While in Newcastle, you can start your adventure by going on the Newcastle Memorial Walk. Besides astounding views of the shore, the path allows for great photography opportunities of the coast, as well as of the entire city. At night, a brilliance of lights coming from the path and the local homes guide your way. Another free local attraction is the Blackbutt Reserve, where youll be able to take photos of a variety of plants and animals, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and snakes. You might want to pack an extra battery for your camera, as Fort Scratchley is an impressive defensive structure right on the coast of Newcastle. Besides a bite of history, the great views of the city itself are worth the trip.