cooks hill

The art, culture and coffee heart of Newcastle.

cooks hill

Getting There


You can easily catch the Newcastle/ Central Coast or Maitland line from the neighbouring suburb of Hamilton via free shuttle bus (110) off Hunter Street, allowing for quick access to wherever you need to go.


There are plenty of bus services that will take you from the CBD (and surrounding areas) all the way to to anyone of Lake Macquarie’s spectacular suburbs.


Conveniently located to Newcastle’s vibrant Darby Street, beaches, restaurants, gyms, boutiques, cafe etc. Cooks Hill offers the best in lifestyle that is literally at your doorstep.


Only a joy ride away from its surrounding suburbs, Newcastle’s Mall and stunning beaches and foreshore as well as a quick access to the Hunter Valley via the express way off Hunter Street.

5 Places in 5 Minutes

1. Empire Park sporting field and tennis courts
2. Bar Beach
3. Empire Park Skate Ramp
4. Darby Street restaurants and cafes
5. Centennial Park

Where to Eat

Keeping it organic, in season and from local suppliers, you can really taste the difference at Black Sheep. We suggest their Breakfast Taco or Nourishing Plate with a cup of cold brew or one of their Harvest Juice, pressed juice varieties.

With a menu packed with yumminess, Three Monkeys Cafe will have even the pickiest of eaters spoilt for choice. The Ricotta Pancakes will win the kiddies over crowning you ‘Mum/ Dad of the Year’ and the Avo Smash is as tasty as it is instagramable.

Established and ever-changing, be prepared to immerse yourself in the distinguished flavours that are at the heart & soul of The Depot. We can’t go past the Organic Mixed Quinoa Salad and their Freak Shakes for when we’re craving something sweet.

New York comes to Newcastle in the form of Bronx Pizza, easily one of the coolest spots to grab a slice and a schooner, not to mention take a stroll down memory lane as you test your skills at one of the many 90’s classic arcade style video games - Mortal Combat anyone?

Where to Shop

Willows Home Traders offer a vibrant and diverse range of art and homewares from Australia’s leading contemporary artists, makers and designers. With a distinctive style and focus, Willows’ is a burst of vibrant products.

The Name says it all. Too Cool for School if your go-to for keeping your kiddies looking their best even when they feel like dressing themselves.

When you mix the love for records and fashion with a vision to offer a unique collaboration of the two, you get Abicus. Stocking some of the best labels and most sought after titles it is a must shopping experience for both him and her.

Spoil yourself with an outfit or a perfect posy of flowers at Pushing Pansies, the latest addition to Darby Street's creative retail hub. Stocking some of the freshest florals and stunning dresses in town they are a must-stop.

Where to Play

Get cultured and inspired at Newcastle Art Gallery. Being the city’s major cultural institution for the visual arts, it hosts one amazing exhibition after the other and is guaranteed to connect to all audiences

Take in the beautiful surrounds of Civic Park and spend the day at the Olive Tree Markets. Sip on beautiful fresh juices and coffee whilst checking out the local contemporary art, designs and delicious culinary delights. Innovative and ever-growing, the Olive Tree Markets has something in store for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a functional gym, a place for your team to play at or something different to entertain the little ones, with Howzat & Genesis Fitness Club offers the perfect space to work it out and have fun at the same time.

In need of some 'me' time? Take a break and pamper yourself to perfect skin at Lilly Victoria Beauty. offering a menu that will have you feeling refreshed and relaxed it's the ideal mini-break.

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