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Explore Newcastle

Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

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About Newcastle

Perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a rich maritime history, vibrant arts culture, cool bars, acclaimed restaurants and accommodation options aplenty. Merewether Beach is also one of Australia's National Surfing Reserves and home to the international Surfest surfing competition held in February each year.

The emerging food scene in Newcastle is evident in the great restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes around the city. Sip cocktails at one of the many harbourside restaurants or bars at Honeysuckle or head to Beaumont Street in Hamilton to dine at outdoor mediterranean-style cafes. Darby Street, in Cooks Hill, is a bohemian strip with eclectic boutiques, bookshops and cafes just perfect for a late breakfast.

Port Stephens is a 40-minute drive from Newcastle. As well as beautiful waterways, Port Stephens is a great place to see dolphins in the wild and take a whale-watching cruise. Meanwhile, if you fancy a trip to a Hunter Valley vineyards, it's only an hours' drive from Newcastle.

It's ON! in Newcastle

The cosmopolitan city of Newcastle hosts a huge line-up of exciting events in 2015.

See thought-provoking art exhibitions, watch thrilling sporting tournaments and discover local cultural festivals.

Experience international football action with AFC Asian Cup 2015 matches throughout January and see world-class surfers in action during Surfest between 17 - 23 February.

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It's ON! Accommodation Deals from $165

Take advantage of great accommodation deals to experience the range of events in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie.

Choose from lakeside, beachfront or vineyard accommodation starting from just $165 per room per night.

Located within driving distance of each other, you can stay overnight in one city, watch an event in another and dine in a third.

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If you enjoy exploring local art galleries and museums, you'll find plenty to experience in Newcastle. Australia's second oldest city has a thriving arts and culture scene that has launched many talented artists, actors, singers, dancers and filmmakers.

A thriving cultural scene and bustling eat streets have helped Newcastle become an exciting regional food destination. The city has four distinctive dining neighbourhoods offering plenty of opportunities for eating out in style.

If you have a passion for wine, then a visit to the nearby Hunter Valley is a must. Home to some of the oldest wine families in Australia, the Hunter Valley produces a range of tempting wines that utilise traditional methods and techniques.

Explore Newcastle