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The Junction

The Junction is an inner-city suburb of Newcastle. It was named due to its position as the junction point for converging trains on their way to the port from outlying coalmines. Today it is an up-market shopping district home to designer labels, jewellery stores, unique home wares and many restaurants and cafes.

The Junction: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Dixon Park Beach


Dixon Park Beach has Council Lifeguard Services provided Monday to Saturday during swimming season and volunteer members of Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club providing beach patrols on Sundays during the swimming season.

There is a sheltered picnic table area and change room facilities available. Plus free electric barbecue's and picnic tables facilities available in adjacent park area.




Ocean Street
Merewether, NSW, 2291

Located 0.7K from The Junction

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 1.1K from The Junction

Merewether Beach


Merewether Beach, home of four times World Surfing Champion, Mark Richards and Malibu Surfboard Riding Champion, Martin McMillan. No doubt this is part of the reason that Merewether Beaches National Surfing Reserve was declared in March 2009. The reserve stretches from Dixon Park in the north to Burwood Beach in the south.

There is competitive surfboard riding conditions for experienced surfers. Plus Council Lifeguard Services provided Monday to Saturday during swimming season and volunteer members of Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club provides beach patrols on Sundays during the swimming season.

There are change room facilities and a cafe/kiosk available all year round. And the two minute stroll between Merewether Beach and Merewether Ocean Baths features the historic Ladies Rock Pool and the heritage listed Surf House.




Corner John Parade and Henderson Parade
Merewether, NSW, 2291

Located 1.1K from The Junction

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 1.2K from The Junction

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 1.5K from The Junction

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 1.5K from The Junction

The Junction: Events

The Big Beach Challenge


The event organisers are proud to announce that a revamped Big Beach Challenge will now take place in the heart of Newcastle, along Merewether, Dixon Park and Bar Beaches.

The three kilometre loop course will offer runners or walkers the opportunity to choose to complete a Hardcore Sand 10 lap (30 kilometres), Crazy Sand five lap (15 kilometres), Desert Sand two lap (six kilometres) or Hot Sand one lap (three kilometres).

Staged from the beach near the Merewether Baths, the event will give spectators ample opportunity to get close to the action, have a coffee or just chill on the beach while their loved ones compete.




Merewether Beach,
Henderson Parade
Merewether, NSW, 2291

Located 1.4K from The Junction

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