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

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 AU$139 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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)
"Everything was good"

Reviewed on 23 May 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 AU$183 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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! (977 reviews)
"Beautiful location and fantastic service. Highly recommend staying here."

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2022

Rydges Newcastle
The Gateway Inn
The Gateway Inn
4.5 out of 5
26 William St, Mayfield, NSW, 2304
The price is AU$166 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"Terrific accomodation right next to a great club with plenty of dining options"

Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2022

The Gateway Inn
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 AU$122 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
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! (400 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
Quest Newcastle West
Quest Newcastle West
4.5 out of 5
787 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW, 2302
The price is AU$241 per night from 17 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Newcastle. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (205 reviews)
"Amazing property. Only complaint is the noise from the nearby pub in the twin bedroom on Friday and Saturday nights and the digger working outside the windows on the Saturday morning."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

Quest Newcastle West
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
The price is AU$147 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
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! (649 reviews)
"Great position, close to the harbour and the light house and beaches. Good bars and dining in walking distance."

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 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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