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Tourists Attractions in New Castle, Australia

Do you want to visit a city that is a popular tourist’s attraction for both business and leisure travelers? If yes then visit New Castle. New Castle is 162 Km away from the city of Sydney and is considered as one of the most important cities in Hunter area. Being one of the biggest cities of Australia, New Castle is home to several attractive tourists destinations which draw million of people round the year. Some of its major tourist’s attractions are:

King Edward Park

King Edward Park is located at Ordnance Street in New Castle and boasts of being one of the finest and best recreational parks in New South Wales. The major attractions which you can enjoy seeing in this park are excellent ocean views which can be seen from within the park. Here you can also see Norfolk Island pines and a sunken garden. On the southern boundary of this park, you can find remains of Shepherd’s Hills & Gunner’s Cottage which functioned from 1890 to World War II. Near car parking, you can also see some of the military leftovers. King Edward Park is not only a venue for family picnics and barbecue but also it turns into a movie venue in summer. To the north of this park, you will enjoy visiting New Castle Beach, Stockton Beach and Nobbys Head. Carriage drives, picnic facilities, playgrounds and electric barbeques are some other attractions of this park.

Nobbys Beach

Nobbys Beach in New Castle is another major tourist attraction. Here you can go for enjoying surfing and other activities as well. Nobbys Beach is closest beach to harbor and from city center and you can easily reach there as a number of transportation means are provided to get to Nobbys Beach. This beach remains crowded all year as people come here to enjoy the views of exotic beach. As I mentioned earlier, it is a best place for surfing because conditions here are quite feasible. Standard wave quality and sandy and rocky bottom of this beach make it a perfect place for surfing. Moreover wave’s length is mostly 50 to 150 meters on average days and there is also no threat of sharks on beach. In summer months, you can enjoy different sports on this beach including kite surfing.

New Castle Region Art Gallery

The New Castle Region Art Gallery is located at Laman Street and remains open for visitors from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening from Tuesday to Sunday. This gallery exhibits a wonderful variety of things including jewelry, ceramics, textiles and handcrafted glass. Other items which you will find in New Castle Region Art Gallery are art books, paper goods and catalogues. By displaying these items, Gallery shows its commitment towards nurturing development of art work. Several tours, exhibitions, workshops and events are also held in this gallery every year for enjoyment of locals and foreigners as well.

Bar Beach

Bar Beach is 500 meters long having rocky platforms and silvery sands. A tour to Bar Beach not only offers the visitors to see natural beauty but also provides them to perform several beach activities. Bar Beach is a pleasant and safe location where you can come with your family for picnic or just for lazing around. Crystal clear waters of beach and clean sand provides visitors to enjoy panoramic views of city. Every year, during summer holidays, a sand modeling contest is also held at Bar Beach. Numerous participants come here to take part in this contest from all over the world. Another attraction of this beach is that it is adjacent to an airstrip so flying freaks can fly and explore beauty of this beach in another interesting way. Some of the other activities which you can enjoy on beach include fishing, camping and surfing. Facilities provided by this beach are:

  • Shaded area
  • Car park
  • Café
  • Public toilet
  • Kiosk
  • Parking for disabled
  • BBQ facilities
  • Public telephone
  • Sheltered area
  • Picnic area

Fort Scratchley

Fort Scratchley is a must-visit monument of New Castle which is located at New Castle Harbor’s entrance. It was built in 1882 to protect New Castle port from enemy. It is also known by some other names like Fort Fiddlesticks, Captain Allan’s Hill, Signal Hill, Flagstaff Hill etc. Fort Scratchely displays rich military history of Australia and today it is considered as a major landmark in Hunter Valley region. Other attractions of this Fort include four 80 pounder rifled muzzle guns and two Mark VII breech loading guns.

Shortland Wetlands Center

This attraction is located in Hunter Region of New South Wales and is a perfect nature tourism destination in New Castle. It is spread over an area of 45 hectares and provides home to more than 250 species of wildlife such as ducks, reptiles and birds. The new name of Shortland Wetlands Center is Hunter Wetlands Center. Attractions at this center include rich and diverse fauna which is due to fresh water lagoons and non-tidal fresh water wetlands. Here you will find a wide variety of animals like frogs, birds and fishes. You will also find attractive and enchanting flora at reserve which includes different species of trees like the Swamp and Mahogany. Other recreational activities at this center are:

  • Boardwalks
  • Children’s Discovery Playground
  • Observation Decks
  • Birdwatching
  • Dipnetting
  • Walking Trails

Besides children’s birthday parties, functions are also held at Wetlands along with picnics and barbeque parties.

These were some of the major attractions in New Castle, Australia. These attractions are the main reason why one should visit this wonderful place in New South Wales city.

