Best Ice Cream Shops in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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Treat your kids and yourself to some yummy ice cream! On a warm day, there’s no better way to cool down than with an icy treat and there are so many great shops in the Newcastle and Hunter region to spoil yourself and your family. From gelato in a cup to a classic waffle cone, here’s our list of ice cream parlours to get an ice cream or gelato in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley.

Newcastle Area

Baskin Robbins

With over 7,200 retail shops in almost 50 countries, this ice cream chain sure know their stuff! Choose from a waffle cone, classic cone, kids cone or a cup and from a huge range of ice cream flavours. There are also seasonal flavours, flavour of the month and vegan options. If a frozen yoghurt, sorbet or sherbet is more your thing, Baskin Robins has you covered. They also offer a premium, no sugar added option. For the ultimate family fast food night, grab some Red Rooster at Waratah Village and then head across to Baskin Robbins for dessert. Baskin Robbins are open until 10pm every night for late-night cravings.

Address: Shop 14, Waratah Village Shopping Centre, 111 Turton Road, Waratah
Website: Baskin Robbins

Cold Rock Ice Creamery

Boasting Australia’s coolest ice cream, Cold Rock is 100% Australian owned and operated and the combinations are endless! Once you’ve chosen either a cone or cup and a size you then get to create your own personal combo from a wide range of premium ice-cream flavours and mix-ins. The signature Cold Rock experience is watching your custom-made treat get smashed up and mixed together on the cold rock. With three great locations in Newcastle, you can enjoy your icy treat overlooking beautiful Newcastle Harbour, taking in the sights and sounds of popular Beaumont Street or mid-shop at Westfield Kotara.

Address: 54 Beaumont Street, Hamilton, 5 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle & 75 Park Avenue, Kotara
Website: Cold Rock Ice Creamery

East End Ice Creamery

East End Ice Creamery is Newcastle’s family ice creamery, located in the iconic Zaara Street. Open Mon, Tues, Wed 11-6, Thurs & Fri 11-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-6 and all school holidays 10-7 they serve all natural, premium Serendipity ice cream in classic flavours alongside new and limited-time-only flavours. East End Ice Creamery is the perfect spot to grab an ice cream to enjoy while on a day out exploring the city, overlooking Newcastle Beach or on an evening stroll in the East End.

Address: 40 Zaara Street, Newcastle East
Website: East End Ice Creamery

Estabar

The gelato at Estabar is made weekly using Single Origin milk, cream by Little Big Dairy and seasonal fruit. Fruits are sourced from local growers. Grab one scoop or two and head across the road to enjoy the view of glorious Newcastle Beach. Estabar also sell take-home tubs.

Address: 61 Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle
Website: Estabar

G & G Gelato

They don’t have a webpage and you won’t find them on social media, but if you are strolling Newcastle’s East End, don’t blink and miss this authentic Italian gelato bar located on Hunter Street, opposite the historic Old Newcastle Post Office building. Grab a table streetside or keep strolling to beautiful Pacific Park. Many claim G&G’s serve Newcastle’s best gelato. They’re definitely worth a visit to find out!

Address: 67 Hunter Street, Newcastle

The Hood Milk Bar

Located in chic The Junction, this bespoke milk bar serves gelato and sorbet, freshly made on-site, in either a cone or a cup. For an extra indulgence, you can add a melted chocolate fountain on top. If their gelato leaves you wanting more you can also buy take-home cartons. The Hood also serve up some pretty amazing milkshakes, all made using their own gelato. Try their popular dark chocolate gelato.

Address: 188 Union Street, The Junction
Website: The Hood Milk Bar

Jim’s Dairy Delite

Jim’s is a Newy icon and has been around longer than most of us have been alive. In fact, Jim’s Dairy Delite opened in May 1957 and are still in the same familiar spot, on the corner of Tudor and Webster Streets, Hamilton. Although they no longer serve their original Dairy Delite Ice Cream, you can grab a Peter’s ice cream or try one of their famous ‘secret ingredient’ Blue Heaven milkshakes.

