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What travelers to Newcastle are saying

My wife and I both love the area. On this occasion we were attending friends birthday. Arrived a day early and went for drive to surrounding countryside and was great. Love the Memorial Walk on Sunday morning. Will be returning soon.
Alex D. 17 Aug 2015
Very nice place - lovely weather when we were there - lots to do in area
travel54 2 Jul 2015

Nonchalant Newcastle

Originally the destination for the worst-behaved convicts in the 1800s, Newcastle has taken it all in stride and is thriving as a vibrant cultural epicentre with just a hint of its mischievous past. For a high-end boutique city with a laid-back beach-bum vibe that is little more than an hour from Sydney, whatever you want from Newcastle the Novocastrians have you covered.

Immerse yourself in the culture of Newcastle and admire work by some of Australia’s finest artists – including Brett Whiteley, Sidney Nolan and Russell Drysdale – at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery. Soak up the sun and relax by the city at Bar Beach, then party into the wee hours of the morning with a local craft beer at the Queen’s Wharf Brewery.

Newcastle's Top 10

10. Hunter River Cruises Sail away the afternoon through the middle of Newcastle Harbour.

5. Newcastle Maritime Museum Set sail through some marvellous maritime memorabilia – including a fascinating old captain’s log.

9. Newcastle Surf School You’ll be hanging 10 like a pro in no time down on Nobby’s Beach.

4. Blackbutt Reserve Chock full of nature trails and Aussie wildlife, this is a great place to take the kids.

8. Newcastle Regional Museum Meander through some killer memorabilia with a Newcastle zest.

3. Tram Tour For some local flavour, jump on the back of a tram and take a tour of Newcastle’s pristine coastline and historical sites, plus vineyard tours on weekends.

7. Lass O’Gowrie Hotel This here pub is the oldest in Newcastle – and the heart of the local music scene.

2. Darby Street Shopping A plethora of boutiques and to-die-for vintage stores, with cafés and restaurants thrown in.

6. Queens Wharf Tower A stunning 360° view that is well worth the 180-step climb (honest!)

1. Fort Scratchley A vital defensive position during WWII, and now one of Newcastle’s best vantage points.

Newcastle Events

For Australia’s biggest surf comp and a massive festival to boot, drift your way along to Surfest in March.

For an arts-filled day in the name of social justice, march on down to the Cultural Stomp festival in May.

For every September since the early 1960s, the Mattara Festival has graced the foreshore with local colour.

Despite the name, you can check out the best emerging Aussie artists, writers, musicians and all sorts of media goodies at the annual This is Not Art festival in September/October.

Newcastle really comes into its own under the festive glow of Christmas at Carols By Candlelight each December.

When To Go

Newcastle is quite warm all year, but if you are looking for some hot beach weather, December and January are your best bets.

Winters in Newcastle are generally mild, averaging around 17ºC (63ºF).

For an all-round nice time, spring is the go.

Getting Around

CityRail runs regular services between Sydney and Newcastle.

There is also a fantastic bus network around the city, and a free service along the main streets during the day.

If you’re just coming for a day or two to relax by the coast, the easiest way to get about is to drive.

Newcastle Information

The exquisite Hunter Region of New South Wales is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. Vineyards galore, fine restaurants and bucolic country charm draw millions to places like Pokolbin, Broke-Fordwich and the Wollombi Valley every year. Despite the buzz and current era of prosperity however, the region would not be quite the same if not for the city of Newcastle.

The urban nerve center of the Hunter has a sordid past as a maximum security prison colony. While that legacy is a distant memory, it colors present-day Newcastle with a tolerable amount of mischief. All in all, the city is a laid-back, vibrant hub of arts and culture, with a full festival calendar and scenic coastline to boot. Whether you soak in Art Deco ocean baths, kite surf on Nobbys Beach or sun on Bar Beach, Newcastle is never dull. Explore the adjacent city of Lake Macquarie and other pretty coastal suburbs to round out the Newcastle experience.

Attractions & Activities

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Ocean Baths
  • Bar Beach
  • Victoria Theatre
  • Nobbys Head

  • Newcastle Regional Show
  • This Is Not Art
  • Newcastle Jazz Festival
  • Mattara Festival
  • Surfest

  • Restaurants & Nightlife

  • Hunter Gourmet Pizza
  • Long Bench Café
  • Swell Café
  • The Brewery Restaurant
  • Scratchleys on the Wharf

  • Silo Lounge Bar
  • Queens Wharf Brewery
  • Cambridge Hotel
  • Beach Hotel
  • Newcastle Jazz Club

  • Climate

    Newcastle has a humid subtropical climate, with favorable weather throughout most of the year. A mild rainy season runs from February to June.

