Courtney Allan

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3 things to do in Newcastle for less than $100

3 things to do in Newcastle for less than $100

It can be great getting away for a weekend and exploring your surroundings, but many people think that you have to spend a lot in order to truly experience a town.

However, that’s not always the case. If you know where to look, you can find cheap ways to explore a town without it costing you an arm and a leg.

As Newcastle is known as the gateway to the Hunter Valley, it often gets neglected as people travel through it to explore the Hunter Valley wineries.

There’s plenty to do in Newcastle though. The top three things to experience on a budget include:

1. See the Newcastle Memorial walk

Cost: Free (not including the cost of petrol)

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The Newcastle Memorial Walk is a short but sweet walk that has a connection to the locals. The walk was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 while also celebrating the commencement of steel making in Newcastle.

The walkway itself is built with 64 tonnes of stainless steel and features the steel silhouettes of soldiers with up to 4,000 family names of Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted during the first World War.

2. Explore Newcastle’s sinister side with a Crime Walking tour

Cost: $34 per person

On this walking tour, you’re able to see the darker side of Newcastle on a crime-themed evening walking tour.

The walk allows you to hear more about the tales of crime and murder behind sites as the Old Jail as well as seeing some historical places that you’d miss by yourself.

You’re also able to unpick crimes such as the Tomahawk murder with a guide who knows all the terrible details.

The tour runs for about 90 minutes and is a leisurely 2 kilometre walk.

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3. Newcastle Craft Beer and Food Matching tour

Cost: $90 per person

If you’re a fan of craft beer, Newcastle is the place to be. Newcastle has a flourishing craft beer scene, but discovering the variety of brews on offer can be tricky as there’s too many to choose from.

This walking tour is led by a local beer-enthusiast who covers all the must-try beers and pairs them with delicious food.

The tour goes for three hours.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Newcastle? Let us know in the comments.