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Cooks Hill

The inner-city suburb of Cooks Hill is one of the most exciting precincts in Newcastle. With a lively bohemian vibe, its main street is home to trendy restaurants, cafes, cosy pubs, quirky homeware stores, second-hand bookshops, local art galleries and boutique stores.

Originally home to the city's first settlers, its leafy streets are lined with terrace houses and winding back alleys. It is now the city's artistic centre with many local photography and art galleries.

Cooks Hill: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cooks Hill Gallery


An exquisite array of unique and collectable paintings, sculptures and ceramic pieces together with works of colonial impressionism and the modern period can be found adorning the walls and exhibit spaces in this beautifully restored cottage-style gallery.

Cooks Hill Gallery holds monthly exhibits of quality art works by professional artists from the Hunter region and beyond.




67 Bull Street
Cooks Hill, NSW, 2300

Located 0.4K from Cooks Hill

Newcastle Museum


Since opening in the iconic Honeysuckle Railway Workshops in 2011, Newcastle Museum has blossomed with high visitor numbers, an extensive exhibition program and a dynamic range of community events for a diverse audience. Feedback from visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. It is a free accessible Museum open Tuesday - Sunday and seven days during school holidays.




6 Workshop Way
Honeysuckle, NSW, 2300

Located 0.5K from Cooks Hill

Newcastle Art Gallery


Newcastle Art Gallery houses the most important public art collection in NSW outside Sydney and is considered one of the most substantial in regional Australia. Featuring significant Indigenous and non-Indigenous works of art, the collection presents a comprehensive overview of Australian art from colonial times to the present, and includes the largest collection of modern Japanese ceramics in the Southern Hemisphere.

Newcastle Art Gallery runs a full program of events in support of its exhibitions and plays a key educational role in the cultural life of Newcastle and the Hunter Region. Dynamic public programs include art workshops, guided tours, film screenings, lectures, seminars and public events.

The Art Gallery hosts around 17 exhibitions annually. Exhibitions draw on the Gallery's collection, as well as public and private collections of national and international importance.




1 Laman Street
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 0.6K from Cooks Hill

Newcastle City Hall


Opened in 1929, Newcastle City Hall is one of Newcastle's most unique and prestigious venues. Its old world charm and stunning architecture, including sandstone walls and pillars, marble staircases, clock tower and sweeping ballroom, is reminiscent of a bygone era.

Newcastle City Hall was originally designed to house Council administration and chambers. Although today Newcastle City Hall is used for a variety of social gatherings, its use as a council chamber and place of civic reception, and community gathering still remains. This includes ceremonial occasions, citizenship ceremonies, hosting of dignitaries and community forums.

The stunning concert hall, stage and upper gallery is frequently used by a wide range of community and commercial groups as a magnificent platform for staging a choir, orchestra, play or musical.





290 King Street
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 0.7K from Cooks Hill

Miss Porters House


Miss Hazel Porter lived all her life at 434 King Street, Newcastle until her death in 1997 aged 83. Not wishing her home to be redeveloped, she bequeathed the property, its contents and endowment to the National Trust. The freestanding Edwardian terrace built by her father, Herbert Porter in 1909 has been little changed over the years. Entrusted to the care of the National Trust, it survives as a poignant insight into the homes of an era, and the quiet and careful lives of the Porter family.

The Porter sisters steadfastly retained their personal possessions and the Trust has been intrigued by the collection of clothing, fabrics, craft materials, linen and general household items that remain in the cupboards and sideboards. Miss Porter's House is a living home, offering you today, a rare and privileged visit into other lives and other times.





434 King Street
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 0.8K from Cooks Hill

Bogey Hole


Take a dip in the Bogey Hole, which was cut into ocean rocks by convict labour in 1819. You will realise the convicts amazing achievement when you see the waves crashing into the pool.

The Bogey Hole was constructed by order of Commandant Morisset in about 1820 for his own personal use. Morisset was Commandant of Newcastle from 1819 to 1822. It was known, originally as the "Commandants Baths". The name "Bogey Hole" was applied afterwards and comes from the indigenous word meaning "to bathe".

The Bogey Hole remains a popular spot today, particularly for inner city dwellers who don't like getting sand in their shoes, and still becomes very crowded on warm summer days.




York Drive
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 1.0K from Cooks Hill

King Edward Park


King Edward Park was dedicated as a recreation reserve in 1863. Within the grounds was a bowling green and the Obelisk, built as a navigational marker in 1850; the focal point is a Victorian rotunda.

The park has spectacular ocean views, Norfolk Island pines and a sunken garden usually ablaze of colour.

On the southern boundary are the remains of the Shepherds Hill Battery and Gunner's Cottage which were in regular use from 1890 to World War II.

The park also has links with Newcastle's penal past, with the Bogey Hole (or convict hewn ocean bathing pool) at the foot of the eastern cliff face.

A popular place for family picnics and barbecues, and now a movie venue in summer. The park also has a playground and public toilets.

Carols by Candlelight held annually in December, as is the Mattara Hill Climb in October.




York Drive
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 1.0K from Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill: Events

Port to Port MTB Race


The Port to Port MTB is an annual four day MTB stage race across the iconic local scenery of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter region. The race is designed to be fun and challenging for riders of all levels, from recreational to competitive.

Port to Port MTB will be a brilliant event and they look forward to attracting a strong field of riders of all standards to the Port to Port MTB in May 2017.


Event Dates
2017
      25th May
      26th May
      27th May
      28th May


Various Locations
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 0.5K from Cooks Hill

Australian Surfing Awards


The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame were first convened in 1985 by the Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia) to preserve the history of Australian surfing and honour its great achievers. Each year the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame are presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the development of surfing in this country. The awards include a number of support categories that recognise the broad spectrum of individuals and organisations who are involved in the sport through events, business, media, photography, movies, clubs, travel, administration or pioneering new initiatives.


Event Dates
2017
      18th Feb


Corner King and Union Streets
Newcastle, NSW, 2300

Located 0.6K from Cooks Hill

Light Up Newcastle


The Newcastle Rotary Clubs invite you to join in a special event to celebrate Chinese New Year and Light up Newcastle with red lanterns in February 2016.

The challenge set for this year is to "be a gift to the world" and the Rotary Clubs will provide a gift to seafarers visiting the Port of Newcastle and celebrating the maritime heritage of the City.

The Mission provides sailers with a 'home away from home' at the Seafarers Centre in Wickham. The lantern walk will raise money for a new upgrade to their kitchen.

Newcastle's Maritime Centre will also be a beneficiary of the event. Money raised will assist them to build a new entrance to its public cafe on the foreshore.

Newcastle City Council and Hunter Development Corporation have supported the event and it will be part of the Summer Tourism Campaign.




3 Honeysuckle Drive
Honeysuckle, NSW, 2300

Located 0.9K from Cooks Hill

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