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Top Tourists Attractions in Switzerland

Switzerland is an ideal destination both for tourists and newly married couples. The reason is quite clear. A visit to Switzerland provides you a chance to see marvelous natural beauty and awesome views of Alps. That’s why it is also known as The Land of Alps. It is not strange to listen from a tourist that he dreams of a tour to Switzerland. There are a lot of places to see in Switzerland but some of them should not be missed at any cost. These tourists’ attractions include:

The Chillon Castle

This is the most renowned castle of Switzerland which is situated on the Coast of Geneva Lake. It is the most visited remarkable monument of Switzerland. It was built in 11th century and was the residence to the Counts of Savoy. It consists of 100 buildings, have three courtyards and four great halls offering stunning looks of lake. It is opened for the general public providing them to see caves, halls and bedrooms.

Swiss National Park

Swiss National Park is the finest place to see the views of Alps. This park is so big that it covers half the area of Switzerland. Here you can also see some animals including eagles, marmots and elks. It is a worth-seeing park but it is not permitted to pitch a tent and spend night in this park. Tourists are also not allowed to disturb plants and animals or to take anything home from the park. Moreover dogs are strictly forbidden in this park.

Zermatt

This small town is located at the foot of famous peak of Swiss Alps. The name of the peak is Matterhorn. This town was discovered in 19th century when British mountaineers conquered Matterhorn. Zermatt is famous for its beautiful ski resort where you can enjoy skiing. If you are not interested in skiing then there are several other options. You can enjoy dining in a gourmand restaurant. There are also markets around the town where you can do a lot of shopping.

Jet d’Eau

It is a fountain in Geneva which has now become a familiar sight of this city. It is among one of the tallest fountain in the world. It is so tall that it becomes visible wherever you go in the city. Other must visit places in Geneva include Cathedral de St. Pierre, The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and a lot more ancient buildings.

Swiss Transport Museum

The Swiss Transport Museum exhibits ships, air crafts, automobiles and locomotives along with other means of transportation. Here you will enjoy seeing Planetarium, IMAX Theater and stunning collection of the work of Swiss painter named Hans Erni.

Zurich

Zurich is a major city of Switzerland. Although it is a 2000 years old city but here you can visit cafes, boutiques and other items representing contemporary life. The attractions in Zurich include:

Churches: St. Peter, Grossmunster, Romanesque

Parks and Nature: Chinese Garden, Botanical Garden, Zoological Garden and Uetliberg

Museums: Swiss National Museum, Zurich Museum of Art, Museum of Design, Haus Konstruktiv, Rietberg Museum.

These were some important places of Switzerland which every tourist wants to see. If you are interested and have all the resources then get ready, pack your bag and make a visit to Switzerland.

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Famous Tourist Attractions in Lyon

The city of Lyon is located in east-central France and is situated between Paris and Marseille. Having a population of 480,660 people, this city is the second largest metropolitan area in France. This city is has a number of tourist attractions and because of its historical and architectural landmarks, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some famous tourist attractions in Lyon are as follows.

Aquarium du Grand Lyon

This is a popular tourist attraction among families who wish to visit a recreational as well as educational place. Here in this aquarium, you cannot only interact with fish but also see a number of varieties of sharks. Other sea creatures can also be seen in this aquarium. To buy some memories of this adventure tour, you can also stroll through huge gift shops. This aquarium also has a number of restaurants in its vicinity where you can have a different delicious food for breakfast and lunch.

Cathedrale Saint Jean Baptiste

It is another tourist attraction in Lyon. Since 4th century, this church has been the main church in the city. It is one of the most beautiful churches in France. Especially, astronomical clock which features moving figures of the Annunciation, on its façade is simply awesome. Interiors are also well- decorated and worth-seeing. You can also listen for its chimes at 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00.

Parc de la Tete d’Or

This park is a famous attraction in Lyon but it becomes more famous and exciting during spring and summer. This park is the largest outdoor park in France and is featured with a boating lake, walking paths, trails and biking paths. This park also provides large and spaces for boating, picnics and sports. For more fun and excitement, you can also walk along eastern border of this park along Rhone River. You will also find a zoo at northern end of this park where different animals have been kept. These animals include elephants, giraffes, tigers and many others.

Ampitheatre Gallo Romain

This admired attraction of Lyon is actually a hilltop amphitheatre that is there from times of Roman Empire. Constructed during sovereignty of Emperor Tiberius, this amphitheatre has been used for sporting events and executions.

Metallic Tower of Fourviere

The Tour metallique de Fourviere (Metallic Tower of Fourviere) is a landmark of Lyon. It is a steel framework tower which is quite identical to Eiffel Tower. Its height is 85.9 meters while it weighs 210 tons. This magnificent tower was built between 1892 and 1894. Until November 1953, it has been used as an observation tower but these days, it is used as television tower.

This was a list of some famous attractions in Lyon. You must visit these worth-seeing attractions during your visit to Lyon.

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