Newcastle

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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 port city for over two hundred years. It exports huge amounts of coal, and was once a 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. 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 5 miles (8 kilometers)from town to Blackbutt Reserve. It’s a 450-acre (182 hectare) 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.

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 ¥10,780 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Clean and quiet. Would definitely recommend staying here"

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Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is ¥17,922 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater and Newcastle Beach. Merewether Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (976 reviews)
"Quiet and luxurious room,clean and modern.Friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

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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 ¥14,416 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Offering direct access to the beach, this Newcastle East hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

NOAH'S On The Beach
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Jesmond Executive Villas
Jesmond Executive Villas
4 out of 5
189 Newcastle Road, Jesmond, NSW
The price is ¥7,111 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Jesmond, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from University of Newcastle and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from John Hunter Hospital. Allowah Street Reserve and ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,559 reviews)
"The place was convenient and would have been great except we arrived and were told that the twin beds were configured as one bed. They were going to reconfigure the beds. However, it took two more calls a few hours after check-in to make this happen."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

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 ¥12,478 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater, Newcastle Beach, and Merewether Beach. Newcastle Local ...
3.7/5 Good! (610 reviews)
"The beds were super comfy, the whole stay was a stress free mini break"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

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Boulevard on Beaumont
Boulevard on Beaumont
3.5 out of 5
131 Beaumont St, Hamilton, NSW
The price is ¥10,969 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Hamilton, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Newcastle Showground and within 3 mi (5 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater and Merewether Beach. Newcastle ...
4/5 Very Good! (361 reviews)
"Clean and safe"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Boulevard on Beaumont
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