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Newcastle Summer Bucket List

What’s on your Bucket List? You know, those once in a life time experiences you’ve always wanted to tick off. Make this season the best it can be with magical days and blissful nights in Newcastle, shared amongst friends and family. Think stunning beach walks and sun-kissed skin, endless scoops of gelato and bike rides along the Honeysuckle foreshore. To help you get the most out of the season, we’ve put together a bucket list to ensure this summer will be one to remember.  Act now and save 25% off when you book at Crowne Plaza Newcastle before 14th December.

1. Tick off ten beaches
Newcastle is home to at least ten beaches, Nobbys Beach, Merewether Beach and Dixon Park Beach to name a few. Why not make this summer, the one where you see them all? With the views that Newcastle boasts, you can’t make a wrong decision here.

2. Kickstart a new routine at Forum Gym
It’s not too late for to achieve your summer body with help from our friends at Forum Gym. More than a gym, Forum is an active community of people looking to keep fit and have fun doing so. Their harbourside branch is located mere minutes from our hotel and just recently underwent renovations so the interior is brand spanking new. Head on upstairs for more than 60 different varieties of group fitness classes, we’re certain at least one will stick.

3. Inhale every gelato flavour at Popolo
There are few things in the world that go together as well as gelato and Summer. And Popolo Artisan Gelateria manages to consistently churns out some of the most interesting flavours we’ve ever seen. Go for gold with the Stracciatella, Malteaser and Sour Cherry. Or leave it up to destiny to decide if you pick the monthly flavour. We hear that a tap pouring out pure Nutella can also be involved.  Choose from two different locations in Newcastle, at The Junction Fair Shopping Centre or at King St in the city.

4. Perfect your bowl at Kara Wood Ceramics
Always wanted to recreate the pottery scene from ‘Ghost’? Pursue the art of clay under the tutelage of Kara Wood, a Newcastle ceramicist with over 20 years of experience. Kara Wood Ceramics has classes for both adults and children so everyone can be involved.

5. Cycle to new destinations
Hire a bike just outside our hotel and find your path in Newcastle. Newcastle City Council has put together maps of the best tracks to take you on scenic roads less travelled. Fill your basket with plenty of water and snacks for a mini picnic of celebrations afterwards.

6. Get fancy on the harbour with a high tea
Book yourself and the family in for an afternoon of eating like royalty while overlooking the Honeysuckle foreshore. Our Seasalt Restaurant hosts one of the most delectable high tea spreads in Newcastle. Expect macarons, Quiche Lorraine, finger sandwiches and of course, scones with jam and cream.

7. Practice your sun salutations with Yoga for All
Check out Yoga for All, a Newcastle-born initiative that aims to make the teachings of yoga accessible to as many people as possible. Pay what you can and jump right in with experienced teachers who are ready to get your body to new levels of flexibility.
The best part – Yoga for All supplies all mats and props so bring just water, a small towel and your best enthusiastic smile.

8. Go the distance on the Bathers’ Coastal Walk
Stretching from the commanding Nobbys’ Lighthouse to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock Reserve is Newcastle’s Bathers Way, a scenic five kilometre coastal walk. Discover sandy enclosures, secret swimming spots or explore rock pools for their underwater inhabitants. The adventure is yours as you discover, eat, play or swim along five kilometres of scenic serenity.

9. Drink craft beer in a restored warehouse
Kristy and Corey Crooks are behind The Grain Store, Newcastle’s first craft beer bar. Say cheers with one of their ‘on tap’ specials, featuring 100% independently owned and 100% Australian brewed craft beers. The only difficulty you may have is picking the pint as there are over 21 beers to choose from.

10. Try a new restaurant each week
Novocastrians once upon a time looked upon Sydney enviously, but the Newcastle dining scene is now bursting with new venues and new talent behind the kitchens. Take a stroll down the Honeysuckle Drive for heavy hitters like Nagisa for Japanese or MEET for traditional Brazilian churrasco. Or venture slightly further onto Hunter Street for Bao Brothers and Modern Australian fine dining at Restaurant Mason. Return home for your final (but most delicious) coup, Seasalt Restaurant’s locally sourced and inspired dishes.

11. Stay with us
This might be presumptuous of us to say, but we think we offer the best accommodation in Newcastle for you to tick your bucket list off. Go out and adventure on but return to rest peacefully in our comfortable rooms, swim in our harbourside lap pool or grab a bite from Seasalt Restaurant.

So if we’ve managed to convince you to pay the Hunter Valley a visit, take advantage of the IHG sale and save 25% off your summer holiday. It’s as simple as joining IHG Rewards Club for free and booking your stay before 14th December 2017 for travel between 8th December and 30th April. Find out more.