Try something different while you’re in Newcastle. From themed putt-putt to virtual reality and escape rooms, there are plenty of options on how to spend your time! If you’ve already explored the beaches, parks and streets of Newcastle, or you’re just wanting something to do indoors, have a look at these options. They’re good options for family and group activities on rainy days too!
Newcastle’s premium virtual reality studio, conveniently located near Charlestown Square. It’s a true ‘room-scale’ Virtual Reality meaning that your movements are tracked in real time allowing you a full body interactive experience with whichever virtual world you’ve selected. You can have a look at the games they offer here (any Rick & Morty fans?). There’s also a racing/flight simulator if you want to try something else.
Head to the website to book your spot!
Address: Shop 4 178 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown
Holey Moley Golf Club
A mini golf course and bar that brings your favourite tv shows and movies to life, recreating them in the putt-putt course. There are two different nine-hole courses to choose from and each hole is uniquely themed, a favourite being The Simpsons themed hole with the famous family lounge in a replica of the Springfield family loungeroom.
There’s drinks, cocktails and snacks available at the Caddyshack bar, which you can settle in after looping around the course and working up a thirst.
It’s situated within Strike Bowling at Charlestown Square, so you have the choice of putt-putt, bowling, karaoke and laser tag. They do parties and events, but even if it’s just for a fun night out, it’s best to book ahead and save time.
Address: Charlestown Square, Level 1, South Piazza, Charlestown
Unexpected Exit Escape Rooms
For an experience unlike any other, you need to try the Unexpected Exit escape rooms! It’s not as terrifying as it sounds.
If you’re unsure on what to expect, an escape or exit room is a real life interactive team game for up to 15 players (depending on the room you choose) where the aim is to get out of the specially designed room. Sounds simple, right? Well, to escape, you need to solve a series of puzzles, discover hidden keys and codes all within an allotted time. The doors are locked as your logic and thinking is put to the test to find the key to freedom. Don’t worry, if you really want to leave the room, there’s a way you can, but it’s most fun when everyone plays along.
Escape rooms are designed to be an inclusive activity; that requires no special skills or tools, except your brain. So, it’s okay, and encouraged for people who haven’t done it before to try it!
Address: Level 1 Suite 1/810-820 Hunter Street Newcastle
To find out about the different rooms you can choose from, and for more information, head to the Unexpected Exit website.
Tower Cinemas on King Street
Usually not as populated as the other cinemas around Newcastle, Tower Cinemas comes with a lingering feeling of nostalgia. The inside of the building has been described as a cultural icon untouched by the changes in the world around it. It’s prime position on King Street makes it perfect to fit around dinner or other plans.
They host a range of foreign films and events, including animation film festivals and special screenings. Head to their website to find out what’s currently showing.
Grab a bucket of popcorn and slip into a chair to enjoy your pick of the films currently showing.
Address: 183/185 King St, Newcastle
Slice Virtual Golf
A version of golf that everyone can enjoy. Day and night, rain, hail or shine, golfers can play virtual golf with real balls in air-conditioned comfort, using their own clubs or selecting from their range.
Order drinks to your table and try their range of gourmet pizzas, including a monster 1m x 30cm pizza (which I can confirm, is delicious).
The simulators have 110 of the world’s most famous golf courses, including Augusta, Pebble Beach and St Andrew’s, so you can play courses you might’ve dreamt about!
Make a booking here if you’re ready to play (or even if you just want to try the giant pizza)!
Address: 188 King Street, Newcastle