Newcastle

Travel Guide
Bar Beach showing a coastal town, general coastal views and landscape views

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 portcity for over two hundred years. It exports huge amounts of coal, and was oncea leading industrial center. Today its economy is diverse and its arts scene,on the rise. The central city is home to heritage buildings and museums. Thereare miles of superb uncrowded surf beaches on its doorstep, and to the west isthe Hunter Valley, one of Australia's premier wine-growing and gourmet foodregions.

History buffs will enjoygazing at Newcastle's heritage factories and colonial buildings. Check outNewcastle Cathedral for a look at one of its oldest and most significant. Climbthe stairs to the top to get a great view of the city. To learn about theconvict-miners who fist occupied the area, visit the Newcastle Museum. Theconvict heritage of the city may be responsible for the irreverent, fun-lovingattitude of the locals.

Visit the Lock-Up CulturalCentre to explore a 19th-century jail complete with padded cell and exerciseyard. Inside you’ll see exhibitions by local artists. For more art, drop by theNewcastle Gallery. There are some excellent Australian works as well as regularexhibitions.

Spend a few hours by theocean 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 andcoastline. 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 withgood waves. Visit the Newcastle or Merewether Ocean Baths for a saltwater fixwithout the waves.

Drive 5 miles (8 kilometers)from town to Blackbutt Reserve. It’s a 450-acre (182 hectare) bush reserve with hiking trails ofvarying difficulty, and animal exhibits including wallabies, koalas and nativebirds.

Foodies and wine loversshould take the time to explore the charming towns and grape-growing areas ofthe Hunter Valley. There are dozens of wineries with cellar-door tastings, andplenty of superb local cafés and restaurants serving up gourmet treats to go withthe local wines.

Where to stay in Newcastle

Jesmond Executive Villas
Jesmond Executive Villas
4 out of 5
189 Newcastle Road, Jesmond, NSW
The price is ¥7,121 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Jesmond, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Newcastle, John Hunter Hospital, and Allowah Street Reserve. Blackbutt Reserve and ...
3.9/5Good! (1,543 reviews)
"Was ok quite convenient"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Jesmond Executive Villas
Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is ¥13,733 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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! (978 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel! Great staff stunning views!"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Rydges Newcastle
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW
The price is ¥8,764 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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 Jun 7, 2021

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.
Jesmond Executive Villas
Jesmond Executive Villas
4 out of 5
189 Newcastle Road, Jesmond, NSW
The price is ¥7,121 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Jesmond, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Newcastle, John Hunter Hospital, and Allowah Street Reserve. Blackbutt Reserve and ...
3.9/5Good! (1,543 reviews)
"Was ok quite convenient"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 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 ¥8,764 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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 Jun 7, 2021

Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Hamilton Executive Apartments
Hamilton Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
99-101 Denison Street, Hamilton, NSW
The price is ¥14,243 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Hamilton, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Newcastle Showground, Newcastle Civic Park, and Newcastle City Hall. Newcastle Civic Theater ...
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 May 27, 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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