Newcastle

Travel Guide
Newcastle

Soak up the history of one of Australia’s oldest cities, hit the beach, or head out into the countryside to spot local wildlife or explore wineries.

Newcastle has been a port city for over two hundred years. It exports huge amounts of coal, and was once a leading industrial center. Today its economy is diverse and its arts scene, on the rise. The central city is home to heritage buildings and museums. There are miles of superb uncrowded surf beaches on its doorstep, and to the west is the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's premier wine-growing and gourmet food regions.

History buffs will enjoy gazing at Newcastle's heritage factories and colonial buildings. Check out Newcastle Cathedral for a look at one of its oldest and most significant. Climb the stairs to the top to get a great view of the city. To learn about the convict-miners who fist occupied the area, visit the Newcastle Museum. The convict heritage of the city may be responsible for the irreverent, fun-loving attitude of the locals.

Visit the Lock-Up Cultural Centre to explore a 19th-century jail complete with padded cell and exercise yard. Inside you’ll see exhibitions by local artists. For more art, drop by the Newcastle Gallery. There are some excellent Australian works as well as regular exhibitions.

Spend a few hours by the ocean at Foreshore Park. There are playgrounds for kids and also picnic areas. Walk the breakwater and climb Nobby’s Head for excellent views of the city and coastline. When it’s time to cool off, take a swim at one of the many beaches. Try Nobby’s Beach for calmer surf or Dudley Beach for an uncrowded stretch with good waves. Visit the Newcastle or Merewether Ocean Baths for a saltwater fix without the waves.

Drive 5 miles (8 kilometers)from town to Blackbutt Reserve. It’s a 450-acre (182 hectare) bush reserve with hiking trails of varying difficulty, and animal exhibits including wallabies, koalas and native birds.

Foodies and wine lovers should take the time to explore the charming towns and grape-growing areas of the Hunter Valley. There are dozens of wineries with cellar-door tastings, and plenty of superb local cafés and restaurants serving up gourmet treats to go with the local wines.

Where to stay in Newcastle

Travelodge Hotel Newcastle
Travelodge Hotel Newcastle
4 out of 5
Corner Of King And Steel Streets, Newcastle West, NSW, 2302
The price is HK$691 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (976 reviews)
"The property was a short walk to the town centre and the river. The room was a good size but is a little dated. There are restaurants and pubs within a short walking distance. Overall we would stay here again."

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2022

Travelodge Hotel Newcastle
Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel
Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel
4.5 out of 5
290 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown, NSW, 2290
The price is HK$710 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (976 reviews)
"I really liked the quality, presentation, comfort and cleanliness of the room. But best by far and the most pleasing was the customer service. Great bunch of people really well trained so everybody has a great exprience. Well done to the management and brilliantly carried out by staff. Great ..."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2022

Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel
Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
The price is HK$1,191 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (978 reviews)
"Great location perfect for access to wharf side dining and bars. Renovations at the property made it difficult to enjoy the pool"

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

Rydges Newcastle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Boulevard on Beaumont
Boulevard on Beaumont
3.5 out of 5
131 Beaumont St, Hamilton, NSW, 2300
The price is HK$553 per night from 9 Jun to 10 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in their ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (394 reviews)
"Large two bedroom unit,great location.A bit of a hassle as you need a code to get into the main entrance then the code for the lift and again the code for your room.And let’s not forget a different code for your secure parking down the rd and the car parks in there are so small and your allocated ..."

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

Boulevard on Beaumont
Crown on Darby
Crown on Darby
4 out of 5
101 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW, 2300
The price is HK$897 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,338 reviews)
"Super clean, professional and the comfiest beds! The location is central and walking distance to most of the best sights of Newcastle."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2022

Crown on Darby
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
The price is HK$760 per night from 28 Jun to 29 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, a health club and on-site parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
3.7/5 Good! (642 reviews)
"The glass door to the bedroom was pretty see through so it got pretty light in the morning, if the glass was darker it would’ve kept the room darker. The AC was really hard to keep at a comfortable temperature, when set to 23’C it was freezing and 24’C it blew out hot air! So we had to get up several ..."

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2022

Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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