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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

Crown on Darby
Crown on Darby
4 out of 5
101 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW
The price is ¥11,248 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Cooks Hill, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Park and Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Local Court and Newcastle City Hall ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,302 reviews)
"Nice rooms - all you would want. Couple of stray hairs in the bathroom and no soap bar, but that's being a little picky. On street parking was easy and free (some time limits)."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Crown on Darby
Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is ¥15,118 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater and Newcastle Beach. Foreshore Footpath and Newcastle Local ...
4.3/5Excellent! (942 reviews)
"Loved the view, dislike the bath"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Rydges Newcastle
NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,236 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
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. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Beautiful ocean views, wonderful staff and an overall excellent stay. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 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.
Jesmond Executive Villas
Jesmond Executive Villas
4 out of 5
189 Newcastle Road, Jesmond, NSW
The price is ¥6,700 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Jesmond, this aparthotel 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 and ...
3.9/5Good! (1,520 reviews)

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Jesmond Executive Villas
Crown on Darby
Crown on Darby
4 out of 5
101 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW
The price is ¥11,248 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Cooks Hill, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Park and Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Local Court and Newcastle City Hall ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,302 reviews)
"Nice rooms - all you would want. Couple of stray hairs in the bathroom and no soap bar, but that's being a little picky. On street parking was easy and free (some time limits)."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Crown on Darby
Quest Newcastle West
Quest Newcastle West
4.5 out of 5
787 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW
The price is ¥14,655 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 21
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! (171 reviews)
"Beautiful 2 bedroom apartments. A lot of stairs up though."

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

Quest Newcastle West
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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