Introducing Our New eBook: 12 Days of Winter Family Fun Around Newcastle

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Get out and enjoy time with your family with our brand-new Newy with Kids eBook. We’ve put together 12 different itineraries for a family day out in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region featuring all FREE activities. (You’ll just need to pay for lunch or pack a picnic!)

We’ve written this specifically for winter so you can go out and enjoy activities suited to the cooler season.

Each itinerary includes a suggested timeline followed by a map page. As this is an eBook, you can keep it on your smartphone when you’re out and about and consult a Google map by clicking on the link. You can also print it out as well!

For less than the cost of lunch, you get 12 days of pre-planned fun so you can just take the family out and start making memories.

Keep in mind that due to COVID-19 restrictions, a few places do have COVID-19 restrictions. Check first with the attraction or activity to avoid disappointment.

With this guide, you’ll receive 12 days of family-friendly adventures. 

Table of Contents

  • Itinerary 1 – Honeysuckle
  • Itinerary 2 – East End Newcastle
  • Itinerary 3 – The Beaches (Bar Beach & Merewether)
  • Itinerary 4 – Stockton
  • Itinerary 5 – Blackbutt Reserve
  • Itinerary 6 – Lake Macquarie
  • Itinerary 7 – Redhead
  • Itinerary 8 – Caves Beach
  • Itinerary 9 – Rathmines
  • Itinerary 10 – Mount Sugarloaf
  • Itinerary 11– Maitland
  • Itinerary 12 – Port Stephens

Recent Reviews

Bought mine today, love the detail & maps, like suggested timing for activities/locations, where to lunch & if I take my own where I’ll find facilities. 100% happy – Ruth F.

Just downloaded my copy. It looks fantastic and really versatile for whatever kind of day we all feel like having. Can’t wait to get the kids out and about – lots of things I hadn’t thought of even as a lifetime local. Thanks heaps NwK. We’ll be looking forward to the Spring and Summer versions later in the year too! – Simmone P.

Granddaughter and I enjoyed our first bush walk today. We filled our backpacks with snacks and practiced bush bashing through 2 clumps of grass! The most exciting thing though was finding a puddle and mud! Occupied for 15 minutes. Thanks Newy with Kids for suggesting a walk at Kilaben Bay – Julie S.

Just bought mine! I love it – it’s well thought out and so many locations we have yet to explore! – Cherry C.


What ages are these itineraries suitable for?

We’ve tried to make the itineraries suitable for families with kids of all ages. Obviously, every family is different so feel free to change up the itinerary to suit your circumstances and interests. With younger kids, you might even want to divide up a day itinerary into two separate day trips.

What do you mean “FREE” activities?

For this eBook, we’ve chosen activities that don’t cost anything extra for your family to participate in. E.g. wildlife exhibits at Blackbutt, exploring caves at Caves Beach and walking up to the top of Mount Sugarloaf.

How do I use this download? 

You’ll receive an email with the attached document. Open up the email and save the PDF to your files either on your phone, tablet or computer. When you’re on your family day out, access the itinerary on your phone and open one of the 12 Google Maps we’ve created just for readers of this e-book. You can open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app available for iPhone, iPad and Android or store it on your Notes.

Can I print the eBook?

Yes. We’ve created the eBook in A4 PDF format so it’s easy to print. The PDF is 28 pages so we suggest double-sided printing.

Can I share this with my friends?

Please note, as part of your purchase, legally you cannot share, resell, distribute, or transfer all or part of the ebook to any other person. However, we know we can’t stop you from buying a copy and sharing it with all your friends anyway. But we would appreciate it if you didn’t.

We’ve purposely made our ebook affordable so every family can purchase it. Like other small businesses, we’ve been impacted hard by COVID-19 with our advertising revenue disappearing overnight. We’re trying to serve our readers while bringing in some money so we can continue Newy with Kids.

Are all the activities listed in the eBook open now with the COVID-19 pandemic?

With restrictions COVID-19 loosening each week, we’ve included attractions and activities that are currently closed due to COVID-19 but are expected to open or resume in the near future. These include:

  • Newcastle Museum – Reopened but require advance booking
  • Fort Scratchley – Only open on weekends. No tunnel tours.
  • Blackbutt Reserve – OPEN but Reptile Show and Animal Feedings suspended for now
  • Newcastle Art Gallery – Art Cart suspended for now – OPEN but require advance booking
  • Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) – Art Space suspended for now – OPEN but limit of 60 people
  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery – OPEN but require advance booking to visit Gallery and take part in Free Art Sunday
  • Walka Water Works – train rides suspended for now

Before you set out on a family excursion, please double-check to confirm it is open and if you need to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

How do I purchase the eBook?

Just click on the button below.

Why do I have to provide my address for a downloadable document?

We process digital downloads through a third-party provider who make it mandatory to provide a physical address. Just add a fake address. We won’t care and besides we would never share your personal information.

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