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Why visit Newcastle
Just two hours north of Sydney, this gem has everything you could want in an Australian holiday. Boasting pristine coastlines and spectacular surf, Newcastle is celebrated as New South Wales' premier beach town. Australia's second oldest and sixth largest city, Newcastle has all the big city amenities but with the quaint charm of a smaller town. This idyllic destination boasts beautiful beaches, a rich heritage, and a friendly local flavour.
Best time to visit Newcastle
Of course, the best time to visit a coastal beachy town like Newcastle is summer (December to February). The temperatures are warm, the ocean is warm, and it's the best time to spend time by the water. However this is also peak travel time so expect more crowds and higher rates. Visit around Spring or Autumn for off-peak travel that still offers sunshine and warmth. If you're simply after a getaway and don't mind missing out on beach time, winter (June-August) is for you and there are still plenty of things to do.
Getting around Newcastle
To get around the CBD, the light rail system runs from Newcastle Interchange to Newcastle East and connects key spots around the CBD. Alternatively, you can use the regular train line to connect to some of the outer suburbs. Buses also run regularly around the CBD, and there are ferry options to connect you to some beachside suburbs.
What to do in Newcastle
There's much to see and do in Newcastle. Catch a wave at Nobbys Beach, where the surf is so good, it's home to world-class surfing competitions. Take an easy stroll over to Newcastle CBD where you'll find plenty of cafés and restaurants for fresh brekkie and a coffee or two. After an afternoon dip in the Bogey Hole, grab some food from the Newcastle City's Farmer's Market and picnic at King Edward Park.
Free things to do in Newcastle
Hit the beach Naturally you have to hit the beach when you visit a coastal NSW town and Newcastle has plenty of beaches to choose from. Nobby's Beach is a popular Newcastle beach, located by the famous Newcastle breakwater. Hit the waves if you're arriving in summer or simply stroll and enjoy the ocean air if you're arriving in winter. See native Aussie animals Get up close and personal to native aussie animals at Blackbutt Reserve. Covering 182 hectares of land and offering walking trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds as well as the chance to meet some much loved aussie natives, Blackbutt Reserve is perfect for the whole family. Entry is free however there is a fee for parking.
Fun things to do in Newcastle
Jump on a boat tour See all the sights of Newcastle from the unique vantage point of the ocean with a boat sightseeing tour. Keep your eyes peeled for any aquatic life and enjoy being out on the waves while seeing Newcastle like never before. Go on a crime tour For a little fun, explore the city of Newcastle with an evening walking crime tour. Follow in the footsteps of murders and criminals, and visit historical jails as you learn about the dark side of Newcastles history.
Where to eat & drink in Newcastle
With it's lazy coastal vibes, you can't beat a post-swim beer at one of the many pubs in Newcastle. Head over to the Beach Hotel perched on the headland at Mereweather. Enjoy classic pub grub with views over Dixon Park and Mereweather Beach. If whiskey is more your style, you can't miss Babylon. An elegant whiskey bar contained within an old methodist building dating back to 1903. Think 1920's speak-easy vibes. For those who like to enjoy their mornings, Goodfriends Eatery offers a mostly plant-based menu and unrivalled coffee. A great way to start your day with some wholesome nourishment.
Where to stay in Newcastle
With 10 breathtaking beaches just 5km from Newcastle CBD, you're never too far from fantastic views and phenomenal surf. Plan a stay at one of Accor's Newcastle accommodation, with options spread throughout the city so you can design your ideal Newcastle getaway. With locations near the airport, the beach, and centrally within the town, you're sure to find the perfect Newcastle hotel to suit your needs.