    • Summer (November to February) 16-26°C
    • Fall (March to May) 12-25°C
    • Winter (June to August) 8-18°C
    • Spring (September to October) 11-22°C

    Hotels in Newcastle

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    From US$139

    1 Chifley Apartments Newcastle

    4 stars
    4.1 / 5 7 reviews

    B7, 14 Honeysuckle Drive Map

    Experience a fabulous harbour-side holiday at the Chifley Apartments Newcastle, which offers comfortable accommodation and superb service that will make you feel right at home, while you are in... More

    Great Modern Apartment without the cleanliness
    In a great location and very modern and spacious apartment compared to the other options we were looking at in the similar price bracket however the cleanliness standard was quite minimal. Firstly...
    6 Jan 2015
    From US$79

    2 Travelodge Newcastle City

    4 stars
    3.9 / 5 57 reviews

    12 Steel Street Map

    Stay 2 Nights & Save 5%

    Travelodge Newcastle City welcomes holidaymakers visiting this part of Australia to its comfortable accommodations, convenient facilities and friendly services. This Newcastle City hotel is right... More

    Last minute booking
    Last minute booking, great value and was one of the only hotels available. We were on the first floor just above the reception area facing the corner of steel and king streets, even with double...
    25 Aug 2015
    From US$124

    3 Novotel Newcastle Beach

    4 stars
    4.3 / 5 20 reviews

    5 King Street Map

    Rate includes breakfast

    Discerning business and leisure travellers looking for stylish accommodations in this side of New South Wales find convenient base at Novotel Newcastle Beach. Aside from riding the waves at... More

    Perfect location
    A standard modern hotel - fresh air and the sound of the sea or port add an extra bonus to the wonderful location near to the harbour and the beautiful Newcastle beach and cafes and restaurants.
    26 Aug 2015
    From US$91

    4 The Clarendon Hotel

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 5 reviews

    347 Hunter Street Map

    The Clarendon Hotel invites discerning travellers to contemporary and plush accommodations set in the heart of Newcastle. Patrons at this chic hotel can frolic at the white sands of Nobbys Beach,... More

    Ok only
    The hotel is situated above a pub which is a very important consideration depending on what sort of stay you are wanting in your stop in Newcastle. Location The location is pretty good. It's...
    10 Mar 2015
    From US$145

    5 Crowne Plaza NEWCASTLE

    4 stars
    4.4 / 5 25 reviews


    Facing the harbour, amid the maritime buildings of the Honeysuckle precinct in Newcastle, Crowne Plaza Newcastle Hotel is an ideal location for visitors sightseeing or traveling on business. This... More

    Overnight Stay for a Birthday
    Stayed for x1 night for my partner's birthday, was kindly given a free upgrade and drink vouchers which was much appreciated. Decor could do with an upgrade to look more modern.
    28 Sep 2015
    From US$102

    6 Charlestown Executive Apartments

    4 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    45-47 Dickinson Street Map

    Vacationers exploring Charlestown find convenient base in the deluxe self-contained units of Charlestown Executive Apartments set in the heart of this Lake Macguire precinct. This Australia... More

    From US$58

    7 Hotel Jesmond

    3 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Cnr Newcastle Road & Blue Gum Road Map

    Offering comfortable accommodations located in the residential suburb of Jesmond, Hotel Jesmond makes for an idyllic base while visiting Newcastle. This Australia hotel is less than six kilometres... More

    Overnight stop
    I well refurbished old Hotel, easy to find as we made our way back from Sydney. A good 1 night stay with good Hotel facilities. The room and shared toilet and shower facilities were very clean and...
    29 Apr 2015
    From US$138

    8 Quality Hotel NOAH'S On The Beach

    4 stars
    4.2 / 5 12 reviews

    Corner Shortland Esp. & Zaara Map

    Featuring an elegant decor and comfortable accommodation, Quality Hotel NOAH'S On The Beach welcomes you for an unforgettable holiday in Newcastle. GeneralQuality Hotel NOAH'S On The Beach offers... More

    Fantastic location
    Stayed one night in a harbour view room on the 5th floor.The view was magnificent, the room was clean, the bathroom good but a little dated, and the staff were very helpful, even allowing us a late...
    3 Mar 2015
    From US$197

    9 Newcastle Central Plaza Apartment Hotel

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 2 reviews

    741 Hunter Street Map

    Whether travelling to Newcastle for a short family vacation or for an extended stay, Newcastle Central Plaza Apartment Hotel invites the guests to enjoy a comfortable stay by offering excellent... More

    Comfortable and convenient
    The 2-bedroomed apartment exceeded our expectations for size and quality. The design well suited two people travelling together for business, and would also suit two couples travelling together....
    9 Aug 2015
    From US$89

    10 Mercure Charlestown

    4 stars
    4.2 / 5 13 reviews

    109 Madison Drive Map

    Rate includes Breakfast

    Offering an unbeatable combination of comfort and convenience, The Mercure Charlestown Hotel provides an atmosphere of being at home, while away from home. Some of the city attractions include... More

    It's nothing flash - think: motel
    The Mercure was unlike other Mercure hotels I've been to previously. It seemed like a motel which had been bought and re-branded. The man at the counter was lovely and the room was clean and...
    31 Mar 2015
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