute to those who performed rescue operations off the coast of Newcastle.

The museum has a film called Wrecks and Rescues that shows the perilous nature of maritime navigation in the 19th and 20th centuries. See the disturbing footage and photo montage of the tempestuous wrecks of the MV Sygna and the Pasha Bulker.

Admire the various marine artifacts from the last two centuries. Pick out your favorites from the models of vessels that line the walls. These include small replicas of the Sophia Jane from 1826, the MV Princess of Tasmania of 1958 and the 1929 Orient Liner “Orontes,” which is the largest model in the museum.

Bring your kids to Captain Crumb’s Pirate School, which runs fun activities to keep children entertained. The Maritime Centre also has an exhibit dedicated to the immigrants who arrived by ship and helped to shape the city’s commerce and culture. Gaze up at the Welcome Wall, which records immigrant arrivals. 

Note that the museum first opened in 1972. It has become a popular spot for art exhibitions, weddings and social gatherings. There is a fee to enter. Use available discounts for children and families. The site is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from morning until afternoon. 

The Maritime Centre is on the southern bank of the Hunter River in the heart of Newcastle. It is a little east of the harbor at Throsby Creek. Visit other sights here, such as Newcastle Museum, the Civic Theatre and Newcastle City Hall.


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Rydges Newcastle AU$159
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Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater and Newcastle Beach. Foreshore Footpath and Newcastle Local Court are also within 5 minutes. Civic Station is only a 4-minute walk and Newcastle Interchange Station is 20 minutes.

    NOAH'S On The Beach AU$159
    NOAH'S On The Beach

    NOAH'S On The Beach

    Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Newcastle East hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. Nobbys Head Beach and Newcastle Civic Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Civic Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Holiday Inn Express Newcastle AU$118
      Holiday Inn Express Newcastle

      Holiday Inn Express Newcastle

      514 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Newcastle Civic Park and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle City Hall and Newcastle Civic Theater are also within 1 mile (2 km). Civic Station is 16 minutes by foot and Hamilton Station is 21 minutes.

        Travelodge Hotel Newcastle AU$109
        Travelodge Hotel Newcastle

        Travelodge Hotel Newcastle

        Corner Of King And Steel Streets, Newcastle West, NSW
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Newcastle West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater, Christ Church Cathedral and King Edward Park. Merewether Ocean Baths and Blackbutt Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km). Newcastle Interchange Station is 9 minutes by foot and Civic Station is 12 minutes.

          Novotel Newcastle Beach AU$169
          Novotel Newcastle Beach

          Novotel Newcastle Beach

          5 King Street, Newcastle, NSW
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. King Edward Park and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is 17 minutes by foot.

            Quest Newcastle AU$205
            Quest Newcastle

            Quest Newcastle

            575 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Newcastle West, this luxury aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Newcastle Civic Theater and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Civic Park and Newcastle City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is 8 minutes by foot and Newcastle Interchange Station is 11 minutes.

              ibis Newcastle AU$109
              ibis Newcastle

              ibis Newcastle

              700 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Newcastle West, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Newcastle Civic Theater and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Civic Park and Newcastle City Hall are also within 15 minutes. Civic Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hamilton Station is 25 minutes.

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                Honeysuckle Executive Apartments

                Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Newcastle Civic Theater and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Local Court and Newcastle Civic Park are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is only a 3-minute walk.