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.

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    Arts and culture in Newcastle

    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.

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    Eating out in Newcastle

    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.

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    Hunter Valley

    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.

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There’s always something going on in Newcastle. The largest surfing festival in Australia, Surfest kicks off in January, where you can see some of the world's top professional surfers compete. In February, Light Up Newcastle takes place, an evening walk around Newcastle’s harbour foreshore to raise money for the Seafarers Centre, as well as Newcastle's Maritime Centre. While you're in town, don’t miss Newcastle’s beaches. Walking distance from the heart of the city, they’re arguably some of the best city beaches in NSW. Australia’s second-oldest city also has a reputation for a thriving arts and music scene (it’s the hometown of Aussie legends Silverchair, for a start), an up-and-coming cafe and dining scene, and it’s just an hour’s drive to Australia’s oldest wine growing region, the Hunter Valley.

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Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Canberra, Sydney, and Ballina/Byron Bay, while Regional Express flies to and from Sydney.


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