Ultimate Guide to Summer in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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With the year it’s been, we’re all in the mood to have a great summer. Here is the Newy with Kids Ultimate Guide to Summer. It’s packed with lots of ideas for family fun. There are so many fun things to do in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter that we decided to put together a massive round-up of ideas.

With the list below, you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family happy, active and entertained. No chance whatsoever for kids to say that they are bored! Enjoy a summer of fun!

Swimming Spots

Head to a local beach, ocean baths or one of the swimming spots around the region.

Naru Beach Lake Macquarie

Playgrounds

We’re blessed with so many different playgrounds in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter region. You can choose from large playgrounds like Lake Macquarie Variety Playground in Speers Point Park, Blackbutt Adventure Park in Newcastle, Bridges Hill Park in Cessnock or smaller less-visited neighbourhood playgrounds. Check out our guides to find out more about playgrounds in our region.

Family Walks

Go for a walk with kids. We’ve put together a collection of our favourite family walks around the region. Explore historical and cultural sites, experience nature or enjoy stunning views of harbours, lakes and beaches. Whether you’re looking for a stroller-friendly walking track, a flat walk for your toddler or preschooler or a more challenging bush walk or nature hike for school-aged kids, we’ve got you covered.

Stockton Shipwreck Walk

Bike Rides

Jump on your bike and head out for a ride. We’ve put together a collection of our favourite family bike rides and mountain bike trails in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter to suit a variety of ages and abilities.

Family Bike Rides Fingal Bay

On the Calendar: Events, Fairs & Festivals

Summer is peak event season with lots of family-friendly events to enjoy. We’ll keep updating this list as we find out about more events.

Active Fun

Get out and enjoy summer. We’ve put together a big list of activities to do with kids. Whether it’s taking out a SUP on some calm bays, playing frisbee golf or playing mini-golf, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Skate park Newcastle

Places to Visit

We’re truly blessed with some iconic spots in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter region. Get out for the day and explore one of these places with your family.

Caves Beach summer things to do Lake Macquarie

Animal Encounters

Do your kids love animals? Check out these zoos, wildlife parks and reserves in Newcastle & Hunter Valley that gives families the opportunities to get up close to animals.

Kangaroo feeding Hunter Valley Zoo things to do

Museums & Galleries

The Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter region is full of educational and entertaining museums and galleries. Enjoy a family day out with your kids to learn more about Hunter history, art, science and transportation

Fort Scratchley Newcastle

Picnic Spots

Food always seems to taste better outdoors. Pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. We’ve put together a collection of spots in the region to enjoy a picnic outdoors with your family & friends.

Warner Park, Warners Bay

Summer Eats & Cool Treats

What’s summer without some tasty treats!

Ice Cream Spots Newcastle

Backyard Fun

Planning some staycation activities this summer? Here are ideas for fun activities you can enjoy without leaving home.

water activities for kids

Neighbourhood Fun

Explore your neighbourhood or a new neighbourhood this summer. As well as street art and street libraries, we have free Newy with Kids scavenger hunts!

Travel

Now that lockdown is over and we’re free to travel, here’s some travel inspo for you. There are some amazing places to visit in New South Wales.

Seal Rocks

For even more to do this summer, check out our monthly calendar of events!

Need more inspiration, download our Free eBook: 15 Days of Summer Family Fun Around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter.

And if you’re hosting friends and family this summer, check out our roundup of Where to Take Out of Town Visitors

Have a fun summer!

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