Address: 79 Tudor Street, Hamilton

Lynch’s Hub

Whether you’re strolling, scootering, skateboarding or riding along the foreshore with the kids, Lynch’s Hub is in the perfect location for an ice-cream stop. Lynch’s serve ice cream, including gluten-free and vegan options, in waffle cones and cups from the historical, converted Lynch’s Prawns building. Enjoy your ice cream break while taking in the amazing sights and sounds of Newcastle’s working harbour and our beautiful foreshore.

Address: 292 Wharf Road, Newcastle
Website: Lynch’s Hub

Monella

A walk down Newcastle’s famous Eat Street wouldn’t be complete without a hand-crafted gelato or sorbet from Monella. Offering a rotational menu of numerous decadent flavours, like the Homer Simpson – a cinnamon flavoured gelato with raspberry coulis and cinnamon-crusted doughnut chunks, and open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights and 10pm all other nights, Monella is the perfect spot for a late-night treat. While you’re there check out their mouth-watering gelato cakes!

Address: 149 Darby Street, Cooks Hill
Website: Monella

Northern Star Cafe

With fresh new flavours rotated weekly, the gelato at the Northern Star Cafe is made from scratch, onsite, using only the finest ingredients. Grab a cone, cup or takeaway container and enjoy it while you walk down Beaumont Street.

Address: 106 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Website: Northern Star Cafe

Popolo Artisan Gelatiera

Popolo is Italian for ‘people’ and Popolo was born to share the Italian love of traditional gelato with the people. Popolo’s Newcastle store has a glass wall where that you can peer through and watch the gelato makers hard at work whipping up their broad range of flavours. Offering gluten-free cones, vegan and lactose-free options, choosing from a cone, cup or takeaway tub will be the easy part. Choosing a flavour may take a little longer! We can recommend Pistachio, Stracciatella or Popolo’s famous Red Passion.

Address: 172 King Street, Newcastle
Website: Popolo Artisan Gelatiera

Scratchley’s Takeaway Window

If you’ve been a Novocastrian for a while, chances are you’ve stopped for an ice-cream from the takeaway window at Newcastle’s iconic Scratchley’s restaurant. Perfectly located, just south of the Newcastle Ferry Wharf, on Wharf Road, it’s hard to walk, scooter, skateboard or ride past without the kids begging for an ice cream stop. Serving Everest ice cream in all the classic flavours from mint choc chip to rum and raisin, Scratchley’s takeaway window is open 10am-late, 7 days a week.

Address: 200 Wharf Road, Newcastle
Website: Scratchley’s

Whispers on the Wharf

While you’re enjoying the scenery north of the harbour, a takeaway cone or cup from this great little ‘container kiosk’ located near the Stockton Active Hub is the perfect accompaniment to a sunny day. Choose from a number of traditional flavours and enjoy your icy treat while overlooking the harbour.

Address: Near the ferry wharf, Mitchell Street, Stockton
Website: Whispers on the Wharf

Ice Cream Spots Newcastle Lake Macquarie Hunter Valley

Lake Macquarie Area

Cold Rock Ice Creamery

Boasting Australia’s coolest ice cream, Cold Rock is 100% Australian owned and operated and the combinations are endless! Once you’ve chosen either a cone or cup and a size you then get to create your own personal combo from a wide range of premium ice-cream flavours and mix-ins. The signature Cold Rock experience is watching your custom-made treat get smashed up and mixed together on the cold rock. Stop mid or post-shop for an icy treat while you’re visiting Charlestown Square.

Address: K111 Charlestown Square, 30 Pearson Street, Charlestown
Website: Cold Rock Ice Creamery

Greg & Audrey’s

Named after the iconic actors Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, this small, retro-styled diner is located on the picturesque Toronto foreshore. Greg & Audrey’s 50’s American diner-style menu offers hand-crafted, home-made ice creams and sorbets. With traditional flavours, gluten-free cones and vegan options available no-one misses out.

