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“Well worth a Visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Maritime Centre

Maritime Centre
Ranked #20 of 76 things to do in Newcastle
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Well worth a Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday afternoon and did not allow ourselves enough time to fully appreciate the history and understanding of Newcastle Harbour as shown in the centre. The staff were a wealth of information and passionate about sharing it with us. Recommend highly a visit to the centre

Visited April 2014
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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“Worth The Entrance Fee”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

I actually worked as a volunteer at the Maritime Centre for a few years, and was personally responsible for the video clips shown in the theatrette there as well as being a visitor's guide. Newcastle has a rich maritime history, once regarded as one of the most dangerous ports in the British Commonwealth with over 200 shipwrecks recorded, many on a sand bar at the harbor entrance known to locals as the oyster bank. The worst was the Cawarra in June 1866 with over 60 lives lost and one survivor, the most recent the Sygna in May, 1974. In June, 2007 we also had the Pasha Bulker go aground, which made headlines around the world although it was eventually freed so not listed as a shipwreck. Newcastle is currently listed as the biggest coal exporting port in the world. The Centre is not strictly a museum, it is also a function Centre hosting weddings, seminars and so on and also caters for tourist information, as well as staging special shows during school holidays and other significant events such as the Maritime Festival. The Centre opens from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. every day except Monday and Public holidays. If you do visit and a guide is available make sure you ask he or she to accompany you, as it is the back stories to the exhibits which will make it well worth the entrance fee.

Visited February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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209 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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“Great family attraction.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We enjoyed the maritime museum it gave us a full history of newcastles shipping past and how treacherous the waters were in the past. It's $10 per adult to visit and well worth the money. It's on the wharf and it also has a tourist information section as well.

Visited August 2013
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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“A great introduction to Newcastle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Purely by chance this museum was the first place we visited in Newcastle. A helpful (volunteer) guide took us through the maritime history, development and geography of Newcastle all of which aided our exploration of the city. Can't recommend too highly

Visited June 2013
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South Stradbroke Island, Australia
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“Excellent source of History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Very helpful staff and lots and lots of models of ships. A must for anyone visiting Newcastle. Open till 4 pm only so go there early.

Visited March 2013
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