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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 centre. 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 8 kilometres (5 miles) from town to Blackbutt Reserve. It’s a 182 hectare (450-acre) 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

Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
514 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW
The price is AU$161 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Newcastle West, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Newcastle Civic Park and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Civic Theater and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (415 reviews)
"Beautiful room with a great bed, the vibe was very relaxing, nice breakfast in the morning everything I wanted."

Reviewed on 27 May 2021

Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, an IHG Hotel
Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is AU$175 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater and Newcastle Beach. Foreshore Footpath and Newcastle ...
4.3/5Excellent! (946 reviews)
"Very good location, service was excellent and the rooms clean and a good size. Curtain in the shower is a little outdated and will mean a wet bathroom floor and the parking at $29 per night (valet and self parking) is exorbitant for Newcastle considering the car is not under cover"

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Rydges Newcastle
NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW
The price is AU$171 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Newcastle East hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Beautiful ocean views, wonderful staff and an overall excellent stay. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

NOAH'S On The Beach
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.
Jesmond Executive Villas
Jesmond Executive Villas
4 out of 5
189 Newcastle Road, Jesmond, NSW
The price is AU$97 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Located in Jesmond, this aparthotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from University of Newcastle and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from John Hunter Hospital. Allowah Street Reserve and ...
3.9/5Good! (1,516 reviews)

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Jesmond Executive Villas
Crown on Darby
Crown on Darby
4 out of 5
101 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW
The price is AU$149 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Cooks Hill, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Park and Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Local Court and Newcastle City Hall ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,298 reviews)
"Nice & tidy establishment in popular Darby Street."

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

Crown on Darby
Quest Newcastle West
Quest Newcastle West
4.5 out of 5
787 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW
The price is AU$193 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in Newcastle West, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater, Newcastle Local Court and Foreshore Footpath. Merewether ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (170 reviews)
"Beautiful 2 bedroom apartments. A lot of stairs up though."

Reviewed on 29 May 2021

Quest Newcastle West
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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