History and Heritage

Aboriginal Culture

Newcastle has a long history of human settlement stretching back many thousands of years. Our landscapes are immense and tell of the story of human habitation. Our shared history is fascinating. Find out more.

Heritage Attractions

Newcastle is a unique coastal city by the sea shaped by its landscape and its fascinating history. Our city contains a rich and diverse range of heritage sites, walking trails and attractions in these pages.

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

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

Heritage Publications

Explore a range of heritage documents including heritage walks, policy and development information and reports on our significant cultural heritage

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

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.

Our History - Our Stories

The earliest Aboriginal reference to the naming of Newcastle is Muloobinba (meaning Mu-Lu-bin (edible sea fern)-ba (place of)

Our Rich Cultural Heritage

The cultural heritage of our city is rich and unique. Find out about the city's fascinating heritage places including the Victoria Theatre