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NewcastleAustralia

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

Newcastle showing general coastal views, a bay or harbor and a sunset

Stockton

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Stockton. You might want to make time for a stop at Worimi Conservation Lands or Little Park Beach.

Stockton

Top hotels in Newcastle

Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM537 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (941 reviews)

"Great location, modern, Clean. Great price. Wonderful service."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2020

Rydges Newcastle
NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
The price is RM449 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

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! (973 reviews)

"Great views with direct beach access. Excellent dining and service"…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

NOAH'S On The Beach
Holiday Inn Express Newcastle
Holiday Inn Express Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM348 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Newcastle West, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Newcastle Civic Park and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle City Hall and Newcastle ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (289 reviews)

"Good clean place and friendly staff. Close to amenities."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2020

Holiday Inn Express 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.

Vacation Rentals in Newcastle

Quest Newcastle West
Quest Newcastle West
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM559 per night from 23 Nov to 24 Nov

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! (132 reviews)

"Super-clean, beautiful and new, VERY friendly check-in lady. Would definitely stay here again. Great for my three kids - 2, 5 and 7."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Quest Newcastle West
Quest Newcastle
Quest Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
575 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW
The price is RM574 per night from 23 Nov to 24 Nov

Located in Newcastle West, this luxury aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Newcastle Civic Theater and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Civic Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (363 reviews)

"Clean, great location and we were able to checkin early. Great service."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2020

Quest Newcastle
Jesmond Executive Villas
Jesmond Executive Villas
4 out of 5
The price is RM238 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Jesmond, this apartment building 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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,496 reviews)

"Clean tidy spa was excellent bed was comfy pillows were good and plump check in check out simple and easy"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2020

Jesmond Executive Villas
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.

Popular places to visit in Newcastle

Nobbys Head Beach
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Nobbys Head Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Overlooked by a 19th-century lighthouse atop a rocky headland, this beach and its long breakwater wall are perfect for sunset strolls and romantic moments.

Merewether Ocean Baths
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Merewether Ocean Baths

5/5(1 review)

Bring your family to swim laps and enjoy the sun in these two pools filled with saltwater delivered by ocean waves.

Newcastle Museum
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Newcastle Museum

5/5(1 review)

Upload your portrait to the Face Wall, see a 19th-century locomotive and play with fire in the steel manufacturing simulation of this fascinating museum.

Top things to do in Newcastle

Hunter Valley Small-Group Day Tour
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Hunter Valley Small-Group Day Tour

RM833
Per adult
Hunter Valley Central Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
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Hunter Valley Central Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour

RM205
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Port Stephens: Sandboarding Adventure
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Port Stephens: Sandboarding Adventure

RM85
Per adult
Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens
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Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens

RM85
Per adult
Hunter Valley Scenic Flight
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Hunter Valley Scenic Flight

RM424
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Family Pass: Fighter World Museum Admission Ticket
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Family Pass: Fighter World Museum Admission Ticket

RM128
Per adult

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It’s good to be home!!

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