History and Heritage

City of Newcastle respects and acknowledges those who came before us, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our city is built, and all of those who have contributed to the city of Newcastle.

We work with our community to identify, protect, support and promote our city's rich cultural heritage, so it can be appreciated today and by future generations. This includes heritage places, objects, records, stories and memorials.

Our Heritage Strategy (PDF) gives an overview of City of Newcastle’s approach to managing and regulating heritage in Newcastle. It is based on the principles of the Burra Charter and best practice.

Acknowledgement

City of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples. We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and recognise that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession. City of Newcastle reiterates its commitment to addressing disadvantages and attaining justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this community.

Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture

The Awabakal and Worimi peoples are acknowledged by Council as the traditional custodians of the land and waters of Newcastle.
Heritage Attractions

Heritage Attractions

Newcastle is one of Australia's oldest and most interesting cities. Containing a quirky blend of new and old architecture, a rich indigenous history, a working harbour and fabulous beaches.
Heritage Research and Publications

Heritage Research and Publications

We've produced many publications and documents to assist our community in working towards a liveable and distinctive built environment.
Owning a Heritage Item

Owning a Heritage Item

Find out more about owning a heritage item, what changes are permitted, and how to lodge an application for work to a heritage item.
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about heritage listed places and need to know more? Find answers to frequently asked questions about our heritage items here.
Is my Property Heritage Listed?

Is my Property Heritage Listed?

The Newcastle Heritage Register is a database of all heritage items and heritage conservation areas in Newcastle. On this page you will also find our War Memorials.
Living in a Heritage Conservation Area

Living in a Heritage Conservation Area

Newcastle's Heritage Conservation Areas are distinctive places containing a blend of historic buildings, parks, trees, monuments, artefacts, and historic features of the built environment.