Playgrounds with Nearby Pubs in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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Nothing beats a good meal of pub grub! Head to a local pub or club for lunch and then let the kids exert some energy at a nearby playground. Or spend the afternoon at a local playground before heading to a nearby pub or club for dinner. Here is our list of playgrounds located a short walk to a pub or club in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter. Have we forgotten one? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Centennial Park (Cooks Hill)

Centennial Park is an urban oasis in the heart of Cooks Hill. It has heaps of modern equipment to suit kids of all ages, including balancing and climbing equipment, slides, swings, spinners and more. The Norfolk Pines and Fig Trees provide plenty of shade and the large, flat, grassy area is a top spot to kick a ball or run around. Read more about Centennial Park.

Right next door to Centennial Park you’ll find Lowlands Bowling Club. Their Little Castro Bistro serves up burgers, Cuban food and a range of other meals. Little Castro are open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

Connolly Park (Carrington)

Connolly Park, in the harbourside suburb of Carrington, is home to a great little playground, perfect for kids aged 5 and under. There’s swings (including baby swings), a seesaw, wobblies, and a spinner as well as a cubby house with slide. The playground is tucked away behind the tennis courts on the corner of Tully Street and and Thornton Street, Carrington. Read more about Connolly Park.

Right next door to Connolly Park is Carrington Bowlo, an unpretentious, old-fashioned Club with a strong community feel. Their Cowper Street Diner serves up a delicious, vast lunch and dinner menu including pizzas and kid-sized pizzas. The Cowper Street Diner is also open for breakfast on weekends and public holidays.

Honeysuckle Park (Newcastle)

Honeysuckle Park

Harbourfront Honeysuckle Park is home to a large pirate ship play structure that kids will love. With shade, seated areas, water stations and a softfall base, this is one of our favourite playgrounds. It’s most suited to kids up to around the age 8. Read more about Honeysuckle Park.

Popular Honeysuckle Hotel is just a short walk away from Honeysuckle Park. Enjoy your lunch or dinner in their restaurant area, upstairs on The Mezzanine or outdoors on The Pier or Harbourside Deck.

Lambton Park (Lambton)

Lambton Park Playground

It’s not hard to see why Lambton Park is a Newcastle favourite. With large, shady trees and a playground with equipment to suit all ages, it’s a top spot to take your kids for a play or meet up with other families. Print out a Newy with Kids Lambton Park Scavenger Hunt for some added fun. Read more about Lambton Park.

Just a short walk from Lambton Park playground you’ll find Lambton Park Hotel. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, their menu features upscale pub food, share platters, seafood platters, a kid’s menu and much more. They also have some great weekday lunch specials.

Novocastrian Park (New Lambton)

The small, timber playground at Novocastrian Park, New Lambton is great for younger kids. It features three slides, a swing set and lots of climbing equipment plus a small roundabout and seesaw. Read more about Novocastrian Park.

After the kids have exerted some energy at Novocastrian Park, take a stroll to the Blackbutt Hotel for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a family-friendly pub with a kids playground inside. Open seven days per week, their kid’s (under 12) menu features nuggets, fish, schnitzel or sausages, all served with fries and ice cream.

Stockton Active Hub (Stockton)

Stockton Active Hub

Located right near the ferry wharf, at the end of Mitchell Street, this popular playground with adjoining skate park has something for all ages. With heaps of play equipment to keep all ages entertained, including three slides and two flying foxes, the kids can easily spend a couple of hours here. Pack the skateboards and scooters as, chances are, they’ll want to ride in the adjoining street-style skate plaza. Read more about the Stockton Active Hub.

Located just across the road from the Stockton Active Hub, the General Washington Hotel (or Washtub, to locals) serve up all the regular mains as well as burgers, pasta and pizza alongside a kid’s menu. At the back of the restaurant area is an enclosed kids play area suited to younger kids. The General Washington Hotel is open every day for lunch and dinner.

Another choice is the Gladstone Hotel. Roughly five minutes walk from the Stockton Active Hub, along Mitchell Street, their Sunshines Bistro serve up a delicious Thai menu for lunch (Wed-Sun) and dinner (Tues-Sun).

Webb Park (Redhead)

Webb Park Redhead

Kids of all ages will love surf-themed Webb Park. With a large wave climbing structure, flying fox, swings, slides and more, Webb Park is a lovely spot to relax with kids in a beachside location. Read more about Webb Park.

Approximately five minutes walk away from Webb Park, the Seaside Fusion Restaurant at Club Redhead is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Seaside Fusion serve up a range of Asian and Australian meals in a family friendly environment. Their kids menu includes nuggets, sausages, fish and honey chicken.

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