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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

Top Hotels in Newcastle

Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is ¥17,472 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (943 reviews)


Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Rydges Newcastle
The Gateway Inn
The Gateway Inn
4.5 out of 5
26 William St, Mayfield, NSW
The price is ¥11,117 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in Mayfield, this luxury hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Allowah Street Reserve and 3 mi (4.9 km) from University of Newcastle. Newcastle Showground and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (984 reviews)

"Clean rooms friendly staff - great gym, free parking"…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

The Gateway Inn
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 ¥16,451 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

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! (965 reviews)

"Room was nice and clean. A lot noise in the morning tho"…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2020

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 ¥11,173 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

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! (511 reviews)

"Great value for money. Restaurants, foreshore and beach within walking distance. Very happy with property"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Crown on Darby
Crown on Darby
4 out of 5
101 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW
The price is ¥10,383 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22

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! (1,300 reviews)

"Great location and tidy rooms. Had a good size bathroom and essential kitchen items. Check in was very easy and staff very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Crown on Darby
Quest Newcastle West
Quest Newcastle West
4.5 out of 5
787 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW
The price is ¥13,550 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

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! (133 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 Aug 4, 2020

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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Reviews of Newcastle


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4/5 - Good

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Dec 29, 2019

Nice town along wharf/ocean.

5/5 - Excellent


Oct 6, 2019

Popolo for ice cream on our way out to Nobbys lighthouse. We walked the beach from bogey hole up to the lighthouse. It was a beautiful walk with a lot to see.

4/5 - Good


Feb 28, 2019

A lot of the shops close relatively early compared to other countries. Darby Street is a must for various ethnic foods. Check out Kebab and Pide on Darby St. for wonderful kebabs. Be careful, the Opal app can be off on bus times and buses to take.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 14, 2019

We can see that they are reviving Hunter Street which will be good!

4/5 - Good


Oct 10, 2018

Great beaches and quiet city feel

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