Champagne Breakfast (or Coffee) at Moor
If you want to start the day with a bang, head over to Moor Newcastle East (just back from the beach at 33 Hunter Street) and order yourselves a champagne breakfast or breakfast with coffee. The café is fully licensed and their skilled baristas make a great cup of coffee. Also, the Middle Eastern, Spanish and North African influenced food is top-notch.
Have a Surfing Lesson
Team up with the Newcastle surf school (the longest running surf school in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area) and go hang-ten and hit some sick air at Nobbys Beach, Blacksmiths Beach or Caves Beach. They provide lessons all year round, and cater for all ages and levels – beginners to intermediate to advanced. They try to give you an action-packed and super fun couple of hours; all you need to bring is a can-do attitude, towel, sunscreen and swimmers – they provide the soft surfboards, wetsuits and sun shirts!
Go to the Markets – Saturday and Sunday
Newcastle has some fantastic markets which you can take advantage of on the weekends. Two we’d like to highlight are The Olive Tree Markets (on specific Saturdays) and the Newcastle Farmers Market (every Sunday).
The Olive Tree Markets have been going since 2008 and is the perfect place to find amazing gourmet artisan produce. Or you can just sit back in Civic Park and take in the sights and sounds of talented local musicians.
The Newcastle City Farmers Market gives you the opportunity to buy direct from NSW farmers, producers and artisans. It is normally held at the Broadmeadow Showground but sometimes moves to the home of the Newcastle Knights, which is just up the road. If that isn’t enough, you can find more suggestions in our 5 Of the Best Markets in Newcastle article.
Yoga Loft – Do some yoga with a view over the ocean
The team at the Yoga Loft market themselves as “Newcastle’s only luxury eco hot yoga studio with stunning ocean views and affordable membership options” and who are we to argue with that? They provide great facilities, internationally trained teachers, a wide range of non-heated and heated classes, and a friendly and welcoming yoga community. This might be the new start you and mum have been looking for.
Ice creams at Popolo
Sometimes the best way to spend some time together is over some ice cream. Popolo Gelateria on King Street has a scrumptious array of authentic Italian gelato aka yummy ice cream. So why not treat mum to some magnifico gelato and tell her she’s the best mum in the world!
Thrift Shopping on Beaumont St and beyond
There is a movement in Newy which is trying to make “old” the new “new”. We think it’s a great idea and Beaumont Street in Hamilton (and around the corner on Pacific Hwy) has a large variety of shops where buying old or second-hand things is the way to go. Alternatively, take a trip to one of the Cream Stores on Hunter St or Darby St. Or head to the ‘Raid my Wardrobe’ preloved fashion event which occurs several times a year to ‘refresh, recycle and reinvent your wardrobe’ by selling things you no longer wear and/or buying other people’s preloved items.
Roman Chips and Cocktails at PSG
The amazing pizzas at the Parry Street Garage made it into the top three pizza places in our 12 Things To Do with Your Family when they Visit Newcastle article, but it isn’t just their pizzas that hit the spot. They have a very strong menu, and when you combine it with the drinks selection you’re onto a winner! One of our favourite combos is Roman Chips and Cocktails.
The Bogey Hole on Shortland Esplanade is a good pick for a quick dip
The Bogey Hole (aka the Commandant’s Baths) is a swimming pool that was cut into the rock shelf at the base of the cliffs near Shepherds Hill. Its construction by convicts was ordered by James Thomas Morisset in around 1820 for his own use – he was the Commandant of Newcastle at the time so could do that kind of thing! These days they are open to convicts and all, and the site is managed by the NSW government – there is now a shiny new set of stairs granting safe access to the platform halfway down the cliff by the pool’s edge, so you and your mum don’t need to practice your rock-climbing skills.
Have tea at The Autumn Rooms or The Tea Collective
A catch-up with your mum over a cuppa is one of life’s pleasures. Doing it at home is great, but sometimes that isn’t possible for whatever reason and/or you just feel like going out. We found it nearly impossible to select just one overall winner when trying to decide which establishment to recommend as the venue for said catch-up, so here are two fantastic locations (in the same building) where you can do it.
Visit Newcastle and Maitland Art Galleries
Lots of people are surprised when they hear that there are art galleries in the area, even more so when they realise how good they are. Lots of major cities around the globe, and in Australia, have fabulous art galleries that attract stunning travelling collections and displays, but Newcastle and Maitland art galleries aren’t too far behind. And they have a local vibe to them that you don’t get at the larger, better-known, galleries. One of these galleries might just become mum’s new favourite hangout!
Jewellery making lessons
If your mum likes to get hands-on, jewellery making lessons at the Melt Jewellery School might be an enjoyable way to spend some time together. You can design and create your very own jewellery and become a Beginner Silversmith. How cool is that!?
Try some whisky at Coal and Cedar
The fun begins before you even enter the bar, as it is hidden – no signage, no doorbell, you need to text a code to a number on the wall. We won’t tell you any more than that, as it might spoil the surprise of what happens after you use the code.
Subo Restaurant for a really special occasion
At 551D Hunter St you find the relaxed, contemporary and modest setting which is Subo. The contemporary bistro aims to provide delicious, high quality food and might just be the perfect place to take mum to celebrate a special occasion.