We have found the best of the best cafes, walks and restaurants in Newcastle that will help you relax and de-stress, regardless of how worked up you may be – check them out below!

For those suffering with exam nerves

Stress Less Week at the University of Newcastle

Students hard at work revising
Students hard at work revising

If you study at the University of Newcastle, don’t miss out on Stress Less Week. Starting yesterday, this event will run throughout the week, giving students the opportunity to chill out and unwind before the exam period. Spread across various locations on campus, you will be able to attend a variety of classes and activities that have been designed to relax your mind, body and soul.
Where: University Drive Callaghan NSW 2308
Grab a nutritional breakfast at Soul Foods
Delicious food, Soul Foods - Newcastle
Delicious food, Soul Foods – Newcastle

Stress can make the strongest of us crack. If you’re feeling up tight and anxious about your up-and-coming exams, take a couple of hours out of your schedule and head down to Soul Foods. Situated on the popular Hunter Street, this unique cafe and grocery store showcases an impressive menu, serving up some of the most delicious and organic meals in the area.
When you’re feeling low, your number one priority should be to look after your health; with this being said, we suggest you order a nutritional and vitamin-enriched meal from this friendly cafe to fuel your body and mind. Choose from contemporary breakfasts such as Go On Dip It, which includes a trio of house-made dips, soft poached egg and rye toast, and flavoursome lunches like the quiche of the day, served with an organic Soul Garden Salad. Whether you decide to visit for breakfast, lunch or a midday snack, don’t go past this relaxing cafe.
Where: 227 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW 2300

For those suffering from work-related stress – take a walk in Newcastle

Stunning shores - Stockton Beach
Stunning shores – Stockton Beach

Newcastle is blessed by a number of stunning locations that create the perfect atmosphere to take a moment in and relax. Whether you’re looking for a scenic walk surrounded by greenery or a long stretch of sand where you can dip your feet in the ocean, Newcastle can deliver. If you’re one for taking in the fresh sea breeze, head down to Stockton Beach where you’ll be spoilt by its stunning views and tranquil location. Lay down a blanket, relax on the sand and enjoy the soothing sound of the waves rolling onto the shore.
Where: Stockton Beach NSW 2995
Spoil yourself with premium cuisine at Zinc On Darby
Awesome location, Zinc on Darby - Newcastle
Awesome location, Zinc on Darby – Newcastle

Perhaps the only thing that will make you feel better about work is spending your hard-earned cash on a slap-up meal? If this sounds about right, we suggest visiting Zinc On Darby. This premium lounge bar and cafe offers modern decor and a contemporary atmosphere, which is perfect to relax and indulge in. Whether you’re after a lazy, long breakfast, leisurely lunch or delicious dinner, Zinc On Darby is the prime location.
Fancy skipping the food and heading straight for the drinks? Chill out in the lounge bar and choose from their extensive range of wines, beers, whiskeys, liquors and cocktails. For something super indulgent, order yourself the Strawberry Shortcake cocktail – whipped up from strawberry liquor, Malibu, vodka and strawberries, this is the perfect beverage to sip on while soaking up the cool atmosphere at Zinc On Darby.
Where: 135 Darby Street Newcastle NSW 2300
How do you relax and unwind in Newcastle? We’d love to know!