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

Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM354 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newcastle Civic Theater, Newcastle Local Court and Newcastle Civic Park. ...
3.7/5Good! (593 reviews)
"I like the privacy and silence of this hotel"

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2021

Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM522 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Civic Theater, Foreshore Footpath and Newcastle Local Court. Newcastle ...
4.3/5Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel! Great staff stunning views!"

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2021

Rydges Newcastle
The Executive Inn
The Executive Inn
4.5 out of 5
10 Rugby Road, New Lambton, NSW
The price is RM466 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Located in New Lambton, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Blackbutt Reserve and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from University of Newcastle. Newcastle International Hockey ...
4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Currently undergoing some renovations"

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

The Executive 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.
Jesmond Executive Villas
Jesmond Executive Villas
4 out of 5
189 Newcastle Road, Jesmond, NSW
The price is RM298 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Located in Jesmond, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of University of Newcastle, John Hunter Hospital and Allowah Street Reserve. Blackbutt Reserve and ...
3.9/5Good! (1,544 reviews)
"Was ok quite convenient"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Jesmond Executive Villas
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM354 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newcastle Civic Theater, Newcastle Local Court and Newcastle Civic Park. ...
3.7/5Good! (593 reviews)
"I like the privacy and silence of this hotel"

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2021

Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Hamilton Executive Apartments
Hamilton Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
99-101 Denison Street, Hamilton, NSW
The price is RM517 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Located in Hamilton, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Newcastle Showground, Newcastle Civic Park and Newcastle City Hall. Newcastle Civic ...
4.3/5Excellent! (194 reviews)
Fun city living with great amenities and location
"Location to where we needed to go was perfect. Lots of great restaurants and pubs and public transport nearby that took us directly from hospital to ocean to shopping centres. Kitchen was well appointed with everything we needed, the appliances and laundry were all excellent, and check in was so ..."

Reviewed on 27 May 2021

Hamilton 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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