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Drink & Draw at LEDA Gallery

Drink & Draw at LEDA Gallery

Welcome to your creative journey with Drink & Draw sessions tailored by LEDA gallery. The Drink & Draw Session by LEDA is an immersive experience, based around classic nude life drawing subjects, navigating through an array of mediums and techniques week-to-week. The inquired mediums include variant techniques in charcoal, graphite, pencil, acrylic, sepia ink, oil pastel, watercolour and sanguine. Savour evenings of art and atmosphere with delicious refreshments and a glass of wine. Whether their session is to fulfil your own creative desires and evolvement, or as a thoughtful gift to a loved one, our session is designed to suit…
LEDA Gallery

LEDA Gallery

LEDA Gallery is a white-cube contemporary gallery located in Newcastle West NSW, that specialises in showcasing uniques Artist from across Australia and Internationally. LEDA Gallery offers a specialised experience of Life drawing with their 'Drink & Draw' sessions that run regularly and often sell out. Along with their wide range of Exhibitions commencing on a fortnightly basis, LEDA Gallery always has something new and exciting on! LEDA Gallery operates their Bar facility that served complimentary beverages and refreshments for their exhibitions and private events. LEDA Gallery is the local destination for contemporary art, leading the way with established artists and…
Inner City Winemakers

Inner City Winemakers

Unique in Australia, Inner City Winemakers is within walking distance of Newcastle's central business district and beautiful working harbour. Here locals and visitors alike can sample the unique range of wines at the cellar door and winery. All staff have had an active roll in the creating of the wines all the way from blending the wine styles to creating the label design, and they all share the same passion in what they do. Inner City Winemakers is also a venue for art exhibitions and food and wine events.
Miss Porter's House Museum, National Trust

Miss Porter's House Museum, National Trust

Miss Porter's House Museum is a Newcastle treasure. Take a step back into history in the heart of the city. Visitors of all ages can explore Porter family stories and discover the secrets of an Edwardian home. You can chat with friendly, knowledgeable guides or take a self-directed tour. Enjoy the Porters' stencilled ceilings, period garden, historic fernery, furniture, handcraft and a century of household items. Visitors have described the museum as one of Newcastle's little jewels and a wonderful social history resource. Built by Herbert Porter in 1909, the family lived in their terrace home until 1997. It was…
Pappa Sven

Pappa Sven

A unique Nordic Lifestyle store located in Newcastle. They import the largest range of authentic Nordic designed products and host many Nordic inspired events throughout the year. Pappa Sven was born after the owners, Matt and Libby Helinski, sent a year living in the very North of Sweden and wanted to share this experience with the Newcastle community. It is a truly unique shopping environment where you can sit and have a coffee and a chat while being surrounded by iconic Nordic pieces.
Cooks Hill Gallery

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.
Centennial Park

Centennial Park

In the heart of inner city Cooks Hill, the charming Centennial Park offers a Victorian rotunda, modern playground, fragrant flower beds and expansive grassy spaces shaded by Norfolk Pines and fig trees. A popular spot for families, the playground is a draw-card offering swings, climbing equipment, slides, monkey bars and more. There are picnic tables and benches throughout the manicured park inviting visitors to spread out a blanket and soak up the enticing green space. This 2.2-hectare urban oasis was a centennial gift to the city in 1888 by the Australian Agricultural Company (a coal mining company). It’s also home…
Newcastle City Hall

Newcastle City Hall

Opened in 1929, Newcastle City Hall is one of Newcastle's most unique and prestigious venues. Its old-world charm and stunning architecture, including sandstone walls and pillars, marble staircases, clock tower and sweeping ballroom, is reminiscent of a bygone era. Newcastle City Hall was originally designed to house Council administration and chambers. Today Newcastle City Hall is used for a variety of social gatherings, including school formals, balls, conferences and weddings. The stunning concert hall, stage and upper gallery is frequently used by a wide range of community and commercial groups as a magnificent platform for staging a choir, orchestra, play…
Civic Theatre Newcastle

