Newcastle Walking Tours

Newcastle Walking Tours

Some very clever and lovely Novocastrians have created a series of fabulous, self-guided walks around the city. These have been prepared and written by David Hampton, one of the splendid people who make Newcastle Museum amazing. The audio of the walks has been recorded by a couple of very well-known …

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct.   Heavy Walk – 3hr / 3.2km Explore Newcastle’s maritime and surf culture through a self-guided walking tour of the city. With its spectacular harbour …

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct. Newcastle Architecture Walking Tour Easy Walk – 1hr 30mins / 2.2km Explore Newcastle’s Architectural heritage through a self-guided walking tour of the city. The architecture …

Being a Muslim woman in Newcastle

After a recent visit to Newcastle’s Mosque I was invited to take my family to the Newcastle Eid al-Adha celebrations. I took the opportunity to try and bust a few myths about being a Muslim woman by asking a group of them to tell their own stories over vast quantities of cakes and sweets. Diana …

Jerome Rugaruza – Australian

Jerome Rugaruza – Australian

I’ve been fortunate enough to interview Jerome Rugaruza on several occasions. Jerome arrived in Newcastle in 2009 after spending years in refugee camps after fleeing his home in a rural Congolese village. In 2011, he was reunited with his wife, Imaculee, and their children. To be greeted by Jerome is …

The Birdwood Flag

Gionni Di Gravio, archivist from the University of Newcastle describes the Birdwood Flag as a ‘big bag of confetti’. “It’s a bit of a shock when you first see it, but it’s thanks to Bronwyn Orrock that we knew about the Birdwood Flag. We knew of its existence but we’d …

Hugh Laurie. Some thoughts on the cult of celebrity.

Hugh Laurie. Some thoughts on the cult of celebrity.

I heard the click from somewhere behind me, followed by Hugh Laurie suddenly looking a bit pale and sick, “Oh god, don’t open the door! Don’t open the door!” He looked at me, I turned toward the source of the click and realised that one of the theatre staff had …

Ben Gillies. Life after Silverchair.

Ben Gillies. Life after Silverchair.

Daniel Johns, Chris Joannou and Ben Gillies were just kids doing work experience at a Newcastle radio station when I first met them nearly 20 years ago. Those three boys have gone on to become strong and confident men and wonderful musicians – collectively and individually. I suspect the whole …

John Paul Young

John Paul Young

In 2012, John Paul Young is celebrating 40 years in the Australian music industry with both a solo tour and another turn in the massive Long Way To The Top concert production. John Paul Young was the child of one of the wave of British families that emigrated to Australia …

Inspiration

Inspiration

Today I saw something wonderful. And unexpected. My kids know about real food. Fresh food. They don’t think cakes come from packet mix because mum says if you’re going to have chocolate cake, have a real one. They know how to make dumplings. They’ve had chooks in their backyard (and …

Why I Love My Job #2

Why I Love My Job #2

Here’s another reason I love my job.  It is the third anniversary of the June 2007 long weekend storm, a tempest that left us with an 80,000 tonne coal carrier on one of Newcastle’s main beaches.  The coast around the city beaches is littered with shipwrecks, the Sygna – half …