Address: 2/32 Victory Parade, Toronto
Website: Greg & Audrey’s

Kiwi Waffle n Cones

The kids (big and little) will have a hard time choosing a flavour from the amount on offer at this ice creamery, perfectly positioned near the Warners Bay foreshore. From Goody Goody Gum Drop to Mango, there’s a flavour to suit everyone. The perfect accompaniment to sit and watch the sun set over the lake or a special treat after a walk along the foreshore on a sunny day.

Address: Cnr Esplanade & King Street, Warners Bay
Website: Kiwi Waffle n Cones

Port Stephens Area

Cold Rock Ice Creamery

Boasting Australia’s coolest ice cream, Cold Rock is 100% Australian owned and operated and the combinations are endless! Once you’ve chosen either a cone or cup and a size you then get to create your own personal combo from a wide range of premium ice-cream flavours and mix-ins. The signature Cold Rock experience is watching your custom-made treat get smashed up and mixed together on the cold rock. Stop mid or post-shop for an icy treat while you’re visiting Salamander Bay Shopping Centre.

Address: Shop 84 Salamander Bay Shopping Centre, 2 Town Centre Circuit, Salamander Bay
Website: Cold Rock Ice Creamery

Neros Gelato Cafe

Serving smooth and creamy gelato, plus sorbet and with dairy-free options, Neros is a good choice for an icy treat during a visit to the Bay. Conveniently located in Nelson Bay’s main street.

Address: 93 Magnus Street, Nelson Bay

The Marina Ice Creamery

The Marina Ice Creamery has served the people of Nelson Bay and its many visitors for over 27 years and they boast being one of the TOP 5 independent ice cream retailers in Australia. Located at popular D’Albora Marina in the heart of Nelson Bay and with over 50 flavours to choose from, The Marina Ice Creamery source only Australian-made products. Popular choices include their Bailey’s and Almonds Ice Cream, Chocolate Gelato and Blood Orange Sorbet. During Summer they open from 9am – late.

Address: D’Albora Marina, 6 Teramby Road, Nelson Bay
Website: The Marina Ice Creamery

Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack

Located on the other side of the Bay, in beautiful Tea Gardens is the Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack. Styled with a fun, retro feel, including lots of VW memorabilia, Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack offers 45 tempting flavours of ice cream, gelatos & sorbets, all served by enthusiastic staff.

Address: 2/79 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens

Maitland & The Hunter Valley Area

Cold Rock Ice Creamery

Boasting Australia’s coolest ice cream, Cold Rock is 100% Australian owned and operated and the combinations are endless! Once you’ve chosen either a cone or cup and a size you then get to create your own personal combo from a wide range of premium ice-cream flavours and mix-ins. The signature Cold Rock experience is watching your custom-made treat get smashed up and mixed together on the cold rock. Stop mid or post-shop for an icy treat while you’re visiting Rutherford Marketplace.

Address: 1 Hillview Street, Rutherford
Website: Cold Rock Ice Creamery

Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

For the ultimate indulgence whilst visiting the Hunter, Hunter Chocolate Company are at three great locations in Pokolbin and serve an amazing range of Italian handmade gelato, made locally.

Address: ‘Twenty-3-Twenty’ 2320 Broke Road, Pokolbin, Shop 5 Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Pokolbin and Peterson’s House, Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Website: Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

Jubilo Gelato

in two great locations, on the ground floor of Stockland Green Hills, East Maitland and next to Reading Cinema, Maitland, Jubilo Gelato serve quality gelato and sorbet made to the highest standard using local and Australian ingredients. Jubilo Gelato’s vegato range (dairy, lactose and animal product free) is made using local and Italian ingredients.

Address: Stockland Green Hills, Molly Morgan Drive, East Maitland & 8/1A Ken Tubman Drive, Maitland
Website: Jubilo Gelato

Miss Lily’s Lollies

If you’re looking for ice cream while visiting the charming riverfront town of Morpeth, you can stop in at Miss Lily’s Lollies and grab an old-fashioned takeaway cone.

Address: 2 Green Street, Morpeth
Website: Miss Lily’s Lollies


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