Civic Theatre Newcastle

The Civic Theatre Newcastle is one of Australia's great historic theatres with a richly baroque interior sure to delight and inspire. The exterior of the building references the Georgian revival style with elegant repetitive arched windows. The Heritage-Listed theatre was designed by theatre architect Henry Eli White who was responsible for the design of Newcastle City Hall and the State Theatre in Sydney. In a spectacular celebratory ceremony it was opened by the Premier of New South Wales in 1929. It is one of few surviving late-1920s atmospheric theatres in the country. This is Newcastle's premier venue for live stage…
Civic Park Newcastle

Civic Park Newcastle

Iconic Civic Park is the green heart of the inner city, located proudly between Newcastle City Hall, the Newcastle Art Gallery, and the Newcastle Regional Library. It offers large shady trees, tiered garden beds, war memorials, and expanses of lawn perfect for impromptu picnics. Once coal mining land, the 2.5-hectare space was passed into public hands and opened for community use in 1937. On her visit to Newcastle in 1970, Queen Elizabeth opened the Captain Cook Memorial Fountain designed by the late modernist sculptor Margel Ina Hinder. With its arresting parabolic arcs of water, the fountain is a favourite backdrop…
Steel and Anchor

Steel and Anchor

Steel and Anchor offers travellers a curated range of beautifully designed lifestyle products, including products from our own region. Their unique store specialises in grooming and skincare, accessories, clothing, homewares and gifts for men, all hand-selected by their creative eye, Troy Pezely. The name Steel and Anchor pays tribute to the history of our home town, Newcastle. Newcastle has a proud steel-making history and is a busy port city. It's a great place to live. Their Cooks Hill store is on Darby Street, one of Newcastle's favourite streets boasting an eclectic mix of cafes, quirky retail and culture. Come visit…
Newcastle Art Gallery

Newcastle Art Gallery

The Newcastle Art Gallery is currently closed for major refurbishment and expansion. They are looking forward to welcoming back visitors when they reopen in 2024. Newcastle Art Gallery was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in March 1977 as the nation’s first purpose-built regional gallery. The Gallery is now nationally recognised for having one of the finest public collections in Australia. Founded on a 1945 bequest from Dr Roland Pope comprised of almost 200 major Australian paintings, the Gallery today has more than 6,700 works. Its collection continues to grow through the support of the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation, the Newcastle…
Ramjet Assortments

Ramjet Assortments

A fun independent boutique store which is a little bit dynamic and a lot of fun! Established in 2001, Ramjet Assortments have been doing this a long time—clothes, shoes and accessories for guys and girls. A diverse range of wears with local labels as well as labels from abroad. Lots of colours, a bit of a retro vibe and just something a little different. Frocks, tops, accessories and clothes for the curvier girls as well..... A fabulous big courtyard where the kids can play, the dogs can rest, and the family can wait whilst the lookers can look and shop!
Cooks Hill Books

Cooks Hill Books

A Newcastle icon. Quality second hand books bought and sold. Est 1985. A carefully curated selection of second hand books and records. A place to meet, to explore, to while away the hours; visitors from all over the world visit and discover treasures they didn’t realise they were missing at Cooks Hill Books.
Abicus

Abicus

Since 2000, an independently owned and meticulously curated destination of discovery by way of new vinyl, music books, eyewear and apparel. From Men’s and Women’s Hemp shirting to Birkenstocks, Coltrane LP’s to Linen basics…the team at Abicus are just as happy talking about the new Nick Cave record or Rolla’s collection as they are about championing the ever many incredible local bars, bakeries, coffee shops, cafes, eat spots, galleries, parks, beaches and opportunity Newcastle has to offer. Abicus believes the in-store experience and conversation is as important as the offering. Pop by, say hello, grab a hot brew on Darby…
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