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A Day Out on Newcastle Harbour


The Newcastle coast is full of natural beauty which provides the perfect opportunity to explore and dine out across an entire day of activities. Whether it be shared with a loved one or a group of friends, get together with those people important to you and enjoy the pleasures Newcastle harbour has to offer! 

Before the day truly begins, fuel up with a quality barista-made coffee from New Slang Coffee Brewers on Hunter St, or One Picket Fence along Wharf Road, Honeysuckle.

Both New Slang and One Picket Fence make a terrific coffee, located close to Harbour Square Boat Dock where CoastXP tours depart along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.

Start your day around 8:30 am, with a coffee in hand, you’re now ready to head down to the waterfront to board CoastXP’s custom-built boat, Atmos.

New Slang Coffee

Image: New Slang Coffee

A Day Out on Newcastle Harbour

Year-round CoastXP tours depart at 9 am from Harbour Square Boat Dock, located directly out the front of Rydges Hotel along the Honeysuckle Foreshore. Cruise through Newcastle Harbour by boat before heading offshore on an action-packed adventure boat ride.

Throughout the warmer months of the year, CoastXP’s Adventure Tour takes guests on an exhilarating ride down the coastline to Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay covering some 30 kilometres of pristine, rugged coastline!

In the cooler months of the year, in particular winter, CoastXP’s Whale Encounter Tour is an iconic Newcastle Whale Watching experience. Depart the harbour to meet giant marine mammals off the coast of Newcastle in the form of Humpback Whales.

Signal Box Newcastle

Image: Signal Box Newcastle

Scratchleys on the wharf

Image: Scratchleys on the Wharf

Sushi on a wooden plate

Image: Nagisa (Joel Thomas Creative)

Following your tour, you will have built up an appetite. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make all day is..

“what should I choose for lunch?”

Luckily, Newcastle harbour has plenty of great dining options along the waterfront. Enjoy dining at some of Newcastle’s best restaurants. As the closest restaurant to the wharf, catch some of the breathtaking harbour views at Nagisa Japanese Restaurant. Head to Scratchleys on the Wharf or Kingfish Honeysuckle for some of Newcastle’s finest seafood.

Or, make your way to Signal Box Newcastle for one of the greatest dining experiences in Newcastle, whereby produce is locally sourced and all elements of your meal are made from scratch. Other great options worth exploring are Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Blanca Honeysuckle, Thermidor Oyster Bar and Brasserie or Hideout on the Harbour.