From Maitland Station, travel by coach to Queens Wharf on the waterfront in ‘Newy’. There’s enough here to keep you busy all day: an observation tower, marina, ferry dock, cafes, restaurants, pub, brewery… But an easy-going two hour Newcastle Afoot walking tour will give you a broader sense of the city, finishing with lunch at a uniquely Newcastle venue.
A tunnel tour of Fort Scratchley is next, an intriguing historical remnant atop Flagstaff Hill, built in 1882 to defend Newcastle against Russian attack. The Russians never arrived: these days it’s a fascinating place to explore.
Named after the geologist who pioneered large-scale coal mining in the region in the 1840s, Strzelecki Lookout is a top spot from which to survey the city. From here you can walk (or coach) downhill to nearby Anzac Lookout for further photo opportunities, via the spectacular clifftop Memorial Walk.
Back on the bus, you’ll transfer to Broadmeadow Station where you’ll reboard the Great Southern in time for your evening meal.
Please note: this itinerary will vary on New Year’s Eve. Please see your friendly Great Southern staff for details.
|Platinum and Gold Service guests||Included in your fare|