History and Heritage

Aboriginal Culture

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

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