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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

Top hotels in Newcastle

Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM568 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

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! (986 reviews)

"Our suite was very good - big, attractive and spacious with a nice view over the very good pool to the harbour with all its activity. We ate n the restaurant and although perhaps it lacks in ambience for a pricier venue, the food was excellent. There were no complaints about any of the choices from ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2021

Rydges Newcastle
Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel
Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel
4.5 out of 5
290 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown, NSW
The price is RM426 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

Located in Charlestown, this luxury hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Westfield Kotara and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Blackbutt Reserve. Dudley Beach and John Hunter Hospital ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"This was a comfortable stay. Clean and tidy. Staff were helpful and courteous. Location was great close to Shopping Centres one walking distance and the other 8 minute drive. Depending on traffic 10 minutes to beaches. Free parking a bonus as well. We will look here for accommodation again, when ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel
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 RM531 per night from 14 Feb to 15 Feb

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! (980 reviews)

"The hotels position and views are priceless. While there has been a refurbishment the hotel is still somewhat dated and needing further attention."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 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.

Vacation Rentals in Newcastle

Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM457 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Newcastle Civic Theater and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Local ...

3.8/5Good! (527 reviews)

"The staff were really helpful and arranged an early check in for me. Apartment was very clean. Great stay."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Quest Newcastle West
Quest Newcastle West
4.5 out of 5
787 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW
The price is RM554 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

Located in Newcastle West, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater, Newcastle Local Court and Foreshore Footpath. Merewether ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (148 reviews)

"Fantastic customer service very helpful, clean comfortable studio apartment. Would highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Quest Newcastle West
Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)
Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)
4 out of 5
111 Scott St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM503 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

Located in the heart of Newcastle, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Fort Scratchley. Nobbys Head Beach and Merewether Beach ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (805 reviews)

"Large room and great locations near restaurants, parks and beaches."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre 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.

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12 Feb 2019

It’s good to be home!!